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Long-Term Psychotherapy in the
Rear-View Mirror: 'Evidence' From
My 40-Year Career

May 22, 2021 | Zoom

Presented by the Illinois Area Chapter of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)

[ Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for those living in states that would grant CEU's for attendance. ]

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Program: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, CENTRAL TIME (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT)
Fee: Free
Virtual: Zoom link will be emailed to Registrants.

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Distorted photo of city buildings and pedestrians

About the Presentation

With: William (Bill) Meyer, MSW
Discussant: Josh Abrahams, LCSW

Market values are now deeply embedded in the practice of psychotherapy and our ideas about what is considered 'evidence' have become increasingly constricted. This presentation, by letting the patients' words speak directly to the audience, provides clinical 'evidence' that demonstrates how long-term therapy profoundly affected the lives of four deeply troubled individuals.

photo portrait: William S. Meyer


William S. Meyer, MSW is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at Duke University Medical Center. He has practiced and taught psychotherapy to trainees from psychiatry and clinical social work for decades. He is a past-president of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and was honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, The University of North Carolina and Smith College. He is on the editorial boards of Clinical Social Work and Psychoanalytic Social Work and he is particularly proud of the many presentations he has made across the country that focused on the painful history of the relationship between psychiatry and the LGBT community. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from sources as varied as the Council on Social Work Education; the American Psychoanalytic Association; Smith College School for Social Work; and in 2020 he was the recipient of the William S. Meyer Teaching Award, granted by the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, an award so named in his honor.


Josh Abrahams, LCSW is chairperson of the Illinois Area chapter of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. He practices psychotherapy in Chicago, and he has long been Mental Health Consultant to the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Family Center's Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Discuss the irony that mental health clinicians encourage the long-term use of psychotropics, while discouraging long-term treatment provided within human relationships.
  2. Describe the process by which a client can internalize the benevolent qualities of the therapist, thus softening the client's harsh and punitive self-criticism
  3. Compare the outcomes of 4 individuals (cases will be presented) seen in different forms of long-term treatment.

Testimonials from Attendees of a Past Presentation of This Talk to the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas

“One of the most interesting, relevant and meaningful presentations I've attended.”

“Bill combines expertise, experience, and compassion in such an artful and soulful way. This was a truly outstanding presentation.”

“This presentation was excellent. Everything for me was masterfully present. The bases for the need of long-term treatment were clear, understandable and with great evidence.”

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