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.

NIPPA Colloquium 2021
Call for Papers 

Deadline: June 1, 2021

NIPPA’s Colloquium Committee is pleased to announce its search for papers for its Annual Colloquium and Brunch, to be held October 24, 2021. Each year at graduation, NIPPA selects an outstanding paper from a current NIP candidate or recent NIP graduate to present to an audience of peers and colleagues. Two senior analysts will be invited by the Committee to comment on the paper as discussants. 

Given the deep distress and disruption occasioned during the early months of the pandemic, the Colloquium was put on “pause” for 2020. This spring, we hope that there are those of you who have been able to resume thinking and writing and have an appetite to submit your paper for consideration. 

The competition is open to candidates and recent alumni (within three years of their graduation date) who have never publicly presented or published their work, and who are enrolled in or have graduated from any of the following NIP programs:

  • Four-Year Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Comprehensive Psychotherapy;
  • One Year Evening Program;
  • National Training Program in Psychoanalysis;
  • Supervisory Training Program;
  • Child & Adolescent Program; and
  • Alumni and candidates of NIP’s Integrative Trauma Treatment Program who have completed analytic training at NIP or another institute.  

Papers may not exceed 30 double-spaced typewritten pages, including the title page and references. After selection, the author will be assisted by the Colloquium Committee to hone their paper into a 20 to 25-minute oral presentation. The author will be invited to participate with the committee in selecting the two discussants. 

Papers must be received by Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6 PM at NIPPA’s email address: For those submitting, please include in the subject line “2021 Colloquium Paper for Submission.” Information identifying the author will be removed and the paper will be anonymized to protect the identity of the patient and to allow for blind selection of the author.  The paper will then be forwarded to an appointed paper selection committee for review.  Only after a paper has been chosen will the author’s identity be disclosed to the committee and announced at graduation. 

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to submit your work and join the winners of past years.  NIPPA’s Annual Colloquium and Brunch is a congenial event – celebrated for its friendly and supportive atmosphere. Please consider taking this first step into the world of analytic writing and presentation.  

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