Beginning and Never Endings: Supervision and Consultation in Clinical Practice

September 22, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Department of Psychoanalytic Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association is pleased to announce its inaugural Regional Workshop on Psychoanalytic Education. In its efforts to promote excellence in psychoanalytic education, the DPE sponsors a workshop on important and/or controversial issues in psychoanalytic education annually in different regions of the United States. It hopes that these workshops will enable psychoanalytic educators and students as well as all mental health professionals interested in applying psychoanalytic ideas to deepen their knowledge and skills through exposure to experts in the field.

Most mental health professionals learned how to supervise by emulating their best supervisors and avoiding identification with those they regarded as not so helpful. In this workshop, entitled Beginning and Never Endings: Supervision and Consultation in Clinical Practice, analysts and other mental health professionals will gather for a stimulating daylong workshop to share various points of view on supervision and on being supervised. Experts will make formal presentations that will seek to capture contemporary thinking on this linchpin of clinical education. Among the provocative and challenging topics will be:

• The disparity between what really happens in an analytic hour and what is reported to the supervisor.

• Skewing the clinical material to what one thinks the supervisor wants to hear

• The need for an in vivo supervisor

• The lack of clarity in the border between supervision and treatment

• How the evaluative role of the supervisor may discourage open sharing of struggles by the supervisee

• The different models of supervision in use today.

 Continuing Education credits will be available.

Target Audience: This conference is open to all and will be of particular interest to institute faculty and Candidates 

Location: New Center for Psychoanalysis Los Angeles: 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025


8:30 a.m.......................Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.....Greetings and Opening Remarks

Alan Sugarman, Ph.D. and Sharon Blum, Ph.D.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m...Opening Plenary: Supervising and being Supervised 

Dr. Gabbard will speak about the two-person psychology of supervision in keeping with a contemporary relational perspective. Some of the issues he will touch on include the disparity between what really happens in an analytic hour and what is reported to the supervisor; skewing the clinical material to what one thinks the supervisor wants to hear; the trainee’s need to take care of the supervisor; the lack of clarity in the border between supervision and treatment; how the evaluative role of the supervisor affects the discourse; and the difference between consultation and supervision.

CE credits: 1.5

After attending this session participants should be able to:   

  1. Describe how the evaluative nature of supervision influences what the supervisee brings up.                                       
  2. Explain how consultation and supervision differ.


11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m...Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. –12:00 noon...Interview: Dr. Howard Bacal by Dr. Richard Tuch

Dr. Bacal is an experienced and internationally renowned clinical analyst, teacher, and supervisor. This interview will reach back into history to explore how his supervision by psychoanalytic luminaries, most notably Donald Winnicott, shaped his ideas about and approach to supervision. In particular, Winnicott’s ideas about the importance of the dyad contributed to Dr. Bacal’s relational emphasis and shift away from the traditional, hierarchical model in which the supervisor/expert teaches the candidate/neophyte. This more relational approach leads to a focus on the interaction between supervisor and supervisee and away from an emphasis on the transmission of intellectual content.

CE credits: 1.5

After attending this session participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss how Winnicott’s dyad model shaped Dr. Bacal’s more relational approach
  2. Describe how a relational model facilitates the supervisees learning


12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.....Lunch break

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.......Panel: The Supervisory Matrix: A Multidimensional View

The panelists will explore issues and dilemmas that can occur in supervision and consultation, from the points of view of supervisees, supervisors and members of consultation groups. From these different points of view the panel will discuss issues that include; ethical issues that can arise during supervision; countertransference dilemmas and their impact on supervision and consultation; supervision enactments; and working through difficult interactions. Through this discussion the panel will provide attendees with a range of best practices for supervision and consultation in clinical practice.

CE credits: 2

After attending this session participants should be able to:

  1. Identify various ethical issues, and potential countertransference dilemmas that might impact supervision and   consultation.                             
  2. Develop strategies to keep supervision or consultation on track after difficult interactions.


4:00 p.m.........................Wine and cheese reception with the panelists


 If you have questions to email Carolyn Gatto (



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs 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 number of 5 hours of 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.  


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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