The Trajectory of Remorse to Regret in Old Age

November 29, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

In everyday language regret and remorse are often used interchangeably.  While remorse as self-reproach and self-administered punishment has been directly and indirectly subject of psychoanalytic inquiry regret, the more developmentally advanced emotional experience has failed to draw the interest of psychoanalysts to its underlying dynamics. The focus of this clinical presentation is on the transference-countertransference field in which the patients’ attacks on analyst and the analyst’s empathic interpretations can evoke the experience of regret in the patient.   Even though strained at times, the analyst’s capacity for empathy and understanding during the analytic process gives the patient a model for identification which makes his capacity to tolerate guilt of having done harm more tolerable.  This makes possible a shift from a narcissistic albeit hostile focus on oneself to the pain of the other through the gradual conscious experience of regret.

Shahrzad Siassi, Ph.D, is a psychologist, psychoanalyst with a private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA.  She is senior faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.  She has published and taught extensively on the topics of forgiveness, altruism, kindness and gender and transference. Dr. Siassi is the recipient of Karl Menninger Award (2003) of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Discussant: Jeffrey K Seitelman, MD, PhD, is Senior Faculty at New Center and is a past president. He is a Board Certified General (Adult) Psychiatrist and Child/Adolescent/Family Psychiatrist in Office practice of Psychodynamic Psychiatric Psychotherapy in Seal Beach and Long Beach for over 35 years. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA, a long standing Counselor at Large for APsaA, and Associate Clinical Professor at U Cal (Irvine) Med Center Department of Psychiatry.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Examine regret in the clinical situation and explore its theoretical underpinnings.
  • Identify the emotional experiences necessary in the course of therapy for the gradual transformation of remorse to regret.

Target Audience: This conference will be informative for clinicians at every level of development and will be of particular interest to clinicians who specialize in this subject

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 8:00-10:00 pm    2 CE Credits

$20 with CE Credit

Free attendance without CE Credit



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 hours 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.