Featuring Steven H. Cooper, PhD

Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00 am-12:30 pm (US Eastern/New York Time)
Virtual Zoom Event

3 CEs will be offered


This will be an online event. We hope you can join us!

This conference explores how the concept of play can help us understand clinical process and allow us to engage patients in new and meaningful ways. Dr. Cooper will remind us of Winnicott’s concepts of play including the ways in which play can serve as a link between unsymbolized experience and greater capacities for representation. He will present clinical case material to explore the relationship between play and enactment, consider how play relates to more traditional forms of interpretation, and show how play serves to facilitate therapeutic process in important ways, to include helping our patients grieve. Dr. Cooper will emphasize the importance of adopting an “ethic of play,” a willingness, on the part of the clinician, to work pwith their own resistance to become a changing subject and an object available for play.  Making ourselves available for play with our patients allows patient and therapist to face profound experiences of absence and disappointment with internal objects and actively engage this experience in real time within the therapeutic relationship.

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Help participants utilize basic classical and contemporary theories of play.
  2. Help participants identify play when it occurs in clinical work that is generated by both the patient and therapist.
  3. Describe and formulate familiar psychoanalytic concepts such as transference, and defense from the perspective of contemporary play.

PLEASE NOTE: Recording in any form of this live streaming event is NOT permitted.

This conference is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and offers 3 CEs.

The Conference will take place remotely via Zoom and is designed to help participants utilize basic classical and contemporary theories of play.

About our presenter:

Steven Cooper, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance. He served as Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues from 2007-2012 and is now Joint Chief Editor Emeritus. Steven is the author of four books in psychoanalysis. The first book, “Objects of Hope: Exploring Possibility and Limit in Psychoanalysis” was published by The Analytic Press in 2000. His second book, “A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference” was published by Routledge Press in 2010. His third book, “The Melancholic Errand of Psychoanalysis: Exploring the Analyst’s Relationship to the Depressive Position was published in 2016 by Routledge Press and is now translated into Italian by Routledge. His new book, “Playing and Becoming in Psychoanalysis” will be published by Routledge in early 2022.


Conference Fees:

FREEICP+P MITs, Emerging Professionals, Graduate Student Members, Fellows, 1st and 2nd Year Members
$35Unaffiliated Students
$60International Attendees (Outside US)

For more information, email administrator@icpeast.org. A refund for cancellation is available up to 10 days before the conference.

To register by mail, send this page and payment to:

3298 Governor Drive, Suite 22270
San Diego, CA 92192

Continuing education credit: 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 CE credits for attending the CE activity. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* Steven Cooper, PhD and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off-­label (non-­FDA approved) use of products or devices.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session.