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Forms of Addiction and Disordered Eating

December 15, 2023 — 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Psychoanalytic Brooklyn would like to invite you to a conversation on the similarities and differences between drug and alcohol addictions and disordered eating in patients’ presentations and clinical treatment. Both addiction disorders and disordered eating present challenges and complexities. There are significant variations between anorexic and bulimic patients. Significant differences also exist between alcohol abuse and drug abuse and dependence. The panel will include rich clinical examples exploring anorexia, bulimia, alcohol, and drug addiction treatment encounters. 


Andrea Greenman, PhD is a recent past-President of the Contemporary Freudian Society where she is an IPA Training and Supervising Analyst and a member of the faculty. She has served on numerous committees at CFS, including serving as Vice-President in New York and a member of the Board of Directors for a decade, in addition to currently serving as a member of the Progression Committee. She is a graduate of NYU PostDoc, where she is a supervisor and member of the faculty, as well as Co-Chair of the Progression Committee. She currently teaches a course on the widening scope of interpretive intervention. She is a member of the Board of Directors of NAPSAC, and a member of the IPA Candidate Loan Panel. Her particular areas of interest include the psychoanalytic understanding of organizations, contemporary developments in psychoanalytic technique, initiating psychoanalysis, and how to best foster psychoanalytic growth and development through the training process.

Ray Hoffman, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Director of the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of Contemporary Freudian Society, Washington, DC Division. He is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Annapolis, MD. He was awarded the Plumsock Prize for his paper on gay men and the male-gendered pre-Oedipal good object, which is included in the edited compendium, The Plumsock Prize: Giving New Analysts a Voice. He has taught psychoanalytic diagnosis in the institute and spoken regionally on the subject of psychoanalytic diagnosis as seen through the lens of the evolution of the transference, and its implications for technique. He has had a dual career as a psychiatric administrator and was formerly the Director of the Division of Mental Health and Substance Use at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD, and Chief Medical Officer at Mosaic Community Services in Timonium, MD.

Barbara Falk Sabbeth, PhD is a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. She sees patients and supervises virtually and in person from her home in New Rochelle, NY.

Pamela Polizzi, LCSW is a full-time psychotherapist in private practice and has a small group practice, specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders and individuals struggling with complex personality organizations and sense of self disorders in New York City. Pamela completed an advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Certificate Training in the Integrated Treatment of Eating Disorders at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) through the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in 2015, and a two year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy post graduate program at Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) in 2019. Pamela is currently a third year psychoanalytic candidate at CFS.

Program Fee:  $60 General/$50 CFS Members/$30 Candidates & Students

Learning objectives:
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe similarities and differences between forms of addiction and disordered eating.
  2. Describe a psychoanalytic perspective on addiction and disordered eating.
  3. Describe clinical situations in which a psychoanalytic understanding of the patient contributes to a deeper treatment of addiction and disordered eating behavior.

Who Should Attend: The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  (DC, MD and VA Psychologist licensing boards accept CE credits provided by an APA approved Sponsor.  All other psychologists should check with their licensing boards.)

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information: None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.




December 15, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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By Zoom


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