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The Seasoned Clinician's Notebook: Marvice Marcus

Presented by Vicky Ross

Saturday, December 2, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at via zoom

The Linchpin of Connection:
How Identity, Meaning-Making, and the Therapeutic Relationship Alleviate Human Suffering
Presented by Marvice Marcus, PhD, LP, HSP-P

Program Description:

Psychotherapy--both an art and a science--is a fascinating endeavor composed of two or more people. Psychoanalysts, psychologists, and clinical social workers, among other allied professionals, have long argued that the therapeutic relationship is the most valuable aspect of the clinical enterprise. The available fund of knowledge that supports this claim is robust. The proverbial "talking cure" has a genesis in psychoanalysis and is facilitated by the establishing and unfolding of a distinct relationship. Manifest and latent material shape interactions between the provider and patient. Classical psychoanalysis has been criticized for its one-directional top-down sensibility. The political undercurrents, for example, of identity, social conditions, and historical factors, are often given little attention or deemed unimportant. A two-person psychology, however, provides a point of departure to examine with discipline and rigor, the complexities of identity and its bearing on relational dynamics within the psychic field. Reflexivity promotes thought expansion, and arguably a critical praxis may help establish, deepen, and sustain a therapeutic relationship. This program will cover individual and field-specific factors that shape clinical interventions and the culture of psychotherapy.

About the Presenter: 

Dr. Marvice Marcus is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and clinical educator/supervisor in Durham, NC. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in psychology, from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Marcus completed a doctorate in counseling psychology at Washington State University. He previously served as the Training Director at Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services. 

He enjoys working with individuals across the developmental spectrum. While he deeply values training and education, clinical work is his first love. His service provision includes individual and group psychotherapy, with the latter modality giving birth to a strong interest in structural deficits, transference, and object relations. Psychodynamic thought, cultural studies, critical inquiry, and liberationist praxis energize Dr. Marcus.

This event is free of charge, but registration is required by 11/29/23.

CEUs will not be offered for The Seasoned Clinician’s Notebook, but Letters of Attendance will be sent upon completion of a program evaluation survey.