Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

Technology in the Consulting Room: Friend or Foe? How Do We Know?

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It’s a wondrous new world! Technology gives us unparalleled abilities to learn and to connect. How marvelous it is to be able to interact with someone in real time on another continent. Technology adds a level of efficiency and convenience that makes life so much easier, both in and outside of therapy. 

However, when is a request to plug a phone charger in our outlet based in “reality”? When is it a disguised sexual request? How do we feel about being digitally available to patients when they have a brief piece of news to report? What happens when it’s not so brief? Perhaps patients can express things that need to be said that cannot safely be said in person because it would make them feel too vulnerable. Perhaps they can express rage without fear of immediate in-person reprisal. Might that be good for the treatment? Or is it a shortcut that interferes with the crucial work of analyzing resistance? How about a bombshell that comes through in a text? What is the effect on the therapist? How do we view these contacts psychoanalytically? And how do we deal with them in the room?

This workshop will provide a forum to grapple with the myriad dilemmas posed by our patients' as well as our own technological devices as they impact the treatment situation. Participants are invited to bring in struggles with incorporating (or resisting) the use of technology in treatment.

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Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Mothers and Daughters: How Women Overcome Defective Mothering

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At this workshop each presenter will share personal stories about the dynamics between mothers and daughters that have been obstacles to healthy relationships. The members of the panel will offer strategies to overcome experiences that have negatively impacted personal growth and maturity.

To register, call 973-629-1002 or email events@acapnj.org.

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Mar
4
12:40 PM12:40

Learned Lunches: Wary of Doing Couple Therapy? A Primer of Tools and Tips to Get You Started and Stay Sane

Three presentations to Fordham University School of Social Work MSW students on February 28th, March 2nd and March 4th.

Brief discussion of theory and technique of Imago Couple Therapy for MSW students to inform them about couple therapy work and also, as Director of Training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Program, to interest them in applying to PPSC. 

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Jan
13
6:30 PM18:30

Mastering Couple Treatment: Information for the Wary Therapist

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The workshop will be experiential and didactic and will cover theory and technique for beginning couple therapists, followed by a live demonstration of the Image Dialogue. Participants will learn how to:

  • Assess the viability of the couple for treatment.
  • Manage constructive initial and subsequent sessions.
  • Have specific tools with which to facilitate sessions.
  • Have some interventions to fall back on when you don’t know what to do.
  • Stay in charge.
  • Transform a negative dynamic into a positive one.
  • Enhance an individual treatment by observing first hand what is going on in the relationship your patient is troubled by.
  • Conceptualize the underlying issues that are tormenting the couple.
  • Incorporate a general theoretical understanding of what people play out and why they do it, and therefore how treatment needs to be structured in order to get therapeutic leverage.

 

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Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Modern Psychoanalysis: Its Past, Present, and Future

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Featuring: Paul Geltner, DSW, Stanley Hayden, Ph.D., Robert Marshall, Ph.D.,
Lucie Grosvenor, LCSW, Judy Levitz, Ph.D., Valerie Frankfeldt, Ph.D.

   This panel takes a Janus-like view of Modern Psychoanalysis. Like the two-faced Roman deity who stood as the guardian of doorways, passages and transitions, this group, chaired by Stanley Hayden, one of the founders of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, will examine the prior achievements and future promise of Modern Psychoanalysis. Stanley Hayden will introduce the panelists and moderate the discussion. Paul Geltner will discuss the historical context in which Spotnitz moved beyond the traditional reliance on interpretation and the importance of insight in psychoanalysis and developed the techniques of emotional communication that remain the distinctive contribution of Modern Psychoanalysis to psychoanalytic practice.

   Robert J. Marshall will discuss his experiences in training with Hyman Spotnitz in analysis, supervision, and groups, and how Spotnitz was different from his other analysts. Judy Levitz will discuss the importance of integrating Modern Psychoanalysis with other contemporary schools of thought through embracing both similarities and differences, and developing a common language among various psychoanalytic schools.

    Valerie Frankfeldt will discuss some of her personal experiences with Hyman Spotnitz that illustrate his unique ability to effect change and deconstruct with the group how and why his emotional communications were so powerful. Lucie Grosvenor will discuss how modern psychoanalysis influences her work as the Executive Director of a psychoanalytic training institute known for teaching multiple theoretical models, including Modern Psychoanalysis.

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Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

Making Sense of Making Cents: A Conversation on Fee and its Role in Psychoanalysis, Part II

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Moderator: Valerie Frankfeldt, Ph.D

Panelists: Sue Sherman, DSW, Patricia Tidwell, Ph.D, David Pauley, LCSW

A PPSC student colloquium.

Panelists will continue to discuss psychodynamic implications of fees for both patient and therapist, particularly as they relate to analytic candidates. Discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

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Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Relationships: What is the Glue that Holds People Together, for Better and for Worse?

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As therapists we sometimes have to scratch our heads watching couples or hearing about individuals in relationships compulsively hurting, or even destroying, each other. We wonder, "This is not a match made in heaven; why stay together?" This workshop answers that question, and provides some tools for working with these problems.Committed relationships involve a developmental process that recapitulates in an adult form the developmental process of individuals. Stress between partners holds the clues to the developmental arrests of each partner. The developmental arrest in each partner is similar or identical to that in the other. Adaptations are complementary. Stress between partners is an externalization of internal stress and conflict in each partner, played out in the interpersonal arena of the relationship.

This will be a didactic and experiential presentation, with participants doing a written exercise to identify those traits, the life enhancing ones and repetitive ones, that "hook" us in our own relationships. For therapists it is also of interest to use the exercise to identify how certain patient traits push our buttons, both positively and negatively.

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Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

Making Sense of Making Cents: A Conversation on Fee and its Role in Psychoanalysis, Part I

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Moderator: Valerie Frankfeldt, Ph.D

Panelists: Sue Sherman, DSW, Patricia Tidwell, Ph.D, David Pauley, LCSW

A PPSC student colloquium.

Panelists will discuss psychodynamic implications of fees for both patient and therapist, particularly as they relate to analytic candidates. Discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

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