Kohut & Bowlby: The Men, Their Ideas and the Clinical Exchange

with Elizabeth Carr, APRN, MSN, BC and Mauricio Cortina, MD

This program took place on Saturday, March 27, 2010

9am – 12:30pm (coffee & registration begins at 8:30am)

National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20814

Heinz Kohut and John Bowlby, working independently, contributed to a paradigm shift within psychoanalysis through their revolutionary insights into human development and the nature of psychopathology. Their body of work has proven to have tremendous impact on the clinical practice of psychotherapists over the last forty years as they ushered in new ways of interacting with patients that were more compassionate, engaged and flexible. Most important to their clinical approach is their acceptance of the patient’s desire for an emotional connection with the therapist as a basic human need.

In this presentation, Elizabeth Carr, APRN, MSN, BC and Mauricio Cortina, MD will view Kohut and Bowlby from a biographical perspective and consider how aspects of their childhood experiences affected their evolving thinking as psychoanalytic theorists and clinicians. The presenters will detail the critical responses from the established psychoanalytic community in the 1970’s to their views. The contributions of Kohut and Bowlby concerning key aspects of development which remain influential in the field today will be described. The presenters will outline the basic congruity between their clinical approaches and illustrate the salience of their ideas to everyday clinical practice. Finally, the presenters will provide a discussion of some of the similarities and differences between Kohut and Bowlby regarding selfobject experiences and attachment needs.

Based on this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Kohut’s shift from classical analysis to the development of self psychology and describe Bowlby’s departure from Freud’s metapsychology as well as Kleinian concepts of development and psychopathology.
  • Describe the similarities and differences between idealizing, mirroring and twinship selfobject needs and attachment needs.
  • Discuss key aspects of Kohut’s and Bowlby’s views on therapeutic engagement and responsiveness.

Continuing Education

Attendees will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP&P is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. ICP&P has been approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has received this approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP&P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses. These CE credits meet the approved standards for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in the District of Columbia.


Free for ICP&P members; $90 for Non-members; $35 for students


Two ways to register:

By check: Fill out the registration form and send the form and your check to: ICP&P, 4601 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008

By credit card: Register online through EventBrite

ICP&P received no financial support for this program.