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Sunday May 15, 2022

11:00am – 1:30pm (EDT)

Online via Zoom

Healing the Self-Alienation of Traumatized Patients  

Presented by:

Daniel Shaw, LCSW

Description: Assumptions therapists make about the value of life are challenged when a patient proclaims the wish or the intention to be dead, or expresses bitter resentment for not having had a choice about being born. Some patients are less overtly suicidal, going on living against underlying currents of apathy, self-denigration, and despair. A very persistent part of these patients holds traumatic experiences of having felt negated: unrecognized, annihilated, hated, etc., and in response, these patients have become alienated from themselves. Recognition of this self-alienation is central to the therapeutic project. The therapist’s role in supporting the patient to develop self-reflective and self-regulating capacities is crucial in helping patients make use of their internal healing and self-affirming resources.

Dan Shaw Daniel Shaw, LCSW is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, New York. Originally trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen in New York City, Shaw later worked as a missionary for an Indian guru. His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization led him to become an outspoken activist in support of individuals and families traumatically abused in cults. Simultaneous with leaving this group, Shaw began his training in the mental health profession, becoming a faculty member and supervisor at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York. He has published papers in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. In 2014 his book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, was published for the Relational Perspectives Series by Routledge, and was nominated for the distinguished Gradiva Award. In 2018, the International Cultic Studies Association awarded him the Margaret Thaler Singer Award for advancing the understanding of coercive persuasion and undue influence.

NIPPA Focus Seminars do not offer CE hours.

NIPPA members and NIP candidates: Free

General Registration fee:  $10.00

All participants must complete online registration.      Learn more and register here

 

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Sunday February 13, 2022

Apathy and Hope in Psychoanalysis  

Presented by:

Eyal Rozmarin, PhD

Description:  This talk will explore the tension between apathy and hope, between the dystopic and the utopian, as drivers of the human condition, and our theories about it. I will look, more specifically, at how these two tendencies manifested in the aftermath of WWI, the dystopic in Freud’s invention of the death drive and the utopian in Ernst Bloch’s exploration of hope. I will argue that the present poses to us a challenge similar to the one posed by WWI – a collapse of the frameworks around which subjectivities and societies are organized, and the potential for the development of both worse and better outlooks. I will argue that as was the case then, psychoanalysis again faces crucial theoretical and ethical choices. I will suggest that rather than follow Freud’s death driven fatalism, we should seek inspiration in Bloch’s view of hope as a fundamental driving force. The paper contemplates these questions as it records the days around the 2020 US presidential elections. I hope that together we could think further on the current state of affairs, both in the clinic and in the public-political domain.

 Eyal Rozmarin, Ph.D. is Co-Editor of the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, and Associate Editor of the Journals Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. His research takes place at the intersection of psychoanalysis and social theory, and explores the relations between the psychological and the social registers of human life. He has written about gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, collective identity, fantasy and memory, and on how such subjective/collective constellations co-construct individuals and the communities in which they take part. He has written in this context on how power/knowledge/ideology systems such as neo-liberalism and nationalism create corresponding modes of human being and relating, and on how they determine what we can think about and do, in general, and psychoanalysis.

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Sunday December 12, 2021

Helping Patients Reset Their Romantic GPS: Why they steer towards the wrong partners and how to change for the better 

Presented by:

Marc Sholes, LCSW

Description: Based on decades of working with patients frustrated by their romantic relationships, I came to realize that their attachment styles, their relational GPS, were organized in such a way that often privileged the needs of others over their own.  At worst, the self can become totally obscured, leading to compensatory behaviors that are self-destructive.  Ultimately, this can wreak havoc for all involved.  I wrote Reset Your Romantic GPS as a guide to help readers gain insight into the power that attachment styles have on relationships, and through this process of becoming aware, to change for the better.  Using clinical examples and personal anecdotes, I will discuss how analysts and therapists can use the concepts and process outlined in this book to help patients struggling with their romantic choices and relationships.

Marc Sholes, LCSW is a Board member, faculty, and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) and former Co-Director of Curriculum for their Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis.  He is a Coordinating Committee member at the Institute for The Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) and serves on the Council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.  He maintains a private practice in New York City.  His current interest is the relationship between Attachment Theory, infant research, and Self Psychology, and how shifting from an insecure to more secure attachment style can be facilitated through the application of these theories.

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Sunday November 7, 2021

Using the Psychoanalytic Blackboard as a Framework for Treatment

Presented by:

Mindy Utay, LCSW, JD

Description: In this workshop, I will explain the concept of the “Psychoanalytic Blackboard” as taught by the esteemed psychoanalyst and teacher Martin Bergmann (1913-2014) in his clinical seminars. Martin considered this framework of analytic inquiry to be his main contribution to the field of psychoanalytic technique. The blackboard provides a framework for questions that help the analyst construct a narrative of the patient’s life and leads to interpretations, reconstructions and other interventions of psychoanalytic importance.

  Mindy Utay, LCSW, JD is a 2008 graduate of NIP’s Adult Training Program. She holds graduate degrees in social work and law.  Ms. Utay’s previous experience as a practicing attorney provides an additional disciplinary approach when conceptualizing conflicts of the mind and relationships. She was supervised by Dr. Martin Bergmann and participated in his weekly seminars for several years before his death. She offers this workshop both as a tribute to her beloved teacher and to share the teachings that have guided her practice.  

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Sunday May 2, 2021

Unmasked: Frame alterations, personal transformations, and making the conscious unconscious in the time of the COVID and other plagues

Presented by:

Anthony Bass, PhD

Description: In this workshop, we will consider the challenges and opportunities for therapeutic work in these traumatic times and the implications of working remotely this past year and in the longer term.  Tony Bass will present some recent work in which he considers how patients and analysts work together and live through these times as they try to stay alive, physically and psychically, and use the therapy relationship to heal and grow.  We will have time to discuss seminar participants’ experiences in facing these challenges, and to work together to find creative solutions to the kinds of problems that we must face in these times.

 Anthony Bass, Ph.D. is an associate professor and consulting analyst at the NYU Postdoctoral Program and on the faculty, and training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  He is a member of the faculty at the Manhattan Institute, ICP, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies National Training Program, and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, where he is a founder and president.  He is editor emeritus of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a founding director of IARPP.

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Sunday March 21, 2021

Undoing Disempowerment to Foster the Emergence
of the Agentic Self

Presented by:

Eileen M. Russell, PhD

Description: One’s sense of agency, the recognition and expression of one’s will, and the clarity and courage around one’s desires are not necessarily byproducts of therapy or healing, particularly for those patients who have experienced relational trauma, neglect, enmeshment or severe illness or disability. Rather, these are core affective experiences that need our explicit focus and facilitation to break into being and enliven the person and the work. This seminar will explore these phenomena through the lens of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and contextualize them in developmental theory, relational psychoanalytic theory, and learning theory. Using videotapes of actual sessions, Dr. Russell will illustrate examples of blocked agency as well as techniques for inviting the emergence of agency within the therapeutic relationship.

   Eileen Russell, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in New York City and Montclair, NJ. She is Senior Faculty at the AEDP Institute where she teaches and trains therapists and teaching faculty at NIP’s Integrative Trauma Program. She is author of Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity for Healing and “Agency, Will, and Desire as Core Affective Experience: Undoing Disempowerment to Foster the Emergence of the Agentic Self” in the forthcoming Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0.

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Sunday December 6, 2020

An Elegy for Motherless Daughters

Presented by:

Johanna Dobrich, LCSW

Description: Interweaving autobiographical narrative with clinical material, this lecture examines both the generative and limiting aspects of an enactment initiated by an analyst who shares a history of early mother loss, with the group she lead for motherless daughters. It invites readers to conceive of mourning from an inter-subjective and multiple self-state perspective, where the boundaries of our inner object world meet the loss of an actual other, in a shared collective space. Dissociative process will be examined as both a protector and inhibitor of intra and interpersonal experience, both then and there and here and now, as it unfolded in the group process.

    Johanna Dobrich is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW) and Psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City that specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders, among other conditions. She has taught or is currently teaching courses in Relational and Interpersonal Psychoanalysis at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP), the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, where she also supervises candidates in training. Johanna is currently completing her first book entitled, Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis: Ability and Disability in Clinical Process to be published through the Relational Book Series at Routledge later this year.

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Sunday October 25, 2020

The Locker Room: A Trans-Psychoanalyst Questioning Harris’s Gender As Soft Assembly In Men’s Locker Rooms

Presented by:

Luc Olivier Charlap PhD

Description: This presentation 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. Passing as male and required to use the male locker rooms, I shift back and forth between multiple gendered/ungendered self-states, in such a hyper-gendered environment. 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 the seemingly benign exposures to everyday encounters that lie within the walls of the bare exclusivity of male only spaces.

NIPPA Focus Seminars do not offer CE hours, but they do count toward NIP’s training requirements for candidates in the four-year program.

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 Borderline States. 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 Theories of Human Development in the Two-Year psychotherapy program and Narcissism and Borderline States in the Four-Year psychoanalytic program. He also supervises psychotherapy and psychoanalytic candidates.

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