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Disillusionment and Hope in Clinical Practice
Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:45 – 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – 1:30 pm Panel Presentation and Discussion
The Nightingale-Bamford School, 20 East 92 Street (bet. 5th & Madison) New York, NY

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Conference is sponsored by National Institute for Psychoanalytic Education and Research in Clinical Social Work, Inc. (NIPER), educational arm of AAPCSW.
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Note: Students (Masters’ level) *with documentation
New Professionals (1-3 years after masters’ with proof)

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Disillusionment as Evidence of Positive Growth in Patients with Psychological Disorders.
Psychological disorders are preoccupations with the negative. The presenter discusses the cause of psychological disorders as a misdirection of the undifferentiated selfobject discovery experience toward the negative. Through treatment, when the undifferentiated selfobject discovery experience becomes directed to the positive, only then can patients have something to lose and experience disillusionment.  Treatment vignettes are offered.
After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to
– Discuss the cause of psychological disorders.
– Define disillusionment as a positive step in the treatment of patients with psychological disorders.

Past Trauma Evoked by Present Times: Impact of the Socio-Political on Clinical Work

The current sociopolitical environment is increasing anxiety in our patients and in ourselves as it brings past trauma into present time, awakening feelings of disillusionment, abandonment, and fear.  With a focus on issues of race, class, and especially gender, the presenter asks how to address dread of the future and trauma of the past in our patients when we may be concurrently experiencing similar fears and resurfacing trauma in ourselves.

After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to
– Identify the ways in which the current sociopolitical environment may increase anxiety in our patients.
– Describe how countertransference is utilized to deepen clinical work with gender variant patients.


And Where Are You From?: Intersectional Identities and Geographic Relocation

Who is “from here” and “not from here”?  What defines an immigrant?  Touching on how US law and policy have shaped individual and group identities related to place, the presenter will explore the way we as members of American society and clinicians understand and manage the ethno-cultural disruptions resulting from geographic relocation. Through memoir and case examples, he will explore the intersectional connections—and disconnections—associated with geographic movement.


After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to
– Identify the clinician’s and client’s places within that greater socio-political and legal context as well as the potential for meaning in the clinical encounter
– Explain a key concept of multiple identification which lies at the heart of intersectionality



New Models of Bereavement and Mourning, and Their Application to Our Understanding and Treatment of Communal Grief.

Recently psychoanalytic research has questioned many of the standard assumptions of bereavement and mourning. Outdated models of isolated mourning, stage models and fully resolved mourning have given way to innovative relational perspectives. The components of this new perspective will be explained, and their application to our understanding of communities that have suffered traumatic loss will be illustrated. The author’s experience providing services to the Newtown Community will be highlighted.


After attending this presentation, attendees will be able to
– Discuss new Mourning models for treating bereavement reactions.
– Assess and treat communities which have undergone traumatic loss.



Each presentation will be followed by a dialogue among the panelists and audience.

4 CE Contact hours offered

National Institute for Psychoanalytic Education and Research in Clinical Social Work, Inc.* is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0022.

* Conference is sponsored by NIPER, educational arm of AAPCSW.

Conference Committee:

Penny Rosen MSW LCSW BCD-P (Chair); Janet Burak LCSW, Michael De Simone PhD LCSW; Margaret Fitts LCSW; Ellyn Freedman PsyD LCSW; Scott Graybow PhD, LCSW; Danita Hall MSW LCSW; Dianne Kaminsky MSW LCSW BCD; Richard Karpe LCSW, BCD-P;  Debra Kuppersmith, LCSW; Jenny Kurland LMSW; Adriana Passini LCSW; Lance Stern LCSW; Carol Thea LCSW BCD.


Important disclosure information:

None of the planners and presenters of the CE program have any relevant financial relationship to disclose.



George Hagman, LCSW   Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology and Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Author, Creative Analysis: Art, Creativity and Clinical Process; New Models of Bereavement Theory and Treatment: New Mourning; paper on reopening a school in the aftermath of tragedy.  Private Practice, New York, NY, and Stamford, CT.

Crayton Rowe, MSW, BCD-P    Founder, AAPCSW. Founding member, NY Inst. for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Author, Treating the Basic Self. Co-author, Empathic Attunement, The “Technique” of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Contributor, Progress in Self Psychology. Private practice, New York, NY.

Sandra Silverman, LCSW    Inst. for Contemporary Psychotherapy, NY. Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, NY. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, NY. Author, papers on analytic vulnerability and on LGBT issues.  Private practice, New York, NY.

Boris Thomas, JD, PhD, LCSW    Inst. for CSW, Chicago. Inst. for Contemporary Psa, NY. Author/Presenter, on race, cultural difference, gay male relationships; and the unconscious integration and re-enactment of pre-existing legal and socio-political systems. Private practice, New York, NY

Michael De Simone, PhD, LCSW    Treasurer, AAPCSW. Nat’l Psychological Assoc. for Psa. Author, paper on mother loss and unresolved grief. Private practice, Staten Island and New York, NY.

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