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The Therapist's Denial of the Destructive Sides of Their Personality with Avedis Panajian, PhD, ABPP

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The Therapist's Denial of the Destructive Sides of Their Personality with Avedis Panajian, PhD, ABPP

Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:30am to 1:00pm
The Seattle School
2501 Elliot Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Sponsored by: 
COR and The Seattle School

This two-part seminar begins Friday evening and concludes on Saturday afternoon.

Friday: In the first portion of Dr. Panajian’s October seminar, he will focus on the psychotic aspects of psychotherapists and patients, exploring the ways these powerful but often neglected forces undermine a therapist’s work with her patients. He will lecture on the role that training, therapy, supervision, and unhealthy lifestyle adaptations play in this neglect and how these problems can be counteracted. Deepening his exploration of psychotic aspects of the personality, Dr. Panajian will address how trauma becomes source of psychopathology during infancy and the major defenses that are formed in its wake. He will distinguish between defenses and psychopathological organizations leading to psychotic withdrawal, sensory withdrawal, sadomasochism, and delusion. Dr. Panajian will draw on his extensive clinical experience to give these theoretical explorations an immediate and clinically-oriented context.

Saturday: Continuing the previous evening’s explorations of psychotic phenomena, Dr. Panajian will lecture on the distinction between the repressed and unrepressed unconscious processes that shape the world of the psychotic mind. Applying this distinction to clinical work, Dr. Panajian will discuss the importance of a psychotherapist’s capacity to help a patient work through the various forms of resistance they may have to recognizing and tolerating their own psychotic experience, and the myriad ways in which therapists and patients avoid a tolerant recognition of this reality. Dr. Panajian will conclude his lecture with an exploration of the challenges that a psychotherapist faces when is afraid of being receptive to the inchoate potentials for meaning that inhere to psychotic experiences, and severely doubts ones own ability to tolerate and even enjoy the mystery and immediacy of working with psychotic material.


Entire event (10/20 and 10/21)
Retired: $60, COR Member: $90, Non-member: $105, Grad Student: $75

Friday (10/20) Only
Retired: $25, COR Member: $35, Non-member: $40, Grad Student: $30

Saturday (10/21) Only
Retired: $45, COR Member: $65, Non-member: $75, Grad Student: $55

If you prefer to send a check, please mail to: 

Jeff Grant PhD LMHC
1812 E Madison #205
Seattle, WA 98105

Contact Person: 
Jeff Grant
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