Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)
530 Bush Street
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94121
Drew Tillotson, Psy.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$280 General Public
$200 Full Members
$176 CMH Members
$160 Associate Members
$120 Student Members
$120 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

This course has been cancelled.


Considerations of Theory and Technique

Course Overview: 

Psychoanalytic psychology both pathologizes and remains open-minded about the uses of technology. Patients’ use of technology as a form of communication in their worlds — as well as a way of showing/telling the therapist aspects of their lives — is now commonplace as technology rapidly continues to impact society and thera­peutic spaces.

Using the work of Balick, Hartman, Lemma, Marzi, Scharff et al., and our clinical experiences, we will explore the impact of technologies on the therapeutic relationship and psychoanalytic frame. We will consider topics such as communication between the therapeutic couple (inside and outside sessions, e.g., photos, music, email, texts); tele-treatment and the place of the body (what is seen/unseen, felt/not felt, [non]embodiment); transference and countertransference; unconscious com­munication; limits and potentialities of connection. Our aim is to reconsider theory and technique regarding the analytic frame in a technologically saturated world.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe some key differences in the therapeutic frame between in-person therapy sessions and tele-sessions when using technology such as FaceTime or telephone.
  • Explain the differences in how the body is impacted and experienced for both therapist and patient when treatment is electronic, or “tele-treatment.”
  • Discuss and analyze the differences and similarities in how silence is used and experienced when comparing in-person therapy versus tele-treatment.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Bass, A. (2007). When the Frame Doesn’t Fit the Picture. Psychoanal. Dial., 17:1-27.
  2. Hartman, S. (2011). Reality 2.0: When Loss Is Lost. Psychoanal. Dial., 21:468-482.
  3. Hartman, S. (2012). Cybermourning: Grief in Flux From Object Loss to Collective Immortality. Psychoanal. Inq., 32:454-467.
  4. Tylim, I. (2012). The Techno-Body and the Future of Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Inq., 32:468-479.
  5. Scharff, J.S. (2012). Clinical Issues in Analyses over the Telephone and the Internet. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 93:81-95.

Drew Tillotson, Psy.D., is past-president of PINC and NCSPP, co-chair of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC), and sits on the IPA’s Committee on Education and Oversight. He has published on masculinity, aging, and intercultural phenomena; teaches widely in the Bay Area; and is in private practice in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is appropriate for clinicians in early-to-extensive career levels with experience in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic theory and clinical technique.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Julia Conant at or 415-857-4885.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Stephanie Chen, Ph.D.
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi