Certificate Program in Trauma Studies Readings Year 2



September 24

Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD
Working with Somatic/Implicit/Nonverbal Aspects of Trauma

140 East 40th Street
Suite 12A
New York, NY 10016
Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.



November 12

Grant Brenner, MD
Neurobiology and Trauma
39 West 14th Street
Ste. 506
New York, NY 10011
Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


For reference

Shalev, A., Gilboa, A., Rasmusson, A., (2011). eds. Stein, D., Friedman, M., and Blanco, C., Ch. Neurobiology of PTSD. In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, pp. 89-138. West Sussex, UK:Wiley-Blackwell.

December 3

Elizabeth F. Howell, PhD
Dissociative Disorders: Advanced Seminar
280 Park Avenue South
Suite 12H (at 22nd Street)
Tel. 917-534-0700

Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.



January 28

Sandra L. Green, LCSW
Challenges to Integration and Healing
173 West 78th Street
Suite 2A
New York,
NY 10024
Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Optional Reading:

Gartner, R.B. (2014). Trauma and Countertrauma; Resilience and Counterresilience. Contemp. Psychoanal. 50: 609-626.

Herman, J.A. (1992). Remembrance and mourning. In: Trauma and Recovery, Basic Books.

Levine, Peter A. (2010). From paralysis to transformation. In: In An Inner Voice, North Atlantic Books, Chapter 5, pp. 73-95.

Ornstein, A. (1998). The fate of narcissistic rage in psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 18:55-70.

Reis, B. (2009). Performative and enactive features of Psychoanalytic Witnessing: The Transference as the scene of address. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90:1359-1372.

Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E., and Steele, K. (2006). Overcoming the phobia of trauma- derived mental actions. In: The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization, Norton Professional Books, Chapter 14, pp. 281-299. (Note: In this paper, “ANP” refers to the ‘apparently normal aspect of the personality’, and “EP” refers to an ‘emotional part’ that has been dissociated from the ANP.)

March 4

Valerie Bryant, PhD and Lorraine Caputo, LCSW
The Intergenerational and Socio-Cultural Transmission of Trauma

5 West 19th Street
9th Floor, Lower 5th Avenue Psychiatric Group, Buzzer L.

Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Course Description:

Through class readings and discussion, as well as clinical examples brought by participants, students will learn to understand individual, collective, and trans-generational trauma under the rubrics of attachment theory and internalized psychic structure building. The material will be considered within a socio-cultural context.  Emphasis will be placed on unresolved mourning, empathy and internalized identifications as focal points of trauma-informed therapy.


March 18

Jonathan Kurfirst, PhD; Beth Lawrence, LCSW
Open Forum – Students meet with several faculty members for
open discussion/processing of the two-year experience.
Followed by a luncheon reception.

Location: Office of Lawrence and Kurfirst
121 Sterling Place, Apt 1B,
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.