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Event Series Event Series: Frontiers in Psychoanalysis

“Religion in the Room: Relational Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in the Therapeutic Encounter” with Lisa Cataldo, MDiv, PhD

February 22, 2025 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The relationship between psychoanalysis and religion has long been fraught, yet religion or spirituality can play a significant role in patients’ lives or our own. When patients bring up material of a religious or spiritual nature, many analysts find themselves at a loss. Can we understand and engage patients’ spiritual material in treatment in a way that is neither reductionistic nor uncritically accepting? Can we expand our frame to welcome this varied aspect of our patients’ experience? This presentation will consider theoretical and clinical approaches to working with the diversities of patients’ religious or spiritual experience, no matter what our own spiritual orientation (or lack thereof).

Lisa Cataldo, MDiv, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and Associate Professor of mental health counseling and spiritual integration at Fordham University. She is a faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Stephen A. Mitchell Relational Studies Center in New York. She is the author of many articles and book chapters addressing the intersection of relational psychoanalysis and religion, most recently around issues of trauma and moral injury. She maintains a private practice in New York.


  • Registration fee: $190
  • SPSI Members: $175
  • SPSI Faculty: $165
  • Candidates/residents/graduate students: $150

Refund Policy: Refunds given until one week before the event.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives and additional information about this event to come.

Continuing Education Credit

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 (name of nonaccredited provider). 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 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.

5 hours Category II CME. This presentation meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE). This program has been approved for 5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.


February 22, 2025
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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1938 Fairview Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102 United States
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