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The Contributions of Empirical Infant Research to Psychoanalytic Treatment

April 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Frank Lachmann
Date & Time: Thursday, April 18, 2019 [8:00 PM – 10:00 PM]
Contact Hours: 2
Location: 329 East 62nd St (Bet. 1st & 2nd Avenues), NYC 10065

Overview: About 15 years ago I wrote a paper “Infant Research and Adult Treatment: What have we learned? How can we apply it?” In my presentation I summarize what I learned in the past and then turn to what Beatrice Beebe and I have learned in the last 15 years, specifically, how the continuing empirical research on infants and mothers furthers our ability to treat adult patients. These studies have documented the bidirectionality and co-creation of experience in infancy and can be extended into adulthood to include the therapeutic relationship. Organizing principles of self and interactive regulation their disruption and repair, and heightened affective moments can be translated into leading and tailing edge interpretations in the treatment of adults that provide therapist with an empirically derived perspective for understanding and interpreting development, psychopathology and transference. Clinical illustrations connect and clarify the empirical research with a self-psychology-based perspective that provides a framework for contributions of infant research to adult treatment.

Learning Objectives: Participants will

1. learn that interventions based on empirical studies of early development can provide a wider array of clarifying therapeutic interventions.

2. be able to make leading edge interventions that further the treatment process and growth of the patient.

3. be able to avoid some of the pitfalls that trap and lock patient and therapist in defensive interactions.

4. be able to recognize and use the power of nonverbal communications as a therapeutic tool.

Presenter: Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D. is a teacher and supervisor and a member of the Founding Faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York; and a Clinical Assistant Professor, in the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is author or co-author of more than 150 journal publications. He has been a co-author with Joe Lichtenberg and Jim Fosshage on six books, most recently Enlivening the Self (Routledge, 2015) and Narrative and Meaning, (Routledge, 2017). With Beatrice Beebe he wrote Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions (Analytic Press, 2002) The Origins of Attachment (Routledge, 2014) and The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book (with Beebe and Cohn, Norton, 2016). He is sole author of Transforming Aggression: Psychotherapy with the difficult-to-treat patient (Aronson, 2000) and Transforming Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations (Analytic Press, 2008). He is a member of the Council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, and an honorary member of the Vienna Circle for Self-Psychology, the William Alanson White Society, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.


The American Institute for Psychoanalysis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0338.

 If you would like to register by phone or inquire about a course, presentation or CE credits, please call the American Institute for Psychoanalysis (AIP) at 212-838-8044 or email

This meeting has been approved for 2 contact hours for licensed social workers. A certificate will be mailed to those who sign the attendance sheet, complete an evaluation and pay an administrative fee of $10.  

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April 18, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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