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Contemporary Freudian Society

Substance Abuse and Sex Addictions in the Time of COVID-19

One Session Program (2 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Joseph Collins, DO and Clark Hudak, PhD
Date: Friday, June 19, 2020
Location: via Zoom
Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Webinar Overview:

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.

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