New Directions in Clinical Psychoanalysis: The Place of Discourse and Care in the Therapeutic Situation

February 8, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Presented by Mark Leffert, MD

This presentation was born as a talk, not as a paper for publication, and thus promises to be more user-friendly. It is a discussion of New Directions in Clinical Psychoanalysis. Its premise is that although Relational Psychoanalysis and Intersubjectivity were, each in its own right, great clinical leaps forward, these theories have not had much new to say in the past decade. My work describes an expanded clinical perspective drawn from interdisciplinary studies. It does not replace what has come before and is not critical of the great work done in Relational Psychoanalysis and Intersubjectivity Psychoanalysis; it is, I contend, the next logical step forward.

Learning Objectives

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

• Explore new developments in psychoanalysis beyond relational and intersubjectivity theory

• Recognize the importance of interdisciplinary studies to contemporary psychoanalysis

• Identify some of the failings of classical clinical technique

Mark Leffert, MD, has been on the faculty of five psychoanalytic institutes and has been a Training and Supervising Analyst at four of them. He has taught and supervised psychoanalysts, psychologists, and psychiatrists for 40 years. He is the author of many papers and four books, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Foundations, The Therapeutic Situation in the 21st Century, Phenomenology, Uncertainty, and Care in the Therapeutic Encounter and, in 2017, Positive Psychoanalysis. These books are part of an ongoing suite of developing ideas. He has been engaged in an interdisciplinary reformulation of clinical psychoanalysis drawing on phenomenology, neuroscience, network studies, and (among others), heuristics and biases. Present and future work focuses on phenomenology, care, healing, and the self. He is in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. Discussant: Jeffrey Seitelman, MD, PhD, is Senior Faculty at New Center and immediate past 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

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8 PM – 10 PM

Pricing & CE Credits 

  • $20 with 2 CE Credits
  • Free attendance without CE Credit


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 2 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.