Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Mental Health of Bisexual Men

"The Mental Health of Bisexual Men"

Ritch Savin-Williams, PhD

Within the basic rubric of bisexuality, it is dangerous to lump all nonexclusive men into a single category we call bisexual as if there were only one way not to be straight or gay. This implies at the most basic level a new vision of bisexuality is essential if we are to capture the diversity within the population of those who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both sexes. In particular, we will examine several subgroups that likely differ in their gender expression, personality characteristics, sexual/romantic profiles, and life trajectories that influence their susceptibility to stress and perturbations in their mental health.

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, has written Bisexual Young Men [draft], Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity among Men (2017), Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay (2016), and The New Gay Teenager (2005). He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has served as an expert witness on same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and Boy Scout court cases. Dr. Savin-Williams has consulted for media outlets such as MTV, 20/20, Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, National Geographic, National Public Radio, Rolling Stone, Time, New York Times, and Washington Post. Dr. Savin-Williams blogs on Sex/Romance for Psychology Today:https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/ritch-c-savin-williams-phd
The instructor will present within his scope of practice.

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

Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

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Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

The Negative Transitional Object: A Winnicottian Model of Addiction and Recovery

"The Negative Transitional Object: A Winnicottian Model of Addiction and Recovery"

David Pauley, LCSW

Clinicians today have a range of theories at their disposal to understand the complex dynamics of addiction, from the “disease” model to neuro-biological approaches to the self-medication hypothesis. This talk will lay out another such lens, a variation on Donald Winnicott’s classic theory explaining the emotional function of the security blankets and Teddy Bears of infancy. The negative transitional object, like the good transitional object about which Winnicott writes, is a creative adaptation to challenges that confront all children and adults: the startling fact of separation from other bodies; the continual need to integrate our moment-to-moment experience as minds and bodies in symbolic form; and the drive to self-regulate in playful dialogue with others.

Part theoretical overview, part hands-on clinical discussion, the talk will illustrate the concept of the negative transitional object as a developmental necessity carried over, in malignant and dissociated forms, in adult compulsions and addictions. Clinical illustrations and literary examples will be used to flesh out the concept.

DAVID PAULEY, LCSW is a Training and Supervising Analyst and member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, and also teaches in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the William Alanson White Institute. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor, he taught for a dozen years at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. His paper introducing the negative transitional object appeared in Psychoanalytic Dialogues in April 2018. He maintains a private practice in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, where he works with adults, adolescents and children, and also offers group and individual supervision to clinicians at all levels of practice.

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

Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

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Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Applying AEDP to Couple Therapy

"Applying AEDP to Couple Therapy"

Gil Tunnell, PhD

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) was developed 25 years ago by Diana Fosha. It is considerably different from traditional psychotherapy in that it focuses on the positives the patient brings to treatment, rather than the patient’s resistance, defenses, and psychopathology. AEDP is a short-term therapy, compared to traditional insight-oriented psychotherapy. The effectiveness of AEDP is supported by empirical research. Although AEDP began in New York City, the model is now global, with trainings occurring throughout the USA, Sweden, England, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, Japan and China. This presentation will discuss the basics of individual AEDP, and how AEDP can be applied to couple therapy. Compared to Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) developed by Sue Johnson, Couple AEDP is more different than similar.

Gil Tunnell, PhD is one of the senior faculty of the AEDP Institute, is Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches family and couple therapy, and has a private practice in New York City. His special interest is in applying individual AEDP to couple therapy. In the late 1980s, he trained in Structural Family Therapy under Salvador Minuchin, M.D., and has written on the differences between Structural Therapy and AEDP. He also trained in family therapy with Maurizio Andolfi in Rome, Italy. Dr. Tunnell previously was director of family therapy training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He has published widely on working with gay male couples and is the is co-author with David Greenan of Couple Therapy with Gay Men and the published chapter, Gay male couple therapy: An attachment model. Another chapter of his, An attachment perspective on the first interview: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, appeared in a book that received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association.

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

Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

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Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Incongruent Countertransference: A Mismatch Between Patient And Analyst, Or Not?

"Incongruent Countertransference: A Mismatch Between Patient And Analyst, Or Not?"

Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD

One of the more intriguing aspects of our work occurs when our feeling states appear not to match the verbal content or feeling state presented by the patient. As preverbal phenomena, these experiences may manifest as feelings, per se, or as physical sensations (e.g., hunger, nausea, coughing, yawning, a tic, tightness in chest, changes in heart rate, pain, unexplained tears), psychological sensations (e.g. feelings of derealization, depersonalization, changes in body image, feeling larger or smaller, etc.), hard to grasp ethereal fantasies, dreams, impulses, cognitive problems, or behavioral enactments that feel out of character, and more.

These moments may be fleeting or ongoing. They can be disturbing, bewildering or confusing, but are always fascinating. Developing a sensitivity to noticing and experiencing these countertransference states allows for bringing a raft of new information into the treatment. Dr. Frankfeldt will define and illustrate this phenomenon, grapple with possible meanings, and consider ways of understanding how it comes about.

Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD, is the Director of Training, a faculty member, training analyst and supervisor at PPSC. She is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and a graduate of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. She has written and presented extensively on psychoanalytic/12 Step/Harm Reduction treatment of addictions, mother-child problematic interactions and their healing, conflicts for psychoanalysts regarding integrating the digital world with treatment, couples treatment, and work with severely disturbed patients. She is in private practice in Greenwich Village, NY. 

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

Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo

"Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo"

Hani Miletski, PhD, MSW

Based on a book by the same title (Miletski, 2007), this workshop will provide an overview of existing information on this rarely discussed and published issue. Dr. Hani Miletski suggests that the mother-son incest taboo is not as strong as society’s denial of its existence. She seeks to explore this denial and to increase awareness of mother-son incest among professionals, since lack of knowledge and awareness prevents us from identifying victims and perpetrators, and from providing effective treatment interventions. 
Dr. Miletski will discuss and challenge five misconceptions which contribute to society’s denial: (1) mother-son incest occurs only when intercourse is involved; (2) boys cannot be victims of sexual abuse; (3) sexual abuse is perpetrated only by men; (4) motherly love is free of sexual intentions; and (5) mother-son incest occurs only when at least one of the parties is mentally ill.

This will be a philosophical presentation, aimed at challenging the audience and pushing participants to look inside themselves, to identify and encounter their personal barriers to recognizing mother-son incest, and to begin a discussion about this important topic. Participants will be encouraged to share stories and to take an active part in the discussion.

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.

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

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May
18
6:30 PM18:30

A Trans-Psychoanalyst Questioning Harris’s "Gender As Soft Assembly" In Men’s Locker Rooms. The Rebirth Of Shame

"A Trans-Psychoanalyst Questioning Harris’s Gender As Soft Assembly In Men’s Locker Rooms. The Rebirth Of Shame."

Luc Olivier Charlap, PhD

This paper will attempt to address the experience of transitioning later in life and the impact of female socialization in everyday life on this male identified transgender psychoanalyst. Despite valid efforts to maintain a sense of gender fluidity, society’s unrelenting call for a binary expression of gender has never been so stark. Society’s lack of “gender mentalization” and its insistence on defensively and unconsciously concretizing it, as it threatens basic organizing principles, reintroduce a sense of shame, shame which I meant to escape in the first place. I am now hiding in fear of misrecognition, in a new way. Yes, gender as an internal experience, is a soft assembly, but in everyday encounters it is mostly rigidified and concrete. Going through multiple gendered/ungendered self states, I experience this most vividly, since I now pass as male, in men’s locker rooms that I am now required to use. Using Harris, Orange and Bromberg I will discuss this forced return and unrequited adoption of the binary and its psychic implications in terms of gender, mentalization, shame and trauma- in seemingly benign exposures to everyday encounters such as in the bare exclusivity of male only spaces.

Dr. Luc Olivier Charlap PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. As a faculty member of various psychoanalytic institute he has taught classes on Trauma and its Treatment; Gender and Sexuality; Object Relations; Klein; and Envy, Narcissism and Borderlines Conditions. He is also a faculty member at NYU Silver School of Social Work. At present, as a faculty member and training analyst at the Contemporary Institute of Psychotherapy, he teaches in the Four-Year psychoanalytic program and supervises psychoanalytic candidates.

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

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May
4
6:30 PM18:30

When the Body Speaks: An Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy

"When the Body Speaks: An Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy"

Amy Gladstone, LCSW, Ph.D

Many of the current clinical models of practice emphasize the role of present moment experience in therapeutic action. The body contains the roots of past experience in present time. When clinicians learn how to pay attention they discover that the body provides a new pathway to access hard-to-reach implicit material and an opportunity for profound experiences of healing.

In this workshop, Dr. Gladstone will give a brief introduction to somatic psychotherapy as it augments and deepens clinical practice. She will focus on techniques and demonstrate her work as a somatic psychotherapist using clinical examples. Participants will leave with a sense of how to integrate information from the body into clinical talk therapy. 

Amy Gladstone, LCSW, Ph.D. is a clinician, educator, supervisor, and workshop leader with over 25 years of clinical experience who presents locally and nationally on affect regulation, attachment and experiential methods. She is on the faculty of the Integrative Trauma Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Certified in both Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, trained in EMDR and IFS, Dr. Gladstone is an integrative psychotherapist.
 

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

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Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

On Safari With Blue Gazelle: Escapades Between Ego and Unconscious

"On Safari With Blue Gazelle: Escapades Between Ego and Unconscious"

Michael Jenkins, LCSW

By presenting a series of dreams and the Jungian practice of active imagination in response to these dreams, we will entertain questions of creative unconscious and its impact on consciousness. This presentation is open to all dreamers (even those who don't remember). 

How does our ability to incorporate imagination and creativity enhance our ability to meet life’s challenges? This presentation will focus on the relationship of the ego to the unconscious; individual stuck points and how they impact self awareness; importance of familial/cultural/religious/political influence; how these impact creativity and a fuller life experience. We will look at how lack of imagination impacts limited choice and how imagination encourages freedom and possibility.

Imagination is a psychic drive vital to life force and productivity. How can it get stymied and how can we loosen it up in practice? What is its importance to resilience and overcoming both internal and external threat? How can we work with developing imaginative process and power in our psyche analytic work?

There will be several suggested readings on imagination from a multi-cultural and trauma related perspective. This will serve to introduce some concepts to be discussed in this workshop.

Michael Jenkins, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center; LCSW, Masters Degree in Social Work, NYU; Faculty, Supervisor, Psychoanalyst at PPSC and New York Counseling and Guidance Services. Michael Jenkins is an exhibiting artist and maintains a private practice in New York City.

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

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Spring Open House - Evening Session

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

Open houses will begin with information sessions, at which discussion 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.

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Apr
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Changing Face of Empathy: Harnessing Unconscious Resonance in the Countertransference

“The Changing Face of Empathy: Harnessing Unconscious Resonance in the Countertransference”

Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R

Can our clients sense when we’re bored, distrustful, envious, or downright disgusted? To what degree are our ‘private’ countertransference reactions perceived, both consciously and unconsciously, and what can we do about it? This presentation delves into the unconscious influence of internally harbored reactions to our clients, both positive and negative. Self-reflective work in-between sessions can shift negative countertransference reactions, but are such shifts unconsciously perceptible to the client? If the client unconsciously perceives a shift in us, is it possible that this perception can be registered, mind-to-mind, in the relational unconscious, before he/she walks even back into the room with us? In other words, what is the reach of dyadic, right hemisphere-to-right hemisphere communication?

As theories of empathy evolve, discoveries of mirror neurons, perceptual encoding, emotional contagion, and social brain activation challenge us to consider neurological, physiological, cognitive, and dissociative levels of mental interpenetration. Where does empathy stand in relation to all this? What differentiates emotional contagion from empathic responsiveness, or ‘affective empathy’ from ‘cognitive empathy?’ How do we separate mutually projective unconscious processes from activation of our own personal history, and how does all this affect our capacity for compassion?

Through clinical illustration, a method for shifting negative countertransference will be presented through the cultivation of identificatory empathy and self-forgiveness. When the analyst identifies and releases correlations to the client’s traumas, unconscious resonance will occur. We will integrate theories of the relational unconscious, self-state sharing, mirror neuron exchange, unified field theory, and the wisdom of psycho/spiritual healing practices.

In a sociopolitical climate where empathy is sorely lacking, practices designed to develop the capacity for empathy will also be proposed, including introduction to innovative Virtual Reality technology.

Janine de Peyer, LCSW is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychothera- pies, and the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center where she teaches on clinical process and transference-countertransference dynamics. She is Associate Editor with Psychoanalytic Dia- logues, and has published multiple papers on dissociation and unconscious communication. Janine’s recent articles include Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind, (2016, Psycho- analytic Dialogues), Byron-Beguiled, (2017, Psychoanalytic Perspectives), and Traversing the Ineffable: Commentary on Sharon Farber’s “Becoming a Telepathic Tuning Fork” (2017, Psychoanalytic Dialogues). Janine integrates EMDR and creative visualization within a relational psychoanalytic framework. She is in private practice in Manhattan. 

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

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Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Woman is Perfect: A Discussion of Hilda Doolittle's Analysis with Freud and a Close Reading of Her Poem, The Master

"Woman is Perfect": A Discussion of Hilda Doolittle's Analysis with Freud and a Close Reading of Her Poem, The Master

Paul Geltner, DSW and Mary Wallach, MFA, LCSW

In 1933, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), a great Modernist writer, started an analysis with Freud because she was unable to write and wanted "to free herself from repetitive thoughts and experiences". She left with her creative powers unblocked. Afterwards, H. D. wrote two prose books about the experience. And a magnificent poem -- The Master -- which describes both her passionate disagreements with Freud and her profound appreciation for their relationship, and celebrates the feeling of powerful, creative womanhood that she acquired in the course of the analysis.

Paul Geltner will discuss aspects of H.D.'s life and her analysis — an analytic relationship that reveals a side of Freud’s clinical work seldom found in his writings or other patients’ memoirs: moments of emotional availability, vulnerability, and transparency, his openness to a gender-fluid, bisexual woman, and the creativity of his technique compared to the parsimonious rules he recommended to others. 

Mary Wallach will read The Master and lead a stanza by stanza discussion of the poem.

Dr. Paul Geltner. is the author of Emotional Communication: Countertransference Analysis and the Use of Feeling in Psychoanalytic Technique, 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 Northern Rockies Psychoanalytic Institute, 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.

Mary Wallach, M.F.A., L.C.S.W., is in private practice in New York City where she practices both psychoanalytic and EMDR psychotherapy. She has published papers on poetry and psychoanalysis inThe Journal of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and has presented on this topic at the PPSC Annex and the Artist Study Group at The William Alanson White Institute. She also holds a M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University and has published poetry in the American Philosophical Association Newsletter of Philosophy and Medicine, Shangri-la Shack, The Mississippi Review, Mockingheart Review and other journals. She is available for poetry workshops and readings

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

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Mar
4
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Open House - Afternoon Session

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

Open houses will begin with information sessions, at which discussion 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.

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Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

The Present in Couples Therapy: Moments of Transformation

“The Present in Couples Therapy: Moments of Transformation”

Mary-Joan Gerson, PhD

This presentation will describe an approach to couples therapy which integrates psychoanalytic, systemic and attachment theory. I link my approach to the emphasis on therapeutic moments as delineated by the Boston Change Process Group, with a particular focus on implicit knowing and “fittedness”. Three key aspects of this perspective on couples therapy are: 1) unexpected recognition; 2) inextricable linking and 3) the power of mutual healing.

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Consultant in Psychoanaysis, and has served as the Director of the Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and Co-Chair of the Pro Bono and Activism Committee. She is a supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and a faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

An active leader in Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she was the Founding President of Section VIII, Couple and Family Therapy, as well as the Founding Co-Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Health Care, and the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Community and received the Division 39 Leadership Award in 2016.

Dr. Gerson has taught, presented nationally and internationally, and published widely on the integration of psychoanalytic, family systemic and attachment theory, as well as how intimate and work relationships affect coping with chronic medical illness. She is the author of many articles and book chapters, as well a full length book, The Embedded Self: An Integrated Psychodynamic and Systemic Perspective on Couple and Family Therapy.

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

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Feb
23
6:30 PM18:30

Emails, Texts and Beyond: Communicating Analytically in the Digital Age

"Emails, Texts and Beyond: Communicating Analytically in the Digital Age"

Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD

It’s a wondrous new world! Technology gives us unparalleled abilities to connect. Technology adds a level of efficiency and convenience that makes life so much easier, both in and outside of therapy. 

On the other hand, when is a request to plug a phone charger in our outlet based in “reality”? When is it a disguised sexual request--or assault? How do we feel about being digitally available to patients when they have a brief piece of news to report? What happens when it’s not so brief and it’s late Saturday night? Can patients perhaps express things by email that need to be said but that cannot safely be said in person because it would make them feel too vulnerable? Would it be useful if they could express rage without fear of immediate in-person reprisal? Or might it be a shortcut that interferes with the crucial work of analyzing resistance? Would it be helpful for us to watch that video of the patient’s child’s first steps? Would it be an enactment, or no? How about learning that the patient is pregnant, or has cancer, or wants to end treatment, that comes through in a text? What is the effect on the therapist? How do we view these contacts psychoanalytically? And how do we deal with them in the room?

This workshop will provide a forum to grapple with the myriad dilemmas posed by our patients’ as well as our own use of email and texts as they impact the treatment situation. Participants are invited to bring in struggles with incorporating (or resisting) the use of texts, email and devices in treatment.

Valerie Frankfeldt, LCSW, PhD is the Director of Training, a faculty member, training analyst and supervisor at PPSC. She is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and a graduate of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. She has written extensively on psychoanalytic/12 Step/Harm Reduction treatment of addictions, mother-child problematic interactions and their healing, work with severely disturbed patients, and incongruent feeling states between analyst and patient. She is in private practice in Greenwich Village, NY

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

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Feb
2
6:30 PM18:30

Attachment Trauma and Split Off Sexual Lives In Systemic Sex Therapy

"Attachment Trauma and Split Off Sexual Lives in Systemic Sex Therapy"

Sari Cooper, LCSW

Friday, February 2, 2018 

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

 

PPSC

80 Fifth Avenue

Room 1408

New York, New York 10011

This talk will present the clinical challenges facing a therapist when a client’s past relational trauma infiltrates their partnered sexual lives. Case examples will be presented along with information gleaned from sexual histories to offer systemic hypotheses and interventions used to help couples create a more authentic, attached erotic life that has a felt-sense of vitality.


This talk will be of help to both general therapists who may need more education around sexual issues and sex therapists who want a reboot or are looking for alternative conceptualizations and clinical techniques for couples systemic treatment. Many therapists find themselves stymied when faced with the avoidance, conflict or post-infidelity crisis wrought by years of neglect or denial of the trauma legacy within the relationship. The workshop will include references to clinical case examples, techniques and home exercises, as well as research that can be illuminating for therapists and their clients.

Sari Cooper is a licensed individual, couples, and AASECT-Certified sex therapist and clinical supervisor who has been in private practice for over 25 years. She has been committed to helping people connect more authentically in their emotional and sexual relationships and is the Founder and Director of the Center for Love and Sex in NYC, which specializes in treating sexual issues for individuals and couples. She also offers live and recorded workshops and webinars for professionals that provide continuing education credits. In addition Sari is an internationally recognized expert who has been called upon to comment on sexuality and relationships on many media outlets including: CBS This Morning, The Better Show and Dr. Oz, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Greatest, Vice, Bustle, Cosmo, Lifehacker, Barron’s, New York Post, and Marie Claire. Furthermore, she writes for Psychology Today and Huffngton Post and has her own blog, Sex Esteem®, and her own web show, Sex Esteem® with Sari Cooper.

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

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Dec
8
6:30 PM18:30

“Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy”

“Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy”

Tammy Nelson, PhD

Friday, December 8, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

PPSC
80 Fifth Avenue
Room 1408
New York, New York 10011

This talk will present clinical treatment interventions for sexual relationships including problems of low sex or sexless relationships, desire and arousal discrepancy, infidelity and monogamy dilemmas.

The dilemmas for therapists working with couples and sex can trigger countertransference, projection and hopelessness for the therapist and couples can face frustration and repeat patterns that lead to destructive behaviors individually and with a partner. Some sex therapists need better couple therapy training and some couple’s therapists need the right tools to intervene with sexual dilemmas. Based on clinical practice, research and case examples, we will cover integrative sex and couple’s therapy interventions and learn how these impact current therapy techniques. This talk will help participants shift into a new vision for their own work as well as a more effective therapeutic relationship, and for a new future for integrative therapy.

Tammy Nelson, a Board Certified Sexologist, a Certified Sex Therapist and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, is an international speaker and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals and couples. She is also the author of several books including, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together” (2008) and “What’s Eating You? A Workbook for Anorexia and Bulimia (2004)” and her latest book “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity” (January 2013) is receiving critical acclaim. She has been a featured expert in the NY Times, NY Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Fox News and a source in Time Magazine. She also writes for the Huffington Post, YourTango, ThriveGlobal, Medium and can be followed on her blog www.drtammynelson.com/blog/. In addition she travels and lectures internationally on her quest for global relational change.

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Dec
1
6:30 PM18:30

“He/She…Me?: Understanding Gender & Shame in the Therapeutic Dyad”

“He/She…Me?: Understanding Gender & Shame in the Therapeutic Dyad”

Cathy Siebold, DSW

Friday, November 3, 2017

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

PPSC
80 Fifth Avenue
Room 1408,
New York, New York 10011

Developmental theory has tended to take a binary view of development. Male and female bodies are considered determinative of certain gendered ways of being and feeling. Accepting assumptions or myths about gender affects the way we think about and respond to clinical content.What are these myths and how might we conspire with them or challenge them in the treatment? Contemporary recognition of gender as a social construction, and like the individual as unique encourage us to question the degree to which the body informs psychic experience. Using case examples this workshop explores the way cultural myths about the body, particularly as they relate to the body and gender may lead to shame about the self concept.

Cathy Siebold, DSW trained at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. Supervisor and Faculty at PPSC, Supervisor NYU Silver School of Social Work. She was supervisor and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and the New Jersey Training Institute. She is past President AAPCSW, Past Board Member, China America Psychoanalytic Alliance. She has also taught at the Doctoral Program at Rutgers University and Smith College School of Social Work. Author of numerous articles on attachment theory, intersubjectivity, gender and the experience of loss, as well as a book on Hospice’s Evolution in this country. She is in private practice in New York City.

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Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

“EFT for Analysts: Translating Relational Work into Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples”

PPSC ANNEX FALL CEU WORKHOPS

“EFT for Analysts: Translating Relational Work into Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples”

Benjamin Seaman, LCSW

Friday, November 17, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

PPSC
80 Fifth Avenue
Room 1408
New York , New York 10011

   For clinicians used to working individually, the domain of couple work can feel overwhelming as relational dynamics come alive in the treatment room. This workshop will attempt to provide a roadmap for beginning work with couples that capitalizes on attendee’s pre-existing strengths as relational analysts. Specific attention will be paid to understanding attachment styles as they emerge in couple dynamics. Demonstrations and video will be presented to illustrate the steps and stages of EFT, from alliance, to reframing negative interaction patterns, to repairing injuries, to restructuring bonds between partners.

Benjamin Seaman is a Certified EFT Therapist and Approved Supervisor, and is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at PPSC. He is the founder of New York City Couples (newyorkcitycouples.com) and Relational Minds, two distinct psychotherapy practices that focus on EFT and relational work with both couples and individuals. He is also a co-founder of the New York Center for EFT. Mr. Seaman is an adjunct lecturer at the NYU Silver School of Graduate Social Work and is co-director of an annual retreat for men at the Rowe Massachusetts Camp and Conference Center. He is regularly presenting on relationships, addictions and creativity at workshops and retreats around New York and New England.
 

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

*Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

Link to buy tickets : 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eft-for-analysts-translating-relational-work-into-emotionally-focused-therapy-for-couples-tickets-36930925392

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Anatomy of Betrayal: Some Thoughts on Trust and Betrayal
Nov
3
6:30 PM18:30

Anatomy of Betrayal: Some Thoughts on Trust and Betrayal

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PPSC is proud to announce our upcoming

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT EVENT

Honoring Sheldon Bach, Ph.D.

 

Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM

(including wine and cheese reception)

Location: First Presbyterian Church of New York

(12 W. 12th St., New York, NY at 5th Avenue)

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2.5 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

 

Sheldon Bach has developed a phenomenal body of work that reflects his innovative thinking and gifts as a master clinician. He integrates a vast array of theories into a unique conception of psychoanalysis bringing the theories vividly to life with clinical cases. Dr. Bach’s beautiful prose is so readable, and so close to human experience, that it belies the complexity of its theoretical underpinnings.

In writing about the most difficult patients—those with severe narcissistic, sadomasochistic, and borderline disorders—Dr. Bach describes universal clinical dilemmas about the self. He brilliantly exemplifies a way of working where there is a “mutual living through” of the patient’s and the analyst’s experience, developing a bond of love between them. As someone who embodies so much of PPSC’s mission to expose students of analysis to all major theoretical orientations and help them grow as individual practitioners, we are proud to honor him for his lifetime of teaching and authorship.

 

Biography:

Sheldon Bach, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society and a Fellow of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is also the recipient of the Heinz Hartmann Award from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute for “outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of Psychoanalysis.” He is the author of countless articles and books including: Chimeras and Other Writings: Selected Papers of Sheldon Bach, 2016; The How-To Book for Students of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 2011; Getting From Here to There: Analytic Love, Analytic Process, 2006; The Language of Perversion and the Language of Love, 1994; and Narcissistic States and the Therapeutic Process, 1985.

 

For more information, please contact PPSC at ppsc@att.net or 212-633-9162.

To Register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anatomy-of-betrayal-some-thoughts-on-trust-and-betrayal-tickets-36484735827

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Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

"Don't Touch Me!”: Understanding Sexual Aversions

"Don't Touch Me!”: Understanding Sexual Aversions


Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

Friday, October 20, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

CAI

505 Eighth Avenue

Yellow room on the 20th floor

New York, Ny 10018


 
The thought of sex makes some patients squirm. They avoid sex, make excuses for its absence, may even find giving or receiving touch awkward, uncomfortable, disgusting or repulsive. Many of these patients avoid discussing sex all together. Many relationships suffer for years from the disconnection, rejection, and conflict this problem creates.


When faced with such a patient, psychotherapists often feel challenged as to how to assess and treat the underlying problem confusing it with low sexual desire or with generalized anxiety. Using an integration of psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, and case examples, the presenter will discuss the sources of and treatments for sexual aversions.
  
This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.


Link to buy tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dont-touch-me-understanding-sexual-aversions-tickets-36492474975

*Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

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Sep
15
6:30 PM18:30

"Six Tools to Improve Outcomes in Couples Counseling & Sex Therapy"

"Six Tools to Improve Outcomes in Couples Counseling & Sex Therapy"

Marty Klein

Friday, September, 15, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

PPSC
80 Fifth Avenue
Room 1408
New York, New York 10011

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

*2 ASSECT-approved CEs will be offered by the presenter at no additional charge for those requesting them.

 

Six Tools to Improve Outcomes in Couples Counseling & Sex Therapy

What is the architecture of a given intimate relationship--what assumptions, unspoken agreements, power dynamics, and narratives are baked into it? Are people keeping score of their wounds? Do one or both parties feel taken advantage of? When couples want to feel close, what vehicles do they use—Sex? Spending money? Time with the kids? Working on their home? Talking about feelings?

In this fast-paced, enjoyable seminar, Dr. Klein will present tools that can make your work more effective regardless of your clinical orientation. They will increase the number of new clients who return for a second session; help you identify the issues likely to sabotage the therapy; and reduce your own boredom and frustration.

Topics covered include power dynamics; conflict and conflict avoidance; increasing empathy; and existential issues. Dr. Klein will discuss the structure of effective communication, exploring why many couples who appear to have a communication problem actually don’t. And he will discuss how to navigate sexual presenting problems, helping you determine if they are more functional, more relational, or more psychological.

 

Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed MFT and Certified Sex Therapist for 35 years. He is the award-winning author of 7 books, including Sexual Intelligence and the new His Porn, Her Pain. He has lectured across North America and in 40 countries. Marty is a frequent guest in the popular media, including the New York Times, National Public Radio, Psychology Today, and the Daily Show. A qualified forensic expert in sexuality, Marty continually challenges popular clinical assumptions about sex, gender, desire, & intimacy. For example, Wikipedia cites Marty as the key challenger to the concept of sex addiction.


Marty’s talks are known to be down-to-earth, thought-provoking, and entertaining. That’s why we’ve asked him back to give his third seminar for us.


His blog and website are at www.SexEd.org.

Link to buy tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/six-tools-to-improve-outcomes-in-couples-counseling-sex-therapy-tickets-36157912289


*Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact ppscannex@gmail.com if you want to cancel within this time frame.

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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

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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

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Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Spring Open House - Evening Session

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

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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

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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

 

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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

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Mar
5
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Open House- Afternoon Session

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Dec
9
6:30 PM18:30

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

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

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Dec
2
6:30 PM18:30

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

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.

 

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