When We Cry: Loss and Grief from a Clinical, Neurobiological and Cultural Perspective at WCSPP

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy invites you to join us for our annual Conference entitled When We Cry: Loss and Grief from a Clinical, Neurobiological and Cultural Perspective on Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:30 – 3:00 PM at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel, 80 West Red Oak Lane, West Harrison, NY.
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Continental Breakfast and Check-In (8:30 – 9:00 am)
Morning Program (9:00 am – 12:00 pm): Derived from his personal experiences with loss and historical psychoanalytic understandings of grief and mourning, George Hagman, LCSW, will present a framework for New Mourning theory which emphasizes the relational context of bereavement, the diversity of mourning processes and the complex attachment the survivor may maintain with the deceased. Treatment implications will be discussed. Following his paper, Maggie Zellner, Ph.D, LP will present the neurobiological underpinnings of the experience of loss and grief and how a therapist’s familiarity with these substrates can inform and enhance therapeutic interventions.
Lunch (12:00 – 1:00 pm) Provided.

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To register online, please click here.

For more information about our other events and training programs, please visit us at wcspp.org.

George Hagman, LCSW is a clinical social worker/ psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and Stamford, CT, and a faculty member at WCSPP and The Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including New Models of Bereavement Theory and Treatment, Aesthetic Experience: Beauty, Creativity and the Search for the Ideal, and The Artist’s Mind: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Creativity, Modern Art and Modern Artists.

Maggie Zellner, Ph.D, LP is a neuroscientist and licensed psychoanalyst/psychotherapist in NYC. She is Executive Director of The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in NYC and Editor of Neuropsychoanalysis. She also teaches neuroscience to psychotherapists. In 2011, she was curator for the exhibit, “Brain: The Inside Story,” at the American Museum of Natural History.

Lama Zuhair Khouri, LMSW comes to the field of mental health following 14 years as a political affairs officer at the UN Department of Peace- keeping Operations. She is the executive director of Circle OASIS, a not-for-profit organization serving Arab immigrants/refugees. A popular speaker, Lama Khouri is also a published author with a recent chapter in Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves by Julia Beltsiou.

Ann Crane, Psy.D is on faculty at WCSPP and a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in White Plains, NY, working with adolescents, couples and adults, specializing in loss related to infertility.

Julie Willstatter, LCSW is a social worker/ psychoanalyst in private practice in White Plains, NY. She provides individual, couples and group therapy to individuals living with chronic or life-threatening conditions.


Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers #0063, Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0027, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040, Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075 and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028.

About this conference:
Loss and grief are pervasive and inescapable aspects of human experience. While bereavement, the complex emotional state following the death of a loved one, is perhaps the most universal experience, loss is also experienced through various life challenges, such as disability, divorce, professional disruptions and immigration. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the ubiquity of loss and grief seen in our clinical work and to explore how these concepts can be understood from theoretical, neurobiological, clinical and cultural perspectives. In addition, the conference will address how an understanding of the neuroobiological underpinnings of loss and grief can inform and enhance clinical interventions. Clinical examples and treatment strategies will be presented.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
1. List 3 interventions to target symptoms of complicated mourning.
2. Identify 3 signs of progress in treatment with the bereaved.
3. Name the areas of the brain that are part of the Human Grief System.
4. Define the process of mourning as it relates to immigration and assimilation.

Who should attend: Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health and school professionals, nurses, teachers, graduate students.

If requesting CE’s, a completed evaluation must be submitted online through Survey Monkey at the end of the conference.

WCSPP seeks to foster diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interest, perspectives, and socioeconomic status. Grounded in equal opportunity and non-discrimination, our robust commitment to diversity is fundamental to the Institute’s mission of advancing knowledge, educating future leaders in the field, and providing public service.

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