2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE OBJECT RELATIONS INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF POSTGRADUATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
OF ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

“HELL IS FOR CHILDREN”– CONTRASTING THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE TREATMENT OF THE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY: MASTERSON’S, RELATIONAL, AND INTRAPSYCHIC PERSPECTIVES

Date: Saturday March 28, 2020 SATURDAY, 9:15am — 4:30pm EST
Location: This conference will be offered live via VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION only, due to recommendations of CDC and local government, in re: to COVID-19.
Virtual participation will be available via gotomeeting platform, with minimal technical requirements (Videos of the conference will be available, with the follow up questionnaires to fulfill the CE requirements.)
Prior announced location, which will not be available for in-person participation: ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, MANHATTAN CAMPUS, 101 ASTOR PLACE, NY, NY 10003

Case Presenter: LORAY DAWS, PhD

Discussant/ Relational Approach:: ROBERT GROSSMARK, PhD, ABPP
Discussant/ Intrapsychic Approach: RAFAEL A. JAVIER, PhD, ABPP

Moderator: SUSAN KAVALER-ADLER, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA

To Register for this conference, please complete the Registration form
Continuing Education Information:
5.5 CEs
(for NYS Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists) — approved by AMEDCO; 5.5 APA CEs (for Licensed Psychologists, nationally) — approved by St. John’s University;
5.5 PDU (for educators, legal professionals, psychoanalytic candidates in training) — approved by the CE Committee of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. See more information about CEs below.

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION:

In the tradition of the Object Relations Institute of contrasting and integrating varying theoretical approaches to the treatment of pre-oedipal character disorders, this conference will present an in-depth clinical process with a cumulatively traumatized patient, whose psychic structure is organized with the primal splitting of a Borderline Self Disorder.

The words of the suffering patient that experienced cumulative trauma cry: “Hell is for children!” The experienced object relations therapist describes and explores a therapeutic process informed by the developmental, self, and object relations approach and the “internalized intervention” of James F. Masterson, working to integrate split self/object relations units, while working with transference externalization, traveling from transference “acting out” to symbolized transference.

The two discussants will provide their theoretical thoughts on the presented clinical case, highlighting contrasting relational and intrapsychic perspectives. Audience discussion will engage with all of these perspectives.

Dr. LORAY DAWS: “HELL IS FOR CHILDREN”: A MASTERSONIAN OBJECT RELATIONS APPROACH TO THE TREATMENT OF A TRAUMATIZED BORDERLINE DISORDER OF SELF

“Hell is for children!,” poignant words echoed from the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of Ruth, a traumatized analysand caught between rewarding and withdrawing paradigms of existence (Borderline Disorder of Self). Working from Masterson’s Developmental Self and Object Relations approach, this paper will attempt an in-depth clinical description of the difficulties faced by the clinician in differentiating between the possibility of a secret schizoid disorder of self and the distancing borderline disorder of self; the impact of cumulative trauma and even PTSD on the experience of self and reliance on distancing (through somatization), and the continual ‘process’ reading of Ruth’s affective alivening, given the various ‘interventions’ provided and ‘internalized,’ all in the end, supporting Ruth’s psychological movement from acting out to greater symbolization of inner and outer experience.

Dr. ROBERT GROSSMARK: CASE DISCUSSION, UNOBTRUSIVE RELATIONAL APPROACH

Coming from an unobtrusive relational approach, I will listen endeavor to foreground the enacted dimension of the treatment and consider the patient’s unconscious, non-verbal, communication. I will pay particular attention to the emergence of unrepresented and non-symbolized states in the treatment dyad and field and will consider the narrative and expressive dimension of “acting out” and shifting self states of both patient and analyst.

Dr. RAFAEL A. JAVIER: CASE DISCUSSION, INTRAPSYCHIC APPROACH

Dr. Javier’s discussion, although strongly based on the work of Freud and other insightful psychoanalysts, will focus on exploring the various conditions that make our work with trauma so daunting and so challenging for our patients. Using findings from the physio- and neuropsychology of trauma, as well as the intrapsychic analytic approach, Dr. Javier will discuss what may be going on with Dr. Daws’s patient during the transformative meticulous process that is taking place in analytic hour. This process leads to symbolization and mentation, as well as a decrease in need for acting out.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

09:15 am – 09:45 am – Registration; coffee & breakfast
09:45 am – 10:00 am – Introduction
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Morning session: Case presentation and Q&A
12:00 – 01:00 pm – Lunch
01:00 – 04:30 pm – Afternoon session: Discussions 1 & 2 and Q&A

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Dr. LORAY DAWS: “HELL IS FOR CHILDREN”: A MASTERSONIAN OBJECT RELATIONS APPROACH TO THE TREATMENT OF A TRAUMATIZED BORDERLINE DISORDER OF SELF

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to: 1) Review and analyze the autopoiesis evident in Masterson’s developmental, self and object relations model. 2) Engaging affectively with Masterson’s object relations units as imaginal ‘drawings of the Soul.’ 3) Review and evaluate the split object relations units in both differential diagnoses and approaching therapeutic process dilemmas as seen in the case material. 4) Utilize Masterson’s concepts of ‘internalization’ of intervention, as well as the tracking of defense, affect, and inner resonance as therapeutic orientation. 5) Evaluate and utilize of the externalization/transference of the split units as well as counter-transference responsiveness. 6)Review the impact of trauma on the disorders of the self.

Dr. ROBERT GROSSMARK: CASE DISCUSSION, UNOBTRUSIVE RELATIONAL APPROACH

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to: 1) Analyze and utilize unrepresented and non-symbolized states in the treatment dyad. 2) Analyze/evaluate the narrative and expressive dimension of “acting out” and shifting self states of both patient and analyst.

Dr. RAFAEL A. JAVIER: CASE DISCUSSION, INTRAPSYCHIC APPROACH

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to: 1) Analyze and utilize the intrapsychic approach on evaluating patient’s traumatic process. 2) Utilize the physio- and neuropsychological approach to evaluating splitting, acting out, and other borderline and traumatic phenomena.

SHORT BIO’s

Dr. Loray Daws: Loray Daws, PhD is a registered Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and British Columbia (Canada), and he is currently in private practice in British Columbia (Canada). Dr. Daws has published about and works in the areas of Daseinsanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, disorders of self, psychosomatic difficulties, mental health ethics, and the Rorschach. Dr. Daws serves as a Senior Faculty member at the International Masterson Institute in New York and both teaches and supervises in South Africa, Australia, and Turkey in the psychoanalytic approach to disorders of the Self. He is currently a second year candidate in training at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Loray Daws is the editor of 4 books, and he also serves as the assistant editor for the Global Journal of Health Sciences in Canada, as the evaluator and international advisory board member for the International Journal of Psychotherapy, and the assistant editor for EPIS (Existential Psychoanalytic Institute and Society).

Dr. Robert Grossmark: Robert Grossmark, PhD, ABPP is a psychoanalyst working with individuals, couples and groups in New York City. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor and Consultant at the The New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He teaches at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies; the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at The City College of New York and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. He has published psychoanalytic articles that integrate contemporary Relational ideas with object relations, contemporary Freudian and other perspectives. He is the author of The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning published in the Relational Perspectives Book Series (nominated for the Gradiva Award for the best book in Psychoanalysis in 2019). He is co-editor of Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory and The One and The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy all published by Routledge.

Short Bio of Dr. Javier: Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor of Psychology and the Director Inter-agencies Training and Research Initiatives, Director of the Post-Graduate Professional Development Programs and the Director of the Postdoctoral Certificate Programs in Forensic Psychology at St. John’s University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (in professional psychology and in psychoanalysis). He is in private practice that has included forensic involvements for over 30 years. Dr. Javier is a rigorous researcher in the areas of psycholinguistics and bilingualism, psychoanalysis and cultural issues in psychoanalytic theories and practice; as well as issues of moral development, violence and its impact on general cognitive and emotional functioning, and suicide in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Javier presents at the conferences in US, Europe, Latin and Central America, and the Caribbean on all of these issues. He is also a visiting professor at the Universidad de la Cuenca del Plata (Argentina), and was appointed there a Profesor Honorario (2016). Dr. Javier is on the editorial board of the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, and the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research and the past co-editor of the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. Dr. Javier is a prolific author. Some of his co-edited books are: Reaching across Boundaries of Culture and Class; Domestic Violence; and Personality Development and Psychotherapy in our Diverse Society: A Source Book (all published by Jason Aronson). His other books include: The Bilingual mind: Thinking, Feeling and Speaking in two Languages (Springer Publications, 2007); Understanding Domestic Violence: Theories, Challenges, Remedies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018); and Assessing Trauma in Forensic Context (in print with Springer).

CONTINUING EDUCATION:


Certificates for APA CEs for Licensed Psychologists, nationally (5.5.hrs) are approved by St. John’s University.

This program is sponsored by St. John’s University Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs. St. John’s University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. St. John’s University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Certificates for CEs for NYS Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists (5.5.hrs) are approved by AMEDCO.

New York Board for Social Workers — Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 5.5 hours.

New York Board for Mental Health Counselors — Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0061. 5.5hours.

New York Board for Marriage & Family Therapists — Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0032. 5.5 hours.

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Early Bird registration (before February 20, 2020)
$135 regular/ $65 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Regular registration (February 20 — March 15, 2020)
$145 regular/ $70 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Regular after March 15, 2020
$155 regular/ $75 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Registration ‘at the door’ (March 15, 2020)
$165 regular/ $80 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested — there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended — please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee (in addition to the registration fees): $25. No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, need-based or/and those who live outside of USA.

You can request scholarship using this form

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before March 20th, 2020. No refunds for cancellations made on or after March 20th, 2020 (but credit can be applied for any of the workshops offered at ORI in 2020 or further on).

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