Colloquium 19

"Good Enough Endings: Contemporary Perspectives on Termination"

Title/Paper: Leaning Into Termination: Finding a Good-Enough Ending” from the book Relational Psychoanalysis: Evolution of Process Vol. 5 edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris (Routledge, 2011). This chapter is a revised version of the original paper which appeared in Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2009, 19:704-722 and also includes material from the book, Good Enough Endings: Breaks, Interruptions and Terminations from Contemporary Relational Perspectives, Chapters 1 &7, (Routledge 2010).
Author: Jill Salberg
Dates: Monday, December 5 - Sunday, December 18 , 2011

Galit Atlas-Koch and Steven Kuchuck


Dana Amir, Tony Bass, Ken Frank, Sue Grand, Jeremy Holmes, Tessa Philips, Phil Ringstrom, Sandra Silverman, Joyce Slochower

This colloquium will be based on Jill Salberg’s innovative paper and book and the important work of other contributors to her edited collection. We will examine the concept of termination through a contemporary lens and pose some provocative questions about the very nature of psychoanalytic treatment.  What does it mean to ask our patients and ourselves to become deeply attached, knowing from the beginning that our relationship will come to an end? What is the value of a planned termination versus an open ended treatment that one or both parties may believe will go on forever?  Do therapeutic beginnings have to assume an eventual end and do our endings need to be absolute and permanent? Do we ever really know when to say good-bye?

General Information Regarding CE Credits:

The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IARPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE for NASW-New York State for 3 contact hours is pending approval.

Details on how to receive CE credit (evaluation and test) will be provided at the end of the Colloquium.