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Plight of the Imposter: Psychosomatic Implications of Transference/Countertransference Dynamics in the Treatment of a Woman with a Congenital Deformity featuring Marilyn Rifkin, LCSW, FIPA (Lecture)

  • December 02, 2022
  • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom
  • 72


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


Description: The analytic community has come to appreciate how the utilization of primitive fantasies and concretization in symbolic functioning in many psychosomatic patients often limits clinical work. Less is known about the limitations posed by patients who present with both a physical deformity and psychosomatic symptoms. This presentation attempts to address this gap. The focus is on how this patient’s body deformity impacted the body/mind continuum and how that boundary blurring emerged in the transference/countertransference dynamics.

CME Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate increased quality of clinical care of psychosomatic patients, paying particular attention to the embodied transference and countertransference.
  2. Describe the underlying psychodynamics of psychosomatic patients with a physical deformity, including both psychic and environmental defects and deficits.

    Biography:  Marilyn Rifkin, LCSW, FIPA, is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and a member of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center (FPC). She is also a member of the International and American Psychoanalytic Societies. She has taught and supervised at the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MITPP) and at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP). She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS). She was a member of the New York Psychosomatic Study Group and has written and presented on the subjects of transference, countertransference, enactment and trauma. Ms. Rifkin is currently in private practice in New York and Connecticut.


    Please note that the event will take place
    from 7:00 - 8:30 PM Mountain Time

    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

    Registration: Registration is required. Registration will close at noon on December 1, 2022. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the start of the event.

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

    CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the lecture and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. Enabling your video while participating is strongly encouraged. 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. For virtual events, CME credit will be equal to the actual time participated.

    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 provider ship of American Psychoanalytic Association and (name of nonaccredited provider). 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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