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Fridays @CCP: A Few Regrets (Joyce Slochower, PhD)

  • 3 Mar 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
  • 300


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Fridays @CCP

Joyce Slochower, PhD

(New York, NY)

Friday, March 3, 2023

A Few Regrets 

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: In this lecture I turn a critical eye on my own work.  After describing my relational holding model, I will explore its limitations—both theoretical and clinical. What is problematic in the implicit analytic ideal embedded in the concept of holding? How does this vision of therapeutic process both add to and narrow the clinical arena? What is absent, overlooked, or just plain wrong in this perspective?  After delineating the dialectics embedded within the holding metaphor, their crucial and problematic implications, I will muse about what has shifted my relationship to my own theory over time. My aim is to invite us all to push past othering and toward theoretical self-examination.

Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco.  She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Ricerca Psicoanalitica and Psychoanalytic Perspectives and is on the Board of the IARPP.  Joyce has published over 100 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique.  Second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of “De-idealizing relational theory: a Critique from within” and “Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique (2018, Routledge).  She is in private practice in New York City where she sees individuals and couples, runs supervision and study groups.

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will learn:

1. Describe the relational holding model

2. Explain the limitations of the holding concept from a relational perspective

This is an Intermidiate to Advanced Level 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

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/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by March 2, 2023 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Aron, L., Grand, S., & Slochower, J. (2018a). De-idealizing relational theory: A critique from within. Routledge. 

Slochower, J. (2014b). Holding and psychoanalysis: A relational perspective (2nd ed.). Routledge. (Original work published 1996) 

Slochower, J. (2014c). Psychoanalytic collisions (2nd ed.). Routledge. (Original work published in 2006) 

Winnicott, D. W. W. (1965). The maturational processes and the facilitating environment. Hogarth Press. 

Balint, M. (1968). The basic fault. Tavistock.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

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