"Obstacles to Authenticity in Psychotherapy"

20 – 24 August 2018   print this page

Course directors:

Dinko Podrug, State University of New York, United States
Peter Dunn, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, United States
Vedran Bilić, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia

Course description:

Brief Description of Course or Conference Content:

The course addresses the overall strategy of present-day psychodynamic psychotherapy and specific areas of technique. As in prior years, we will elucidate core theoretical concepts (transference, unconscious organising fantasy) and practices (dream interpretation, creating/maintaining frame and balancing ritual and spontaneity) by identifying them and demonstrating their functionality in the clinical material presented by the participants. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own clinical data, particularly process notes of individual sessions. In addition to revisiting previous years' topics and discussions, every year we bring another new concept and see how it relates to core analytic ideas. This year we will look at Authenticity, especially as it relates to its nemeses, Shame and Prejudice. The goal of this course is to increase the participants awareness of, and facility with, their own clinical actions and thinking, so they can more actively and boldly allow themselves to hear, to absorb and to contain and to respond to their patients' emotions and fantasies. This course has proven useful to relative novices in psychotherapy and to experienced practitioners alike. The collegial, inquisitive spirit we create allows us to better see our own countertransference reactions, as well as refresh our therapeutic passion and gifts.

Does your programme offer ECTS credits and if yes what are the requirements?

No. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance of actual hours attended (usually twenty) and listing the topics covered/skills developed.

Practical matters (fees and hours; lodging and suggested preparation):

School fee is Euro 150 or Croatian currency equivalent (Euro 100 for trainees/early career professionals), payable in cash upon arrival.

We start Monday 20nd and end Friday August 24th; each day we work from 9:00 – 13:00, with rest of the day free. We are meeting at the IUC building, Don Frana Bulica 4, just two hundred meters from the west side of old city walls (“Pile”).

In addition to bringing process notes on your most challenging or interesting case, please feel free to email Dr. Podrug ( about one or two theoretical concept you have most difficulty understanding or applying clinically. Also he would love to know what is your favourite psychoanalytic journal article or a book.

As usual, each participant will receive from Dr. Bilic a pdf copy of Dr. Cabaniss’s book, as soon as they confirm their participation in the course. We are very grateful to Dr. Cabaniss, and to Dr. Dunn for arranging this.


Cabaniss, Deborah L et al: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manal, 2011.

Boccara, P. Gaddini, A. Riefolo, G. (2009). Authenticity and the Analytic Process. Am. J. Psychoanal., 69(4):348-362.

Neri, C. (2008). Authenticity as an Aim of Psychoanalysis. Am. J. Psychoanal., 68(4):325-349.

Dinko Podrug, M.D., D.Sc., School Director

Course lecturers:

Peter Dunn, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, United States
Dinko Podrug, State University of New York, United States
Vedran Bilić, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia