Personal Transformations, Frame Alterations, and Making the Conscious Unconscious during the Traumatic Times of Covid and Other Deadly Plagues

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 8 PM
Location: Register via the button below to receive the Zoom link

Presenter: Anthony Bass, Ph.D.
Discussant: Natasha Chriss, M.D.

As we approach the third year of living and working in the shadow of COVID-19, Anthony Bass will discuss some of the paradoxes, challenges, and opportunities we have faced in these treacherous COVID times. We all, patients and analysts alike, have faced great strains and threats to our physical and mental well-being that have forced changes in our ways of living, working, relating, and being that have radically transformed our ways of working with our patients and our analysts. Some of these changes will be part of our history, others part of our future. 

These changes have forced us to reconsider some aspects of the frame or our work that we have taken for granted for all our professional lives. In this presentation, Dr. Bass will consider what we have learned about ourselves, our patients, and the nature of our work as we have negotiated the challenges that COVID and other plagues have wrought. His paper presentation will be followed by a conversation with Dr. Natasha Chriss about the light that our challenges have shed on our work as we make decisions about returning to work with our patients in our offices. How will our experiences of the last three years change our sense of doing psychoanalytic work as we move forward into an increasingly uncertain future?


Anthony Bass, Ph.D. is on the faculty and is a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is an associate professor and clinical consultant (supervising analyst) at the NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is an editor emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, the International Journal of Relational Perspectives, and the founder and president of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center.


Natasha Chriss, M.D. is a training and supervising analyst at Columbia Psychoanalytic Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell, where she teaches and supervises psychiatry residents. She is in private practice in New York City.
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Learning objectives: 
After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of the ways a move to teletherapy during the Pandemic can be adapted for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians.
  2. Revise some of the traditional views on analytic neutrality and anonymity given the constraints upon neutrality that come up with the inevitable transparency intrinsic to virtual sessions.  
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0168.
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 the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine. 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 1.5 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. -Updated July 2021-


For more information about this program, contact
Susan Scheftel, Ph.D.

This program is sponsored by the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine. To learn more about The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine, visit our website.


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