Events & Continuing Education




The New York State Education Department has approved these 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 an administrative fee of $15. There is no charge for those affiliated with MITPP, MCMH or MSPP.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019      4:00 PM –5:30 PM

Material from a weekly psychotherapy case of a young woman will illustrate how unconscious guilt for intolerable feelings of destructive aggression are expressed in an all-consuming fear of contracting a dangerous illness. The presentation will demonstrate how these dynamics contribute to the patient’s difficulties in separating from her parents as well as her struggles in peer and romantic relationships.  How these dynamics come alive in the transference and countertransference with punishing feelings that threaten the treatment will be demonstrated as well as the crucial need to sit with and tolerate the patient's aggression.  The challenges of containing this level of aggression within our patients and its impact upon therapists will be explored. 

 Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to recognize:

1.  How problematic relationships with caregivers in childhood can lead to the development of aggression, guilt and the need for punishment. 

2. How these problems manifest in adulthood and the challenges the patient has in maintaining healthy adult relationships. 

3. The challenges of working with patients who have experienced this level of relational trauma. 

PRESENTER:  Lauren Skiba Rosenstock, LCSW, Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program. Current Candidate: Contemporary Freudian Society.

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 contact Ivy Vale, Registrar, at (212) 496-2858 or email

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


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


Friday, February 1, 2019 – 7:30 PM

PRESENTERS: Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW
Maria Teresa Flores
, M.D.
Masha Mimran, Ph.D.

Freud's hysteria and psychic architecture: démodé or still relevant today?  Then and now, hysterical features and its diagnosis have shifted, from the unearthing of primal Oedipal conflict to include contemporary thinking of defense, denial of psychic reality and coping with unbearable primitive anxieties. Clinical vignettes of 'then and now' case material will be presented. This international panel of 3 psychoanalysts examines Freud’s formulation of feminine identifications in hysteria, from its inception in Charcot’s Salpêtrière in the late 18th Century to today’s clinical practice. We argue that Freud’s infamous question “What does a woman want?” calls for different answers, that include the Oedipal configuration of Freud and early maternal Oedipus situation of Klein, as well as the internal object world comprising the complicated pathway to integration of internal objects and the ultimate adoption of a feminine identification.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to 1) Be able to trace how analytic perspective on hysteria has evolved from Freud to contemporary thought, 2) explore & expand on how the concept of feminine identification has progressed & can be applied to current practice, and 3) gain understanding on Freudian & Kleinian perspectives on feminine identification.

Masha Mimran’s “Setting the Stage: Hysterical Symptomatology Medicalized and Fictionalized” revisits scientific and fictionalized accounts of hysteria in the 19th Century. 
Susan Finkelstein’s “Creative Intercourse and the Missing Mother’s Body: Hysteria in Bonaparte and Freud” turns to one of the most intimate relationships in the history of psychoanalysis: Freud and Marie Bonaparte.
Maria Teresa Flores' “Femininity as a Mask: The Flourishing of the Feminine in the Analytic Relationship,” presents a female patient with hysterical symptoms, including conversion. 

Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW Senior Analyst: Contemporary Freudian Society. Faculty/Member: IPTAR.
Maria Teresa Flores, M.D. Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Member, Training Analyst: The Portuguese Nucleus of Psychoanalysis (NPP) - IPA Study Group; Current President: NPP-Ex European Co-Chair: IPA-COWAP (Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis). 
Masha Mimran, Ph.D. Candidate: IPTAR, Adult Program.

 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.


Reidy Hall of Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue  (between 79th & 80th Streets)
New York, NY

For further information: email or phone (212) 496-2858


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Joyce A. Lerner, L.C.S.W., Director
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New York, NY 10024

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