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Past Conversations

September 11, 2016
Conversation: The Attraction of Entering into and Remaining in a Controlling or Coercive Relationship.
 In this Conversation, we will focus on the dynamics involved when people seek or remain in unhealthy relationships.
Presenter: Bill Goldberg, LCSW

June 26, 2016
Conversation:  The Therapist’s Self Disclosure: The Impact on the Patient.
We will examine the impact of self-disclosure in the therapeutic setting.  Does it affect the therapeutic dynamic: facilitating or alienating the therapeutic relationship in the psychoanalytic practice?
Presenter: Anat Joseph, LCSW

March 13, 2016
Conversation:  The Death of a Patient 
The death of a patient will initiate an array of powerful countertransference reactions in a therapist.
Presenter: Lorna Goldberg, LCSW

January 10, 2016

Conversation:  The Use of Internet Pornography: The Secret Aspects of our Patient’s Lives.
This conversation will explore how patients can use pornography as a way to express their fantasies.  We will explore pornography secrecy, compulsive rituals and possible defenses against intimacy.
Presenter: Nita Lutwak, PhD

November 22, 2015
Conversation:  Regrets
Many people experience regret.  Moreover, regret often increases as people get older.  What is the function of regret in a person's personality?  This conversation will explore the experience and expression of regret and the multiple purposes it serves.
Presenter: Margaret DeBrot, LCSW, PsyA

September 20, 2015
Conversation:  Infertility and its Psychological Implications for the Couple and the Therapist.
The participants will learn to identify various issues of patients facing infertility such as loss, anger, hopelessness, and sexual issues, among others.  Transference and countertransference when working with patients struggling with infertility will be explored.   The participants will learn ways in which to explore the emotional issues brought about by infertility. 
Presenter: Nicole E. Grace, LCSW, PsyA

June 14, 2015
Conversation:  Not Liking a Patient
We’ve all had the experience of not liking a patient.  Our conversation will focus on some of the dynamics involved in this clinical phenomenon.
Presenter: Joel Bernstein, PhD

April 26, 2015
Conversation:  Silence in the Therapeutic Room
Psychoanalysis considers free association as a crucial element.  We will explore the transference and countertransference when there is a limited verbal communication between patient and analyst.
Presenter: Ana DuBois, LMFT

February 22, 2015
Conversation:  Rescue Fantasies in Therapy
In this Conversation, we will examine the therapist’s unconscious rescue fantasies and their effect on treatment, particularly in terms of therapist’s and client’s resistances.
Presenter: William Goldberg, LCSW

December 14, 2014
Conversation:  Psychological Testing:  A Snapshot of Character Traits
As psychoanalysts, we are interested in helping patients uncover and recognize unconscious character traits.  Typically, this is a necessarily lengthy process.  However, there are some circumstances when aspects of psychological functioning need to be identified sooner rather than later.  Psychological testing, one component of a comprehensive psychological assessment, can serve as a snapshot of specific character traits, by which treatment might be enhanced. 
Presenter: Thomas Grace, PsyD

September 7, 2014
Conversation:  How Multiculturalism Affects Therapy
Psychoanalysis understands the importance of words and the intricate way they express our emotions. Using case examples, we will examine the inherent connection between culture and language and its impact on the therapeutic process. Mental Health workers will enhance their cultural competence by identifying the emergence and dynamics of cultural and language differences between therapist and patient.
Presenter: Anat Joseph, LCSW, PsyA

June 8, 2014
Conversation:  Strategies for Private Practice
This conversation will provide mental health professionals with an overview of the major changes in the areas of compliance with CPT, ICD, and DSM 5 coding, and documentation standards.
Presenter: Brian Nandy, LPC

April 27, 2014

Conversation:  Psychoanalysis and the capacity for change in later life
The purpose of this Conversation is to help social workers and professional counselors appreciate that, despite the physical and emotional effects of aging, psychoanalytic treatment can provide for genuine growth and characterlogical change.
Presenters: Regina Minsky, LCSW, PsyA and Mosse Burns, LCSW, PsyA

March 9, 2014
ConversationNegotiating Countertransference -
Building and Maintaining Rapport with Survivors of Domestic Violence
In this discussion, we will explore, through the presentation of case vignettes, both the myriad of countertransference issues that may arise in treatment and the ways we can negotiate and manage our own feelings so that they do not have a negative impact on the treatment.
Presenter: Lourdes Melendez, LPC


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