Videoconferences

CIPS SPRING 2021 VIDEOCONFERENCES

PSYCHOANALYTIC MUSINGS ON TRUMPISM, DELUSIONS AND MALIGNANT POPULISM

Seminar Code: CIPS-002
One Session Program: 3 CE
Presenters: Michael J. Diamond, PhD, and Pamela C. Dirham, PhD
Content Level:  Intermediate

Date:  Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (PDT); 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)

Course Fee: $75.00; Candidates: $50.00; Additional $20.00 for CEs 

This course will explore the relationship between large group regression, cultism, destructive populism, delusional thinking, conspiratorial beliefs, authoritarianism, and leadership characterized by malignant narcissism and paranoia. We will explore the fact that Donald Trump received over 74 million votes and that “Trumpism” will continue to play a major role in the American social/political landscape, even as he exits the presidential stage.

Psychoanalytic ideas pertaining to group dynamics and leadership offered by Bion, Freud, Fromm, Bollas, Kernberg, Lifton, Rosenfeld, and Volkan, as well as by Jaques, Bleger, and several more recent Kleinian/Bionian influenced analysts, are brought into play, in addition to seminal insights by political scientists, historians, and other social scientists.

We draw on all these sources in addressing destructive populism, malignant normality, and cultism reflective of psychotic group regression manifest in issues of identification, projective identification, narcissism, splitting, denial, negative hallucination, omnipotent coercion, perverted containment, thought control, social violence, conspiratorial thinking, and corruption.

Finally, we consider suggestions for making use of these understandings to reestablish a sufficiently containing frame that strengthens the body politics’ nonpathological elements in order to come to grips with these disturbing factors. The course will employ a lecture format that also encourages discussion among the presenters and questions from the participants.

Michael J. Diamond, PhD, FIPA, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) and a Board Certified Psychoanalyst. He is a is a member of the IPA and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Diamond is in private practice in Los Angeles.

Pamela C. Dirham, PhD, FIPA, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) and a Board Certified Psychoanalyst. She is currently President of LAISPS and a member of the IPA and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Dirham is in private practice in Los Angeles.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss and describe the characteristics of malignant narcissism, paranoia, and projective identification
  2. Utilize this information in diagnosis of leaders of social groups
  3. Apply this knowledge towards deepening the understanding of pathological dynamics in group relations, including aspects of group regression, malignant normality, psychotic functioning, cultism, thought control, and attacks on truth and objective reality
  4. Identify more subtle aspects of the socio-political and cultural environment as they impact the frame and the therapist’s relationship to his/her own mind (and countertransference issues)
  5. Describe the dynamics and unique difficulties of working with complex transferences and countertransferences when malignant social and cultural social and cultural issues enter the therapeutic dyad (often pertaining to media influences, diversity, and racism)
  6. Detect and utilize his/her own attitudinal functioning to further the necessary conditions of safety and improve the therapeutic interventions during the pandemic, social-political crisis, and while working under virtual telehealth conditions

Agenda:

  • 10:00 am-10:30 PDT (1:00-1:30 EDT): Introduction – Examining the Unconscious in the American Polity
  • 10:30 am-11:00 PDT (1:30-2:00 EDT): Conditions Leading to Large Group Regression & Destructive Populism      
  • 11:00 am-11:30 PDT (2:00-2:30 EDT): Paranoia and Psychotic Processes in Large Groups          
  • 11:30 am-11:45 PDT (2:30-2:45 EDT): Break
  • 11:45 am-12:00 noon PDT (2:45-3:00 EDT): Malignant Narcissistic Leadership and Perverted Containing
  • 12:00 noon-12:30 PDT (3:00-3:30 EDT): Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Cultism and Trumpism as a Personality Cult    
  • 12:30 pm-1:00 pm PDT (3:30-4:00 EDT): Containing America’s Regressive, Malignant Dynamics

Who Should Attend:  

Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Psychoanalysts

Continuing Education Credits:

Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com.

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3 CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars 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-0018. 3 clock hours. Live online

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
3 clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-SWs
: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.  3 CE hours.
NY:
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 3 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 3 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 
3 hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 3 contact hours. Live online.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 3 contact hours. Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 3 clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 3 CE hours.

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.

For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.

TRAUMA AND PRIMITIVE MENTAL STATES

Seminar Code: CIPS-004
One Session Program: 4.5 CE
Presenter: Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA
Content Level:  Intermediate

Dates:  March 23, 30, April 6, 2021
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)

Course Fee: $120.00; Candidates: $90.00; Additional $30.00 for CEs 

Trauma according to Freud is defined by the failure of the internal contact barrier to protect the psyche from bombardment. Feeling bombarded is an internal response to either an external or internal event that arises when our necessary defensive organizations fail us. The response, one of being overwhelmed, shuts down the capacity to think, leaving an unmentalized state that is present in the body but not in the mind. Trauma impacts one’s ability to process and make meaning out of experience. Trauma splits the mind and the body. Cumulative trauma impacts the mind in numerous self-perpetuating ways. Symbolization and the ability to verbalize intense emotional experiences serves to contain and limit the effect of traumatic events.

The seminar will examine the impact that early psychological trauma has on the development of a self. It will focus on the use of the body and the mind in working with early unmentalized and un-represented states and illustrate the value of finding language that embodies emotion, which has never been articulated.

Judy K Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA, is an IPA certified training and supervising psychoanalyst and a licensed child psychologist. Dr. Eekhoff is a full member and past president of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI) and a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between representation in the body of symbolization
  2. Differentiate between projective and adhesive differentiation
  3. Explain the impact of trauma on the mind’s ability to process emotion

Agenda:

March 23, 2021: 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)
Discuss the definitions used of unrepresented and represented states using the papers “Affective Bridges between Body & Mind.” Clarify difference between affect and emotion as they are relevant for the treatment of patients with a history of childhood trauma.

March 30, 2021: 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)
The focus will be upon clinical applications of working “without memory and desire.” Here and now process will be highlighted.  The papers, “The Silent Transference” and “Finding a Center of Gravity”, will be discussed which include clinical material.

April 6, 2021: 5:00-6:30 pm (PDT); 8:00-9:30 pm (EDT)
Patients with trauma histories are often difficult to reach. This session will focus on the clinical material from a patient who had no impulse to connect.  The chapter, “No impulse to Speak”, will be studied.

Who Should Attend:  

Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Psychoanalysts

Continuing Education Credits:

Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com.

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4.5 CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars 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-0018. 4.5 clock hours. Live online.

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
4.5 clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.
4.5 CE hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 4.5 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 4.5 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.
4.5 hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 4.5 contact hours. Live online.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 4.5 contact hours. Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
4.5 clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 4.5 CE hours.

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.

For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.

WORKING WITH SUICIDAL PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS

Seminar Code: CIPS-001
One Session Program: 4.5 CE
Presenter: Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP
Content Level:  Intermediate

Dates:  April 15, 22, 29, 2021
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (PDT); 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm (EDT)

Course Fee: $120.00; Candidates: $90.00; CEs: additional $30.00

The rate of suicide has been increasing in the USA since 1999, while worldwide, the rate of suicide is decreasing. This 3-session course will address both sociocultural contributors to suicide along with individual psychodynamics. 

We will discuss risk and protective factors, various theories of suicide, and suicide in special populations with attention to LGBTQ+ persons and Black youth. We will discuss clinical challenges in the assessment and treatment of suicidal patients.

In subsequent sessions we will review research findings on states of mind preceding a near-lethal suicide attempt and how these enter the transference and evoke countertransference feelings and responses. 

Finally, when a person dies by suicide, there are those who suffer from the effects of the loss: stigma, grief, and other painful states. We will review the research literature on survivors of suicide loss and discuss strategies for self-care. Participants are encouraged to bring adequately disguised clinical examples of work with suicidal patients for discussion.

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center.  She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Hospital Alliance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three risk factors and three protective factors for suicide.
  2. Identify groups at particular risk for youth suicide.
  3. Describe a range of experiences suicide loss survivors report.
  4. Identify at least 4 themes associated with near lethal suicide attempts.
  5. Discuss psychodynamic aspects of some survivors of familial suicide.
  6. Explainhow suicide loss survivor dynamics may enter the field of transference. and countertransference in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.                                                         

Agenda:

  1. Suicide epidemiology, risk, and protective factors (25 minutes)
  2. Theories of suicide (30 minutes)
  3. Suicide in special populations (35 minutes)
  4. Suicide assessment (30 mins)
  5. States of mind preceding a near-lethal suicide attempt (60 mins)
  6. Survivors of suicide loss (90 mins)

Who Should Attend:  

Psychologists, Social Workers, LPs, MFTs, Psychoanalysts

Continuing Education Credits:

Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com.

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4.5 CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars 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-0018. 4.5 clock hours. Live online

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. 4.5 clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785. 
4.5 CE hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 4.5 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
 4.5 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 
4.5 hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 4.5 contact hours. Live online.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 4.5 contact hours. Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
4.5 clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 4.5 CE hours.

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.

For further information regarding this course, please contact Connie Stroboulis at ConnieS3@aol.com.