November 5, 2022
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (PDT); 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Live Interactive Online Webinar

Monica Vorchheimer, MA
Susana Muszkat, MA

3 CEs

Member Fee: $125.00
Candidate/Student Fee: $90.00

This videoconference is co-sponsored by CIPS and The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR)

Family Secrets

Secrets and lies, whose derivations are often present in family romances, leave a transgenerational impact on individual and family dynamics.

In this 3-hour course we will approach both theoretical and clinical material relative to secrets in the family and couple reviewing how secrets were at the origin of Freud’s discoveries within hysteria. We will locate the place of secrets in general development and its value in the structuring of the inner world and consider their function and effects in family link dynamics. Different effects of secrets´ revelation will be addressed.

A film (45 Years) and class examples provided by the presenters and by the participants will provide examples of clinical material in order to better understand and differentiate the motivations and effects of secrets and/or lies.

Please note that viewing 45 Years prior to the course is strongly recommended. (It is available for viewing on Amazon Prime and YouTube.)

Monica Vorchheimer, MA, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice with individuals, adults and adolescents and couples and families.

Susana Muszkat, MA, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in São Paulo, Brazil and online outside of the country/and or state, with individuals, couples and families.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the role of secrets in family dynamics
• Distinguish between intimacy (privacy) and secrecy
• Utilize the theoretical background provided to interpret the film 45 years and clinical situations


  • 10:00-11:30 am (PDT); 1:00-2:30 pm (EDT)
    Secrets and its interest. In the origin of Psychoanalysis. Theoretical and clinical contributions: Piera Aulagnier, Haydee Faimberg, Yolanda Gampel among others. Privacy, intimacy and secrecy.
  • 11:30-11:45 (PDT); 2:30-2:45 pm (EDT)
  • 11:45 am-1:00 pm (PDT); 2:45-4:00 pm (EDT)
    Film and cases discussion

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Workers

Continuing Education Credits:
3 CE Credits

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (1651 3rd Ave, Suite 205, NY, NY 10128) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists (#PSY-0026), and the State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#SW-0226) and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts (#P-0011), Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0037) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0112). This certificate is not applicable to any other New York State profession.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often. If you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds will be issued if notification of cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course.

Important Disclosure Information:
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.