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CAPTP Colloquium: 3/1/2018

Date: Mar 1, 2018 11:45 am

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

William Alanson White Institute

20 West 74th Street, Room 3A


Thursday, 3-1, 2018

11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Holding Horror while Working towards Change: Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Relational Psychoanalysis in the treatment of a suicidal adolescent.


Lisa Lyons, Ph.D.


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Many of us treat adolescents who are suicidal and self-injuring.  The clinical challenges presented by these patients often push us to expand our thinking and clinical interventions beyond the models of practice with which we are most familiar.


In this colloquium Dr. Lyons will present an approach to clinical work that integrates Relational thinking with Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  DBT is a structured treatment, designed for work with suicidal and self-injuring patients, that integrates a Buddhist world view with Mindfulness practice, affect regulation, behavior therapy, CBT, and humanistic therapy.   We will explore both over-laps and differences between DBT and Relational thinking, and consider what may be gained clinically when we focus more directly on behavior change and

integrate our attention to what is happening in the consulting room with attention to the patient’s behaviors in her daily life.


Dr. Lyons will present a brief introduction to DBT, and then read a clinical paper that traces my integrative treatment of a suicidal, self-injuring and deeply traumatized young adolescent from our first encounters when she was 13 through her teens and into her late 20’s.  Using this case as an example, we will consider how as analysts we might incorporate Mindfulness practice, body-based anxiety work, affect regulation, behavioral goals, and the on-going management of self-destructive urges into the work without compromising our analytic sensibility.


Lisa Lyons, Ph. D. is a psychoanalyst and psychologist. She is on the supervisory and teaching faculties of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Studies Center, the NIP Four Year Psychoanalytic Program and the Program in Integrative Psychotherapy, the ICP four-year psychoanalytic program, and the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey. She is also the co-director the Mitchell Center Seminar series.   Dr. Lyons has published and presented on the Integration of Relational Psychoanalysis and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, Analytic Love, Adult Incest, Political Repression, Dreams, Unconscious Communication, and Psychoanalysis across Cultures.  In a former life, as a violinist she performed throughout the United States and Europe. She is a graduate of the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and is in private practice in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.



Leaning Objectives:


  1. Participants will be able to describe three behavioral interventions that can be incorporated into analytically oriented work.
  2. Participants will be able to describe theoretical overlaps between the model of mind that informs Relational thinking and the model of mind that informs DBT.