Scientific Programs

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas offers a rich set of presentations by local and out-of-state speakers. These Scientific Programs, which are generally open to PCC members and other mental health professionals and trainees, are designed to broaden and deepen awareness and understanding of the application of psychoanalytic concepts to clinical work.

Free admission for PCC members, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the departments of social work, psychology, psychiatry, and mental health counseling. 

2023 Scientific Programs (partial list)

 

How does trauma get “under the skin” and what do we do about it?: Neurobiological mechanisms of trauma and adversity & basic tenets of trauma-focused treatments

Presented by Ilana S. Berman, PhD
Saturday, February 25, 2023
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $45*
Registration Closes Wednesday, February 22 at 10 p.m.



Dr. Ilana S. Berman specializes in understanding the mechanisms of trauma and adversity and trauma-focused treatments for individuals across the lifespan, couples/partners, and families. In this program, she will highlight research findings on the neurobiology of trauma, including the Dimensional Model of Adversity and Psychopathology (DMAP; McLaughlin & Sheridan) to understand how experiences of threat may manifest differently than experiences of deprivation (e.g., neglect, cognitive under-stimulation). Dr. Berman will share her work implementing and evaluating a novel group treatment for sexual assault recovery in a women’s prison (SHARE; Karlsson, Zielinski, & Bridges) as well as explaining the common, central features of trauma-focused treatments such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger), Prolonged Exposure (PE; Foa & Rothbaum) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT; Resick).

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how experiences of threat and deprivation differentially impact individuals, according to the Dimensional Model of Adversity and Psychopathology (DMAP)
  2. Discuss how research on mechanisms on the impact of trauma are applied and targeted via the central features of trauma-focused treatments (e.g., TF-CBT, PE, CPT)
  3. Summarize core components of evidence-based trauma-focused treatments

Dr. Berman earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas in 2020, after completing a clinical psychology internship with a concentration in child trauma at Duke University Medical Center. Her research interests are on trauma-related outcomes and effective interventions for children and families affected by traumatic experiences, using a family-systems, intergenerational, and lifespan perspective. She works with traditionally underserved populations and aims to expand access to culturally sensitive treatments, informed by program evaluation and dissemination/implementation research.

Dr. Berman is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Psychology & Neuroscience department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, supervising clinical psychology PhD graduate students in providing therapy at our community clinic, as well as teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, and conducting research in the Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences Lab (CIRCLE Lab; PI: Margaret Sheridan). With an eye on larger scale prevention and information dissemination, Dr. Berman contracts with the non-profit community agency, Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, to provide trauma-informed education to community college faculty to educate early childhood care & education providers across the state of North Carolina. Dr. Berman also provides direct therapy services to individuals, partners, and families via Peak City Psychology.

This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians who want to increase their competencies in the concept of the neurobiological mechanisms of trauma and adversity and trauma-focused treatments for individuals across the lifespan, couples/partners, and families.

*Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff & board, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the Departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Counseling.

CME credits: 2.5 / CE credits: 2.5 / NBCC: 2.5 clock hours
All others: Letter of attendance

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social workers will receive a letter of attendance documenting 2 hours of continuing education. This certificate may not be acceptable verification in all states.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021

  1. McLaughlin, K. A., & Sheridan, M. A. (2016). Beyond cumulative risk: A dimensional approach to childhood adversity. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25(4), 239-245.
  2. Berman, I. S., Pane Seifert, H. T., & Briggs, E. C. (2021). Treatment considerations for youth exposed to interpersonal violence. Handbook of interpersonal violence and abuse across the lifespan: A project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (pp. 1629-1660). Springer International Publishing.
  3. Silverman, W. K., Ortiz, C. D., Viswesvaran, C., Burns, B. J., Kolko, D. J., Putnam, F. W., & Amaya-Jackson, L. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(1), 156-183.
 

Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on Analyst Boredom:
Deadness, Aliveness, and the Spaces in Between

Presented by Steven Kuchuck, DSW
Saturday, April 22, 2023
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom
Fee: $45*
Registration Closes Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m.



This presentation will explore traditional as well as much more contemporary thinking about the meaning of clinician boredom. Dr. Kuchuck argues that boredom can of course indicate dissociated or otherwise inaccessible patient and/or therapist affect. But there may be something about the normative clinical encounter that engenders these states more often than we care to admit. The deadened analyst’s resultant shame, guilt and other complex feelings will be explored via extensive theory and clinical material.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List one cause of clinician boredom
  2. Identify at least one way in which an incidence of boredom directly impacted a clinical intervention

Dr. Kuchuck is former Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, where he currently serves as Senior Consulting Editor, Co-Editor; Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series, Immediate Past President of IARPP, faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NIP National Training Program, and other institutes. His book, The Relational Revolution in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was nominated for a Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic book of 2021. He won the Gradiva Awards for best book of 2015; Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience and 2016; The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris). The Workbooks of Masud Khan: Diary of a Fallen Psychoanalyst (co-edited with Linda Hopkins) is being published by Karnac Books in November 2022.

This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians who want to increase their competencies in the concept of clinician boredom through theoretical and clinical perspectives.

*Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff & board, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the Departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Counseling.

CME credits: 2 / CE credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours
All others: Letter of attendance

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social workers will receive a letter of attendance documenting 2 hours of continuing education. This certificate may not be acceptable verification in all states.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021

  1. Kuchuck, S. (2021). The relational revolution in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Confer Books.
  2. Kuchuck, S. (2018). The analyst’s subjectivity: On the impact of inadvertent, deliberate and silent disclosure. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 15(3), 265-274.
  3. Phillips, A. (1998). On kissing, tickling, and being bored. Harvard University Press.
 

2022 Scientific Programs


Social Psychoanalysis, Normative Unconscious Processes, and an Ethic of Repair
Presented by Lynne Layton, PhD
October 8, 2022 via Zoom

Emotional Inheritance: Love, Loss, and the Legacy of Trauma
Presented by Galit Atlas, PhD

April 23, 2022 via Zoom

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Intersecting Traumas Facing Racial Minorities
Presented by Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

February 19, 2022 via Zoom

2021 Scientific Programs


Rosenblitt Lecture – Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll: A Two-Systems Engagement with the Centrality of Adolescence
Presented by Jack Novick, PhD, and Kerry Kelly Novick

November 13, 2021 via Zoom

Psychoanalysis, Race and Class in an Urban ER: Writing as Remembering, Repeating and Working Through
Presented by Michael Slevin, MSW

October 16, 2021 via Zoom

Use of the Racial Self in Clinical Encounters
Panel Discussion with Harold Kudler, MD; Phuongloan Vo, MSW, LISW-S; and Dorothy Holmes, PhD, Discussant

May 22, 2021 via Zoom

The Limo Ride: Reflections on Self Disclosure
Presented by Kerry L. Malawista, PhD

April 24, 2021 via Zoom

The Trials, Tolls, and Triumphs of Motherhood: The Many Faces of
Postpartum Depression
Presented by William S. Meyer, LCSW, BCD
January 30, 2021 via Zoom

Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans
Presented by David L. Eng, PhD
January 16, 2021 via Zoom

2020 Scientific Programs


The Trials, Tolls, and Triumphs of Motherhood: The Many Faces of
Postpartum Depression
Presented by William S. Meyer, LCSW, BCD
December 5, 2020 via Zoom

Finding the Pieces: Trauma and Reunification within a Family
Presented by Felecia Powell-Williams, Ed.D.
November 7, 2020 via Zoom

Repairing the Irreparable, Bearing the Unbearable: Clinical work with formerly incarcerated people who have served life sentences
Presented by Beth Kita, PhD
October 24, 2020 via Zoom

"Fragile Containers: Social Upheaval and Its Impact on the Therapeutic Dyad"'
Presented by Lee Rather, PhD and Amy Levy, PsyD
April 18, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19

Ethical dimensions of the analyst's chosen paradigm: A patient asks, 'Am I not right for Relational Psychoanalysis?'
Presented by Anton Hart, PhD
January 11, 2020

2019 Scientific Programs


The Inner World of an Aggressive Kindergarten Boy: A Child and Analyst at Work
Presented by Denia Barrett, MSW
October 26, 2019

Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field
to be followed by a Candidate Case Conference
Presented by Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D.
January 26, 2019

2018 Scientific Programs


The Sudden End of Your Psychotherapy Practice: Ethical and Practical Considerations
Presented by Ernest Braasch, MD and Heather Craige, MSW
Saturday December 15, 2018

Long-Term Psychotherapy in the Rear-View Mirror:
'Evidence' from my 40 year Clinical Career
Presented by William Meyer, MSW
November 17, 2018

Boundaries as Psychic Immune System:
More than just where I end, and you begin
Presented by Peter Buonaccorsi, MD
Saturday April 12, 2018

2017 Scientific Programs


Trans*-formations: One analyst’s reflections on transgender
Presented by Mardy S. Ireland, PhD
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Moving Toward Wholeness: Self-States and the Treatment of Trauma
Presented by Heather Craige, LCSW
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our Patients' Relationships to the Communities in Which They Live:  An Underutilized Psychoanalytic Perspective
Presented by Dorothy Holmes, PhD
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ethical and Intrapsychic Aspects of Closing an Office
Presented by Norman A. Clemens
Saturday April 1, 2017

The Storied Analyst: The Rhetoric of Clinical Narratives
Presented by Dhipthi Mulligan, MD 
Saturday, February 18, 2017

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