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I'm Listening... An Elder's Perspective on the Creative Practice We Still Call Psychotherapy

  • Friday, May 05, 2023
  • 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Live Zoom Webinar


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Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Psychological Association (SHWPA)

I’m Listening...An Elder’s Perspective on the Creative Practice We Still Call Psychotherapy.

Presented by

Jesse D. Geller Ph.D. Friday May 5, 2023, Program time 9:45 AM-1 PM Live Zoom Webinar / 3 Continuing Education Credits

The primary goal of this workshop is to advance participant’s efforts to grapple with the non-manualized, improvisational, and inherently conflict-laden aspects of practicing psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy. Participants will be invited to share detailed non-confidential clinical material. Dr. Geller will be available for questions and discussion in a ‘master class’ format within the group. As an introduction, Dr. Geller will present an overview of his non-denominational ideas about what it takes to creatively practice the “impossible profession.” At the epicenter of his theorizing is the conviction that, at its best, psychotherapy is practiced as if it were an “applied science” that is designed to harness the transformative powers of emotional contagion, imitative learning, and the process of internalization in order to promote the self-acceptance, self-understanding and self-determination that enable individuals to find relief from unnecessary suffering, and to make viable and suitable decisions about their relationships to love, work, and play.

Jesse D. Geller PhD., is a retired associate clinical professor of Yale University Department of Psychiatry, past director of the Yale Psychological Services Center, and is currently a clinical professor at Columbia University Teachers College Clinical Psychology PhD program. Dr. Geller is an honorary member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, a member of the Rappaport-Klein study group, and is in part-time private practice. He is the author of more than 70 + scholarly publications and four books including Psychotherapy, Portraits in Fiction, The Psychotherapists Own Psychotherapy, and his collected essays will soon appear in book form entitled: Passionate Inquiry, Psychotherapy as a Life's Work. He has pioneered empirical work on the role of internalization in psychotherapy, the integration of the arts into science-based forms of therapy and has written extensively about the non-manualized and improvisational aspects of doing therapy. Link for purchase of Dr. Geller’s new book:

Learning Objectives - To expand and refine participant’s science-based understanding of:

1. The needs and resources of fragile, diverse, and difficult psychotherapy patients.

2. The distinction between conflict and deficit-based obstacles to therapeutic progress.

3. The therapeutic value of distinguishing between the form and content of therapeutic techniques.

4. The roles of seeing and being seen in psychotherapy in face to face and electronically mediated therapies.

5. The transformative powers of aesthetic experiences.

Instruction Level: Intermediate

ADA Accommodations available upon written request by emailing, no later than Friday April 28, 2023.

Program Fee: SHWPA Member $55, Non SHWPA Member $65, Students $15. Online registration and payment can be made at, OR by mailing a check payable to SHWPA and mailed to Tracy Menzie P.O. Box 644 Lebanon, NJ 08833.

Please note – registration for this program will close on Tuesday May 2, 2023.

Continuing Education Credits/Administrative Fee for 3 credits (a separate fee paid to NJPA), paid online after the completion of the program. NJPA Administrative Fees: Sustaining Member – Free, NJPA Member $15, Non-NJPA Member - $25. The NJPA LINK will be provided to registrants during the program.

Contact: Virginia Walters, Psy.D. Program Chair of SHWPA – 908-438-3456-X8 /

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and SHWPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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