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Sundays @CCP: The influence of therapist subjectivity in driving the psychotherapy experience and patient change (Allan Scholom, PhD)

  • 25 Feb 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)
  • 20 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL (Kinzie Hotel) or via Zoom
  • 475


  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students

Sundays @ CCP


Allan Scholom, PhD

(Chicago, Il)

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The influence of therapist subjectivity in driving  the 

    psychotherapy experience and patient change

Kinzie Hotel

20 W. Kinzie. Chicago, Il



12-2pm (CST)

About the presentation: In recent years we have reemphasized the importance of the therapeutic relationship resulting in change in the patient in virtually all approaches to psychotherapy. One crucial element in the relationship is the role of the therapists subjectivity (including countertransference) in driving the therapeutic experience and change in the patient.  While the importance of countertransference is generally acknowledged, the significance  of the therapist’s subjectivity which includes individual life experiences, personal familial history, values,  conflicts and motivations both conscious and unconscious, is in recent years receiving increasing attention. 

In this context some patients engage us in ways that stir our vulnerabilities and force us to confront our various conflicts and limitations. Our willingness to do this can drive treatment in powerful ways at conscious and unconscious levels as both patient and therapist struggle to find growth from the therapeutic milieu. The motivation and capacity of the therapist to do this can be pivotal in driving change in the patient especially in those patients who reach our deeper vulnerabilities. We will explore how vital the pursuit of personal growth is for the therapist in driving the course of therapy and change in the patient. 

Allan Scholom, PhD, is Immediate Past President of the Section of Psychoanalyst Practitioners of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, on the Faculty and Board of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, on the Faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and a Founder and Member of the Steering Committee of the Psychotherapy Action Network. 

He has served as President of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, First Vice Chairperson of the Chicago Community Mental Health Board,  Founder and Chairperson of the Illinois Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, and as a Mental Health Policy Advisor to Illinois US Senator Adlai Stevenson, Jr. 

Dr. Scholom has published and presented widely on the interface between psychoanalysis and politics, primarily regarding mental/health care issues. His teaching has focused on the importance of the therapist’s subjectivity in driving therapeutic change. Dr. Scholom is in the private practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and supervision in Chicago.

Learning objectives:

1 - Participants will learn to identify the various factors that determine therapist subjectivity both conscious and unconscious.

2 - Participants will learn  how to use their subjectivity in driving the course of psychotherapy and patient change.


CCP members: free with annual $195 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $40

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 February 24, 2024 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Alan Levy, PhD, Zak Mucha, LCSW

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