The Dyer’s Hand: Some Aspects of the Psychoanalyst’s Actions

March 15, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Presented by Anton Kris, MD

The title, taken from Shakespeare’s description of his own acting, “my nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer’s hand,” opens a discussion of how and how much we put our minds and ourselves at our patients’ disposal. Using a clinical illustration to introduce the discourse, the paper considers the analyst’s actions as well as interpretations. Competing technical approaches require the analyst’s judgment to be guided by truthfulness, commitment to the patient’s welfare, regard for countertransference, and ethical considerations. How far to go with action cannot be a settled question, but the essential requirement of limitations in the analytic relationship, and the danger of boundary violations must be kept in mind.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize that problems remain in psychoanalytic stances, which have been so greatly enriched by awareness of countertransference and of the actions of the analyst
  • Evaluate a particular action in a clinical situation
  • Confront the limits of action in the analytic situation and recognize the crucial importance of those limits

Anton Kris, MD, a part time Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has been a psychiatrist for 55 years, a psychoanalyst for over 45 years, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute for over 35 years. He is the author of Free Association: Method and Process and numerous papers. Dr. Kris has served on the editorial boards of several of the major psychoanalytic journals and is currently the Chair of the Monitoring and Advisory Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has also served on the board of trustees of The Anna Freud Centre, The Anna Freud Foundation, and the Sigmund Freud Archives, of which he was Executive Director in 2014. He received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 8 - 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.