Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center: The Resurrection of Agency from the Ashes of War: A Son as Therapist of his Father

Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

The Resurrection of Agency from the Ashes of War: A Son as Therapist of his Father

Jonathan H Slavin, Ph.D

Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., ABPP

Department  of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr Slavin will present a detailed clinical account of the treatment of a young man suffering massive psychic pain and immobilization. The treatment will be presented through excerpts from recorded sessions. During the course of this treatment the frozen father-son relationship began to transform in the unexpected recognition of the father’s trauma and its effects on his son.

Discussion of this treatment will focus on the developmental disruption and suffocation personal agency in childhood relational experiences and the way these may sometimes be reopened in treatment. The workshop will also focus on undertaking psychotherapy in unusual circumstances and its implications for how we think about the potential reach of psychotherapeutic work.

Date:             Saturday August 4, 2012
Time:             9:00 a.m.  –  1:00 p.m.
Location:     Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center
2460  Fairmount Blvd., Suite 312


This event is open to the public, and the  cost for the workshop is $100, students $50.

RSVP by calling (216) 229-5959 or email:

Learning Objectives:

1. We will examine how the ability to experience oneself as an “agent” is established and how it may be disrupted in the course of relational engagements and conflicts during development.

2. We will examine how these ideas may be usefully applied in the clinical context of the psychotherapeutic encounter and the potential power for transformation in adult parent-child relationships.



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