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George Strutt, Ph.D.
“The Future of Psychoanalysis, Redux: Views from the Past and Present.”
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Is Psychoanalysis in crisis? Is Psychoanalysis dead, as some have claimed? This presentation discusses the prospects for psychoanalysis through the lenses of its past and present. It seeks to define trajectories from which we can reasonably predict the future of the field. Psychoanalysis, of course, is a robust, multifaceted discipline and body of theory that has undergone significant development since Freud began to formulate his ideas in the 1890’s. He developed these ideas across approximately forty-nine years; it has been eighty-three years since his death in 1939. The history of Psychoanalysis has been marked by discovery, creativity, and conflict. This presentation focuses on Freud’s method of treatment and theory of mind. It emphasizes conflicts within the field and with other conceptualizations and methods outside the field.
Today we have a cornucopia of psychiatric medications promoted by Big Pharma and treatment “managed” and restricted by the health insurance industry. Moreover, we witnessed the virtual abandonment of Psychoanalysis by the American Psychiatric Association, and the rise of CBT, deemed by insurance companies and much of the educated public as the best evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment for psychiatric conditions. Finally, numerous critics have argued that the theories of mind espoused by Psychoanalysis have not developed scientifically and are both deficient and out-of-date.
So, what are the prospects for Psychoanalysis? The thesis of this presentation is that Psychoanalysis does have a future, but it’s complicated. Some possible futures will be explored.
About the Speaker:
Dr. George Strutt is a long-term Member and Past President of BSPS. Throughout his education and career, he has followed broad interests within the field of Psychology and published papers in several of them, notably physiological, child developmental and clinical. He earned his M.S. in Child Developmental Psychology and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. His internships were in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at Tufts Medical School. While on the Clinical Faculty at Upstate Medical Center (SUNY) in Syracuse, New York, he served as the Clinical Director of the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Hutchings Psychiatric Center.
Dr. Strutt has been a visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Towson University and on the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In 1990, Dr. Strutt became the Director of Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry at Franklin Square Hospital. In 1995, he co-founded Bay Region Psychiatric Services, a multi-disciplinary psychiatric group, re-named White Marsh Psychiatric Services. Now retired from clinical practice, he maintains active involvement with BSPS.
At the conclusion of this advanced-level program, participants will be able to:
describe at least three conflicts which have had a significant influence on the history of Psychoanalysis.
describe at least two of the events from the 1970’s and 1980’s which now threaten the existence of Psychoanalysis.
describe at least two possibilities for the future of Psychoanalysis as a method of treatment.
describe at least two integrations with other fields which might enhance the scientific viability of the Psychoanalytic theory of mind.
Who should attend? Mental health professionals: psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors, as well as persons with an interest in psycho-dynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and application. The instructional level of this activity is advanced.
CE Credits: CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credits will not be granted to registrants who arrive late or depart early. Credits will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session. It is the responsibility of participants to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program, participants will be given 3 CE credits.
The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (BSPS) is a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. BSPS is also recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education programs.
Registration: Make checks payable to “BSPS” and mail to: BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910.
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Deadline for this conference is: September 9, 2022. If you cannot ensure your check will arrive in time, contact us before that date (contactbsps@BSPSmaryland.org).
Refund Policy: Please note that registration fees are not refundable. If you cannot attend a conference for which you have already paid, we can apply your payment to an upcoming conference within the same conference calendar year (September to May).
Important disclosure information: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.