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Prognostic Reflections From a 15 Year Psychoanalytic Treatment Of a Patient With Substantial Chronic Childhood Psychic Trauma

November 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm



The case to be presented is from a 15 year mostly three times a week analysis of a substantially traumatized patient beginning at age 4 and including both parents. The focus of the presentation following some background will be on the degree and kind of change and the possible basis for the patient’s marked improvement. Factors associated with the progress in comparison with other mostly less improved patients will be considered. An earlier version of the case was published in 2011 by Karnac, chapter 4 of A New Freudian Synthesis: Clinical Process in the Next Generation edited by Andrew Druck, Carolyn Ellman, Norbert Freedman and Aaron Thaler.
(Previous information about the case is not necessary to follow the presentation.)


On completion of the course participants should have:

  1. A clearer idea of what constitutes overwhelming emotional experience at the brink of breakdown and how
    that experience is described by the patient when at a safer distance from the tipping point.
  2. A better understanding of what factors played a role in the unusual degree of improvement by this patient as
    compared with others who have also experienced substantial psychic trauma in childhood.


Marvin Hurvich, PhD, is a training and supervising Analyst at the New York Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and The Contemporary Freudian Society. Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Long Island University. Fellow, International Psychoanalytic Association. His current writings are on theoretical, clinical, and empirical aspects of annihilation anxieties.


The American Institute for Psychoanalysis, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#0338).



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November 30, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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