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Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process

Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM



This presentation explores the technical implications of a conception of the patient as an ethical subject, attempting to tackle the question—how do we integrate an exploratory analytic method with a therapeutic stance aimed at cultivating the patient’s own ethical responsiveness towards Self and Other? The speaker reviews the contemporary psychoanalytic literature on ethical intersubjectivity, in which therapeutic action is constituted by the mutual ethical development of both analyst and patient. Employing these models as a theoretical foundation, a therapeutic framework is proposed focusing on the patient’s own psychological and ethical development, encompassing constructs such as analytic listening, exploration of motivational process, developing an ethical formulation, the ethics of transference and countertransference, self-disclosure, and stimulating the patient’s ethical imagination.


Robert P. Drozek, LICSW, is an individual and group psychotherapist in the Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital. He serves as a teaching associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and as a supervisor of mentalization-based treatment through the Anna Freud Centre in London. He is author of the book Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process, published in the Relational Perspectives Book Series at  outledge. He is in private practice in Belmont, Massachusetts.


Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., Cert.Psya. is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, social activist, and research methodologist. He is a Professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and has taught at several other universities in the Boston area. One theme of Dr. Soldz’s professional work has been the building of bridges between psychological researchers and practitioners. He coedited (with Leigh McCullough) Reconciling Empirical Knowledge and Clinical Experience: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2000). Dr. Soldz is currently a Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) representative to the American Psychological Association Council. He is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a cofounder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and an Adviser to Physicians for Human Rights. His social justice work has been featured in media from the New York Times and National Public Radio to radio in South Africa, Jamaica, Switzerland, Ireland, New Zealand, among many others.

Continuing Education Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and discuss ethical vulnerabilities involved in psychopathology and therapeutic impasses
  2. Identify ethical dimensions of processes of change in psychoanalysis
  3. Implement therapeutic techniques that address patients’ capacities towards mentalization, empathy, and ethical functioning

Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process

BGSP is authorized to provide CEs for:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Counselors

Fee:  Free or $20 for 1.5 CE’s/Clock Hours*

*Full refund available if you cancel one week prior to the event. If you have any questions, email info@bgsp.edu.

Offering CEs for:  Psychologists (all levels), Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5676. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Process


May 16
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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