Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Spring Open House - Evening Session

  • PPSC, Room 1408

Explore our full and part time 1-year, 3-year, 4-year, License-Qualifying, and APAT Programs in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at our spring open house.

We will begin with an information session, which will be led by our Executive Director, Dean of Admissions, Dean of Training, and Treatment Service Director. This is a valuable chance to learn about our various programs and to ask questions of these leaders of our community. Following this discussion, there will be a chance for informal mingling with faculty members, supervisors, and current candidates. 

To RSVP, please contact the administrative office at ppsc@att.net

May
5
6:30 pm18:30

“A Field Study on Vulnerability in the Creative Process”

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

Debra Gitterman is a writer with abiding writer's block; John McInerney is a psychoanalyst with ambitions to write clearly, honestly, and well. In this panel Debra, as editor, and John, as writer, explore the emotional ground they have traveled and the struggles they have encountered while working on John's book. They draw parallels between the editing process and psychoanalysis in terms of what transpires between editor (therapist) and writer (client).

For John, writing necessitates accepting his fragility and overcoming fears of inadequacy. Debra is unable to endure the vulnerability that is triggered by reading her own work. She fosters John's writing with encouraging, critical responses that she has difficulty taking in from others and cannot extend to herself.

What does a writer gain from an editor's attention? What does an editor gain from a writer’s responsiveness? By helping a writer advance toward authentic and clear self-expression through the ritual of revising, does an editor experience transformation without risk to self? What defense mechanisms might be at play in writer’s block? And what insights, if any, does this inquiry offer into the psychoanalytic process?

Debra Gitterman has an M.F.A in poetry from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She works as a web developer in upstate New York, and her poems have appeared in Post Road Magazine.

John McInerney  L.C.S.W. is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. He is a graduate of Fordham University and The Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is working on a "sort of memoir”: "Being Simply Human in a Complex World. Essays Notes and Fragments on Zen and Psychotherapy”.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-field-study-on-vulnerability-in-the-creative-process-tickets-30460367780

Jun
9
6:30 pm18:30

“EMDR: Why and When”

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.


Many people entering our consulting rooms have experienced some form of trauma in their lifetime. Symptoms of trauma can interfere with our patients’ abilities to participate effectively in a psychotherapeutic relationship, and it can be can be challenging to work through using just traditional psychoanalytic techniques. 

EMDR can address some of these gaps. It is a trauma therapy heralded as an effective way to process and resolve traumatic experience. It can accelerate working through disturbing material and bring relief to emotional and somatic symptoms. 

This workshop will describe EMDR from a theoretical and technical standpoint, explain the core principles of EMDR, and discuss how it can be incorporated into your practice, with specific focus on the kind of symptoms and trauma with which you might use EMDR. This workshop will also provide information that will help answer questions you may have regarding EMDR Basic Training and will also address working adjunctively with an EMDR therapist. 

    
A graduate of PPSC, Amy Rosenthal is a psychoanalyst in New York City, and has been in private practice for over 20 years. She is a certified individual and group consultant in EMDR and is a facilitator for Laurel Parnell’s EMDR trainings.  Amy specializes in working with adults with relational and developmental trauma and PTSD, along with relationship struggles, anxiety, depression and dissociative disorders. She integrates her psychoanalytic approach with EMDR and Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS).

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emdr-why-and-when-tickets-31454166258


Apr
7
6:30 pm18:30

Understanding Bestiality and Zoophilia

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

This presentation is based on the book Understanding Bestiality and Zoophilia (2002), which documents Dr. Miletski’s ground-breaking research on this topic.  She gathered data from 82 men and 11 women who volunteered to fill-out a 350-item, anonymous questionnaire.  This resulted in abundant and rich information about the life and sexual behaviors of individuals who have had sexual relations with animals.  Dr. Miletski will describe the treatment case that led to this research, a review of the literature on this subject, the study’s methodology, and the major research findings including support for the hypothesis that humans can have a sexual orientation toward animals.

Hani Miletski is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland with over 20 years of clinical experience.  She is certified as a Diplomate of Sex Therapy and as a Sex Therapy Supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), has trained and supervised therapists and professionals in the field of human sexuality throughout the world, and has presented at various national and international conferences.  She is the author of Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo Persists, Understanding Bestialtiy and Zoophilia, and a variety of other articles and chapters in the professional literature.  She is a licensed clinical social worker and has a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.  Dr. Miletski was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer before coming to the US at the age of 24. 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-beastiality-and-zoophilia-tickets-31929952347

Mar
24
6:30 pm18:30

"East Meets West: Integrating Eastern Healing Methods with Modern Psychotherapy"

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

The focus of this experiential workshop is to explore how different mindfulness techniques can be combined with traditional psychotherapy methods. This introductory workshop will touch on the similarities and differences of both modalities but will mostly focus on how to tackle a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma-based symptoms, and some of the more persistent symptomatology we see in schizophrenia and borderline personality traits.

You will learn ways to teach your patients (and yourselves):

1) ways to connect with the inner world through mindfulness of the body, its reactions and how it speaks to us; 2) visualization techniques that help get patients in touch with feelings and experiences that talking sometimes cannot reach; 3) other modalities for grounding and staying in the present moment such as using sound and objects in the environment. The techniques discussed will range from an inner focus based approach (insight based mindfulness) to an outer focused based one which entails using the external environment to ground and self-soothe, techniques especially helpful for trauma based symptoms and emotional dysregulation.

Danielle Benvenuto is a psychotherapist and energy healer who specializes in psychoanalysis, energy work, and mindfulness meditation making the work she does integrative in nature. Tuning into the body, nature, dreams and the healing power of sound & visualization are important elements in her work as is working directly with the breath to heal the mind and body. She holds workshops on topics such as integrating mindfulness with psychotherapy, using imagery to transform trauma, and the art of manifestation. She has written articles on various topics and is currently writing extensively on deconstructing enlightenment-bringing ancient philosophies about the nature of existence and the mind into everyday life focusing particularly on how enlightenment is an ordinary experience brought forth through connection and giving birth to our visions. 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-meets-west-integrating-eastern-healing-methods-with-modern-psychotherapy-tickets-30460927454

 

Mar
17
6:30 pm18:30

“Mutual Recognition in Illness: Finding a Relational Pulse”

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

Have you coped with an illness while maintaining your clinical practice? Is it possible to be present with physical discomfort without disclosing it? What is the impact of illness and a therapeutic relationship on one's sense of meaning and identity?

This presentation will describe a common journey toward healing. The two speakers will explore their search for a relational pulse in an interpersonal en-counter as psychoanalyst/patient and medical oncology nurse during cancer and treatment. The role of dreams, memories of trauma, dissociation, implicit and explicit communication during the medical procedures and complementary care will be discussed.

At the conclusion of our presentation, participants will be more familiar with a medical/oncology dyad; and more conversant with living with medical conditions and therapeutic ways to work with the shame of illness and the transformative power of spontaneity and the possibility for aliveness.

Fran Conway is a registered Oncology Nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center and a Certified Holistic Counselor and Regis-tered Yoga Therapist. She is Complementary Clinical Program Manager for the Urologic Health Center and Breast Cancer Program at the hospital.

Fran Dillon is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and TRISP: The Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology, where she is a Training Analyst. She is Co-Director of the Artist Study Group of the Psycho-therapy Service for People in the Arts at the William Alanson White Institute. She has a psychotherapy/psychoanalytic private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mutual-recognition-in-illness-finding-a-relational-pulse-tickets-30462263450

Mar
5
1:00 pm13:00

Spring Open House- Afternoon Session

  • PPSC, Room 1408

Explore our full and part time 1-year, 3-year, 4-year, License-Qualifying, and APAT Programs in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at a community open house.

We will begin with an information session, which will be led by our Executive Director, Dean of Admissions, Dean of Training, and Treatment Service Director. This is a valuable chance to learn about our various programs and to ask questions of these leaders of our community. Following this discussion, there will be a chance for informal discussion and  mingling with faculty members, supervisors, and current candidates. 

To RSVP, please contact PPSC at- ppsc@att.net

Mar
3
6:30 pm18:30

"Mostly Straights": Who They Are and What They Tell Us About Sexual Orientation

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

The largest nonheterosexual group out is not gays, lesbians, or bisexuals. It’s the “mostly straights” – those with a slight degree of same-sex interests who are not exclusively straight, but not same-sex oriented ‘enough’ to consider themselves or to be considered by others as bisexual. Who are they and how do they differ from both exclusive heterosexuals and more substantial bisexuals in their sexual orientation profile, personality characteristics, life experiences, attitudes toward sexuality, and health outcomes and behaviors? In this session, we will summarize the research on mostly straights and discuss ways in which this new knowledge influences how we talk and think about sexual orientation in research, theory, practice, and our daily lives. 

Zhana Vrangalova, PhD, is a NYC-based sex researcher who studies casual sex, nonmonogamy, and sexual orientation. She holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Cornell University, and currently teaches human sexuality-related courses as an adjunct professor at New York University. Her scholarly work has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is also passionate about bringing accurate scientific information to the general audience. In working to disseminate sexual science to broader audiences, she also writes about sexuality for popular media (for e.g., Playboy, Alternet, NY Daily News, Teen Vogue, Psychology Today), tweets daily about new sex research, runs the Casual Sex Project (a place for people to share their true hookup stories), and does a weekly sex education show using the live video streaming platforms Periscope and Facebook Live. She is currently working on a book about the science of healthy hookups.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mostly-straights-who-they-are-and-what-they-tell-us-about-sexual-orientation-tickets-29283118596

Feb
24
6:30 pm18:30

"Emmy Grant: Immigration as Repetition of Trauma and as Potential Space"

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

Some environments are so toxic that one needs to move far away to extricate oneself from their poisonous field of gravity. The desire to escape a noxious interpersonal constellation in a corrupt society can be a motivating factor in the choice to leave one's country. Oedipus fled from Corinth to evade the fate of murdering his father and marrying his mother, as predicted by the oracle at Delphi, only to find himself in Thebes, where he was born, murdering his father and marrying his mother, thus fulfilling the prophecy he set out to escape. Like Oedipus, immigrants frequently find themselves in the kind of milieu they were hoping to leave behind. Life in a strange land, far from a familiar environment may recapitulate and even intensify the disjointed experience of a poisoned childhood. Away from one's original environment reality no longer intrudes upon fantasy, and one's destructive introjects gain free reign. The past remains arrested and it can easily turn into an imaginary static realm. Paradoxically though, immigration can also facilitate healing. Exile can become a haven, a potential space, if you will, in which to develop the capacity to think and build linkages and process a disturbing personal and historico-political domain.

Veronica Csillag, LCSW, Faculty and Co-Chair of Colloquium Committee, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; former Faculty and Supervisor, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services; former Faculty, NYU School of Social Work. Co-author, coproducer and actor,The Blue Crystal Teardrop (1990), a 35-minute narrative film; author, The child patient of this particular therapist (2005), Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy; Ordinary sadism in the consulting room, (2014), Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Emmy Grant: Immigration as repetition of trauma and as potential space. (2017, in press). She is in private practice in New York City.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emmy-grant-immigration-as-repetition-of-trauma-and-as-potential-space-tickets-30668613649

Feb
10
6:30 pm18:30

“Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart Why We Need It Now More than Ever”

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

In this talk, I offer an overview of the concept of cherishment presented in my co-authored book Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart (with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl) published in 2000. Looking back, that millennial moment seems like a bygone time of innocence, filled with hope for the dawning of a new and better world. An “Age of Aquarius” where cherishing values are the norm and Boomers could feel like they’d done their job making the world a better place. Since that hopeful moment we’ve experienced one dislocating shock after another: 9/11, wars, disruptive technologies, financial collapse, epidemic distraction and a country presently so divided that it feels shockingly unrecognizable. It’s time for a lodestar to help guide us through back to the garden! So here it is again…. Cherishment: What the world needs now (more than ever).

To explore cherishment I will turn to the work of a Japanese psychoanalyst named Takeo Doi, who has written extensively about amae, the everyday Japanese word that means “the expectation to be sweetly and indulgently loved.” Doi calls amae or “cherishment” an ego instinct and considers it universal and fundamental to all interpersonal relations though relatively repressed in the West. Most Americans regard independence as a supreme achievement and dependency a liability. It is rare in the West to think that in order to be a caring person you might need to be a person well able to receive care.

I intend to tell this story of amae – or cherishment – thorough the framework of culture shock. First, my own discovery of amae in the context of the culture shock of being psychoanalyzed, second, by telling the story of Takeo Doi’s discovery of amae in the context of the culture shock he experienced when he came to America after World War Two and finally by presenting case material which further illustrates how patients often find themselves in the surprising position of searching for cherishment in the strange and unfamiliar land of the psychotherapeutic encounter.

Cherishment is an emotion, a world view, a way of life, a consciousness. It is a condition of being aware that we all have needs for affection, that we find it difficult to speak those needs, and that we spend much of our lives in uncherishing atmospheres. Frustration of this need for cherishment is a key ingredient in all sorts of states in which people are isolated from the world, cut off from each other, unreceptive to love, and unable to ask for help. In becoming more aware of our needs and those of others, we can learn to speak of cherishment, understand its significance for clinical practice, and prioritize it as a principal of wellness and optimal health for ourselves, our patients, and the world.

Faith Bethelard, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in New York City. Dr. Bethelard is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in Philadelphia. 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/publish?crumb=1948ede2b176aa&eid=30461432966&listing=to_old

Jan
13
6:30 pm18:30

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Couple Therapy But Were Afraid to Ask: A Primer In Couple Therapy For Wary Therapists

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

Have you had an impulse to bring in the partner of your patient but are scared of what might happen? Do you dread seeing couples, but do it anyway? Do you have a powerful desire to make it work, but don’t quite know how? 

Many of us otherwise well-trained therapists are ambivalent about couple treatment and wrestle with whether or not to refer out. We may imagine getting the couple in the room, the session going south really fast, and feeling helpless and humiliated and perhaps even losing the case.

This workshop will offer help in order to:

•    Assess in advance what could be a viable couple case
•    Manage an initial session and subsequent sessions so that something constructive happens
•    Have specific tools with which to facilitate sessions
•    Have some interventions to fall back on when you don’t know what to do
•    Stay in charge
•    Experience the excitement of transforming a negative dynamic into a positive one
•    Enhance an individual treatment by observing first hand in a couple session what is going on in the relationship your patient is complaining about
•    Enhance an individual treatment without seeing the couple, but having a better understanding of couples’ systems
•    Become able to conceptualize the underlying issues that are tormenting the couple
•    Incorporate a general theoretical understanding of what people play out and why they do it, and therefore how treatment needs to be structured in order to get therapeutic leverage


This is a didactic and experiential workshop that will provide a theoretical underpinning for understanding couple dynamics and the styling of appropriate interventions. Participants will have the opportunity to try out techniques with simulated couples from the group, with coaching from the leader. Case examples from participants are welcome.

Dr. Frankfeldt is the Director of Training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center.  She is a graduate of the Center for Modern Analytic Studies, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and is a supervisor, training analyst and faculty member at PPSC. She maintains a private practice seeing individuals and couples and doing clinical consultation in Greenwich Village.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-couple-therapy-but-were-afraid-to-ask-a-primer-in-couple-tickets-29686625496

Dec
9
6:30 pm18:30

“Integrating Psychoanalytic Ideas into Harm Reduction Therapy for Substance Misuse”

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

This presentation will describe an approach to treating substance misuse which is based on the principles of Harm Reduction Therapy and which explicitly integrates behavioral and psychoanalytic ideas and techniques. The role of trauma and dissociation will be highlighted as well as the importance of the therapeutic relationship and how enactments can be identified, interpreted and used in the context of behavioral interventions and coaching for sobriety or moderation. Clinical vignettes will be presented as illustration, followed by group discussion and an invitation for group members to present cases of their own.
 

Dr. Debra Rothschild Ph.D., CASAC is a New York State licensed psychologist, certified psychoanalyst and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty and a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and she is a clinical supervisor at City College, Yeshiva University and Long Island University clinical psychology programs. Debra is on the executive board and twice past president of the New York State Psychological Association Division on Addictions. She publishes and lectures widely on the integration of psychoanalytic thought with harm reduction psychotherapy and substance use treatment. 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/integrating-psychoanalytic-ideas-into-harm-reduction-therapy-for-substance-misuse-tickets-27060243918

Dec
2
6:30 pm18:30

“Sex and the Millennial Man: Why Are So Many Males Sexually Avoidant in Relationships?”

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Sharna Striar, PhD., PMHCNS-BC. 

Why are so many millennial men currently avoiding sex with their partners? Sex therapists are seeing more and more couples in which the woman describes a lack of desire from her partner; the man expresses a lack of sexual interest in the woman and is perplexed by it.For example, many men admit a powerful attachment to Internet porn, as well as strip clubs or chat rooms.Their partners, upon learning about the dominance of these behaviors, feel hurt and rejected.The irony is that these couples will commonly describe their relationship as being solid, with love and mutual caring.

So what goes wrong in the bedroom? This presentation will look at the myriad of factors that influence a man’s sexual avoidance with a partner he cares about. Has masturbation to Internet porn replaced partner sex? Has the hook-up mentality corrupted coupling? Has women’s freedom to pursue their sexual pleasures played a role in this phenomenon? How have current times shaped millennial men’s views of themselves and sexuality?

This talk will explore this emerging and somewhat alarming trend.  Both the sociocultural as well as the interpersonal and intra-psychic elements will be examined, along with treatment suggestions for dealing with this conundrum. Case presentations and group discussion will follow.

Sharna Striar, PhD., PMHCNS-BC is a Psychotherapist, an ANCC Certified Clinical Psychiatric Nurse Specialist, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with a psychotherapy practice in New York City.  

After graduating from Boston University with a BSN in Nursing, Dr. Striar completed her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing at Hunter College, followed by a Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. She then became a Fellow of Psychology in the Human Sexuality Program at Weill Medical College, Cornell University, directed by Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, a pioneer in the field of sex therapy.  Following the completion of this program, Dr. Striar was invited to serve as a Clinical Associate in Dr. Kaplan’s private practice, and for several years as her Project Manager in a long-term research study in Human Sexuality. 

Dr. Striar has been on the faculty of leading universities, first as a professor at the University of Michigan, and later at Seton Hall and the City University of New York’s Hunter College, where she taught courses on group dynamics, communication, and sexology. She has contributed to journals in the field of sexology and popular culture, and has spoken at professional forums and on national television and radio.

Leora Manischewitz, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and AASECT certified sex therapist. She completed her sex therapy training with Sandra Leiblum at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, while at the same time pursuing advanced study in family and couples therapy. In addition, she has worked extensively with issues around obesity, compulsive eating, and body image, often integrating these with sexual issues. Dr. Manischewitz is currently a clinical supervisor in the department of psychiatry at the NYU Langone sex therapy training program.She maintains a private practice in New York, has lectured in both the corporate and academic sectors, and participates in varied media interviews.

 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sex-and-the-millennial-man-why-are-so-many-males-sexually-avoidant-in-relationships-tickets-27185590834

Nov
18
6:30 pm18:30

“Don’t Tell Anyone: How We (Don’t) Deal with Sexual Boundary Violations”

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Joyce Slochower, Ph.D. APBB

“Did you know that ___ had an affair with a patient?

Can you believe it?”
It is the rare psychoanalytic community in which these words have never been uttered. Indeed, sexual boundary violations—and their perpetrators—are ghosts that haunt us within (and of course outside) the psychoanalytic world. Reverberating well beyond the particular therapeutic dyad within which they occur, sexual breaches between therapist and patient have cast a long shadow over our professional communities that generates horror, anxiety, curiosity, sometimes excitement, but very rarely action. In this presentation I query the impact of these violations on the community in which they occur—how we experience and respond to them.


Joyce Slochower Ph.D., APBB, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY. Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco. In addition to over 75 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique, Second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge.
 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dont-tell-anyone-how-we-dont-deal-with-sexual-boundary-violations-tickets-27018551214

Nov
4
6:30 pm18:30

“S/He’s Just Not into You: Understanding Lost Sexual Attraction in Couples”

  • PPSC

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO:

The Community Church of New York

40 East 35th Street (btw Madison and Park)

NY, NY 10016

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Suzanne Iasenza, PhD.

One of the most helpless clinical moments for patients and therapists is the declaration of the absence of sexual attraction. The absence of attraction may be described as a loss of sexual attraction that was once present, an absence of sexual attraction from the beginning of a relationship, or a struggle to manage feelings of repulsion or disgust.Unlike sexual desire which may wax or wane over time, sexual attraction is often experienced as fixed and unchangeable. What is a therapist to do? Utilizing an integration of  psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive behavioral approaches, this presentation will explore how to co-create a safe therapeutic environment for couples to identify the intra-psychic and interpersonal sources of and solutions to this most emotionally challenging presenting problem.


Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches in the workshop series at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is co-editor of the books Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004) and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York City. Her most recent paper, “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) was published in the journal Family Process.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-just-not-into-you-understanding-lost-sexual-attraction-in-couples-tickets-27018427845

Oct
28
6:30 pm18:30

“FREUD INC.: The Psychoanalytic Origins of Modern Advertising”

  • PPSC

 This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs and will be led by Juliet Heeg, LCSW-R

“Without promotion, something terrible happens…nothing!”

— P.T. Barnum

While Freud and his contemporaries did not have to navigate identity branding within a 24/7 social media culture of tweets, insta-grams & cyber-spying, we might wonder if Freud were alive today whether he would be twittering to potential clients or just stick to passing out the old business card. Promotion in his day, involved flexing one’s influence in a different way, more word-of-mouth, “clubby,” perhaps seductive. Without more contemporary advertising platforms, analysts have always had to grapple with how we use our influence to secure business and to hang on to it.

The early relationship between psychoanalysis and advertising is a fascinating tale. Post-World War I in the U.S., ushered in the grandfather of Public Relations, Edward Bernays who just happened to be…Sigmund Freud’s nephew! Bernays employed some of Freud’s psychoanalytic theories to entice consumers to link products with satisfying their unconscious desires. Bernays helped create what has been dubbed: “The Happiness Machine” the mechanism that primes the economy as the “masses” buy products to help them feel good, maybe even happy. After World War I, Yankee frugality was out and this new consumer emerged. I will use excerpts of Adam Curtis’s documentary: “The Century of the Self” to explore this subject a well as to raise questions of what advertising means in our field today. How do we promote ourselves to get potential clients to buy into us? Do we want to create our own version of a “Happiness Machine”?  As we are “the product” how do we decide which version of our personal/professional self to promote, and how?

What does the very word “advertising” engender in us personally and professionally? Ambivalence, Dread, Hope, Shame…Confidence? I will speak from my own perspective, having been a former advertising copywriter as well as a clinician who advertises. I will also relate some material from “Mad Men” to stimulate our thinking on the matter. I will invite us to get inside the “psychoanalytic” mind of ad man Don Draper, as well as the “advertising” mind of analyst Abraham Brill and other colleagues. Together we will examine the cross-pollination of advertising and analysis, then and now; the pitfalls of promotion as well as the perils of not promoting. In conclusion, I hope this workshop invites us to investigate, challenge and reconsider how we sell ourselves, without selling ourselves short.

 

Juliet Heeg, LCSW-R is a former ad chick and current Co-Chair of the PPSC Annex. She has presented on the topic of grief in “Nostalgia for the Light: A Meditation on the Consciousness of Healing” at the IARPP conference and various institutes in New York City. Her published writings include the topics of loneliness, happiness, money and pop-culture. More recently she has published articles on cancer care within the spa industry: http://www.insidersguidetospas.com/features/mind-body-cancer-care/ and maintains a private practice for individuals and couples in Manhattan.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freud-inc-the-psychoanalytic-origins-of-modern-advertising-tickets-27060335191

 

Oct
14
6:30 pm18:30

Embodied Intimacy, Emotional Closeness, and Erotic Pleasures; A Neurobiological-Relational Integration of Couples & Sex Therapy

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Stella Resnick, Ph.D. 

This talk will look at five essential qualities of an embodied intimacy for couples that fosters healing early developmental wounds, enhancing or restoring loving connection, and energizing erotic playfulness. These are: Presence, body-based empathy, emotional attunement, self and interactive down-regulating stress, and self and interactive up-regulating aliveness. I’ll describe how the important role of each of these qualities is supported by brain research that highlights the dominance of the nonverbal, embodied right brain for both emotional reactivity and positive responsiveness. The remainder of the presentation offers an experiential demonstration of body-based Gestalt methods and how they can be utilized with couples on relational and sexual issues to repair injuries, reactivate developmental growth, and broaden each partner’s capacity to enjoy pleasure.

Stella Resnick, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and AASECT-certified sex therapist, clinical supervisor, and CE provider in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She trains and supervises therapists in her full-spectrum, neurobiological, relational, and Gestalt integration of couples and sex therapy. Her latest book is The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love. She can be reached through her website at www.drstellaresnick.com.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embodied-intimacy-emotional-closeness-and-erotic-pleasures-a-neurobiological-relational-integration-tickets-24754542503

Sep
30
6:30 pm18:30

“Cyber Infidelity: Understanding And Management”

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Marlene Wasserman, Ph.D.

Access, affordability and anonymity, known as the Triple A engine, has seduced people online. Daily interactions occur via mobile devices, allowing multiple contacts on many different platforms. Simultaneously the expansion of our notion of mono-hetero normativity has brought about shifts in our perceptions of our basic principles of commitment, sexual fidelity and monogamy.

This workshop provokes participants into considering the online worlds of their clients within the context of Contemporary Intimacies. Defining Cyber Infidelity is the beginning of very complex conversations clinicians need to have with every client. Managing discovery of CI by a partner requires an extra level of clinical skills.

Marlene Wasserman is an internationally trained, AASECT-certified Sex Therapist, Clinical Sexologist, and Couples Therapist in private practice specializing in Cyber-Infidelity, Contemporary Intimacies, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Sexual Health and Rights, and Forensic Sexology. She is the author of four books and an award-winning columnist and radio-show presenter. She is also a part-time lecturer in sexual medicine at the Medical School, University of Cape Town, South Africa and a reviewer for academic journals and international meetings. Committed to provoking people into thinking about their sexuality, contemporary intimacies and sexual and reproductive health and rights in a more informed, educated and innovative way, Marlene provides cutting-edge research to stimulate this conversation in her latest book, Cyber-Infidelity: The New Seduction. You can view her TEDx Talk by going to: http://www.tedxcapetown.org/talks/Cn4RWYZFmpKRMBgck.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-infidelity-understanding-and-management-tickets-27018170074

Sep
23
6:30 pm18:30

“Modern Psychoanalysis: Its Past, Present, and Future”

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Paul Geltner, DSW.

The panel includes Stanley Hayden, Ph.D., Robert Marshall, Ph.D., Lucie Grosvenor, LCSW, Judy Levitz, Ph.D., and Valerie Frankfeldt, Ph.D.

This panel takes a Janus-like view of Modern Psychoanalysis. Like the two-faced Roman deity who stood as the guardian of doorways, passages and transitions, this group, chaired by Stanley Hayden, one of the founders of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, will examine the prior achievements and future promise of Modern Psychoanalysis. Dr. Stanley Hayden will introduce the panelists and moderate the discussion. Paul Geltner will discuss the historical context in which Spotnitz moved beyond the traditional reliance on interpretation and the importance of insight in psychoanalysis and developed the techniques of emotional communication that remain the distinctive contribution of Modern Psychoanalysis to psychoanalytic practice.

Robert J. Marshall will discuss his experiences in training with Hyman Spotnitz in analysis, supervision, and groups, and how Spotnitz was different from his other analysts. Judy Levitz will discuss the importance of integrating Modern Psychoanalysis with other contemporary schools of thought through embracing both similarities and differences, and developing a common language among various psychoanalytic schools.

Valerie Frankfeldt will discuss some of her personal experiences with Hyman Spotnitz that illustrate his unique ability to effect change and deconstruct with the group how and why his emotional communications were so powerful. Lucie Grosvenor will discuss how modern psychoanalysis influences her work as the Executive Director of a psychoanalytic training institute known for teaching multiple theoretical models, including Modern Psychoanalysis.

Stanley Hayden, Ph.D. Founder: New Jersey Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and the Hyman Spotnitz Study Group. He is the last surviving member of the first CMPS Faculty Council, where he was also faculty, training analyst, and supervisor. Faculty: PSP, BGSP, and CCMPS.

Paul Geltner, DSW. Author: Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Role of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique and articles on child analysis, dreams, and supervision. Formerly: Director of Psychoanalytic Education, PPSC. Private practice, specializing in individual and group supervision in Manhattan.

Robert J. Marshall, Ph.D. A.B.P.P. is a training and supervising analyst on the faculty of The Center for Modern Psychoanalysis, a graduate of The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, where he was on its faculty. He also taught at the Adelphi Post-Doctoral program and is the author of Resistant Interactions: Child, Family, and Therapist. With Simone Marshall, he co-authored The Transference-Countertransference Matrix in Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and Supervision, as well as over thirty-five professional articles and chapters. His private practice in Manhattan focuses on supervision.

Judy Levitz, Ph.D., NCPsyA, is the Founding Director of PPSC where she also teaches and supervises. She is the author of "Contact Function Revisited", "Is This Normal: Uncovering the Role of Homophobia in the Treatment of a Lesbian Couple" and "How to Dig for the Deeper Meaning in Substance Abuse”. She is currently the coordinator of the PPSC Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Treatment Training Program, and maintains an individual, couple, group and supervisory private practice in Manhattan.

Valerie Frankfeldt, LCSW, Ph.D., is the Director of Training, training analyst, supervisor, and instructor at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center in NYC. She is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. Dr. Frankfeldt is a graduate of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and specializes in addiction, couple treatment and clinical supervision. She maintains a private practice in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Lucie D. Grosvenor, LCSW: Executive Director of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Centersince 2010 has been on the PPSC faculty since 2004. She is in private practice and has Graduated from Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. In private practice with individuals, couples and families, and provides supervision to analytic candidates and professionals.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/modern-psychoanalysis-its-past-present-and-future-tickets-27018052723

Jun
10
6:30 pm18:30

Developmental Moments: The Look, Sound and Feel of Connection

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Judy Levitz, PhD.

In the discussion of developmental moments, Dr. Levitz discusses where theory and technique intersect; how patients seek connection, how countertransference feelings shed light on the patient's developmental need and how attachment styles can morph from insecure to secure. From silence and non-verbal body language, to behavioral contacts (not leaving the session or not showing at all), to direct and indirect verbal requests of the analyst, patients are continually conveying what they need from therapy. Discussion and video clips will also highlight how the Modern concept of “Contact Functioning" -- the verbal and non-verbal connection-seeking behavior of the patient -- relates to each patient's unique developmental need. For this workshop, participants are invited to read Dr. Levitz's paper, where she introduces her concept of "Developmental Moments", beforehand. The paper will be emailed upon registration.

Judy Levitz, Ph.D., NCPsyA, is the Founding Director of PPSC where she also teaches and supervises.  She is the author of "Contact Function Revisited", "Is This Normal: Uncovering the Role of Homophobia in the Treatment of a Lesbian Couple", "A Pluralistic Psychodynamic Approach to Sexual and Other Addictions" and "How to Dig for the Deeper Meaning in Substance Abuse". She is currently the coordinator of the PPSC Advanced Psychodynamic Addictions Treatment Training Program, and maintains an individual, couple, group and supervisory private practice in Manhattan. 

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/developmental-moments-the-look-sound-and-feel-of-connection-tickets-24872301724

Jun
3
5:30 pm17:30

Promoting Optimal Erotic Intimacy

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Peggy J. Kleinplatz, PhD.

In the face of common sexual problems, couples try tricks, techniques and gimmicks but become disillusioned. This empirically-based workshop will focus on how couples with sexual concerns or distress can experience erotic intimacy and how we can promote their erotic potential. Research with men and women in long-term relationships who self-identify as having optimal sexual experiences will be reviewed and their clinical applications highlighted. Lessons from research participants for “ordinary” couples or those with sexual desire problems and their therapists will be featured.Implications for replacing sexual boredom or dread with anticipation and erotic longing will be explored.

Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Psychology and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training at the University of Ottawa. She is Certified in Sexuality Education and as a Diplomate and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. Since 1983, she has been teaching Human Sexuality at the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, where she received the Prix d’Excellence in 2000. Kleinplatz has edited four books, notably New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, (Routledge, 2nd Edition), winner of the AASECT 2013 Book Award and Sexuality and Ageing (2015) with Walter Bouman, M.D. In 2015, Kleinplatz received the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from AASECT. Her clinical work focuses on eroticism and transformation. Her current research focuses on optimal sexual experience, with a particular interest in sexual health in the elderly, disabled and marginalized populations.

To register for this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/promoting-optimal-erotic-intimacy-tickets-20540293571

May
6
6:30 pm18:30

Sexual Intelligence: A New View of Sexual Function & Satisfaction

  • LGBT Community Center

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 Hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led  by Marty Klein, Ph.D. 

Most people say they want pleasure and closeness from sex,but during sex they typically focus on how they look, smell, and sound; obsess on what their partner is thinking; try to manage distracting thoughts & feelings; and most of all, attend to their performance.
And that leads exactly to what so many people fear: sexual “dysfunctions” like erection, orgasm, or desire problems. Therapists and self-help books can make things worse, because they’re trying to improve functioning—which is exactly wrong. Better friction doesn’t give people what they really want from sex: a sense of relaxation, playfulness, self-acceptance, and connection. Erections and lubrication don’t guarantee desire or satisfaction. And so treating people’s genitalia is the wrong approach to enhancing their passion or pleasure. 

Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed MFT and Certified Sex Therapist for 34 years. A former adjunct instructor at Stanford Medical School, he is the author of 7 books about sexuality. Marty has given over 700 training programs, keynote speeches, and seminars to professionals across the U.S. and in 30 countries. Audiences everywhere describe Marty’s talks as practical, thought-provoking, and entertaining. His 2015 seminar for PPSC on pornography sold out and then got rave reviews, so we’ve invited him back. His website and blog are at www.SexEd.org.

 

To register for this event , please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sexual-intelligence-a-new-view-of-sexual-function-satisfaction-tickets-22749061054

Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Spring Open House

  • PPSC

Explore our full and part time 1-year, 3-year, 4-year, License-Qualifying, and APAT Programs in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at our spring open house.

We will begin with an information session, which will be led by our Executive Director, Dean of Admissions, Dean of Training, and Treatment Service Director. This is a valuable chance to learn about our various programs and to ask questions of these leaders of our community. Following this discussion, there will be informal mingling with faculty members, supervisors, and current candidates. 

To RSVP, please contact PPSC at- ppsc@att.net

Apr
15
6:30 pm18:30

Engaging the Extremely Dissociated Mind: Working With Anger, Aggression and Self-Harm

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will led by Sheldon Itzkowitz, Ph.D., ABPP

In a detailed clinical presentation Dr. Shelly Itzkowitz will discuss his thoughts on dissociation and show a portion of two sessions with a traumatized patient suffering with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Through the use of video, we will be able to see how Shelly engages various dissociated self-states trying to cope with angry and aggressive feelings that were forbidden to be expressed during the patient’s childhood. In the video, Dr. Itzkowitz addresses the patient’s fear of the power of her aggression and her fear of destroying the therapy. Self-destructive thoughts are discussed in the context of two different and unsolicited memories of early childhood abuse. We will have the chance to see how Shelly addresses and engages a dissociated self-state in which the patient believes she is a separate person with a separate body from the Host personality and who wishes that the Host personality would die. We will have a chance to see how Dr. Itzkowitz helps the perpetrating self-state begin to acknowledge that there is only one body, and that she inhabits the same body as the Host.

Dr. Sheldon Itzkowitz is an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychology and clinical consultant at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, Guest Faculty, the Eating Disorders, Compulsions, and Addictions Program of The William Alanson White Institute, and on the teaching and supervisory faculty of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies training program in psychoanalysis. Dr. Itzkowitz is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and a former President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association. He is in full-time practice in Manhattan where he practices psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and provides clinical supervision for mental health practitioners. Dr. Itzkowitz has presented his work with extremely dissociated individuals both nationally and internationally.

To register for this event, please visit- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engaging-the-extremely-dissociated-mind-working-with-anger-aggression-and-self-harm-tickets-22979065002

Apr
1
6:30 pm18:30

Beyond Sex Addiction: Expanding our Understanding and Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior

  • PPSC, 14th Floor

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs, and will be led by Nathan Rice, LCSW, S-PSB.

There is a growing phenomenon of people struggling with out-of-control and destructive sexual behaviors. The dominant treatment approach for problematic sexual behavior has been the sex addiction treatment model. Although there are aspects of this model that are worth knowing and practicing, “the one-size-fits-all” approach has the potential of demanding compliance from patients in a way that may reenact childhood developmental traumas. Fortunately there are alternative and lesser-known treatment models that can broaden our knowledge base and clinical repertoire to provide customized treatment to those struggling with problematic sexual behavior.

Nathan Rice, LCSW, is an integrative psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor with a specialty in addictions, particularly problematic sexual behaviors. Certified as a specialist in problematic sexual behavior (S-PSB) by the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), Nathan has honed his skills working with problematic sexual behaviors at New York Pathways, a nationally recognized sex addiction treatment center, where he develops programming and provides individual, couples and group therapy. Nathan is currently pursuing post-graduate training in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC).

To register for this event- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-sex-addiction-expanding-our-understanding-and-treatment-of-problematic-sexual-behavior-tickets-19688249083

Mar
18
6:30 pm18:30

Finding The Sex You Lost: Transforming Limiting Beliefs

  • PPSC, 80 Fifth Ave, Suite 903A NY, NY 10011

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will led by Sylvia Rosenfeld LCSW.

This workshop will explore how the repressive and conflicting messages we receive from family, religion, and culture, whether explicitly related to our sexuality or not, limit our potential for sexual feeling, meaning, curiosity, communication, empathy, and pleasure. The Imago concept of the Lost Self will be discussed to show how these messages impact our core sexual self, our choice of partner and our erotic dance in relationship. Through lecture and experiential exercises participants will explore the messages that dictate sex-negative myths and beliefs. They will leave with tools for helping their clients reclaim their sexual selves, and expand their sexual repertoire.

Learning objectives- At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. List at least four ways negative cultural/familial beliefs and messages impact sexual pleasure and satisfaction.

2. Utilize 2-3 tools that can help their clients reclaim their sexual self, and expand their sexual repertoire.

Sylvia Rosenfeld LCSW is an Imago trained, AASECT certified sex therapist with more than 35 years working with couples and individuals who want to enhance their sexual and emotional connection. Sylvia trained with the late Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Harville Hendrix, and completed level two PACT training with Dr. Stan Tatkin. Sylvia’s work extends to supervising therapists in the area of relationship and sexual issues. Additionally, she leads professional workshops for therapists, mental health practitioners and health professionals in general. Website- Sylviarosenfeld.com

To register for this event - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-ppsc-annex-

Mar
13
1:00 pm13:00

Spring Open House

  • PPSC

Explore our full and part time 1-year, 3-year, 4-year, License-Qualifying, and APAT Programs in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at our spring open house.

We will begin with an information session, which will be led by our Executive Director, Dean of Admissions, Dean of Training, and Treatment Service Director. This is a valuable chance to learn about our various programs and to ask questions of these leaders of our community. Following this discussion, there will be informal mingling with faculty members, supervisors, and current candidates. 

Mar
11
6:30 pm18:30

“Mind to Mind: Clinical Encounters with the Uncanny”

  • PPSC

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will led by Janine de Peyer, LCSW.

Is telepathic interconnectivity possible?  Can two minds share the same thoughts without physical or material interaction? When therapist and patient uncannily “know” things about one another, is it coincidental or some form of anomalous transmission? Re-engaging Freud’s original interest in telepathy, de Peyer explores a series of seemingly uncanny clinical exchanges through the comparative lenses of relational psychoanalysis, neuroscience, quantum “entanglement,” and parapsychology.

Beginning with a “slip of the tongue” that ushers-in otherwise unknowable information about her patient, de Peyer describes an unfolding sequence of uncanny, dyadic interactions. Current psychoanalytic interest in the bi-personal unconscious field, the exchange of mirror neurons, intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the “porousness” of mind, raises important questions about certain forms of unconscious attunement (like telepathic dreams) that transcend recognized temporality and material physiology, and extend beyond the realm of sensory cues.
When “uncanny” or “exceptional” clinical experiences occur, both therapist’s and patient’s belief systems become activated. Are such experiences to be ignored? Dismissed? Noted silently? Or discussed with neutrality, enthusiasm or skepticism? Does the patient feel pathologized? Or alternatively, might patient and therapist become lost in fantasies of romanticized psychic union? Any extreme reaction on the part of the therapist runs the risk of rail-roading the patient’s experience and obscuring important transference/countertransference dynamics. In de Peyer’s clinical case study, she and her patient internalize, then eventually openly discuss the intimacy of their uncanny exchanges with both positive and negative results. While inspiring feelings of closeness, uncanny exchanges might also trigger fears of boundary-loss and vulnerability to invasion. Discussion will include audience participation, and dissenting views on the “uncanny” will be welcomed.

Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psycho-therapies, and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies where she teaches on clinical process and transference-countertransference dynamics. She is Associate Editor and is published with Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives. Her recent articles include Sequestered Selves: Discussion of An Adoption Roundtable in Psychoanalytic Perspectives (2013) exploring dissociative processes in adoptive families, and Telepathic Entanglements: Where Are We Now?, a discussion of Massicotte’s article on Freud and telepa-thy in Psychoanalytic Dialogues (2014). Janine’s latest article, Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind, (in press, Psychoanalytic Dialogues) discusses anomalous transmission between patient and analyst. Janine is trained in EMDR, which she integrates along with Energy Psychology, breath work, and guided imagery within a relational psychoanalytic framework. Janine grew up in London, has traveled extensively, and is in private practice in Manhattan.

 

Mar
5
1:00 pm13:00

“Understanding Ethics: How our Boundaries Create Good Work.”

This APAT program course meets Mar 5, 12, and 10, and has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Program will be led by Michael Jenkins, LCSW.

By reflecting on our individual and professional values, we take a look at challenging ethical situations and how they might impact our work. Keeping professional codes in mind, participants will create a personal mission statement for their own ethical practice.  Case situations are discussed in order to apply our learning to clinical moments in a rich, creative, and respectful dialogue.

 

Feb
27
10:00 am10:00

2015 PPSC Graduate Paper Presentation

  • PPSC

“When Any Risk is Too Much Risk, What's an Analyst to Do?” Contemporary Kleinian and Relational Perspectives

Presented by Claudia Krugovoy, LCSW

and

“Understanding Modern Psychoanalysis as a Theory of Intersubjectivity”

Presented by Robert Schmehr, LCSW

These two PPSC graduates will present a 30-minute version of their graduate papers to be discussed by a PPSC faculty member. Dr. Sue Sherman and Dr. Valerie Frankfeldt will be among the panelists responding. All content is confidential. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required. Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-ppsc-graduate-paper-presentation-tickets-21216405841 to reserve a seat. 

Feb
26
6:30 pm18:30

Versing the Analyst and Patient in Sound and Silence: Deadness, Aliveness and Transformative Truth

  • PPSC, 80 Fifth Ave, Suite 903A NY, NY 10011

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will be led by Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW.

Only a poem can talk about what we could not have imagined without the poem.—James Tate.

In Promises, Promises: Psychoanalysis and Literature, Adam Phillips asks, “If the analyst were to aim to be more like a poet than a scientist, what would his work be like? What would he be wanting of and from his patient?” In this lively, power-point presentation, psychotherapist/poet Mary Wallach will define and identify what “poetic thinking” is and discuss how poetry teaches us about communication, imagination, metaphor and process in psychoanalytic practice and theory. Following Thomas Ogden’s observation that “poetry is a great disciplinarian to analytic listening,” she will demonstrate how both successful poetry and analysis share elements of structure, language, paradox and surprise.

In addition, we will be reading and comparing two contemporary American poems from Mary’s paper, Listening to Oedipus:  Two Poems by Sons about Fathers: “The Lost Pilot” by James Tate (1991)  and “Waving Goodbye to My Father” by Michael Blumenthal (1997) .  It is recommended that you read these poems out loud in order to savor the shifts in tone, rhythm and sense of the words.  Focus on sounds and silence that occur in your reading, as much as the meaning.

Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW completed, a Masters Degree Social Work at Hunter College and post-graduate training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study CenterShe received a Masters in Fine Art in Writing at Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Cider Press Review, The Shangri-la Shack, The Road Not Taken and other publications.

To register for this event - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-ppsc-annex-575950629

Dec
18
1:30 pm13:30

Ferenczi’s “The Unwelcome Child and His Death Instinct” and the Concept of Anaclitic Emotional Communication

  • PPSC, 80 Fifth Ave, Suite 903A NY, NY 10011

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will be led by Dr. Paul Geltner.

Sandor Ferenczi’s short, powerful paper was the first psychoanalytic discussion of the feelings that a person needs to experience from the parents in order to develop a zest for life and it also offers a few hints of how to work with patients who have not experienced those feelings. Paul Geltner will present a close reading of this classic paper, and then discuss the concept of anaclitic emotional communication: the idea that many patients will re-experience these needs in the psychoanalytic relationship and that the analyst can meet many of these needs within the context of the transference. He will also discuss the types of countertransference the analyst experiences in the countertransference in these, both the distinctive feelings of boredom and hopelessness when the patient re-experiences the deprivation of these needs and the more nurturing feelings when the patient is receptive to having these needs met by the analyst.

Dr. Paul Geltner is the author of Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Use of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique (Routledge, 2013) and of papers on dreams and child analysis. He has has been the Director of Psychoanalytic Education at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, and has taught at the Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and the Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalysis. He is in private practice in New York City, working with individuals and couples. He specializes in individual and group supervision with psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

To register for this event  - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-ppsc-annex-

Dec
4
1:30 pm13:30

Therapeutic Writing: Memoir As a Tool for Reflection, Processing, and Discovery

  • PPSC, 80 Fifth Ave, Suite 903A NY, NY 10011

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs. Lecture will be led by Sarah Saffian, LMSW, MFA.

To Register - https://www.eply.com/APATFall20151281525

In this interactive event, Sarah Saffian will present the Therapeutic Writing model, a creative hybrid that can serve as a useful complement to traditional individual talk therapy. With a nod to the approaches of psychologists like James Pennebaker (University of Texas, author of Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval) and Timothy Wilson (University of Virginia, author of Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By), and drawing from her own evolution from memoirist, to memoir teacher, to therapist, Sarah uses writing exercises to encourage deeper, clearer reflection, processing of issues, and discovery. Whether in groups or individual treatment, the memoir prompts can translate to virtually any issue — while the exercises offer frames, the clients provide the particular content to examine through them.

In her presentation, Sarah will chart her own professional journey, including a brief reading from her memoir, Ithaka, explaining what inspired her to blend her areas of interest and expertise in creating and employing this model. She’ll share the similarities and also crucial differences between craft-oriented and therapeutic workshops, where the focus is introspective. And she’ll offer up a brief writing exercise or two to the audience — such as a letter to yourself, exploration of different perspectives on an incident, experimentation with verb tenses to variously access a situation — followed by sharing and discussion.

SARAH SAFFIAN, LMSW, MFA, is a writer, a teacher, and a therapist. Her memoir, Ithaka,  (Basic Books, 1998; Dell, 1999) chronicles the experience of being an adoptee who was found by her birth family. She teaches memoir at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and Sarah Lawrence, and works independently as a writing coach. As a therapist, she counsels individual clients and runs support groupswith Spence-Chapin Services, the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center, (IAC), and in various private practice settings in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Her clinical experience also includes New York University’s Counseling and Wellness Services. Sarah earned her BA in English from Brown, her MFA in creative writing from Columbia, and her MSW from NYU. Please visit: saffian.com.