This webinar is designed to assist analysts, therapists, and other clinicians working with people suffering from addiction. An overview of relevant theoretical perspectives of addiction will be presented, followed by a discussion of the COVID crisis and its impact on addiction treatment. Elements of trauma theory will be considered as it relates to addiction, the COVID pandemic, and the impact on the analytic dyad. The presenters have extensive experience on these subject matters, and they will be able to draw parallels between various addictive states with in-depth clinical examples, including process material. Reference will be made to the works of Bass, Brenner, Khantzian, Krystal, Stoller, and Wurmser.
1. Dr. Hudak will discuss addictions and perversions in the context of psychoanalytic theories of trauma and addiction, drawing particularly on the work of Leon Wurmser and Edward Khantzian, both of whom have contributed greatly to a psychoanalytic understanding of addictions and their perverse nature.
2. Dr. Collins, drawing on the theoretical work of Alan Bass on disavowal in perversion as well as Robert Stoller’s understanding of the role of hostility in perversion, will present a case, with clinical material, illustrating alterations in the addictive and perverse behavior of a patient responding to the shift from in-person to video-based treatment due to the restrictions related to the Covid-19 outbreak.
3. Group discussion of the topic and the clinical material.
Joseph Collins, Jr., DO is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Bethesda, MD. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst with The Contemporary Freudian Society, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and is the Director of Medical Services at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, MD, a residential psychiatric treatment facility for Catholic clergy. He has extensive experience in the treatment of men with sexual issues.
Clark J. Hudak, Jr., PhD is a psychoanalyst and clinical social worker with 40 years in private practice, and with a specialization in the field of addictions. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMAB), where he received his MSW & PhD degrees. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at UMAB and is currently an instructor and Faculty Advisor for CAPA (China American Psychoanalytic Alliance). He has expertise in treating sexual disorders, pathological gambling, and substance abuse, and has presented seminars on these subjects in the Baltimore-Washington area. He has directed several addiction treatment programs, and is the founder and CEO of Recovery Network, which is a comprehensive behavioral health clinic in Baltimore, Md. His experience with treating addictive behavior is considerable, and he has parlayed his training in psychoanalysis into an in-depth understanding of addictive disorders.
After attending this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the underlying dynamics of addictive behaviors in general, and how they have reemerged as a result of the COVID crisis.
- Discuss the psychological defenses of addictions that have been exacerbated as a result of the COVID pandemic.
- Explain the impact of teletherapy and the COVID-19 pandemic (as trauma) on the transference/countertransference and other aspects of the therapeutic dyad in working with addictive behaviors.
Who should attend
This program is designed for professionals and graduate students in the mental health field.
CFS Members $50
Non-CFS Members $60
Candidates and Students with Valid ID $25
For further information regarding this course, please contact Michael Krass, PhD at email@example.com or 703-909-5118.