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Psychoanalytic Ethics from the Three Complementary Perspectives

May 19, 2024 — 11:30 am - 2:30 pm EDT

Presented by the CFS-DC Scientific Programs Committee

Psychoanalytic Ethics from the 

Three Complementary Perspectives: 

Organizational Consequences from Investigations into Ethical Violations; Psychoanalysis and Social Ethics; and Privacy, Secrecy, and Confidentiality in Moral and Professional Life

Jane Burka, PhD
Elise Geltman, LCSW
William Werphowski, PhD

Live-In Person and via Zoom
3 CEUs for Ethics available

Program Description:

This program will discuss psychoanalytic ethics from three complementary perspectives: organizational consequences from investigations into ethical violations; a socio-political analysis of the ethics of psychoanalysis; and differences between privacy, confidentiality, and secrecy.

“A Violation of One Becomes a Violation of Many”
Jane Burka, Ph.D. discusses her work on the wide-ranging impacts of ethical investigations on a psychoanalytic organization.

Who is Free to Free Associate: Psychoanalysis and Social Ethics”

Elise Geltman, LCSW, considers the impacts of institutionalization on psychoanalysis from multiple angles–including philosophical, clinical, personal, and social. Utilizing the framework of social ethics, Institutionalized Psychoanalysis and the “social” are taken up.

“Privacy, Secrecy and Confidentiality in Moral and Professional Life”

William Werpehowski, PhD will address the specifics of these conceptualizations in psychoanalytic context, while complementing that context with others.


Jane Burka, PhD, Personal/Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is co-author of Burka and Sowa et al., From the talking cure to a disease of silence: Effects of ethical violations in a psychoanalytic institute, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2019). Previous publications related to ethical issues: Psychic fallout from breach of confidentiality, Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2008); and A chorus of difference: Evolving from moral outrage to complexity and pluralism. In R. Deutsch, Ed. Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship (2014). Dr. Burka is in private practice for psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and supervision, Oakland, CA.

Elise Geltman, LCSW, is a Psychoanalyst and maintains a practice in Oakland providing psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, clinical and organizational consultation, and teaching/training. Additionally, Elise works with Westcoast Children’s Clinic, a community mental health clinic, as a consultant and trainer. She is currently the President-Elect of PINC. Elise has supervised, taught, presented, and volunteered at NCSPP, Access, SFCP, PINC, NYU Post Doc, and beyond. Elise also studies and engages in group relations work and is committed to group life. She is a member of the CPT Steering Committee and a member of the Race Working Group.

William Werpehowski holds the Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair in Catholic Theology at Georgetown University.  He is the author of Karl Barth and Christian Ethics: Living in Truth (Ashgate, 2014) and American Protestant Ethics and the Legacy of H. Richard Niebuhr (Georgetown University Press, 2002). He has also co-edited, with Gilbert Meilaender, The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics (Oxford, 2005). A former president of the Society of Christian Ethics and chair of Georgetown’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Werpehowski worked at Villanova University for over three decades before joining the Georgetown faculty in 2013, and directed its Center for Peace and Justice Education from 1999-2010.

Program Fee:  $100 General/$80 CFS Members/$40 Candidates & Students

Location: American University, School of International Service, Founder’s Room, Nebraska Avenue, NW and New Mexico Avenue, NW, Washington, DC and via Zoom.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1) Identify organizational traumas precipitated by an ethics investigation.
2) Define the differences between confidentiality, privacy, and secrecy.
3) Identify benefits of breaking the silence around ethical misconduct in a psychoanalytic organization.
4) Discuss and explore the application of “social ethics” to group life within Institutional Psychoanalysis.
5) Discuss and explore if/how Institutional Psychoanalysis has any ethical imperative to the social life (or group life) outside the consulting rooms and institutes.

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 Contemporary Freudian Society 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 credits.

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


May 19, 2024
11:30 am - 2:30 pm EDT
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By Zoom


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