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Master Clinician Workshop

"The Boom in Aging and Illness: Utilizing Modern Psychoanalytic Approaches"
– featuring Tamara McClintock Greenberg, PsyD, MS

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at University of Indianapolis
Sponsored by UIndy School of Psychological Sciences & the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought

This course will aim to provide participants with theoretical knowledge as well as practical approaches that can help when treating older and medically ill adults. After a brief introduction of the empirical support for psychodynamic therapy with older and medically ill adults, we will focus on key concepts that impact our patients. These topics include the manic culture of medicine and how this impacts relationships with physicians and other clinicians; how individual manic defenses can thwart successful adaptation to aging and/or illness; the trauma of medical illness; the impact of past trauma and how this impacts coping with aging or illness; how narcissistic and other defenses (e.g., dissociation) can create a paucity of an internal life and relationship with one’s mind and how we can help patients develop the needed emotional language to bridge mind and body.


Lunch $15

ISPT member
Early registration (before March 11)

Standard registration



Non-ISPT member
Early registration
Standard registration
Students attending other institutions
Standard registration


Registration for this workshop may be done online or by mail. The registration deadline is March 23, 2017. Early registration is prior to March 11.

If space permits, registration may be taken at the door for an additional $25 fee. Please call 317-788-3353 with any questions regarding registration.


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Payment may be made online via credit card during the registration process.

By mail

Mail to:

Breanna Young
College of Applied Behavioral Sciences
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227

Cancellation policy

No refunds will be given after March 20, 2017. Prior to that day, a full refund less a $20 handling charge will be given if cancellation is made in writing.

Who should attend

This presentation is at a beginning to intermediate level of training for mental health professionals.

Workshop location

The workshop will be held in the R.B. Annis Theatre, room 138, located in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

About the presenter

Tamara McClintock Greenberg, PsyD, MS is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. As an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, Tamara has been teaching and providing supervision in the fields of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, health psychology, and consultation with medical and aging patients for over 15 years. In addition to being in private practice since 1998, Tamara provided consult-liaison service in the UCSF hospitals for 12 years. She also continues to provide consultation and psychotherapy in long-term care facilities. Her most recent book is the second edition of Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness (Springer 2016). Her writing has appeared in Psychology Today online, the Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Good Men Project, and Maria Schriver’s website. Tamara has also been interviewed for articles in Newsweek, USA Today, Next Avenue/PBS, and has been a guest on several radio programs including KQED’s Forum.    


Saturday, March 25

8:30-9 a.m. Registration
9-10:30 a.m. Manic Defenses in Modern Medicine
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-Noon Trauma, Lack of Access to Symbolic Thought, and Narcissism
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2:45 p.m. The Stress of Psychosomatic Illness and Transference/Countertransference Issues
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-4:30 p.m. Case Presentation

CE credits

The University of Indianapolis offers six credits for this workshop. Participants must attend the workshop in its entirety to receive credits. No partial credit will be given, and those arriving late or leaving early will not receive credit.

The University of Indianapolis School of Psychological Sciences is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The School of Psychological Sciences maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn techniques for engaging those who may have stress sensitive bodies, including techniques for helping these patients learn how their bodies communicate stress, anxiety, fear and aggression.
  2. Participants will learn some of the common countertransference issues involved in treating elder adults.
  3. Participants will learn about contemporary psychoanalytic techniques for thinking about transference with patients who have limited access to their minds.
  4. Participants will have increased knowledge of psychoanalytic approaches that specifically acknowledge and address social contextual issues.
  5. Participants will be able to describe at least three technical challenges for those who are aging and/or ill and whom have difficulty thinking in the presence of a therapist.
  6. Participants will be able to describe at least three techniques for working with those who have manic defenses.
  7. Participants will be able to describe at least three ways that past trauma can impact coping with aging or illness.

Recommended readings

  • Greenberg, T.M. (2016). The Trauma of Medical Illness. In Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness (2nd Ed), 43-67.  New York, Springer Science + Media.
  • Greenberg, T.M. (2016). Transference and countertransference considerations. In Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness (2nd Ed), 109-136.  New York, Springer Science + Media.