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The Sándor Ferenczi Center

Presents

Working Across the Racial Divide: A Workshop for Mental Health Providers

with Warren E. Spielberg, Ph.D. and Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D.


Sunday, September 12
11:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET (with a 30 minute break)

Live-Online Hybrid event
(Location and more details TBD)

Registration available soon

Professionals: $100
Young professionals: $60
CE credit add-on: $25
Students: $30
NSSR & NYU Postdoc students: Free 
(email NSSRFerencziCenter@gmail.com with your student N# to reserve a spot; limited number of seats available)

CE Credits (4 hours) available for
New York Social Workers and MHCs
APA CE credits available for Psychologists

**NOTE FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Please confirm with your state licensing board that APA CE credits are accepted in your state.

For students and practitioners of all levels

The purpose of this workshop is to help clinicians expand their capacity to work across racial, cultural and ethnic divides in order to enhance their effectiveness in the delivery of mental health services. In this workshop we will discuss how we approach working with individuals from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in cross racial dyads. We will also explore the challenges of working in diverse groups in various organizational formats. Through the use of exercises, didactic material, role play and case presentation the facilitators along with the workshop participants will develop a “mental space” for further intrapsychic, interpersonal and institutional exploration in the following locations.

The workshop will focus on:
1) Understanding Racial Trauma
2) Transference and Countertransference issues in working with diversity
3) Understanding the nature of transgenerational trauma in treatment
4) Understanding Racial Enactments
5) Understanding the impediments of people of color in attaining treatment.


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Learning Objectives
At the end of the seminar:

  1. Participants will be able to examine, appreciate, and discuss the examined the anxieties pertaining to their own racial identity.
  2. Participants will be able to analyze and discuss racism from an individual, and institutional perspective.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and assess the inevitability of the racialized transference/countertransference matrix in a mixed racial therapy dyad.
  4. Participants will be able to recite and explain vital information pertaining to the health, mental health of adults and children of color.
  5. Participants will be able to discuss and assess the intergenerational transmission of trauma in the African American community and how this issue surfaces in treatment.

Warren Spielberg, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, Fulbright Scholar, and an Associate Teaching Professor at the New School for Public Engagement. He is Co-Author of  “The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents- Two Volumes”, Praeger 2015. He is an acknowledged authority on the problems of boys and men and is a member of the American Psychological (APA) Task Force on treatment guidelines for boys and men. He is also the recipient of  a Practitioner of the Year Citation by the APA for his work with the FDNY post 9/11. He maintains a private practice in Brooklyn Heights, where he works with children, families and adults. Dr. Spielberg consults on issues relating to boys and men worldwide to such organizations as UNICEF, FDNY and the NYC Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative.

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Fellow (training and supervising Analyst) of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research {IPTAR}, Adjunct Professor in both the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Mitchell Center as well as Clinical Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic and Senior Adjunct Professor at the Derner Institute and former Director of the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He is a founding member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and serves on the boards of the Holmes Commission of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychotherapy Institute {IPI} and the Harlem Family Institute and was the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers for Children’s Mental Health of Brooklyn. He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-edited the volumes, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents and has published articles on generational trauma and the school to prison pipeline. In addition, he has presented at over 130 conferences and panels and maintains a private practice in New York City.


Participants who wish to receive CE credits must attend the event (each seminar meeting) in its entirety; attendance will be recorded to track each participant’s entry and exit time. Participants who wish to receive CE credit sign in and out to each session under the monitoring of a student volunteer who remains at the door of each event.  If the event is held virtually, the participant list is recorded at the start and end of each session by a student volunteer.  

Participants with physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to contact the CE committee members at least 2 weeks in advance of the event to plan for appropriate accommodations. Please contact us via phone or email:
Nichelle Horlacher (Department Secretary) T 212.229.5727 x3223
aller454@newschool.edu (Richelle Allen, Ph.D.)
SteeleM@newschool.edu (Miriam Steele, Ph.D.)
LittlL@newschool.edu (Lisa Litt, Ph.D.)

Participants may also contact CE committee members with any concerns.

For more information, including refund/cancellation policies, please visit https://blogs.newschool.edu/sandor-ferenczi-center/

The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department is approved by the American Psychological Association, the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work, and the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, licensed social workers, and licensed mental health counselors, respectively. The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The Sándor Ferenczi Center

Presents

The 2nd Annual Jeremy Safran Memorial Lecture

Epistemic trust: A fresh perspective on ruptures in psychotherapy

with Peter Fonagy

Sunday, April 25
2:00-3:30 ET

Virtually by Zoom

Register HERE

FREE event
Donations are welcome: proceeds will go to the Jeremy Safran Student Fellowship

Jeremy Safran made a lasting contribution to our field being one of a small handful of psychotherapy researchers whose scientific discoveries can unequivocally be said to have impacted on clinical practice. This lecture in his honour will build on his ground-breaking work on therapeutic ruptures taking an attachment theory and social learning perspective and explore why and how ruptures can serve to deepen epistemic trust – a state of openness to learning. This tribute will consider the emergent concept of the We-Mode, the first person plural perspective which enables collective mentalizing and a temporary sharing of minds that may be critical in the process of achieving lasting therapeutic change.


Peter Fonagy, OBE, Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, Head of Division for Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Consultant at Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

His clinical and research interests lie in early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence. A central focus has been mentalization-based treatment, which was developed in collaboration with a number of clinical sites in the UK and USA.


The Sándor Ferenczi Center

Presents

The Unwelcome Child and His Death Instinct

A Five Session Seminar

Saturdays in 2021:
March 13, April 17, May 15, October 16, and November 13
12:00-3:30p (with a 30 minute break)

Virtually by Zoom
(possibility of hybrid in-person meetings TBD)

Register HERE

General Admission for all five sessions: $350
General Admission + CE credits: $450
NSSR students, NYU Postdoc students, and Analytic Candidates: Free 
(email NSSRFerencziCenter@gmail.com with your student N# to reserve a spot; limited number of seats available)

CE Credits (15 hours) available for
New York Social Workers and MHCs
APA CE credits available for Psychologists

**NOTE FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Please confirm with your state licensing board that APA CE credits are accepted in your state.

For students and practitioners of all levels

This 5 session seminar will be held over 2021. We explore different aspects and implications of the seminal paper by Sándor Ferenczi, “The Unwelcome Child and His Death Instinct,” written well before the emergence of systematic work on attachment and infancy, which advanced an extraordinary thesis: “unwelcomeness.” Unwelcomeness could arise during the prenatal or neonatal period and may become a steady part of a particular child’s early development resulting in devastating consequences. There is a chilling sentence in the paper: “The unwelcome child dies easily and willingly.” Somatic, intrapsychic, social, and intellectual processes and conditions can and will be radically affected by early intrusive neglect and abuse.

In this seminar series we explore many of the same theoretical constructs as Ferenczi did in his original article. We will look at the complexities of attachment, unwelcomeness in development, the effects of unwelcomeness as it appears in clinical circumstances, unwelcomeness which may be part of the experience of twins, adopted or replacement children and various vicissitudes in development. We consider the presence of serious trauma in children and its relation to unwelcomeness.

Tentative schedule:

March 13
Unwelcomeness in the context of attachment
Moderators: Adrienne Harris, Miriam Steele
Speakers: Adrienne Harris, Howard Steele, Miriam Steele

April 17
Unwelcomeness as a pervasive developmental dilemma and in the transference and countertransference: an aspect of replacement
Moderator: Adrienne Harris
Speakers: Arthur Fox, Susan Klebanoff, Heather Ferguson, Michael Feldman

May 15
Unwelcomeness in the context of migration, exile and the Pandemic
Moderator: Jennifer Hunter
Speakers: Adam Brown, Spyros Orfanos, Karen Mason-Jones

October 16
Unwelcomeness carrying/provoking other trauma
Moderator: Adrienne Harris
Speakers: Veronica Csillag, Romy Reading, Warren Spielberg

November 13
Conclusion: Ferenczi’s contributions, influences
Speakers: Adrienne Harris, Endre Koritar, Giselle Galdi

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Learning Objectives
At the end of the seminar, participants will be better able to:

March 13
Identify and list the evidence of the impact of early trauma to attachment patterns.
Compile and assess the evidence and theory Ferenczi uses to look at the long term effects of failures in the parent to attach and ond with a newborn.
Use Ferenczi’s theory as a predictor of developmental outcomes from early neglect.

April 17
 –Identify somatic and behavioral expressions of Ferenczi’s death instinct in clinical practice.
Describe how the concept of unwelcomeness can be transmitted from one generation to the next.
Assess unwelcomeness when it is instilled early and replacement offers partial recognition later; and unwelcomeness when it emerges in development and replacement is negation of subjectivity.
Describe how the patient’s embodied experience of unwelcomeness may emerge between the therapist and patient.

May 15
Develop an understanding of current interventions being developed for reducing distress among adolescents and children impacted by forced displacement.
Rate and describe the effects of migration and displacement on early and emergent attachment.
Explain the state of child human rights and the intersection with contemporary psychoanalytic psychology in the context of USA and global policies.

October 16
Recognize the connections among the following concepts: primary maternal preoccupation, the dead mother complex, and the unwelcome child.
Describe and identify Ferenczi’s contribution to the study of trauma, early disruption of attachment  and psychic and somatic growth.
Describe and compare the varieties of unwelcomeness, involving class, social categories and the history of the child’s conception within the family.

November 13
Describe how the patient’s embodied experience of unwelcomeness may emerge between the therapist and patient.
Compare and contrast Ferenczi’s object relations theory of the death instinct described in The Unwelcome Child and His Death Instinct, to Freud’s metapsychological conception of the death instinct described in Beyond the Pleasure Principle. 
Compile and analyze the innovations Ferenczi made to clinical practice and to psychoanalytic technique.
Identify and describe Ferenczi’s development of the importance of countertransference and notice the links to contemporary clinical theory.


Participants who wish to receive CE credits must attend the event (each seminar meeting) in its entirety; attendance will be recorded to track each participant’s entry and exit time. Participants who wish to receive CE credit sign in and out to each session under the monitoring of a student volunteer who remains at the door of each event.  If the event is held virtually, the participant list is recorded at the start and end of each session by a student volunteer.  

Participants with physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to contact the CE committee members at least 2 weeks in advance of the event to plan for appropriate accommodations. Please contact us via phone or email:
Nichelle Horlacher (Department Secretary) T 212.229.5727 x3223
aller454@newschool.edu (Richelle Allen, Ph.D.)
SteeleM@newschool.edu (Miriam Steele, Ph.D.)
LittlL@newschool.edu (Lisa Litt, Ph.D.)

Participants may also contact CE committee members with any concerns.

For more information, including refund/cancellation policies, please visit https://blogs.newschool.edu/sandor-ferenczi-center/

The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department is approved by the American Psychological Association, the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work, and the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, licensed social workers, and licensed mental health counselors, respectively. The New School for Social Research Clinical Psychology Department maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Reading Philip Bromberg

A 6 session reading group on the work of Philip Bromberg.

Colleagues of Philip Bromberg have joined together to offer a program to discuss and celebrate Bromberg’s work.  There will be a series of six, monthly, online group discussion meetings, each focused on a single article of Bromberg’s, followed in July by a larger memorial to Bromberg’s life and work (the details of the larger memorial will be announced shortly).  All these meetings are accessible to members of all the professional communities across the analytic and trauma worlds who have followed Bromberg’s work over the decades. 

Each of the monthly online reading group meetings will be a discussion of a paper selected by the group leader(s), who are all people who Bromberg deeply influenced.  These meetings will begin in February and will continue monthly through July.

Attendance is free.  To facilitate discussion, attendance at each group meeting will be limited to 25 people.  In the interest of accommodating everyone who wishes to attend, we ask that you sign up for no more than two of the six meetings. Each meeting will be announced one month before it is to take place, and the announcement will be accompanied by instructions for registration.

SCHEDULE

Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m. (New York City time-to accommodate an international audience)

February 14, 2021.  Leader: Adrienne Harris.

     Bromberg, P.M. (2001), Treating Patients with Symptoms – and Symptoms with Patience: Reflections on Shame, Dissociation, and Eating Disorders. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 11 (6):  891-912.

https://tinyurl.com/Harris-February-14-2021

March 7, 2021.  Leader: Hazel Ipp. 

     Bromberg, P.M. (2000) Potholes on the Royal Road: Or is it an Abyss. Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  36 (1): 5-28

April 18, 2021.  Leaders: Tony Bass and Cleonie White.

     Bromberg, P.M. (1991) On Knowing One’s Patient Inside Out: The Aesthetics of Unconscious Communication. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1 (4) 399-422.

May 16, 2021.  Leaders: Rich Chefetz and Emily Kuriloff. 

     Bromberg, P.M. (2003). One need not be a house to be haunted: On enactment, dissociation, and the dread of “not-me”—A case study. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13(5): 689-709

June 13, 2021.  Leader: Donnel Stern

     Bromberg, P.M. (2008) Shrinking the Tsunami: Affect Regulation, Dissociation and the Shadow of the Flood. Contemporary Psychoanalysis 44 (3): 329-350

July 11, 2021.  Leader: Velleda Ceccoli. 

     Bromberg, P.M. (2014.) Sullivan as Pragmatic Visionary: Operationalist and OperRelationalist, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 50:4, 509-530.

Articles from Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Contemporary Psychoanalysis are used in this program by permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd, http://www.tandfonline.com, and William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology and the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, www.wawhite.orgrespectively.


Lewis Aron (1952-2019)

Written by Adrienne Harris

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, our dear colleague and friend and leader and brave man, Lewis Aron, died in New York City. It was the end we had all feared and mostly denied, as we accompanied Lew on a long and courageous voyage fighting and living with a life-threatening cancer.

There is so much to say about Lew’s life and work but I want to begin with his way of combatting and living with his illness. He was brave but most powerfully he was generous with family, friends and colleagues. He has provided an amazing lesson in how to be open and available and at the same time continue to work for health and survival.  We badly need, in our field, to be able to face difficulty, support each other as life and work patterns are put in question, and to create a climate of honesty and responsibility.

Yesterday I taught a class in which we were reading Ghent’s great paper on submission and surrender. I feel such admiration and love for Lew as he went through the health circumstance and death he had been handed. Surrender is not giving up. It is acceptance. It is opening to experience and what it will teach you.

When I think of his work life and when I read the wonderful messages of love and admiration, I am struck by the mixture of pleasure and admiration in so many reminiscences. He had a rock band. Sig. He could build and maintain a serious psychoanalytic institution. He could work in systems – local and national.  He built structures.

Our work together included the Ferenczi Conferences starting in 1991, the Sandor Ferenczi Center beginning in 2008 with Jeremy Safran and me, the Relational Perspectives Book Series, with Steve from the inception, later with me, and adding Steve Kuchuck and Eyal Rozmarin.  That series is closing in on 100 volumes.

The work we did to bring the first conference on Sandor Ferenczi to the US was motivated – dictated one might say – by Steve Mitchell.  Cannot speak for Lew but I had no idea who Ferenczi was. Steve was so amazingly good at empowering people, sending them on various errands, and so we did a conference – held in NYC – and sat in the audience, amazed at the European analysts, who in so many ways had kept the tradition and writings and work of Ferenczi alive. Judit Mészarós, André Haynal, György Hidas, Judith Dupont joined with American analysts; Stephen Mitchell, Bromberg, Shapiro, Therese Ragen, Arnold Rachman, Benjamin Wolstein, Jay Frankel, Christofer Fortune and William Brennan.

For me, it was an astonishing and life-changing introduction to Ferenczi and his work. I know Lew was technically my colleague in that venture but for me it was so new. I do think of him as also my guide into a new and amazing world. My image for that event is that it was like plate tectonics. Continents that were now far apart had once been joined. I knew my ancestors in psychoanalysis. I knew where object relations came from. Grandfather Ferenczi. Being part of that discovery with Lew was really wonderful, unexpected and surprising.  Really so much of his work life and career had that effect and involvement.

In 2009, with Jeremy Safran, Lew Aron and I inaugurated the Sandor Ferenczi Center at The New School.  Over a decade we developed programs, lectures, workshops devoted to Ferenczi’s model of interaction, elasticity of technique, trauma focused treatment and other psychoanalytic projects. We thought of this project as the site of ideals and projects at the heart of the historic mission of The New School and as a site for innovations in psychoanalysis along the lines of Ferenczi. It is shocking beyond measure that both my colleagues died within this past year. Miriam Steele has joined the center  representing The New School faculty. We have enlarged the board and we go in remembering Lew and Jeremy and working within their vision. But it has been overwhelming to absorb both these losses.  With regard to Lew, I/we are at the beginning.

There is a lot to remember and hold tight to as we register our loss of this amazing person. His career as a psychoanalytic educator, his director of institutions and so many structures: Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Div. 39, IARPP, and for over two decades, NYU Postdoc.

His career as a psychoanalytic educator, director of institutions and so many structures: Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Div 39, IARPP and others were handled with efficiency and grace. And of course there was his ability to take on so much of the continuation of Mitchell’s very premature death, through mentorship of students – local, national and international and an astonishing vocation as a teacher of psychoanalysis in a series of study groups which continued to meet right into January of this year.

Talk about playing well with others. He had fun. He was playful and funny, all the while accomplishing a stunning array of tasks, books, and creative endeavors.

We are all wishing that he could have had more time. There was more to do and more love to participate in. I think of the wonderful pleasure of Lew’s being with Galit’s children, Yali and Emma, at their bar and bat mitzvahs last summer and how much he helped with their preparation. And I know from my last visits with Lew that he was incredibly proud of how deeply his children Kiara, Raffi and Benjamin were participating in his care.

We hold him close as we say goodbye. We can only sit with such admiration and care for Galit Atlas who has held so much in these past years AND created with Lew a life of work and love.

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Jeremy Safran 4/23/1952 – 5/7/2018

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our founder and dear friend, Dr. Jeremy Safran. His dedicated commitment to psychoanalytic inquiry and his unflagging support for psychoanalytic scholarship is embodied by his co-founding of the Sándor Ferenczi Center. It was through his motivation and energy that we have offered, over the course of years, a steady stream of events, talks, book launches, screenings, and more. His passion for interdisciplinary community lives in this project and stands as a testimony to his hard work and unparalleled regard for the history, present, and future of relational psychoanalysis. For so many, Jeremy was a mentor and friend, a challenger, a supporter, and a provider of so many rich opportunities. May we as a community continue to provide for one another in his honor and memory an enduring dedication to the things he loved and taught.

LINK TO BOOK: THE LEGACY OF SÁNDOR FERENCZI (1993). EDITORS: LEWIS ARON & ADRIENNE HARRIS.

We are pleased to inform you that “The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi: From ghost to ancestor” edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris (1993) is available for download on this website here.

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