Brief Psychoanalysis

  • 09 Apr 2017
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Rittenhouse Square (exact address will be emailed)
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Brief Psychoanalysis

April 9, 2017

Cécile Gouffrant McKenna, PsyD

2 CEUs Offered

In recent years, there has been a demand to develop short-term psychodynamic interventions. This type of treatment—12 weeks or less—might be helpful in solving many of the challenges and demands of our current healthcare system and fast-paced culture. That said, the place of Brief Psychoanalysis has yet to be defined in the psychodynamic movement as well as in more general mental health treatment options.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current context for Brief Psychoanalysis and a summary of recent studies assessing the effectiveness of short-term vs. long-term psychodynamic therapy. The presenter will also provide a short account on the recent book Brief Psychoanalytic Treatment by R. Peter Hobson, PhD, and describe his six forms of brief psychoanalytic therapy. A clinical case will be shared and our presenter will share the framework she utilizes with brief analysis, inspired by the work of Raul Moncayo, PhD and Ayelet Hirshfeld, PhD.


Learning Objectives: After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

1.    Identify what can be considered brief analysis and define its limits, advantages, and clinical frame.

2.    Identify the circumstances in which to consider brief analysis.

3.    Define the key elements of a successful brief analysis treatment.

Cécile Gouffrant McKenna, PsyD, first trained in France as a cognitive psychologist conducting research on memory, especially with Alzheimer’s patients. After a career in the biotechnology business world, Cécile earned her PsyD at the California Institute of Integral Study in San Francisco, CA.  Cécile is a candidate analyst with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis with a private practice in Philadelphia, PA.

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