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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 (map)
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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.

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Dec
4
1:30 PM13:30

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

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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.

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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.

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Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Intimate Partner Violence as Transgenerational Trauma and the Creative Role of Activism in Healing

Many psychoanalysts and psychotherapists have experienced transgenerational trauma in the clinical space, but most writing on the topic define it narrowly, focusing on temporally discrete experiences of violence and not on family or gender-based violence. This presentation focuses on a case of intimate partner violence and father-daughter rape through a layered lens of transgenerational gender and racial trauma. It seeks to expand notions of transgenerational trauma to include the violence transmitted within cultural categories of race, class, sexuality and gender, where the intractable repetitions of family violence were interrupted not only through the clinical work but also through the patient’s social justice activism. Integrating activism with the clinical work produced new forms of embodied symbolizations for both the patient and therapist.

Katie Gentile, Ph.D. is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the Gender Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the author of the books Creating Bodies: Eating Disorders as Self-Destructive Survival, and the forthcoming The Business of Being Made: Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Time, Bodies both from Routledge. She is currently researching the use of the fetus as a fetish object for the cultural body and personhood amendments. She is a co-editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and on the editorial board of Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is on the faculty of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and in private practice in New York City.

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

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