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2017-2018 Scientific Meetings

Chicago Psychoanalytic Society

Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Clinical Social Work

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – 7:00 PM-8:50 PM

Location: Robert Morris University – 401 S. State Street, 8th floor auditorium

Admission is free

Psychotherapy with a Homeless Patient: Insight for All

Presenter: Deborah Luepnitz, PhD

Discussant: Gabriel Ruiz, MA, LCPC

Dr. Luepnitz has written one of the most acclaimed modern books of cases of psychotherapy. In her presentation, she presents an unpublished case of her treatment of a homeless person. Her presentation challenges the common assumption that treatments derived from psychoanalytic theories are suited only for people of means. She also will describe IFA (Insight For All), which she launched in 2005, a program that connects analysts willing to work pro bono with homeless and formerly homeless adults in Philadelphia.

Presenter: Deborah Luepnitz, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and psychologist with a private practice in Philadelphia. A clinical associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she is the author of three books, including The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (Basic Books, 1992) AND Schopenhauer’s Porcupines: Intimacy and Its Dilemmas. Five Stories of Psychotherapy (Basic Books, 2003). She is also a contributing author to The Winnicott Tradition (Karnac, 2015). In 2005, Dr. Luepnitz launched Insight for All (IFA), which connects psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono with homeless adults and children.Discussant: Gabriel Ruiz, MA, LCPC, a member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society, is a faculty member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Clinical Social Work. He maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with children, adolescents.

Educational objectives:

After the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the major challenges involved in working in a psychodynamic way with homeless adults;
  • State the two concepts from the work of Winnicott that play an essential role in the treatment of homeless and formerly homeless adults

Admission is free. No reservations are required. Continuing Education Credits are offered exclusively to Society members.

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