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December 2023 Scientific Meeting

December 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

 Saturday, December 16, 2023    4–6 pm

WNEPS members, WNEIP candidates and all students/trainees attend free
Non-members: $25 professional registration fee (includes CME/CE certificate with completed evaluation)

Hybrid Meeting: In person at 255 Bradley Street and Online via Zoom (link will be sent via email the day before the event)

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On Analytic Neutrality

Speaker: Steven Cooper, MD
Discussant: David Carlson, MD


In a series of papers, the author has discussed the analyst’s neutrality as an activity: a constantly moving position and an always-evolving process characterized by the analyst’s thinking and curiosity about how to help the patient better know and become himself. In this paper, the author extends some ideas about the activity of neutrality to include the ways that we help patients to hold paradoxical realities intrinsic to transference and play in analytic work. He suggests that Winnicott’s guardianship of the setting for the emergence of playing and Bion’s guardianship of the setting to facilitate reverie, were their own de facto expressions of the need for neutrality within the ontological thread of analysis. Both Winnicott and Bion were concerned about the ways that we interfere with the emergence of playing and reverie. The author suggests that understanding and being are two dimensions of the analytic process that work in concert with each other in analytic process. Neutrality often works quietly in spaces between epistemological and ontological approaches to clinical psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to link their conceptions of the analytic neutrality to the patient’s play and reverie in the analysis.
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate awareness of ways that they may interfere with the emergence of reverie and play in the analytic process.

Supplemental articles

Cooper S_The Activity of Neutrality

Cooper S_Toward an Ethic of Play in Psychoanalysis

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Presenter: Steven Cooper, MD

Steven Cooper is a Clinical Professor at Columbia University and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Training Program in Psychoanalysis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at both the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He served as Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues from 2007-2012 and is now Chief Editor Emeritus. In 1989 he received the best paper prize from the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author of over one hundred journal articles in psychoanalysis.

He has written four books: “Objects of Hope: Exploring Possibility and Limit in Psychoanalysis” in 2000 by The Analytic Press; “A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference,” published in 2010 by Routledge; “Exploring the Analyst’s Relationship to the Depressive Position,” published in 2016 by Routledge. His most recent book is “Playing and Becoming in Psychoanalysis” published by Routledge in 2023.

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CME/CE Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.” 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.                     

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

 A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists.

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December 16, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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Online via Zoom
CT United States


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