Center Seminar Series

Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Nov. 1, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST


Nicholas  Higgins, PLPC, will present "Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,"

the first in our 2021-22 Monday night seminar series!

 Relational Analysis focuses on the relationship between patient and therapist as the foundation for therapeutic change. This presentation is designed to give participants an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of relational theory before providing a more in-depth look at the theory’s core competencies. Participants are encouraged to consider how they analyze relational dynamics in session and how they employ interventions related to transference and countertransference. Participants are reminded how to think relationally both in terms of analyzing the patient as well as themselves. Additionally, participants will engage with a case study that will ask them to reconsider their methods for analyzing relationships and for employing relational interventions.

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Articulate a general sense of the historical development and the philosophical underpinnings of relational analysis.
  2. List 1-2 definitions of key terms related to relational analysis (e.g. “thirdness,” “affect attunement,” etc.).
  3. Describe 1-2 ways in which they might be able to integrate transference/countertransference interventions into any type of psychodynamic therapy.

Date and Time: Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm CST

A Zoom link will be sent by Oct. 29th.

This seminar is open and free to the public! 


1.5 CEUs will be offered for this seminar, FREE to Center Members.

 The cost is $30 for Non-Center Members for a certificate of attendance.*


Click HERE to register or call (816) 512-7438 for more information.


  *Details about how to receive your CEU certificate will be provided during the seminar.


Nicholas Higgins is a therapist at Goodmatter Counseling in Kansas City. MO. Nicholas received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington. He is a firm believer in the primacy of relationship in quality psychodynamic work. His therapeutic work often borrows from his previous experience working in case management and inpatient psychiatric care. Higgins is also a participant in the 2021-2022 Fellowship at the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.

 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.
·     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 American Psychoanalytic Association and 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)™. 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.  -Updated July 2021-

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