There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Co-sponsored by the MIP Trauma Studies Program
Course: When Stress Causes Pain, Can the Psychoanalyst Intervene?
Instructors: Frances Sommer Anderson, Ph.D, SEP, and Eric Sherman, Psy.D.
In the midst of the pain epidemic and ensuing opioid addiction crisis, psychoanalysts have the opportunity to learn interventions based on the conceptualization of somatic pain as a complex subjective construction comprised of sensations, emotions, and beliefs/cognitions. This psychoanalytic perspective is congruent with contemporary research on the neuroscience of pain, trauma, and cognitive and emotion processing. In this 6-session course, you will be introduced to this research and its implications for integration into a psychoanalytically-informed model for treating Psychophysiologic Pain Disorders (PPD). In contrast to pain management, this treatment model aims to eliminate somatic pain by elucidating and resolving underlying emotional and/or physical trauma residues and emotional conflicts which may have contributed to its development. Relevant readings and experiential processes will be assigned for each class.
Dates: Part I: February 4, 11, and 25, 2018 (taught by Dr. Anderson) Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Part II: March 10, 17, and 24, 2018 (taught by Dr. Sherman) Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Part I: Office of Dr. Sommer Anderson- 140 E. 40th St, #12A
Part II: Office of Dr. Sherman- 19 W. 34th St, PH Floor
Participants should attend both Part I and Part II. Cost: $360 and candidates $300 (Proof of Institute affiliation required) 12 hours CEUs for NYS Social Workers will be awarded.
Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP, a member of the MIP Trauma Certificate Faculty, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst whose clinical work, teaching, and publications have focused on the body since she was a clinical psychology intern in 1974 at Rusk Institute—NYU Langone Medical Center. She has specialized in treating chronic pain and other psychophysiologic disorders since 1979 when she began treating back pain patients at Rusk. Her approach to treatment is informed by specialized training in treating trauma and current developments in the neurobiology of affect, trauma and pain.
Eric G. Sherman, Psy.D., a graduate of The New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis has a full-time private practice in New York. Since completing his clinical psychology internship in 1984 at Rusk Institute—NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Sherman has specialized in the assessment and treatment of mindbody disorders, as well as the psychological issues associated with serious medical illness and disability. Together with Dr. Frances S. Anderson, Dr. Sherman co-authored “Pathways to Pain Relief” (2013) which details how treatment for psychophysiologic pain disorders works from the perspective of both the patient and the therapist. Dr. Sherman is a founding Board Member of the PPDA (Psychophysiologic Disorders Association) and was recently appointed Co-chair of the Committee on Health Care and Psychoanalysis of Division 39.
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Co-sponsored by the MIP Trauma Studies Program
Course: Micro-traumatic Experience: Therapeutic Approaches to Healing its Cumulative Toxic Effects
Instructor: Margaret Crastnopol (Peggy)
There are certain subtle types of psychic injury–what I call “micro-trauma”– that can erode a person’s sense of well-being and distort his or her character development and interpersonal functioning. While Masud Khan, DW Winnicott, and others did allude to a type of cumulative strain or ambience of hurtfulness in family life, psychoanalysis has historically downplayed or overlooked this element. This course will focus on certain specific patterns of micro-traumatic functioning and their impact as they play out both in everyday life and in the analytic engagement itself. Some examples of these patterns are “connoisseurship gone awry,” “uneasy intimacy,” “unkind cutting back,” and “psychic airbrushing.” The class will draw on but go beyond the theoretical framework offered in my book, Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury (Routledge, 2015). Useful distinctions will be made between micro-trauma and related concepts like major trauma and microaggressions. Participants will explore their own clinical experiences with micro-trauma and gain a detailed understanding of how to identify and work to resolve such problematic patterns in their practices, in their professional functioning, and in their own personal lives.
Dates: April 4, 11, 25 and May 2nd. Time: 7:15 to 8:45PM.
Cost: $180 and candidates $150 (Proof of Institute affiliation required) CEUs for NY State Social Workers: 6
Margaret Crastnopol (Peggy), Ph.D. is a psychologist/psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; she’s also a supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is on the executive committee of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). Dr. Crastnopol is the author of Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, Routledge, 2015. She maintains a private practice for the treatment of individuals and couples in Seattle, WA.