Workshops 75 minutes in length will be offered by two of our speakers/panelists for an additional registration fee. Attendance at these workshops will provide no additional CEUs/CMEs, since they are included in the total number of credits for the Conference. The workshops will take place during break-out sessions, when simultaneous panels of short papers will be held (no extra charge for the paper panels).
1 – Doris Brothers: Workshop scheduled for Friday afternoon 5:15-6:30. Fee: $75.
“Intergenerational Trauma and the Therapist”
This workshop provides an opportunity for therapists to explore the ways in which past traumas in their own families affect their work with patients. Participants will be helped to identify trauma-generated relational patterns that are often reactivated in relationships with traumatized patients when the fear of retraumatization emerges within the treatment situation. Clinical examples will be presented. This workshop is restricted to licensed clinicians only.
Doris Brothers, PhD, a Plenary Panelist in our conference, is a psychologist/ psychoanalyst whose work is informed by self psychology and intersubjectivity theory. She is cofounder and faculty member of the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology (TRISP) in New York. She has authored and co-authored several books, the most recent of which is Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis. Her recent writing focuses on what she calls “traumatic attachments” and their role in the intergenerational transmission of trauma as well as the problem of evil and “the unforgiveable” in clinical practice. She has a private practice in New York City.
2 – Howard Steele: Workshop scheduled for Friday afternoon 3:45 – 5:00. Fee $75.
“An Introduction to Reflective Functioning: Evidence of it in Adult Attachment Interviews (AAIs) and its implications as a mental process that enables the overcoming of trauma.”
Participants in this workshop will be able to read interview excerpts projected onto a screen that illustrate low, moderate, and high reflective functioning. The workshop will attune participants to the diverse ways language conveys (or doesn’t convey) sensitivity, empathy, and a balanced understanding of self and others. We will discuss strategies for recognizing and promoting reflective functioning – a powerful correlate, if not determinant, of resilience to stress and trauma. This workshop is open to any conference participants.
Howard Steele, PhD, a keynote speaker, s Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He is senior and founding editor of the international quarterly journal, Attachment and Human Development. His published work includes the 2008 book, Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview, and more than 60 journal articles and book chapters.