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    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Institute of Living, Hartford CT


    Hartford Region Early Career Mini-Meeting

    Presenter: Ashley Warner, LCSW

    Title: "Off the Couch: Psychoanalytic Thinking in Non-analytic Settings"

    Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

    Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

    Place: Institute of Living

    200 Retreat Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

    The building: Common’s Building, 2nd floor, “The Hartford Room”

    Parking: Enter off of Retreat Ave, past the guard station, into the parking lot directly in front of the guard station, the lot “golf lot”.

    Once parked, follow the path the short walk (about 5 minutes) to the Common's Building, and enter on the side of the building where there are signs for “Myths, minds and medicine museum,” following the staircase up to the 2nd floor, where the Hartford room will be easily located.

    Registrants: 15

    To register, please click here: Ashley Warner 

    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Office of Dean Leone


    New Treatments for Resistant Depression:

    TMS & Ketamine

    Presenter: Peter Mohrer, MD

    Sunday April 19, 2020

    1-3 pm

    Dr. Mohrer will present on the efficacy and utility of TMS and Ketamine. Additionally, he will address such topics as who qualifies for these types of treatment, how to make a referral, what to expect if you are working with a patient who is receiving either of these treatments, and outcome data. There will be ample time for Q&A, and there will be an opportunity to view the space and equipment used in such procedures.

    Location: Office of Dean Leone in Guilford

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Darien Public Library


    Early Career Committee Mini-Meeting

    "Professional Development Post Degree:

    Why It's Important and Where to Find It"

    Larry M. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

    Saturday, April 25th


    Darien Public Library, 1440 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

    Contact: Donna DiCello

    Open to Early Career Members

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • New Haven Lawn Club



    Date TBA

    With disappointment, the CSPP Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the Johnathan Shedler: Personality Dynamics in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy clinical conference from March 14th to September 12th, due to growing concerns about COVID-19.

    We understand this determination will be upsetting to many in our professional community, however, after much discussion, we believe this to be the responsible and ethical course of action.

    The decision to postpone is made in accordance with increasing calls for social distancing efforts. We feel ethically obligated to make this decision based on emerging information as well as mounting concerns from our membership and conference registrants. We feel this outcome also philosophically aligns with the values of CSPP and Division 39, especially as we remain mindful of the most vulnerable among us.

    Your registration and payment will not change, but will automatically transfer to the new date. If you prefer a refund, contact our Treasurer, Adna Linden, to request one.  We ask for your patience during this process as a refund is a multi-step process and will take 2-5 business days to complete

    We offer our sincere apologies and share in the feelings of loss that this postponement will cause. We know that many of you will be affected by this decision, but we are hopeful that you will join us once we are able to meet again.

    The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


    Jonathan Shedler, PhD

    Personality Dynamics in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy:

    A Roadmap for Change

    Lecture and Clinical Workshop

    Date TBA, 2020

    9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    The New Haven Lawn Club
    193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

    Lunch included will follow for all attendees

    Register online for $10 discount!

    Prices listed reflect discount.

    The Speaker:  American psychologist Jonathan Shedler, PhD is known internationally as an author, consultant, and master clinician and teacher.  He is the 2020 recipient of the Dale Ortmeyer Memorial Award. 

    Dr Shedler's article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for establishing psychoanalytic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. He is a leading expert on personality styles and disorders and their treatment and co-author (with Nancy McWilliams) of the Personality Syndromes section of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2) . Dr. Shedler leads professional workshops nationally and internationally and consults to clinicians, organizations, and U.S. and international government agencies.


    The hallmark of psychodynamic treatment is a focus on psychological patterns and processes that underlie overt symptoms—in other words, personality dynamics. In the morning lecture, “Personality Pathways to Depression,” Dr. Shedler will discuss personality syndromes common in clinical practice (e.g., narcissistic, borderline, obsessive-compulsive), describe how each represents a unique pathway to “depression” requiring a distinct treatment focus, and offer clinical strategies for deepening treatment.

    Building on concepts from the morning, the afternoon workshop will have a hands-on clinical focus. Participants will develop a deeper appreciation of contemporary psychodynamic therapy through clinical case presentations by participants, with case discussion, “live” supervision, and role playing to demonstrate effective intervention. Dr. Shedler will emphasize personality dynamics and the constructive use of transference and countertransference.


    1. Understand how familiar personality styles represent distinct pathways to depressive disorders

    2. Describe how narcissistic, paranoid, and borderline personality styles create psychological vulnerability to depression

    3. Describe the defining features of depressive personality as a diagnostic construct and its implications for treatment

    4. Develop a deeper understanding of role of personality in the clinical treatment process through case discussion, role play, and live clinical supervision

    Recommended Readings  

    Lingiardi, V., Shedler, J., Gazillo, F. (2006). Assessing personality change in psychotherapy with the SWAP-200: A case study. Journal of Personality Assessment, 86, 23-32.


    Chapter on Personality Syndromes in Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2:  McWilliams, N. & Shedler, J. (2017). Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2 (PDM-2): Personality Syndromes. NY: Guilford Press.

    For more information and PDFs of his writings, see Dr Shedler's website at jonathanshedler.com.

    Conference Schedule

    8:30    9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:00  –  10:30 Presentation

    Dale Ortmeyer Memorial Award Presentation

    by Wendy Steward, Ph.D., CSPP Historian

    10:30 – 10:45 Break
    10:45 – 12:00 Presentation
    12:00   1:00 Lunch for all attendees included in the conference fee
    1:00  –   2:30 Workshop

    2:45  –   3:30  Wrap Up


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

    Continuing Education

    This conference has been approved for for 5 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)


    The New Haven Lawn Club

    193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

    If there are concerns about the weather, check back here for updated information about the conference.

    To Register and Pay

    Register and pay online with your credit card. Because of the extra bookkeeping actions required, we would like to encourage you to register online, where fees are discounted by $10.

    Mail-in and on site registration will be $10 higher than the listed online registration fees for all categories of members and non-members. Walk-in registrations can be paid with check or credit card.

    To pay by check, print and fill out the mail-in Registration Form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Matt Bukowski, LPC, 386 Prospect St. Apt. A1, New Haven, CT 06511. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by 2 Mondays before the conference to ensure arrival in time.

    Refunds will be given in full if the Treasurer, Adna Linden, is contacted no later than the Monday before the conference.

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

    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: Delaunay, Relief-disques, 1936

Past events

29 Mar 2020 **CANCELLED ** Fairfield County - Film Club Meeting
28 Mar 2020 **CANCELLED**: Hartford Mini-meeting: “Somatic Experiencing and Self- Psychology: Resolving trauma and expanding the sense of self”, Presenter: Mary Daly, Psy.D.
21 Mar 2020 **POSTPONED**: New Haven Region Mini-Meeting on Retirement/Late Career Issues for Clinicians (Part I)
18 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: APA Division 39 Spring Conference
29 Feb 2020 Fairfield County Clinical Mini-Meeting: “Sexual Assault: Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Après Coup”
25 Jan 2020 Conference: Todd Essig, PhD: Psychoanalysis, Technology, And Innovation:Is Shared Embodiment An Essential Feature or A Disposable Commodity?
25 Jan 2020 Executive Board Meeting - open to all CSPP members at 9:15 AM
12 Jan 2020 Fairfield County Film Club Meeting: "Marriage Story"
11 Jan 2020 Fairfield County Region Mini-Meeting: “Trauma-informed treatment and contemporary psychoanalysis: not such strange company”, Presented by Ashley Warner, LCSW, BCD-P
13 Dec 2019 Fairfield County: A Holiday Gathering
07 Dec 2019 Conference: Jackie Gotthold, PhD: Theorizing about Adolescent Development.
16 Nov 2019 New Haven Region Early Career Mini-Meeting: Building a Private Practice, Part II
09 Nov 2019 Hartford Mini-Meeting: “Trauma-informed treatment and contemporary psychoanalysis: not such strange company” presented by Ashley Warner, LCSW, BCD-P
02 Nov 2019 Joint CSPP-WNEPS Clinical Conference: "Treating Narcissistic Personalities - The Long Road to the Capacity to Love": Otto Kernberg, Frank Yeomans, and Diana Diamond
27 Oct 2019 Fairfield County Film Club Meeting
23 Oct 2019 Hartford Region - Coffee & Conversation Meeting
19 Oct 2019 New Haven Region Early Career Mini-Meeting: Building a Private Practice, Part I
18 Oct 2019 Happy Hour for Early Career Members
28 Sep 2019 Conference: Kirkland Vaughans: The School to Prison Pipeline: Socially Sanctioned Violence against Black Girls and Boys
21 Sep 2019 Board Retreat
19 Jul 2019 Social Event for CSPP Members
21 Jun 2019 Fairfield Region Social Event & Welcome our Authors
02 Jun 2019 Fairfield Region Film Club: "Never Look Away"
18 May 2019 Fairfield County Mini-Meeting: Climate Change is Personal, Let's Talk
15 May 2019 Hartford County Region: COFFEE & CONVERSATION MEETING
11 May 2019 Early Career Peer Supervision Group Meeting
04 May 2019 Conference: Ghislaine Boulanger: Introducing Psychodynamic Consultations to the Public Sector
28 Apr 2019 Fairfield Region Film Club: "Capernaum"
07 Apr 2019 New Haven Region Mini-Meeting with Jenifer Nields, MD: "Surfing the Mind-Body Interface"
04 Apr 2019 APA Div. 39's Spring Meeting: "Resonant Voices - Sameness, Difference and Mutuality in the Consulting Room, Clinic and Community"
30 Mar 2019 Fairfield County Mini-Meeting: Inviting the Somatic into the Room: Healing Trauma through Somatic Experiencing
23 Mar 2019 Hartford Region; "Psychodynamics of Addiction: Treatment Within a Harm Reduction Model", Presented by Dean Leone, PhD
16 Mar 2019 Clinical Conference: Ingi Soliman "The Refugee Experience: Illness vs. Resilience"
06 Mar 2019 Hartford County Region Coffee & Conversation Meeting
01 Mar 2019 Informal Gathering - All CSPP Members are Invited
20 Feb 2019 Hartford County Region Coffee & Conversation Meeting
26 Jan 2019 Clinical Conference: Jessica Benjamin:"More Than One Can Live”: Reconceiving Harm and Reparation in the Intersubjective World
20 Jan 2019 Fairfield Region Film Club will discuss: "Marnie", by Alfred Hitchcock
12 Jan 2019 Fairfield Region Mini-Meeting: "Brain Circuitry Targeted Psychosocial Treatment for Bipolar Disorder" Speaker: Dr. Hilary Blumberg
14 Dec 2018 Fairfield Region Holiday Party and Networking Gathering
01 Dec 2018 Clinical Conference: Mary-Joan Gerson: The “Present” in Couples Therapy: Moments of Transformation
17 Nov 2018 Fairfield Region Planning Meeting for a Peer Study/Supervision Group
11 Nov 2018 Fairfield County: Group for Child & Adolescent Therapists
11 Nov 2018 New Haven Mini-Meeting: Ellen Nasper, PhD: “Integrating DBT methods and psychodynamic theory with individual patients in private practice”
03 Nov 2018 Hartford Region Coffee & Conversation
24 Oct 2018 Hartford Region Coffee & Conversation
14 Oct 2018 Fairfield County Film Club's Fall Meeting
10 Oct 2018 Hartford Region Coffee & Conversation
29 Sep 2018 Clinical Conference: Steve Kuchuck – On The Limitations of Love: Desire and Loss in Psychoanalysis
02 Jun 2018 Fairfield Region Mini Meeting: "Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis: Aesthetic Perspectives on Psychoanalytic Treatment"
20 May 2018 Fairfield Region Film Club: "Phantom Thread"
12 May 2018 New Haven Region Meeting: Ira Moses, PhD: "Beyond the Surface: The Psychodynamic Challenges of Once A Week Sessions"
05 May 2018 Clinical Conference: Kathryn White, PhD "What the Thunder Said: Experiencing Creative Expression in the Healing of Childhood Trauma"
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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