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The New York State Education Department has approved these in-person courses for contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs and LPs. A certificate will be emailed upon request to those who attend all sessions, complete an evaluation and pay a processing fee of $15. There is no charge for those affiliated with MITPP, MCMH or MSPP.


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The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and
The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists

Invite you to a Scientific Meeting

DEVELOPING TRANSITIONAL PHENOMENA IN AN ADULT PATIENT:
THE ANALYST’S ROLE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
7:30 PM
PRESENTER: DEBRA GILL, LCSW

Winnicott’s 1953 paper, Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena is widely recognized as contributing seminal ideas that have been further developed by generations of psychoanalysts. In his original description, Winnicott emphasized the impact of the environmental mother who is central to the infant’s development and its capacity to make use of the transitional object. The mother’s breast is made available just when the infant is ready to receive, which allows for a period of omnipotence where the infant is the creator of its own reality. Through her adaptations, the mother facilitates an illusion that the breast is part of the infant and therefore under its magical control.  This is considered foundational for healthy development, but inevitably the environment fails resulting in disillusionment.  Since disillusionment is not easily accepted, it is suggested by Winnicott, and others, that we live in an intermediate area that, like transitional phenomena, belongs to both internal and external reality. An individual’s creativity can be maximized by the capacity to make use of the inherent paradoxes of this intermediate area, one that juxtaposes phantasy and reality, or, can be completely stifled, as is the case with some patients who are unable to manage the uncertainties of actual experience.

Through the lens of Winnicott’s thinking, a case will be presented where the development of transitional aims in early childhood were derailed, primarily by insufficiently adapting to an environment where early illusions were disrupted too quickly.  Having lost a sense of security, a prolonged relationship to transitional objects developed that later in life, through projection, assumed magical qualities that were relied upon for functioning. A psychic structure, centering on a fetishized control over the self and object world deepened and evolved. To treat this patient, the analyst occupied a transitional function, offering adaptation to accommodate some illusion, while still holding a secure frame. This structure has attenuated omnipotence and expanded the patient’s capacity to use intermediate space.

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will:
1) Discuss Winnicott’s ideas about transitional objects and transitional phenomena, 
2) Define the purpose of the “intermediate area” as posited by Winnicott, and
3) Identify when frame adaptations might facilitate an analytic process.

PRESENTER: DEBRA GILL, LCSW Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Faculty and Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program. Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst: Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Fellow: International Psychoanalytical Association. Member: Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies; American Psychoanalytic Association.

LOCATION - PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION:
Community Room
205 West End Avenue
(entrance on West 70th Street, just west of West End Avenue)

The New York State Education Department has approved this meeting for 2 contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs and LPs. A certificate will be emailed to those who sign the attendance sheet at the end of the meeting, complete an evaluation and pay an administrative fee of $15. There is no charge for those affiliated with MITPP, MCMH or MSPP.

 No registration or fee required.  Refreshments served following the presentation. 

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The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and
The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists

Invite you to

A CLINICAL WORKSHOP/CONVERSATION ON RACE AND CULTURE:
ENGAGING WITH DIFFERENCE IN TREATMENT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Breakfast at 9:30 AM
PRESENTER: DEBRA GILL, LCSW

When the therapist’s racial and/or cultural worlds are overtly different from the patient’s, barriers to trust need to be recognized and addressed.  Enactments around difference, when understood, have the potential to facilitate analytic engagement. In this workshop, we will consider how our own conscious and unconscious attitudes about “difference” are thought about and how we prepare ourselves to both receive projections and recognize how the unconscious locates opportunity for the repetition of unresolved trauma in the transference. In this workshop, we will discuss treatments that have the added dimension of racial and/or cultural difference in the analytic relationship. Relying on both contemporary psychoanalytic literature and clinical experience, we will think about how the traumatic impact of racism, in particular, is brought into the analytic dyad.  While misunderstandings and disillusionment emerge, we have the opportunity to widen the intersubjective field which allows for mourning, creativity and growth. Participants are encouraged to discuss their own experiences and clinical work.  

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will be able to:
1. Identify the ways in which conscious and unconscious attitudes towards racial and cultural difference enter treatment.
2. Recognize and discuss how unconscious trauma is repeated in the transference.
3. Discuss techniques to recognize and work through enactments with the goal of deepening the analytic process.

PRESENTER: DEBRA GILL, LCSW Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Faculty and Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program. Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst: Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Fellow: International Psychoanalytical Association. Member: Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies; American Psychoanalytic Association.

LOCATION:
The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health
1090 St. Nicholas Avenue (located on West 165th Street between St. Nicholas and Amsterdam Avenues, downstairs level next to Church Santa Rosa de Lima)

FEE:  
$65 includes refreshments (no fee to MCMH staff)
$30 Student Fee (includes refreshments), with proof of student status
On site registration: $75 or $40 (students with proof of student status)

The New York State Education Department has approved this workshop for 3 contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs and LPs. A certificate will be emailed upon request to those who sign the attendance sheet at the end of the workshop and complete an evaluation.

 SPACE FOR THE WORKSHOP IS LIMITED. 

REGISTRATION IS ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

 REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31, 2019. On-site registration fee applies after that date.

PLEASE USE REGISTRATION FORM AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

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OPEN HOUSE & CLINICAL PRESENTATION
FOR THOSE CONSIDERING POSTGRADUATE TRAINING

SADOMACHOCHISM, SEPARATION AND LOSS IN THE ERA OF TRUMP

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019     
4:00 PM –5:30 PM
PRESENTER: SARAH DAMSKY, LCSW

The twice-weekly treatment of a Yemeni woman who emigrated alone as a young adult to the United States will be discussed. The presentation will explore the impact of sadomasochistic dynamics in the patient’s family of origin on her adult relationships as well as the treatment. The patient’s disavowed rage is acted out through masochistic tendencies such as social media “stalking” and by placing herself in dangerous circumstances, particularly with men. She also has a tendency to act sadistically in a desire to exact revenge in an effort to avoid the experience of vulnerability. The challenge of maintaining a neutral stance, managing worry and helping to reduce defenses against vulnerability for patients presenting with these types of dynamics will be explored.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1) Recognize how sadomasochistic dynamics with caregivers can impact adult relationships.
2) Increase their understanding of how to support patients through sadomasochistic conflicts. 
3) Become more aware of the impact of culture, immigration status and the current political climate on our patients and treatment.

PRESENTER:  Sarah Damsky, LCSW, Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program.

LOCATION:  160 West 86th Street (outside entrance, between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues)

RSVP:  Space is limited.  There is no fee but you must reserve in advance.  For reservations: please email Ivy Vale, Registrar, at info@mitpp.org or call (212) 496-2858.

 Training opportunities, including flexible scheduling and financial options to fit individual needs, will be described following the presentation.  Refreshments will be served.

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Joyce A. Lerner, L.C.S.W., Director
MITPP
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Refund Policy

If you find you are unable to attend an event for any reason, you must notify MITPP by email at least 48 hours prior to the time the course/workshop begins in order to receive a full refund.