Center Seminar Series

Psychodynamic Work and Addiction

Feb. 22, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Deana Schuplin, LMHC, IADC, FABP, will present Psychodynamic Work and Addiction:

What our patients with addiction need from us and what we need to know about addiction.


The history of these two fields has tended to set them at odds such that psychoanalysts/ psychodynamic clinicians and addiction professionals have not tended to work together to treat this vulnerable population in need of both of their expertise. We will consider what each field has to offer the other and think about answering the following questions:

  • Are there patients in my practice with addiction that I have not recognized?
  • What does psychodynamic work have to offer patients who struggle to get and stay clean and sober?
  • When is substance abuse treatment needed and how best to make referrals to this service?
  • Do I understand more about addiction and its treatment than I think I do?
  • Can I understand common behaviors of individuals with addiction that on the face of it are unbelievable?

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand how to identify signs of potential substance use issues and how to approach beginning to deal with them.
  2. Understand the nature of addiction and the role of complicating factors.
  3. Understand the function of ambivalence - using  versus abstinence and how to work with this dynamic.

Date and Time: Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

A Zoom link will be sent by Feb. 19th.


1.5 CEUs will be offered for this seminar.

 The cost is $30 for a certificate of attendance.


Please RSVP to or call (816) 512-7438.


This seminar is open and free to the public!


 Helpful Information to Access and Participate in the Center Seminar
·     We strongly recommend that you use your PC or Mac for this meeting rather than phone or tablet, as the reception and functionality is much better.
·     For those new to Zoom, please click on the link that you will receive in a separate email at the time of the meeting. Click “yes” to allow Zoom to run on your computer, and “yes” to enter the meeting with video turned on (otherwise we can’t see you).
·     When you enter the meeting, you will be in mute. This is to ensure that we are not overrun with random sound from each participant’s microphone.
·     When called on to speak, you can click the microphone icon at the bottom left of your screen, or you can hold down the space bar. Please be sure to mute yourself again after you have spoken. 
·     Make sure you have labeled your name in the box with your video picture. If you have not done so, or if you want to change your name, place your mouse on your video image. In the right corner, you will see three dots (…). Click the dots, then click “rename” and insert your name as you want it to read.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)(TM).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at