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Professional Development Meetings

We offer several types of programs each year.

The Professional Development Program Series

Each year the CFS-DC sponsors a series of programs that provide a psychoanalytic slant on a specific, contemporary theme.  Recent themes have included “Play and Playfulness in the Analytic Space”, featuring speakers such as Salman Akhtar, Gil Katz and the APsaA Ralph Roughton Award-winning writer Griffin Hansbury; as well as a year-long exploration of James Strachey’s seminal paper “The Nature of the Therapeutic Action of Psychoanalysis” by analysts such as Jay Greenberg and Judith Chused.

Continuing education (CEU/CME) is offered for each program.  Each year there is an Ethics Program as well as a Cultural Diversity Program included in our series.  Each of these programs meet various board requirements for ethics and cultural diversity credits.

The theme of the 2016-2017 series is “Thinking About Terror.”

DON’T MISS OUT:  Terrific CE/CME programs – Discounted Fee for Series Registration

A series of four programs, Sunday afternoons, September 18 and November 6, 2016 and February 12 and March 19, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm.

Founders’ Hall, American University SIS Building

*Relevant Topics:

-Atrocities, Atrocity Videos (cf. ISIS videos) and their Intergenerational Effects

-Ethical Issues for Therapists When Terror Invades the Clinical Hour (with case examples from 9/11)

-Inner States of Mind in Terrorist and Terrorized

-Cultural Impact of Terrorism:  Muslim Emigres in the USA; Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspectives on Growing Up with Hatred

*Clinically Useful

*Intellectually Satisfying

*Outstanding Presenters, No Jargon

*Excellent Value – Obtain 12 CE/CME credits (includes 3 Ethics credits and 3 Culture Diversity credits) at discount when you purchase the entire four program series ($280 for Members and Associate Members vs. $360 if bought individually;  $320 for Non-Members vs. $400;  $80 for Candidates and students vs. $100).

Why Delay?  Register Here

The September 18, 2016 program, “Atrocities and Atrocity Fantasies:  Their Intergenerational Effects,” will feature Dr. Volney Gay, a training analyst and professor of Psychiatry, Anthropology and Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Gay had won numerous awards for his teaching and writing including the Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator Award, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education.  He writes a blog for Huffington Post and recent blogs include “Yearning for the Angry Father:  Donald Trump,” and “ISIS Atrocity Videos:  Training the Next Generation”.

The November 6, 2016 program is our Annual Ethics Program “When the Terror of 9/11 Invaded the Consulting Room – Ethical Issues”, and features three of the DC CFS training analysts, Drs. Harriet Baseeches, Paula Ellman, and Nancy Goodman.  They will be speaking about their experiences working during the 9/11 Pentagon attack and the ethical implications of working during times of terror.

The February 12, 2017 program, “Who or What is Being Killed in a Terrorist State of Mind?” will be presented by Mr. Narendra Keval, TQAP, a Tavistock qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and the author of Racist States of Mind, Karnac, (2016).

Our March 19, 2017 program is our Annual Cultural Diversity Program.  Dr. Farha Abbasi, a psychiatrist at Michigan State University and founder of the Muslim Mental Health Conference and editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, will discuss the mental health impact of being a member of a minority group often viewed suspiciously as terrorists in the US.  Dr. Abbasi arrived in the USA in July, 2001 from Pakistan with her family seeking a safer environment.  She will discuss her experience as a mother, mental health professional and US citizen since the 9/11 attacks as well as drawing conclusions from the research on the impact of the émigré experience in the current political environment on identity development. We are honored to have Dr. Marsha Levy-Warren, a NY CFS training analyst and expert on identity development, who will provide a psychoanalytic perspective on Dr. Abbasi’s presentation.

Occasional Scientific Meetings

These programs bring in internationally-renown psychoanalysts as well as speakers who present on topics having interdisciplinary interest. Past Annual Programs have showcased current IPA president Stefano Bolognini from Italy, Argentinian analyst Robert Oelsner, as well as poet Alicia Ostriker and political scientist and chair of American University’s Islamic Studies program Akbar Ahmed. TBD

Exploring the Clinical Moment: A Series on Listening Psychoanalytically

The Contemporary Freudian Society offers a series of meetings for early or mid- career mental health professionals on listening deeply to clinical material from within a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective. These meetings are designed to provide a warm, interactive, and inclusive space from which to discuss how we each listen and respond to clinical material from both our theoretical orientation and the unique workings of each person’s mind.  TBD


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