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Fridays @CCP: Aspiring to tolerate being a “bad”, yet ethical, analyst: Radical openness to one’s ordinary failures (Anton Hart, PhD)

  • 28 Jan 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
  • 455


  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
  • Non-CCP members who are students. (No Continuing Education credit provided.)

Fridays @ CCP Lecture Series

Anton Hart, Ph.D, FABP, FIPA

(New York, NY)

January 28, 2022

Aspiring to tolerate being a “bad”, yet ethical, analyst: Radical openness to one’s ordinary failures

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM Presentation and discussion

About the presentation: We ordinarily become psychoanalysts because of early-acquired, conscious and unconscious desires to be helpful to others, starting with our caretakers. Yet, experience shows that a central aspect of each psychoanalytic process ordinarily involves our (rather regular) failure to be helpful to those with whom we work. This is so even in cases that could be regarded as successes. While our unconscious intolerance of such failure is likely to compound its negative impact through various forms of disavowal (including, in some instances, the making of transference interpretations), our willingness to be open to receiving information about, and to considering, how we are hurting instead of helping (and the unconscious, personal bases for such negative impact) is key to enabling analysands to speak as freely and openly as possible as they attempt to formulate their experience, unhindered by their self-subverting protection of their analysts.

Dr. Hart is Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He presents and consults nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has published articles and book chapters on a variety of subjects including psychoanalytic safety and mutuality, issues of racial, sexual, and other diversities, and psychoanalytic pedagogy.  He is a member of the group, Black Psychoanalysts Speak and, also, Co-produced and was featured in the documentary film of the same name. He teaches at The Manhattan Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies National Training Program, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. He serves as Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is in full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, individual and couple psychotherapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York.

Learning objectives:

1) Participants will be able to explain how psychoanalysts’ attachment to their own senses of personal goodness can interfere with their ability to receive and consider information to the contrary.

2) Participants will be able to describe the limitations of a system of psychotherapeutic ethics that relies on adherence to external ethical codes.

 All levels presentation


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.
Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50
Student non-members, single admission: $15

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by January 27, 2022 at tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

Apprey, M. (1996). Phenomenology of Transgenerational Haunting: Subjects in Apposi- tion, Subjects on Urgent/Voluntary Errands. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Col- lections. 

Faimberg, H. (1988). The telescoping of generations: Genealogy of certain identifications. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 24:99-117.

Salberg, J. (2019). “Old Objects Die Hard: Generational Ruptures.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29, (6): 637-652.

Salberg, J. (2015) “The Texture of Traumatic Attachment: Presence and Ghostly Absence in

Trans-generational Transmissions.” Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LXXXIV, 1: 21-46.

Schechter, D. (2017). On traumatically skewed intersubjectivity. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(4), 251–264. doi:10.1080/ 07351690.2017.1299500

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Adina Bayuk Keesom, PsyD

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