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Developmental Moments: The Look, Sound and Feel of Connection

  • PPSC 80 5th Avenue Room 1408 New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

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. 

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