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Going Too Far: The Relational Ideal and Its Vulnerability to Excess featuring Joyce Slochower, PhD (Lecture)

  • May 20, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wellshire Presbyterian Church
  • 124


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


This event is in person only. It will not be livestreamed or recorded.


Description: This presentation considers the relational psychoanalytic ideal—its implications for our therapeutic goals, our patients and for ourselves. Who do we as relational analysts aim to be in the consulting room?  How do we view our patient—her potential and her limitations? What are the clinical goals of a relational analysis?  And what might those goals occlude? Addressing the value and excesses of the relational ideal, participants will be invited to explore both sides—what relational thinking brings to the consulting room in tandem with the ways we may have gone too far.

The presentation is appropriate for clinicians of all levels who are interested in contemporary psychoanalytic thinking.  A paper will be read, followed by audience discussion. 

CME Objectives: 

  1. Describe how the relational emphasis on active intersubjective engagement may result in “relational excess.”
  2. Describe Slochower’s work on holding as it bridges the Relational and Winnicottian approaches.

Biography:  Joyce Slochower, PhD is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY. Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. In addition to over 100 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique, second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of De-idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique from Within and Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique, Routledge (2018).


Registration is required.

Date/Time: Friday May 20, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM (MDT)

Location: Chapel of the Wellshire Presbyterian Church located at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80222. There is plenty of free parking in the church lots and surrounding neighborhood. The Chapel is most easily accessed from the East and West parking lots and signage will help direct participants to the chapel.

Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

  • CME credit for DPS Members: $30
  • CME credit for non DPS Members: $40
  • No CME credit: Free - $0

Vaccination Policy: All registrants must be fully vaccinated, including any booster dose(s) when eligible, and will be required to upload a copy of their vaccination card during registration. We are unable to accept medical or religious exemptions at this time.

Registration: Registration before the event is required. For the health and safety of all participants, any walk-ins will be admitted at the discretion of the programming committee and will be required to show proof of vaccination/booster before entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

COVID-19 Protocols: We ask all participants to wear a mask. Since health and safety recommendations can change quickly, we will adjust as needed to follow CDC, state, and local guidelines for meeting in person.

Registration Waiver: By registering for this event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are gathered. By attending, you knowingly assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, and agree not to hold the Denver Psychoanalytic Society or any of their affiliates, officers, employees, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, sign the attendance sheet, attend the entire lecture, and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event. 

Confidentiality: During this conference, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of the conference. No recording of case material is allowed.

This is an in-person event only that will not be livestreamed nor recorded.

Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy:  There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 3 days of the event. If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.

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 Denver Psychoanalytic Society. 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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)

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