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    • 05 May 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • New Haven Lawn Club

    The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

    Presents a Clinical Conference

    Kathryn White, PhD 

    Film and Presentation

    What the Thunder Said:

    Experiencing Creative Expression 

    in the Healing of Childhood Trauma

     May 5, 2018

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

    Lunch will follow for all attendees


    Centered around a short documentary film created by a former patient in a graduate filmmaking program. This film, My Mother and Me, intended to be shown to audiences, powerfully documents a series of interactions between the filmmaker and her severely mentally ill mother.

    Madness, trauma, and the creative process are intrinsically unconventional and disruptive. When we are the listener and observer, we can be discombobulated in our efforts to understand what we hear and witness. Exploring the landscape of uncertainty in creative and analytic work, this presentation also explores how the message is processed and reflected in relationship and how this challenges established perspectives. 

    The format of this presentation will be highly interactive, beginning with the short film, follwed by case material, other visuals, and discussion integrated throughout.

    Theoretical presentation will identify ways to utilize the work of Balint, Brothers and others to foster work with trauma, especially rage and the desire to forgive. 


    Kathryn White, PhD is a CSPP member in private practice in New Haven. She moved to Connecticut from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she served two separate terms as president of the local Division 39 chapter, the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, on the board of the Mental Health Association of Greater Knoxville, one term as president. Kathryn was formerly supervising Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, where she currently serves on the Psychology Advisory Board. She is originally from Chicago and returns frequently to visit family and friends there. Kathryn has presented papers regionally and nationally reflecting her interests in creativity, working with dreams in treatment and trauma.


    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, 386 Prospect st. Apt. A2,  New Haven, CT 06511 Mailed registrations must be postmarked by April 24 to qualify for early registration discount.

    Click HERE for MS Word version of the mail in registration form, HERE for the PDF. 

    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

    (1988) Ferenczi, S. “Confusion of Tongues Between Adults and the Child—The Language of Tenderness and of Passion” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 24(196-206) For a PDF click HERE

    (2016) Levine, L. “Mutual Vulnerability: Intimacy, Psychic Collusions, and the Shards of Intimacy” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26(571-579) For a PDF click HERE

    (2009) White, K. “Book Review: Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty by Doris Brothers.” Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Volume XXIX, No. 1.

    Relevant to this presentation, this article can be found at http://www.apadivisions.org/division-39/publications/reviews/uncertainty.aspx


    (2006) White,K. “Book Review: Living in the Borderland.” Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Vol. XXVI, No. 4. 

    Additionally, her review of the Jungian Jerome Bernstein's book, Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma is at  http://www.apadivisions.org/division-39/publications/reviews/borderland.aspx


    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. Using modern psychoanalytic theory, analyze countertransference discomfort related to unusual or emotionally difficult content in order to enhance clinical listening and communication.

    2. Utilize psychoanalytic concepts of uncertainty to foster work with trauma, especially rage and the desire to forgive.

    5.  Develop awareness of the ways in which a specific paradigm (be it clinical, social, or profit-based) can stifle the creative process of listening and engaging as a therapist, in order to facilitate alternative approaches.

    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.

    Art: © Kathryn Grskovich White, Chên: The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) 2017

    • 12 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Home of Allison Brownlow



    Please Join Ira Moses, Ph.D., Former Director of Training: Supervising and Training Analyst of the William Alanson White Institute


    Presenting: "Beyond the Surface: The Psychodynamic Challenges of Once A Week Sessions"

    Place: Home of Allison Brownlow, PhD,

     8 High Meadow Road, North Haven*

    Date: May 12, 2018

    Time: 2 -4 PM

    This event is open to all CSPP members.


    Ira Moses, Ph.D., ABPP., has lectured and written about various aspects of psychoanalytic work including the use of inquiry and Free Association, limit setting, and character analysis.  Dr. Moses is in private practice in Manhattan and New Haven.

    Case Material will be presented by Allison Brownlow, Ph.D., BCD. Using the format of a live supervision session we will discuss the challenges of deepening the treatment with patients who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to participate in treatment more frequently.  Too often sessions become bogged down in reports about situational problems or acute symptoms while we find that prolonged periods of attunement reveal little progress. We will explore how to help the patient become more curious about their characterological features and maladaptive patterns of relatedness while working through patient’s as well as the therapist’s resistances to deepen the work.

    Suggested readings: 

    Moses Inquiry.doc

    Moses-Misuse Empathy.doc

    ** CEU’s will be awarded for a fee of $3 **

    Please note: registration is now filled to capacity 

    Click here to be added to the waiting list: Allison Brownlow


    Please car pool if you can. There's a municipal lot on Devine Street just off I-91. Make a left out of the lot, left on Hartford Turnpike, right onto Dixwell Ave, up the hill to sign: “Keep single line,” right turn to 8 High Meadow (a private road). 

    • 20 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Home of George Hagman

    Fairfield Region Film Club:

    Psychoanalysis at the Movies

    2018 Spring Meeting

    Sunday, May 20, 2018

     11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


     “Phantom Thread”

    a film by Paul Thomas Anderson

    Starring Daniel Day-Lewis


    Set in the glamour of the 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of the British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by the scariest curse of all…love. And so begins a Gothic Romance of twists, turns and power struggles. An in-depth examination of Narcissism, genius, and gender relationships, "Phantom Thread" is the perfect film for psychoanalytic discussion.


    The movie is available on ITunes and Amazon instant video and on DVD and Blue Ray. 

    Please view the film before the meeting.

      Location: The Home of George Hagman

    1912 Shippan Avenue, Stamford. CT 06902


    The Film Club is open to all CSPP members and you do not have to have attended earlier meetings to take part.


    RSVP to: Susanne Weil 

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Darien Library Conference Room

    Fairfield Region Mini Meeting:

      "Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis: Aesthetic Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Treatment"

    By George Hagman and Jim Galloway

    Saturday, June 2

     9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Darien Library  Conference Room

    1441 Post Rd.
    Darien,  CT  06820

    RSVP: Susanne Weil

Past events

22 Apr 2018 Fairfield Region Meeting: Grete Laine: “Thwarted Developmental Yearnings: Cumulative Trauma and its Sequelae"
18 Mar 2018 New Haven Region Meeting: Dean Leone, PhD: Psychodynamics of Addiction: Treatment Within a Harm Reduction Model
10 Mar 2018 Clinical Conference: Deborah Luepnitz, PhD Topic: The Name of the Piggle: Rereading Winnicott in Light of Conversations with the Adult
04 Mar 2018 Fairfield County Film Club: Psychoanalysis at the Movies: "Mother"
02 Mar 2018 Attachment Conference: "Enhancing Attachment Bonds in Clinical, Community, Family and Educational Settings"
18 Feb 2018 Hartford Region's "Meet-and-Greet"
27 Jan 2018 Fairfield County Mini-Meeting: What’s New in Psychopharm, with Hassan Minhas MD
20 Jan 2018 Clinical Conference: Daniel Shaw, LCSW Topic: Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation
14 Jan 2018 New Haven Region's Cinema & Psychoanalysis: The Netflix original film “The Meyerowitz Stories”
17 Dec 2017 Fairfield County Film Club will be discussing "Separate Tables"
10 Dec 2017 Through An/Other Lens: Multicultural Perspectives
02 Dec 2017 Clinical Conference: Anton Hart, PhD Opening Up Subjects of Difference
12 Nov 2017 New Haven Region's Cinema & Psychoanalysis will discuss the film "Mother!"
12 Nov 2017 Socio-Political Group Meeting
08 Oct 2017 The Fairfield County Film Club will discuss the film “Julieta”
16 Sep 2017 Clinical Conference: Jonathan Shay, PhD Topic:  Moral Injury
18 Jun 2017 Fairfield Region's Psychoanalysis and Film series will be discussing: "Moonlight"
11 Jun 2017 The Diversity Work Group is offering a workshop on: "A Day in the Life of a Syrian Refugee"
10 Jun 2017 Fairfield Region Mini-Meeting: "Learning from our Patients: Living with and Recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder"
21 May 2017 Fairfield Region: Sharon Farber, PhD will discuss her book: “Celebrating The Wounded Healer Psychotherapist: Pain, Post -Traumatic Growth, And Self-Disclosure”
06 May 2017 Clinical Conference: Maria Elena Oliva, LCSW "A Healing Journey of the Bilingual Self: In Search of the Language of the Heart"
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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