Mentalizing Self-Talk: The intersection between the not so conscious mind and everyday life

April 20, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT) unless otherwise noted.

** Registration will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024. No registrations are possible after this time, no exceptions. ***


  • Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 4 PM on the day before the event.
  • This conference will be held in person and on Zoom. Signature is required for CE/CME Credit. 
  • The program presentation runs from at 9 AM to 12 Noon on Saturday, April 20.
  • 3 CE/CME credits are offered for this program. 


Examination and mentalization of the multiple components of ‘self-talk’ in the task of moment-to-moment emotional management is the focus of this presentation.

We all talk to ourselves in all sorts of ways, with words, memories, images, fantasies, simulations, mind wandering, time traveling and daydreams. We are constantly feeling our way through the day. As emotions arise in the face of stimulations from the social world, our bodies, and thoughts, our mind and body react. 

Thoughts and inner conversations help us manage and utilize these emotional responses and their compelling directives. If we are fortunate enough our self-talk (again numerous types of thought) aids us in finding fluid and effective responses that are adaptive in our day-to-day existence. However, for many their inner dialogs and thoughts are not fluid, easy, or effective, and for some individuals they are simply torturing.

The focus of this presentation is not cognitive control (the laudable goal of CBT) but on the conscious and unconscious mechanisms that are compelled by emotion. In the that emotion is at the heart of all significant self-talk, thinking about individual’s recurring conversations allows us to better track underlying emotion and how that emotion is managed for better or worse. Alertness to the patterns of self-talk allows the therapist to be alert to the presence of underlying emotion even when the nature of that emotion is unclear.

Examples and specific categories of self-talk will be explored including hope (expectation) management, self-motivation, masochistic, self-esteem / narcissistic management, social hierarchy scrutiny, and the “undone anxiety” itch. Participation and feedback from the audience is encouraged.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the role of self-talk (as broadly defined) in moment to moment emotional management.
  • Describe specific “solutions” that self-talk offers with their strengths and limitations.
  • Use the concept of “playing with reality” to explain differences in an individual’s capacity to self-regulate.
  • Describe how some self-talks allow for emotional expressions that are freeing or relieving and others are not.
  • Compare forms of autobiographical memories in terms of their tendency to offer self-regulation and emotional ease or not.  (that is what are the components that seem to accompany this capacity)


Program Coordinator: Heather Silverman, MD


Mark Thompson, MDMark Thompson, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at The New Center for Psychoanalysis and the former Director of Education at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute and former Co-Dean of the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Thompson received the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2004). He is the author, with Candace Cotlove, of The Therapeutic Process, A Clinical Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Mentalizing Tales of Dating and Marriage with Richard Tuch.




  • This is a hybrid conference. It will be held over Zoom Conferencing and in person at NCP.
  • Pre-registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis because of limited capacity. 
  • In-person registration is capped at 70 people.
  • 3 CE/CME credits offered
  • Signature is required for CE/CME Credit. Zoom attendees must "sign" in and out at the beginning and end of the lecture in the Zoom Meeting Chat to receive credit. 
  • You will receive confirmation and details by email. Contact Byrd at if you have questions. 


This event will be recorded and shared with participants who have registered for the event. The video may also be used for educational purposes. The presenter requests that Zoom participants have their name visible onscreen and camera on, due to the confidentiality of some presentation material. By registering for this event, you grant permission to THE NEW CENTER FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS to the rights of your images, in video or still, and of the likeness and sound of your voice as recorded on audio or video.


General registration (in person or on Zoom) $60 | Candidates and Students (in person or on Zoom) $35

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Please complete all registration pages until you come to the final "Receipt" page. This will complete your registration and ensure the confirmation email with the meeting details is sent to you.

"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. "Sign" in and "sign" out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 5 business days.
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website.



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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 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 a maximum of 3 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.  The New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists must report CE credits directly to MCEP using this document to verify attendance. Please note that a Psychologist must attend the CE program in its entirety in order to receive credit.  

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