The Relational Anatomy of the Self

March 18, 2021, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

This meeting will take place online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link and more information.

*** Registration will close at 4:00 PM the day of the event. No registrations are possible after this time. 

Three qualities constitute the essentials of the optimally actualized self of this era. These three functional structures are Presentness, Deep Intuition, and Compatibility of Contradiction. They can be conceived as the basic structures of the self. Since the self is a crucial part of the relational world, it is appropriate to propose a relational anatomy of the self.

These three forces are expressions of love. Human love has evolved inseparably from the self. The healthy self at this stage of human evolution is a loving self, and these three functional elements are necessary to develop core loving relationships through which each of us achieves a unique self.

The three elements are utterly interdependent and interpenetrating. When the inhibitions of self have been adequately reduced through life experience, notably including analytic therapy, this triad enables the person to enjoy creative living, inseparable from optimized relational life.

Pertinent clinical material is included.


Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the role of self in relationally oriented analytic therapy
  • Recognize and utilize the value of increased compatibility of contradictions in self interactions
  • Meaningfully discuss their insights about the intersubjective aspects of self interactions



Joseph Natterson, MD, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst at NCP, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus at UCLA, Attending Psychiatrist Emeritus, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Consultant at the Maple Counseling Center. His numerous books and articles deal with dreams, therapists’ subjectivity in the therapeutic process, and love in psychotherapy.

Target audience: Mental health professionals, intermediate level and above

2 CE/CME Credits

$20 with 2 CE Credits; Free attendance without CE Credits


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI): The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.


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