This page is organized chronologically by date of the recorded lecture.  You will find three lectures series designed by Leston Havens that are ready to use as an entire Course Curriculum. Other media is equally appropriate for refreshing your clinical skills, learning Havens for the first time, and/or teaching students and practitioners in the field.

1-23 The Massachusetts Mental Health Center Havens Residency Course Series

Twenty-three lectures begin with an overview of psychiatry and moves through various schools of thought in clinical work to the use of language, and culminates in concepts for health in psychiatry.

29,29A,37,39-43 De-identified video recordings containing Havens patient interviews and discussions

Eight patient interviews and discussions illuminate his remarkable ability to successfully choose the best approach to each patient and to teach these methods to students and practitioners. They are the central to learning how to work as he did.

47-59 Principles of Interviewing Psychotherapy Series Cambridge Hospital

In this series new uses of language and gesture are expanded in thirteen lectures.

72-75 Grand Rounds Cambridge Hospital

Cambridge Hospital Grand Rounds Flyer 1997

In these four lectures Havens reflects on fifty years in psychiatry and further fine-tunes his ground-breaking individualized approaches to patients.

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Havens Residency Course Series 1982 -1983 (1 – 23)

Twenty-three lectures begin with an overview of psychiatry and moves through various schools of thought in clinical work to the use of language, and culminate in concepts for health in psychiatry.

  1. Introduction: Overview of the History of Psychiatry 1982
  2. Freud, the Concept of Clinical Imagination, and Empathy
  3. Finding the Patient: The Invasive Mind and the Distant Mind
  4. Duplicate of number 5
  5. Approaches to Patients and The Grammar of Empathy
  6. Ways of Speaking Empathically
  7. Seven (missing)
  8. Discussion of Four Assumptions in the Development of Psychoanalytic Theory
  9. Technical System for Complex Empathic Statements to find the Other
  10. Complex Empathic Statements
  11. Case example Using Bridging Empathic Statements
  12. Extensions in Empathic Speech, extending a person’s life experience
  13. Thirteen
  14. Projective, Counter-Projective and Counter-Introprojective Speech
  15. Relationship between Social and Existential Psychiatry
  16. Sixteen (missing)
  17. Counter-Introjection; Paranoia to Depression
  18. The Disease Concept in Psychiatry
  19. The Health Concept in Psychiatry
  20. The Normative in Psychiatry. The Concept of Health
  21. Model of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  22. What Do We Mean by the Human or the Normal?
  23. Duplicate of 22
  24. The Methods of the Schools: Definitions and Applications, The North Charles Foundation 1982
  25. The Essence of Psychodynamic Clinical Work Psychotherapy with Suicidal Patients and Performative Speech, 1983 Cambridge Hospital Suicide Conference
  26. Consultation: Narcissistic or Suicidal? Use of Counter-Projective Statements
  27. “Elvin Semrad The Man the Times and His Work”-Concise overview of Boston Psychiatry
  28. Video of Semrad talk #27
  29. Havens Video Patient Interviews and Discussions, 1984-85 No. 29, 29A

  30. Havens Video Interview of A Chronically Suicidal Patient With His Voice-Over To Explain Technique
    1. Havens Follow Up Interview of No. 29 Chronically Suicidal Patient The Cambridge Hospital 1985
  31. Video – Discussion Suicide Conference Boston MA, 1985
  32. Performatives and Psychopathy Grand Rounds Cambridge Hospital, 1984
  33. Performatives and Psychopathy Grand Rounds Part 2 Cambridge Hospital, 1984
  34. “Conditions of Engagement” Elvin Semrad Conference, 1984
  35. “Conditions of Engagement Part 2” Elvin Semrad Conference, 1984
  36. Discussion of Orenstein’s Presentation of Existential Work at Boston Psychoanalytic Society, 1985
  37. Video – Aftermath Of Suicide Conference Boston MA, 1987

Havens Video Patient Interviews and Discussions, 1988 No. 37,39-43

Six patient interviews and discussions illuminate his remarkable ability to successfully choose the best approach to each patient and to teach these methods to students and practitioners. They are the central to learning how to work as he did.

Consultation interviews conducted by Leston L. Havens, MD, 1988. From the Leston L. Havens papers, 1962-2011 (inclusive). H MS c379. Courtesy of the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

For access to original unedited recordings, please consult the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine at chm@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2170

  1. Video -#1 Patient Interview and Discussion: Medication Psychosis Management
  2. Video – What Is Psychoanalysis, Really?
  3. Video – #3 Patient Interview and Discussion: War Neurosis or Malingering?
  4. Video – #4 Patient Interview and Discussion: Principles of Managing a Pre-Psychosis
  5. Video – #5 Patient Interview and Discussion: A Religious Psychosis or Neurosis?
  6. Video – #6 Patient Interview and Discussion: Women, Aggessiveness, and Conflict
  7. Video – #7 Patient Interview and Discussion: Is This Adolescent Suicidal?
  8. Video – Interviewing Techniques used in Patient Interviews #1-7
  9. Psychodynamic Theory Debate A.P.A Montreal Quebec, Canada 1988 (Team McCue Vs. Team Arnold Cooper, Leston Havens)
  1. Psychodynamic Theory Debate A.P.A Montreal Quebec, Canada 1988 Part 2
  1. “Five Assumptions We Make About Patients”, North Shore Clinic, 1989

Principles of Interviewing Psychotherapy Series Cambridge Hospital 1992 (47-59)

In this series new uses of language and gesture are expanded in thirteen lectures.

  1. Principles of Interviewing Psychotherapy Series Cambridge Hospital, 1992
  2. The Interview as an Experience, 1992
  3. Nature of the Psychological “Clinical Tact” Collision of Paranoid, Manic and Depreciative States-Effect on Therapist Cambridge Hospital, 1992
  4. Qualities of Mind 4.1 Specialized Techniques of Meaning and Treatment. Tact, Timing and Feeling A New Language of Psychotherapy, 1992
  5. Qualities of Mind 4.2 A New Language of Psychotherapy part 2 Specialized Techniques
  6. “Several Ways of Furthering Selfhood-Working Without Knowing”
  7. Cezanne’s Apples: Letting People Be Themselves
  8. “On Being Overwhelmed” How to recognize individual perspectives.
  9. “Movements in Response: Gestures to Health Signals of the Real” – Nature of the Psyche to form perspectives unique to us and our experience.
  10. Responses to Repetitions Crossing the Shadow Line Part 1, 1993
  11. Responses to Repetitions Crossing the Shadow Line Part 2, Dosage Overdoses-Charismatic people and their effect on therapists
  12. New Language of Psychotherapy “Do We Terminate?” 
  13. “Do We Terminate” Part 2
  14. “The Art of Therapy” NPR Wisconsin Public Radio “To the Best of Our Knowledge” Interview 1993
  15. APA 1995 Annual Meeting What is Psychiatry All About? Patients are hard to get at.
  16. APA 1995 Annual Meeting Lecture Part 2
  17. APA 1996 Annual Meeting Lecture Leston Havens Part 1
  18. APA 1996 Annual Meeting “The Value of Not asking Questions”
  19. APA 1996 Annual Meeting Part 4
  20. “Do Theories Help or Hinder Us?” Approaches to Treatment-Integrating Psychotherapies Conference Boston, 1996
  21. Paul Russell Lecture, 1998
  22. “Difficult or Easy Patient?” Harry Stack Sullivan Society The White Institute NYC, 1999
  23. The White Institute Part 2 – Havens discussion last 6 minutes of speech
  24. “Where Do We Go From Here?” Introducing Havens’s Percussion or Soundings Theory” Part 1 11th Lee Hasenbush Lecture Series MMHC 2000
  25. “Where Do We Go From Here?” Part 2

Video Lectures: Grand Rounds Cambridge Hospital (72-75)

In these four lectures Havens reflects on fifty years in psychiatry and further fine-tunes his groundbreaking individualized approaches to patients.

  1. Introduction of four lectures and Establishment of Leston L. Havens for Excellence in Teaching, Cambridge Health Alliance
  2. “The Structure of Psychoanalysis: How a Clinician can be Professional and Personal”, 2002
  3. “Possibilities of Human Existence Lecture”, 2002
  4. “Personhood Finding the Person in the Patient”, 2003

Media: Depression, Suicide, and Transferences

Depression, Suicide, and Transferences

Paper: Anatomy of a Suicide, 1967

Video: Suicide Conference, 1984

Audio: Duplicate of #54, “On Being Overwhelmed” How to recognize individual perspectives. 1992

Audio: #13 of Psychotherapy Series: Do We Terminate? 1992

Paper: Havens, L. “Suicide’s Awful Questions”, Book Review of The Enigma of Suicide by George Howe Colt Date 1996