21st Annual Bruce Gibbard Lectureship Series with Dhwani Shah, M.D.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at the Robert M. Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

No registration is required for the morning discussion, but please reach out to Gerri Oppedisano (goppedis@comcast.net) or Mina Levinsky-Wohl (m.levinskywohl@gmail.com) with questions or to register for the afternoon program (clinicians only).

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being in the Clinical Moment

This talk with move the focus from using theory and technique to explore the patient's mind from a safe distance to a discussion of the clinician's felt experience and the intersubjective space between clinician and patient. We will discuss common ways in which we stop listening and struggle in the face of uncertainty and intensity; the difficulties in facing unbearable experiences with patients, such as suicidality; disruptions to being with patients in an affective and embodied way; and thwarted fantasies of being the "hero." With each of these difficult topics, the aim is to deal with painful and tormenting experiences in a clinically meaningful way that allows for growth.

The zoom link for the morning lecture is below. CEUs are available. Please see the attached brochure for more details.


Meeting ID: 913 3058 6982

Passcode: PGR2324

Directions to Davis Auditorium:  

From the University of Vermont Medical Center Parking Garage Level 2 (orange), enter the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Once inside, follow the signs to the Medical Education Center. At the snack kiosk, turn left through the double glass doors. Davis Auditorium is on the right.

Directions to UVM Medical Center Parking Garage:  

Map available online at: uvmhealth.org. Click on Locations, click on The University of Vermont Medical Center, Main Campus, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, and a map will appear. Alternatively, from Google Maps, type in “UVM Medical Center Parking Garage”, click on “garage, near UVM Medical Center, Burlington, VT”, and follow directions from your location.