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Spring Symposium: Refining the Art: Advancing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

April 29, 2017 @ 2:00 am - 6:00 am PDT

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm (4 CEs)

Refining the Art: Advancing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Presented by: Teri Quatman, PhD

Case Presenters: Liz Dietrich, MSW, Ali Kimmell, LCSW, and Zehara Jambalos Levin, LCSW

Register: Click here.

In his glowing review of Teri Quatman’s 2015 book, Essential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Acquired Art, Thomas Ogden poses the question: “What do patients most fundamentally want and need?” and answers by quoting from the book: “They want more of themselves and for themselves in their lives.” Ogden goes on to say: “it is also what each psychotherapist most wants and needs in their lives as therapists, and it is precisely this that Dr. Quatman’s book so thoroughly and profoundly succeeds in providing.”

The Psychotherapy Institute is honored to present as our featured speaker at this year’s Spring Symposium, author and psychotherapist Dr. Teri Quatman. In her presentation Dr. Quatman will examine the central ideas and concepts necessary to “acquire the art.” She will address the power of harvesting somatic and image-based reveries in session, and the process of rendering them in “artful brushstrokes”—avoiding the over-wording of interventions. Co-creating an experience together with the audience, as well as three case presenters, Dr. Quatman will focus on these, and other elements of everyday practice that define the work of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Joining her onstage will be three Staff Therapists in training at TPI, who will present brief case vignettes from their clinical work. This will serve as a jumping off point for Dr. Quatman, Staff Therapists and the audience to explore some of those key theoretical tenets of contemporary psychoanalytic theory.

Teri QuatmanTeri Quatman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Graduate Department of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. Having served as a faculty member since 1992, she teaches clinical skills and psychodynamic theory and practice to both beginning and advanced students. She maintains a private practice in San Jose, and has also conducted post-masters clinical consultation groups continuously since 2002. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University in 1990, before which she completed three master’s degrees, in Psychology, Counseling, and Educational Psychology, respectively. Her training and experience in psychodynamic work has spanned her 25-year clinical career, and she names Thomas Ogden and Donald Winnicott as her principal teachers/mentors. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications throughout her career. Her most recent is her book, Essential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Acquired Art, published by Routledge in 2015.


Liz Dietrich, MSW, is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, and a Bay Area native. Her previous internship focused on individual psychodynamic psychotherapy at a small college on the East Coast. Before that, Liz worked in a hospital setting doing group work with clients from all walks of life. Working from an attachment perspective, she enjoys exploring the therapeutic relationship with clients in both long term and brief dynamic psychotherapy.

Ali Kimmell, LCSW, is in her second year at TPI and a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work. Before coming to TPI, Ali worked for four years as a child and family therapist at Seneca Center. She has particular interest in integrating sociocultural issues into therapy and specializes in working with depression and anxiety, clients who are very good at thinking but have a harder time feeling, anger management, and people searching for passion and purpose in their life. In addition to seeing individuals and couples in her private practice in Berkeley, Ali is a co-founder of Living Improv: Improv Therapy Groups in Oakland.

Zehara Jambalos Levin, LCSW, was raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Oberlin College in 2009. A graduate of Smith School for Social Work in 2012, she spent two-years doing long term work with veterans transitioning out of chronic homelessness. Her previous internships include the partial hospitalization program at the Mills-Peninsula hospital and the psychiatric inpatient unit at the San Francisco VA. One of her central clinical passions is exploring how an individual’s experience of their social location impacts their psyche.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 13th St., Oakland, CA (get map and directions)

Parking: Free at Central Parking Garage, 1250 M.L.K. Jr. Way, across from Preservation Park

CE: 4 Credits (approved by CPA for MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists; see Course Policies). $5 additional fee for CE credits.

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