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16th GEI Annual Conference, with Lynne Jacobs

Hope and Dread, Shame and Dignity in the Therapeutic Relationship

a conference by Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D., Psy.D. *

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   The presentation will be given in English, with simultaneous English interpretation for the audience questions in French during the question and answer period.

Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Time: From 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., lunch included at the hotel buffet restaurant

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., continental breakfast included (juice, fruits, coffee and pastries)

Venue: Le Nouvel Hôtel, room Maisonneuve-Dorchester, 1740, René-Lévesque Blvd. West 
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At 5 minutes from Guy-Concordia metro station, exit Saint-Mathieu/de Maisonneuve Saint-Mathieu St.
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Parking in the vicinity, or hotel indoor parking at 12$ (taxes included), entrance on Saint-Mathieu St.  Logo Google Map

Registration: See the Online registration section below

N.B. lunch reservations will be possible only for registrations completed by Tuesday, September 24th

This conference is approved by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec for 6 hours of continuing education units (CEU) in psychotherapy. No OPQ: RA02903-19.

The conference

Many of our patients know indignity all too well. They enter our office suffused with shame, sometimes conscious, sometimes not. Shame in its many forms, from embarrassment to mortification to humiliation, can be considered the primary emotion of indignity. Our patients’ sense of dignity can never be far from our mind when we’re having conversations with them. There can be an overall felt sense that all of our conversations are navigations through the waters of dignity and indignity. Furthermore, since hopes and fears, and enduring relational patterns are intricately interwoven with shame and dignity, it leads them (as well as us) to constrain emotional experiences in order to avoid certain feelings, thus limiting emotional resilience capacities. How can we address this shame in them without humiliating them further? How can we help restore or give a sense of dignity to those patients? How can we help them stretch their emotional boundaries and develop greater resilience?

Drawing on the insights of contemporary relational psychoanalytic theories and contemporary gestalt theory, Dr Lynne Jacobs offers a therapeutic perspective that integrates the immediate affective engagement of the humanistic approach with an on-going sensitivity to the dynamics of enduring relational themes and patterns in the therapeutic relationship, a central notion in contemporary psychoanalysis. From that perspective, “transference” isn’t a distortion or something to get rid of, but a mean to access and work with what the intersubjectivists (Atwood and Stolorow, 1984, 2014) call the organizing principles of personal experience evolving from our emotional history.

In accordance with the Gestalt tradition, Dr Jacobs claims that one of the most powerful way to work with those enduring relational themes is in the immediacy of the here and now, moment by moment, person to person contact. She explores the interplay of the emotional processes and the enduring relational themes that patient and therapist bring to the therapeutic encounter, and the interplay of hope and dread in both participants. She also elaborates on the relationship of a sense of shame and a sense of dignity, with the dialogic attitude in the therapeutic situation.

Our guest speaker, Dr Lynne Jacobs, addresses both psychotherapists from the existential-humanistic approach, particularly Gestaltist, and from the psychoanalytic approach. We cordially invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to hear this internationally known teacher.

* The speaker

Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D., has long been interested in the relational dimension of psychotherapy, and in integrating humanistic theories with contemporary psychoanalytic theories. She is also interested in what it means to practice as a white therapist in culturally diverse environments. Both a gestalt therapist and a psychoanalyst, she is a co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) and faculty and training analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles CA. She teaches at ICP, and teaches gestalt therapists locally, nationally, and internationally. She has published two books (with Rich Hycner) and numerous articles in both realms.
Lynne was our speaker at the GEI's very 1st Annual Conference in 2004, and we have the pleasure to welcome her for a second visit, 15 years later. In the following video, Lynne introduces herself and the themes she will develop in her coming conference: Lynne Jacobs' invitation.

Partial bibliography

*The three publications marked by an asterisk are available for purchase and download: see the Readings section below.

  • *Jacobs, L. (2008). Dialogue, Confirmation, and the “Good”. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 3:4, 409-431.
  • *Jacobs, L. (2009). From Selfobjects to Dialogue: A Journey through the Intersubjective Field. In: N. Vanderheide & W.J. Coburn, Eds, Self and Systems: Explorations in Contemporary Self Psychology. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, pp. 106-121.
  • Jacobs, L. (2014). Learning to Love White Shame and Guilt: Skills for Working as a White Therapist in a Racially Divided Country. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 9:4, 297-312
  • Jacobs, L. (2014). Circumstance of Birth: Life on the Color Line. Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, 34:7, 746-758.
  • Jacobs L. (2016). Racializing Kohut’s “Guilty Man” and “Tragic Man”: Serious Play in the Service of Inclusiveness. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 11:4, 340-348.
  • *Jacobs, L. (2017). On Dignity, a Sense of Dignity, and Inspirational Shame. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37:6, 380-394.
  • Jacobs, L. & Hycner, F. eds. (2010). Relational Approaches in Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt Press.
  • Jacobs, L. & Hycner, R. (1995). The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Dialogic/Self Psychology Approach. The Gestalt Journal Press.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Differentiate and describe traditional and contemporary perspectives on transference in the therapeutic relationship
  2. Identify and explain the oscillations between hope and dread in the clinical process
  3. Identify and describe how shame and dignity are linked to enduring relational themes
  4. Recognize the interplay of the therapist’s and patient’s enduring relational themes


20 minutes a.m. and p.m. breaks
Snacks included (cookies and beverages)

08:00 Registration, and continental breakfast
09:00 Introduction of speakers
09:15 Presentation by Lynne Jacobs
Discussion with audience
12:00 Lunch at the hotel buffet restaurant
13:30 Presentation by Lynne Jacobs
Discussion with audience
16:30 End

You are welcome, if you wish, to prepare questions in advance for the discussion periods between the speaker and the participants. It will be possible to ask questions (or to read them, or to ask for them to be read by the facilitator) in English or in French.


At the Vendredis intersubjectifs (evenings of text study at the GEI) of this year, three of Lynne Jacobs' papers have been studied in preparation for her conference (n.b. it is not required to read the papers to fully benefit from the conference). They are available at a cost of 10$ (for copyright fees) in their original English version and their French transalation at this page: Trois articles de Lynne Jacobs (the page is in French).

If you were a participant to the three Vendredis intersubjectifs Lynne Jacobs, you already have access to these papers by clicking on the My files link, in the User menu, located in the right margin of the site (it is necessary to log into your user account to access this link).

Clinical workshop

You are also invited to attend a clinical workshop (limited to 20 participants) with Lynne Jacobs to be held the following day, on Sunday, September 29th, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A participant will present a clinical case, and after an exchange between her and our invited speaker, the discussion will be open to the group. To register, please go to the Atelier clinique page (n.b. this page is in French. It will be accessible only to GEI members during the pre-registration period from Friday, May 17th, to Thursday, May 30th, and it will be open to all from Friday, May 31st).

Organizing committee

Sylvie Ledoux, psychologist, coordinator
Monique Dubé, psychologist, administrator
Jean-François Bernard, psychologist, webmaster
Annette Richard, psychologist, GEI president

Downloadable brochure

GEI 16th Annual Conference brochure.

Online registration

With online or mailed payment
(click on the Add to cart button below)

Registration fees

The registration fees include lunch at the hotel buffet restaurant (taxes and service included).

N.B. lunch reservations will be possible only for registrations completed by Tuesday, September 24th. Participants registering after this date will be able to dine at their own expense at the hotel's restaurant (buffet, at 25$ plus taxes and service, or à la carte) or plan for their lunch (Ste-Catherine street is a 5 minutes walk).

By Saturday, September 14th After Saturday, September 14th
Members 1 235$ 250$
Non-members 260$ 275$
Students 2 165$ 180$

1 To become a member of the GEI, please go to the Membership application page.
2 A proof of full time university student status will be required at the registration table.

Cancellation policy

A 25$ administration fee will be withheld for refunds requested in writing up to one week before the event (e.g. up to Saturday one week before the next Saturday conference). Please address your request to the GEI treasurer. No refunds will be issued after this date.

For more information please refer to the Tableau des modalités d'inscription aux activités du GEI.

To apply for (or renew your) membership and register at member fee

Please first complete online your GEI membership application. Following your membership application, you will immediately receive an automated email confirming your application (Confirmation d'inscription (ou d'adhésion)).

As soon as your payment is completed, you will receive a second automated email confirming the payment of your application (Confirmation de votre paiement). From then, the member status of your GEI site user account will give you access to member's reduced fees on your next registrations to activities of that membership year.

  • If you choose to pay by credit card online (on PayPal), you will receive the payment confirmation email in the minute following your online payment.
  • If you choose to pay by mail, allow an additional week to receive the payment confirmation email.

N.B. In order to access your member's reduced fee you need to be logged to your site account.

To register at student reduced fee (GEI members or non-members)

It is necessary to have site user account with a student status in order to automatically get the student fee when registering online.

  • If you don't have a user account, please first create your account by clicking on the following link Create a new account or on the link located in the site's right margin. The following account creation page will allow checking a student status option. This student status account will enable registrations at student fee when logged in.

  • If you already have a user account but without a student status, please email the user accounts administrator to request a student status. Your account will be updated (in approximately 24h), and your student account will then enable registrations at student fee when logged in.

Your registration requires logging into your user account

During the registration process you will be required to:

  • to log into your site user account if not already logged,
  • or to create a user account if you don't have one yet.

This user account will automatically adjust your registration fee to your participant status: member, non-member, or student (for the Annual conference only). Your user account also allows you to print your receipts and view the history of your transactions (from My transactions) or the history of your registrations, membership applications and texts purchases (from My registrations), which links are in the User menu, which appears in the right margin once logged in.

Payment modalities

Click on Add to cart below (after indicating if you intend to use simultaneous translation), and on the next page choose your payment method:

  • By credit card on ayPal's secure web site (it is NOT necessary to have a PayPal account)
  • Or by cheque mailed to the GEI.

Registration payment receipt

Your receipt is the GEI - Confirmation de votre paiement email. If you don't have this email anymore, please follow these steps:

  • First log into your site user account (by entering your username and password in the login box).
  • Once logged in, click on the My transactions link in your User menu (in the right margin).
  • On this page is the history of the transactions for your registrations, membership applications and texts purchases. Identify the transaction for which you wish to print a receipt and click on the corresponding print icon (representation of a printer). If needed, first click on the viewing icon (representation of a document under a magnifying glass) to view this transaction's details.
  • On the receipt page, click on the Print invoice button, in the upper right corner.

Should you encounter any difficulty, please email the online registrations administrator for assistance.

CEU certificate

The certifcate attesting to your participation to this continuing education activity will be sent as an email attachment in the following 10 days.

For any question regarding the CEU certificates, please email the CEU certificates administrator.

Free WiFi internet access at the Nouvel hôtel

The connection informations will be displayed in the conference room

To apply for (or renew your) membership and register at member fee, you must, in a first transaction, complete your membership application and wait to receive the automated email confirming the payment of your application (« Confirmation de paiement »), which is immediate when paying online through PayPal. Only then, in a second transaction, will your user account member status allow your registration at member fee. For more information, please read the FAQ above.

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