Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Difficult Patient in the Process of Therapy: A Transference Approach

Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminars 2013 - 2014

SFCP offers these student seminars as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.  The courses are offered free of charge to psychiatry residents and fellows, and to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology, clinical social work, and MFT interns.  All courses are offered Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00PM.  To register, please email Aaron Chow at  If you would like more information about these seminars, please call Michael Loughran, Ph.D., Peninsula Chair of Student Outreach, at (650) 323-3049.  Once you register, you will be called a week prior to class to coordinate getting the readings.  The seminars below will meet at Stanford in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building at 401 Quarry Road in Room 1211 (first floor).

Title: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Difficult Patient in the Process of Therapy: A Transference Approach
Dates: Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Instructor: Miriam Bar, Ph.D.
Location: Stanford's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1211
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94304
Cost: Free
To Register: Please email Aaron Chow at

Betty Joseph once wrote, in regards to treating perversion:  "While one may deduce a great deal from these patients’ symptoms, activities and history, this is therapeutically useless unless one can analyze the manifestations of the perversion in the transference.”  Guided by this insight, this seminar will focus on how symptoms of difficult patients manifest themselves in the therapeutic session through transference.  This understanding adds significantly to the potential impact of treatment interventions.  The class will review examples of sessions, discussing both process and content, with the intent of improving our ability to make a connection between the patient's personality and symptoms, and to understand how these dynamics manifest in the interaction between patient and therapist.

Miriam Bar, Ph.D., Graduate, PINC; Senior Faculty, San Mateo Hospital Residency Program; Faculty, Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program; Private Practice, Palo Alto.

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