Colloquium & Brunch

NIPPA Fall Colloquium 2019
Intruded Upon By Reality: The Collapse of a Treatment


Through an intimate rendering of her work with a highly traumatized patient, Barsky explores the extent to which the reality of external events can further complicate internal conflicts and intrude upon a treatment. When inner and outer reality collide as a result of the footprints left by trauma, Barsky, by examining the richness as well as the limitations of psychoanalytic theory, concludes that external events can be as wounding as the distorted image we have of ourselves.

Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to identify relational sequalae of Winnicott’s model of false-self organization.
  2. Articulate the clinical application of Bromberg’s dissociative model of the mind.
  3. Identify strategies for managing the clinical and concrete impact that third-party forces have on the course of treatment.

Presented by: Robert Grossmark, PhD, Eric Mendelsohn, PhD, Gail Barsky

Robert Grossmark, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He works with individuals groups and couples and conducts psychoanalytic reading and supervision groups. He teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Program in Adult Psychoanalysis, National Training Program in Psychoanalysis, The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and other psychoanalytic institutes and clinical psychology doctoral programs. He has authored numerous papers on psychoanalytic process and group treatment and the recently published book The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning. He co-edited the books, The One & The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory, all published by Routledge.

Eric Mendelsohn, PhD is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Training Institute and National Training Program, the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Analytic Training Program and Supervisory Training Program, and the Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Adelphi University, and Visiting Faculty, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Washington, D.C. Dr. Mendelsohn writes about the therapist’s subjective experience and about the patient-therapist relationship. His practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and supervision is in Manhattan and Westchester, but he remains a Bronx boy at heart.

Gail Barsky completed the four-year Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Comprehensive Psychotherapy at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in June 2019. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Television-Radio Communications from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts degree from Excelsior College in Liberal Studies. She is planning to set up her private practice in New York City in 2020 as a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst. Before entering NIP, Gail was a Director/Associate Director for CBS Network News.

The 2020 Colloquium & Brunch
is postponed due to concerns about COVID-19.

We hope to return next fall and will be accepting paper submissions in the spring of 2021. 

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