Videoconferences

TRAUMA AND PRIMITIVE MENTAL STATES VIDEOCONFERENCE

Dates: Tuesdays, September 8, 22; October 6, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EDT); 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (PDT)

Judy Eekhoff, PhD

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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. But in terms of response, one of being overwhelmed, trauma shuts down the capacity to think, leaving an unmet inner self state that is present in the body but not memorable. 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 and on the development of an apparatus for thinking that protects us from excessive stimulation and ongoing traumatic consequences.

This seminar will review the processes of mentalization as they serve to bind anxiety and unconscious conflicts. Materials will be drawn from her recent book: (2019), Trauma and Primitive Mental States: An Object Relations Perspective. London: Routledge. Discussion will include application to the current collective trauma evoked by the Coronavirus.

Judy 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 and a faculty member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Eekhoff believes understanding primitive mental states enables us to work more deeply with patients who suffered early traumas. This includes paying attention to the body, enabling us to successfully treat those who are often thought of as untreatable.

The registration fee for the seminar is $75 and may be made by clicking on the link below. Payment may also be made by check and mailed to Susan Light, LCSW, 8 East 96th Street, New York, NY 10128. Payment by credit card is preferred. Payment must be received prior to the first session.

Once registered, please email Elizabeth Reese at Emreese28@aol.com or text her at (727) 560-9746 to receive other information about the seminar and ask any questions.

COMPLEX ISSUES OF DIVORCE FROM A PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE

Dates: Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EDT); 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (PDT)

Steven Demby, PhD

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In the first part of this three-part seminar, we will use a psychoanalytic perspective to understand the distortions in the parent-parent and parent-child relationships that evolve in the context of a high conflict, litigated child custody case. In the second part, we will explore the unconscious motivations shaping the divorce of Nicole and Charlie, the protagonists in the contemporary movie, “Marriage Story.” In the third part, using clinical material from adult cases, we will explore divorce-related challenges in the psychoanalytic treatment of adults going through divorce.

Dr. Demby will elucidate how to maintain the capacity to think analytically under the pressure of the intense affects present when working with patients going through divorce.

Steven Demby, PhD, FIPA, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice with offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY. In addition to his psychoanalytic practice, he performs forensic custody evaluation, parenting coordination, and mediation of parenting plans in divorce. Dr. Demby is former Co-President and current board member emeritus of the New York chapter of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts. He is on the executive committee of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Family Law and Mental Health. He is also on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Contemporary Freudian Society. Dr. Demby has published numerous articles on entrenched hatred and high-conflict divorce and given numerous presentations on the psychological impact of separation and divorce on parents and children.

The registration fee for the seminar is $75 and may be made by clicking on the link below. Payment may also be made by check and mailed to Susan Light, LCSW, 8 East 96th Street, New York, NY 10128. Payment by credit card is preferred. Payment must be received prior to the first session.

Once registered, please email Elizabeth Reese at Emreese28@aol.com or text her at (727) 560-9746 to receive other information about the seminar and ask any questions.