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Nancy J. Chodorow, Ph.D. Toward an American Independent Tradition
Bigelow Conference and Reception Center
Pittsburgh, PA
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Nancy J. Chodorow, Ph.D. Toward an American Independent Tradition
This paper presents ideas in progress about the development of an American Independent Tradition, which the author has tentatively called intersubjective ego psychology. The American Independent Tradition filters and develops ideas found originally in the writings of Hans Loewald. It constitutes a middle ground between ego psychology and relational psychoanalysis.

The tradition recognizes the analytic relationship but preserves the individuality and autonomy of each participant.The paper compares and contrasts the American Independent Tradition with the British Independent Tradition and wonders whether we can find independent traditions in other parts of the analytic world. This presentation of ideas in progress is meant to spark discussion and reflection about the trajectory of psychoanalysis in the United States, about the uses of theory,and about alternative ways of conceptualizing and using the relationship in clinical work.

Nancy J. Chodorow, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Geographic Regional Supervising Analyst, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center; and Faculty, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She is Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Clinical Faculty Emerita, University of California, Berkeley. Her books include The Reproduction of Mothering (1978, 2nd. ed., 1999); Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory (1989); Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (1994); The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999); and Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice (2012). She is author of numerous articles on comparative psychoanalytic theory and technique, Loewald and the Loewaldian tradition, sexuality, the psychology of women, and gender. She is recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and fellowships. Dr. Chodorow is in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Friday, March 15th
Bigelow Conference Center
7:00-9:00 pm
2 Continuing Education Credits

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will learn about the American Independent Tradition
2. Participants will consider the role of theory in clinical work
3. Participants will think about psychoanalytic independent traditions

CME Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. 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 number of 2)  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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists, Social Workers (MSW, LCSW,MFT, LPC) and Counselors:

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering


Bigelow Conference and Reception Center (View)
4338 Bigelow Blvd. (Do not use GPS)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States


Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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