Upcoming events

    • 06 May 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Haven Lawn Club

    The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

    Presents a Clinical Conference

    Maria Elena Oliva, LCSW

    A Healing Journey of the Bilingual Self: 

    In Search of the Language of the Heart

     May 6, 2017

    10:30 am – 12:30 pm
    The New Haven Lawn Club
    193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

    Lunch will follow for all attendees


    For a bilingual client, psychotherapy experienced in a second language is complicated. It does not always provide healing or helpful outcomes. Much can be misunderstood and much can be missed altogether. Language is in the spotlight when we consider therapy with bilingual clients. Yet, language is rarely the focus of psychotherapeutic work that is referred to as the “talking cure.”  

    This presentation will examine the challenges that the bilingual individual must navigate in their two languages, the challenges the therapist may also have to navigate within their internal world of dual languages, and how these impact on the treatment. We will understand the first language, the mother tongue, as the language of emotions, and the second language as the language of detachment and distance.


    Maria Elena Oliva, LCSW earned her Master’s degree at Fordham University at Lincoln Center with a special interest in treatment of children and their families. She worked  in Child Guidance Centers in New York, and later Connecticut, confronting the many challenges experienced by a growing monolingual and bilingual population to receiving linguistically competent psychotherapy.  

    Ms Oliva is currently a doctoral candidate at the Smith College School of Social Work where she is exploring the impact of bilingualism on supervision and clinical training of the bilingual social worker.  As a child immigrant to the United States from Cuba, Ms Oliva has lived and been educated within the duet of two languages. She believes that it is these voices that always remind her of home, that speak to her in the language of the heart. Ms Oliva has presented on the impact of therapy in the second language at two NASW annual conferences, groups of psychotherapy practitioners and to several university groups.


    The New Haven Lawn Club

    193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

    Conference Schedule

    10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

    10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

    12:30  –  1:00  Lunch for All Attendees

    To Register and Pay

    Register and pay online with your credit card or paypal.  

    To pay by check, print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, 303 Mansfield St #1, New Haven, CT 06511 Mailed registrations must be postmarked by April 24 to qualify for early registration discount.

    Click here for mail in registration form. 

    Members - remember to log in to register as a member.

    Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, is contacted at Nir Yehudai no later than the Monday before the conference.

    Recommended Readings

    Movahedi, S. (1996).  Metalinguistic analysis of therapeutic discourse:  Flight into a second language when the analyst and the analysand are multilingual.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44, 837-862.

    Tummala-Narra, P. (2016).  Considering the role of language and affect. In Psychoanalytic Theory in Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy  (pp. 111-138).  APA. Washington, D.C. Click here for printable copy.

    Espín, O. M. (2013).  “Making love in English:” Language in psychotherapy with immigrant women.  Women& Therapy, 36, 198-218. Click here for printable copy.

    Santiago-Rivera, A. L. & Altarriba, J. (2002).  The role of language in therapy with the Spanish-English bilingual client.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice Vol. 33 (1),


    Hill, S. (2008).  Language and intersubjectivity:  Multiplicity in a bilingual treatment. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18, 437-455. Click here for printable copy.

    Lijtmaer, R.M. (1999).  Language shift and bilinguals:  Transference and Countertransference Implications.  Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis. 27, 611-624.

    Clauss, C. S. (1998).  Language: The unspoken variable in the psychotherapy practice. Psychotherapy, 35, 188-196.


    The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

    Learning Objectives

    1.  Distinguish between the balanced and the dominant forms of bilingualism. 


    2.   Explain the therapeutic value/importance of language switching.   

    3.  Describe how a bilingual individual possesses a dual sense of self

    Continuing Education

    This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

    Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

    Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

    • 21 May 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 81 Valley Circle Fairfield, CT 06825




    SUNDAY   MAY 21, 2017

    11:00 - 1:00 PM

    Sharon Farber, PhD 

    will discuss her new book:

    “Celebrating The Wounded Healer Psychotherapist: Pain, Post -Traumatic Growth, And Self-Disclosure”

    We are pleased to welcome Sharon Farber, PhD to talk to us about the wounded healer psychotherapist, an archetype developed by Carl Jung who thought an illness of the soul could be the best possible training for a healer and wrote that only a wounded healer who had healed his own wounds could heal effectively.  Dr. Farber contends that most psychotherapists are motivated to do this work because they suffered adverse experiences and often were helped to heal through their own psychotherapy.  Dr. Farber believes this knowledge has been kept secret and thus generated a sense of shame.  According to her, that we have been healed and experienced sufficient post-traumatic growth to help others is something to be celebrated.

    Sharon Farber, PhD is in private practice in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY. She is the author of several papers and three books: When the Body Is the Target; Self Harm, Pain and Traumatic Attachments, Hungry for Ecstasy: Trauma, the Brain, and the Influence of the Sixties.  Her blog for Psychology Today, The Mind- Body Connection can be found online at:

    Location:  81 Valley Circle   Fairfield, CT  06825

    RSVP:  Susanne Weil at

    This Clinical Presentation is open to all CSPP members.

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Westport Library

    The Fairfield Region 

    is presenting a mini-meeting:

    "Learning from our Patients: Living with and Recovering from 

    Borderline Personality Disorder" 

    At the Westport Library

    June 10th 

    11 AM - 1 PM 

    RSVP:  Susanne Weil 

    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The home of George Hagman 1912 Shippan Ave. Stamford, CT 06902

    The Fairfield Region's 

    Psychoanalysis and Film series 

    will be discussing: 


    June 17

     11 AM - 1 PM 

      At the home of George Hagman

     1912 Shippan Ave. Stamford, CT  06902 

    RSVP: Susanne Weil 

Past events

23 Apr 2017 New Haven Region Cinema and Psychoanalysis: "Fences"
09 Apr 2017 Thinking of Starting a Group?
02 Apr 2017 Fairfield County Film Club Program: "Elle"
25 Mar 2017 Nancy McWilliams: Self-Defeating Patterns and Personalities: Implications for Psychotherapy"
18 Mar 2017 New Haven Region Mini-Meeting: Jill Delaney, LCSW "Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline patients"
25 Feb 2017 Fairfield County Special Program: Clinical Case Workshop
04 Feb 2017 The Diversity Committee's Series "Through An/Other Lens: Multicultural Perspectives" presents: "Uncomfortable conversations: a Discussion of Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility"
28 Jan 2017 Clinical Conference: Richard Chefetz, MD "Dissociative Processes and Working with Chronic Shame"
15 Jan 2017 Fairfield County Film Club: "Indignation"
10 Dec 2016 Clinical Conference: Gurmeet Kanwal "Individuation - Becoming a Person Elsewhere
13 Nov 2016 Diversity Committee Workshop: The Inner Lives of Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Youth, with Nancy Meyer Lustman, Ph.D.
12 Nov 2016 New Haven Region Mini-Meeting: "We Were Lost in Familiar Places"
23 Oct 2016 Clinical Workshop with Michael Feldman
23 Oct 2016 Clinical Workshop with Eileen McGinley
22 Oct 2016 Clinical Workshop with Eileen McGinley
22 Oct 2016 Clinical Workshop with Michael Feldman
22 Oct 2016 CSPP/WNEPS Joint Conference, with Michael Feldman: "Responding to Narcissism"
24 Sep 2016 Clinical Conference: Galit Atlas, PhD, "The Enigma of Desire"
07 May 2016 Clinical Conference: Norka Malberg, PhD
12 Mar 2016 Clinical Conference: Jane Tillman, PhD The Effect of Patient Suicide on Clinicians
06 Mar 2016 The Fairfield Region Film Club will discuss "Steve Jobs"
14 Feb 2016 New Haven Region Mini-Meeting with Barbara Marcus, PhD: "Working with Erotic Transferences: The Clinical Challenge of Otherness"
06 Feb 2016 Clinical Conference: Melanie Suchet, PhD Exploring Race from the Inside
17 Jan 2016 The Fairfield County Film Club
06 Dec 2015 Fairfield County Film Club: "Stories We Tell"
14 Nov 2015 Diversity Committee Workshop: Loretta Staples, LCSW: "Both & Neither: Biracial Identities"
04 Nov 2015 Hartford Region Mixer
31 Oct 2015 Clinical Conference: Judith Kantrowitz, PhD: Inevitable Intersubjectivities; Case Presentation by Susanne Weil, LCSW
19 Sep 2015 Suzanne Iasenza, PhD
16 May 2015 Mindfulness in Psychoanalysis and Meditation. Edward Ryan, PhD
11 Apr 2015 Genderqueer: One Family's Experience with Gender Variance. Presenters: Lisa Marcus PhD, Kenneth Marcus MD, Sara Yaxte, BA
15 Mar 2015 Psychoanalysis and the Cinema, Film Discussion: BOYHOOD
07 Feb 2015 Making room in one's mind for a child: How brain and mind change with parenthood. Presenter: Linda Mayes, MD
13 Dec 2014 Through An/Other Lens: Multicultural Perspectives Presenter: Nakia Hamlett, PhD, Rachel Torello, PsyD, Maria Elena Oliva, LCSW, PhD candidate
22 Nov 2014 Reconsidering Men and Masculinities: Developmental Conundrums and Clinical Quandaries Presenters: Michael J. Diamond, PhD, Donald Moss, MD, Sidney Phillips, MD
08 Nov 2014 Complexity Matters: Cultural Identity from a Psychoanalytic Perspective. Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
06 Sep 2014 Body to Body. Toward a new theory of body development: Counter-transference and the therapist’s body. Susie Orbach, PhD
10 May 2014 Miriam Steele, PhD: Resolving Trauma by Enhancing Reflective Functioning: An Attachment Perspective.
22 Mar 2014 Clinical Conference: Irwin Hirsch on Narcissism, Mania, and Analysts' Envy of Patients
08 Feb 2014 Legal Issues in Clinical Practice: Jeffrey Pingpank, JD
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