Something Different for Joomla!

Directions to MPC Events

MPC Monthly Meeting

 Monthly meetings are open to the public and free of charge  

The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council

May 2012 Meeting

Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for This Presentation, Stimulating Discussion and Professional Networking!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

11 am – 1 pm (continental brunch provided)

The University Club, East Lansing

 followed by the New Member/Candidate Luncheon

Click here for a reservation form


This program offers 2 CE Credits to Social Workers

May 2012 Program – a Co-Presented Program with Clinical Papers on Treating More Disturbed Patients:

“Who Am I to Treat This Person? What It Feels Like to Treat a Seriously Disturbed Patient”

Bertram P. Karon, PhD

Who am I to treat this person? That's what came to mind every time I treated a seriously disturbed patient. I don't know enough and I have hang-ups. But no one knows enough, and every therapist has hang-ups, although our own analysis helps. We may feel confused, frightened, angry, or hopeless because these are the patient's feelings. Discussed are creating rational hope, dealing with feelings (including terror), depression, delusions, hallucinations, and suicidal and homicidal dangers. Theory is helpful, but it is not enough. Tolerating not knowing often leads to effective improvisations. Best results were obtained with psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic therapy without medication. Next best was psychoanalytic therapy with initial medication withdrawn as rapidly as the patient can tolerate. Electroconvulsive therapy is discouraged.

“An Unusual Outcome for a Traumatized Patient Diagnosed as Psychotic”

Elizabeth Waiess, Psy.D.

The treatment ending of a long therapy is usually anticipated to be a sign of the patient coming to understand more about herself/himself, having deeper compassion for one’s self and others, with acquired ability to continue the analysis into the future and to better weather inevitable problems and disappointments.   In this paper, the case material is presented of a deeply disturbed traumatized patient who had been diagnosed as psychotic.  The therapy ending was not the usual, but was optimal in that her continuing anger at the analyst resulted in the former patient being able to not kill herself and to continue her life-making decisions based on what she wished, and not what others required of her.

Bertram P. Karon, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus (2010) of Psychology at Michigan State University. He is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, and a former president of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. He is a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis and in Clinical Psychology, ABPP, and an Honorary Member of ISPS-US.


Elizabeth A. Waiess, Psy.D, is a Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in East Lansing, Michigan.  She has worked clinically for 30 years with adults, teens and children, primarily on an individual basis.  She is known for work with severely traumatized adults and has published in this area of specialty.  Dr. Waiess is an Adjunct Faculty at Lansing Community College in the Department of Social Sciences, teaching psychology courses.  She is the current president of MPC.