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Upcoming and select past presentations

October 19th-20th, 2017: Grand Rounds Presentations to Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and APsaA Psychoanalytic Study Group, Syracuse, New York.

October 21st, 2017, 9AM: 40th Annual International Association for Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology (IAPSP) International Conference: “Empathic Depths and Relational Leaps: Creating Therapeutic Possibility” Panel Discussant for “The Analyst’s Subjectivity: A Double-Edged Sword”. This Panel’s participants will provide clinical material and theory to further our thinking about the double-edged sword of the analyst’s unique subjectivity as it emerges in specific analytic relationships: the double edge being that the analyst’s subjectivity is the only lens through which we can see and engage therapeutically with our patients but at the same time is an aspect of the analyst’s person that at times can create barriers to emotional intimacy or pull for particular manifestations of the patient’s pain and his problems in living.
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois

November 4th, 2017, All-day Seminar: Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Keeping Our Work Alive Seminar Series. More information to follow

December 9th, 2017 9 AM – 12:30 PM: Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Annual Conference. The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name– On the Therapeutic Action and the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. This presentation will address an historical and current-day taboo; the loving, romantic, and erotic feelings that often arise on both sides of the couch, but seldom get discussed in the literature. Through exploration of newly evolving theory and detailed case examples, Steven Kuchuck will explore ways in which these therapist–patient subjective responses become a vital component of the therapeutic action and/or interfere with progress in treatment. Particular attention will be paid to the implications of these dynamics for male analytic dyads in which sexual orientation is discordant. Ample time will be allotted for audience discussion. Silver Spring Civic Building 
1 Veterans Plaza 
Silver Spring, MD 20910


May 27thth, 2017,  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: IARPP CONFERENCE 2017: FROM THE MARGINS TO THE CENTRE: CONTEMPORARY RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 
Interlocutor for Panel: Shame, Guilt and Self-Disclosure. SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Australia

May 27th, 2017,  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: IARPP CONFERENCE 2017: FROM THE MARGINS TO THE CENTRE: CONTEMPORARY RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 
Invited Panel: The Eroticized Transference-Countertransference
. SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Australia

April 29th, 2017, 8:00 – 9:50 AM: DIVISION OF PSYCHOANALYSIS (39) 37TH ANNUAL SPRING MEETING, 2017. Empire Ballroom East Steering Committee Invited Panel Fallen From Grace: Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Wisdom in the Work of Reich, Jung and Khan. We will look at the professional exile of Reich, Jung and Khan. When violations have occurred and sanctions meted out, to what extent do valuable theories also get lost? When should we revisit disgraced forefathers in order to learn from their mistakes and reclaim otherwise discarded, formerly valued teachings? Lew Aron, PhD A Case of Carl Jung’s: Illustrating Prospective and Prophetic Functions and the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Adrienne Harris, PhD Finding Wilhelm Reich Steven Kuchuck, LCSW Rediscovering Masud Khan
. Empire Ballroom East, The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

April 28th, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM: DIVISION OF PSYCHOANALYSIS (39) 37TH ANNUAL SPRING MEETING, 2017 
On the Limitations of Love. Part of the panel “‘Let’s Get It On’: Revisiting Love and Seduction in Contemporary Psychoanalysis” Empire Ballroom West, The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY


April 26th, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: DIVISION OF PSYCHOANALYSIS (39) 37TH ANNUAL SPRING MEETING, 2017 The Psychotherapist’s Subjectivity: “Dialogue of Unconsciouses” and Use of Self in Contemporary Relational Technique 3 CE Credits Anthony Bass, PhD; Steven Kuchuck, LCSW. Making use of didactic and experiential approaches to this subject, we will explore the impact of the therapist’s life experience and psychological make-up on the therapeutic process. We will focus on the relationship between the clinician’s subjectivity, theoretical orientations, and approach to technique. The use and impact of the therapist’s subjectivity will be considered in relation to questions of self-disclosure, and other clinical choices. Liberty 4 The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

APRIL 1st, 2017, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM:The Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Local Chapter, Division of Psychoanalysis (39) American Psychological Association
On the Limitations of Love: Romance and Loss in Psychoanalysis
Love can be or at least feel dangerous. Our analytic history is replete with examples of love or lust challenging and, tragically all too often, breaking through crucial boundaries. Before the relational turn, we were mostly urged to blot out intense affective and personal responses to our patients or to at least recognize that they were solely induced by them. In fact, loving and certainly falling in love with our patients were experienced as such unusual and frightening phenomena that they were usually assumed to represent countertransference problems and otherwise seen to be distinct from “real” love. And similarly, when patients loved us, it was called “transference love”. In other words, when love—especially but not only the romantic variety– bloomed in the consultation room, it was more often than not seen as toxic and anything but the enlivening and growth enhancing feeling that often develops between two people engaging in an intimate relationship.
Even if a relatively new phenomenon, contemporary analysts know a lot about the potential for healing that analytic love affords. But there are therapeutic dangers as well, which are not as frequently noted in the literature. For the most part, these differ from the classical cautionary tales. But perhaps because we are so relieved to finally be given “permission” to make good use of the full range of our feelings, we sometimes miss the limitations inherent in loving. In this program, Steven Kuchuck will present new theoretical data and a detailed clinical case in order to explore these issues.

March 23rd, 2017:  “Red Corvettes and Cracking Leather: On the Subjectivity of a Middle-Aged Analyst.” American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work 2016 Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

January 18th, 2017: American Psychoanalytic (APsaA) 2017 National Meeting. Senior Analyst Presentation. Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY.

January 17th, 2017: On the Limitations of Love: Romance and Loss in Psychoanalysis. at the William Alanson White Institute, New York, City.

December 21st-December 22nd 2016: “Clinical Evening and Seminar with Steven Kuchuck” at the Israeli Forum for Psychoanalysis, Tel Aviv, Israel.

November 17th, 2016 “The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi” with Adrienne Harris and Tony Bass at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, New York City.

November 12th, 2016 “Ferenczi and His Heirs: The Evolving Role of the Analyst’s Subjectivity in Clinical Practice” at The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education, Philadelphia.

November 5th, 2016 “Re-Imagining Analytic Love” at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies Conference: Inhabiting Mutuality, New York City.

“Into the Mind of the Analyst: When the Personal Becomes Professional” The Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Dallas Texas. October 22nd, 2016

“Into the Mind of the Analyst: When the Personal Becomes Professional, An Afternoon with Steven Kuchuck, LCSW”, The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California. October 15th, 2016

“Those 45 Minutes Changed My Life–Freud’s consultation with ML and what contemporary therapists can learn from it”, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York City. September 22nd, 2016

“Into the Mind of the Psychotherapist:  The Impact of Our Subjectivity on the Patient and the Treatment”
Rockland Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. April 17th, 2016

Discussion of Panel Presentation: “Is Psychoanalysis Still Hot and Bothered? Returning Sexuality to the Psychoanalytic Conversation”American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. April 9th, 2016

“Sex and Love on the Upper East Side”
American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. April 8th, 2016

“When the Personal Becomes Professional:  Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Subjectivity”
SICP Lecture Series, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York City, March 11th, 2016

“Guess Who’s Going to Dinner? Patient, Friend, and Would-be Lovers” and “When the Personal Becomes Professional: Clinical Implications of the Psychotherapist’s Subjectivity”
Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, IL, February 19-20th, 2016

For more information and to register, please contact Leah Harp at leahharp@gmail.com

“A Day with Steven Kuchuck: Into the Mind of the Analyst– The Impact of Our Subjectivity on the Patient and the Treatment”
Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, November 21st, 2015

“Relational Analysts Go Under the Covers: Working with the erotic in the transference/countertransference”
The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, November 1st, 2015

Response to Galit Atlas’s presentation, “Enigmatic Knowing—Sexuality, Intimacy, and the Ways We Listen”
Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 10th, 2015

“Other to Ourselves: Tracking the Psychotherapist’s Subjectivity and its Impact on the Treatment”
Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 10th, 2015

Book Celebration for “The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor”
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York City, October 16th, 2015

“Discovering the Analyst: Excursions in Subjectivity”
IARPP conference, Toronto Canada. June 28th, 2015

Sydney, Australia Chapter of IARPP presents “When the Personal Becomes Professional: Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Subjectivity”
Hosted via Skype, June 19, 2015

Book Launch: “The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor”
The New School, Wolman Hall, New York City. June 4th, 2015

The Impact of the Psychotherapist’s Subjectivity on the Patient and the Treatment
Silver Spring, MD. November 15, 2014

Book Celebration for “Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional”
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York City. May 2, 2014

“Meet the Editor of Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional.”
American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 Conference, New York City. The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. April 24, 2014.

“Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional.”
IARPP Online Webinar. March 24 – April 9, 2014.

Meet the Editor of “Psychoanalytic Perspectives, An International Journal of Integration and Innovation”
American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 Conference, New York City. The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. April 2012

“Finding the Analyst: The Impact of our Subjectivity on Theory and Technique”
National Institute for the Psychotherapies Continuing Education Series, New York City, March 28, 2015.

“Exploring the Erotic Countertransference”
North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society, Durham, North Carolina. March 22, 2014.

Book launch with invited presenters, “Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional”
The Sandor Ferenczi Center at New School University, New York City. December 5, 2013.

“Meet the Author” of “Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional”
IARPP Conference, Santiago, Chile, November, 2013.

“Desiring the Other: On the Therapeutic Action of the Analyst’s Erotic Experience”
Psychology and the Other Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October, 2013.

“Finding Words: How Hidden Aspects of a Treatment Can Be Revealed in the Process of Psychoanalytic Writing”
Presented by Rachel Altstein. Discussants: Steven Kuchuck and Tony Bass. NIP Professional Association Fall Colloquium at Blue Water Grill, New York City, October, 2013.“Erotic

Countertransference: From Boundary Violation to Therapeutic Action”
Presented at:
• American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2012.
• International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), Los Angeles, October, 2011.

“Can Love Heal? The Therapeutic Action of the Analyst’s Desire”
International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), New York City, March 2012.

“Guess Who’s Going to Dinner?  On the Arrival of the Uninvited Third”
International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), Washington DC, October 2012.

 “Please (Don’t) Want Me: The Therapeutic Action of Male Sexual Desire in the Treatment of Heterosexual Men.”
IARPP, Madrid, Spain, June 2011.

“Owning the Other”. Psychology and the Other conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts October 2011

“Sexuality and the Uninvited Third: When Worlds Collide”
Presented at:
• International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, San Francisco, California, February 2010.
• 20th Annual Interdisciplinary  Conference of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education, Seattle, Washington, November 2009

“To Have and to Hold: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Desire to Own”
Presented at:
• National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York City, January 2011
• International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2009
• 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2008

“Do Ask, Do Tell? Narcissistic Need as a Determinant of Analyst Self-Disclosure”
Presented at the 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education, Toronto, Canada, November 2007

“In the Shadow of the Towers; The Role of Re-traumatization and Political Action in the Evolution of a Psychoanalyst”
Presented at:
• 35th Annual Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, New York City, October 2007.
• 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education, Pasadena, California, November 2006

“Therapist Self-Disclosure-Current Trends”
Keynote Address, Hofstra University Creative Arts Therapy Conference, Hempstead, New York, March 2007

Upcoming Presentations

October 19th-20th, 2017: Grand Rounds Presentations to Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and APsaA Psychoanalytic Study Group, Syracuse, New York.

October 21st, 2017, 9AM: 40th Annual International Association for Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology (IAPSP) International Conference: "Empathic Depths and Relational Leaps: Creating Therapeutic Possibility" Panel Discussant for “The Analyst's Subjectivity: A Double-Edged Sword”. This Panel's participants will provide clinical material and theory to further our thinking about the double-edged sword of the analyst’s unique subjectivity as it emerges in specific analytic relationships: the double edge being that the analyst’s subjectivity is the only lens through which we can see and engage therapeutically with our patients but at the same time is an aspect of the analyst’s person that at times can create barriers to emotional intimacy or pull for particular manifestations of the patient’s pain and his problems in living.
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois

November 4th, 2017, All-day Seminar: Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Keeping Our Work Alive Seminar Series. More information to follow

December 9th, 2017 9 AM - 12:30 PM: Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Annual Conference. The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name-- On the Therapeutic Action and the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. This presentation will address an historical and current-day taboo; the loving, romantic, and erotic feelings that often arise on both sides of the couch, but seldom get discussed in the literature. Through exploration of newly evolving theory and detailed case examples, Steven Kuchuck will explore ways in which these therapist--patient subjective responses become a vital component of the therapeutic action and/or interfere with progress in treatment. Particular attention will be paid to the implications of these dynamics for male analytic dyads in which sexual orientation is discordant. Ample time will be allotted for audience discussion. Silver Spring Civic Building 
1 Veterans Plaza 
Silver Spring, MD 20910