February 28, 2017

Friday, 3/24 -- Jody Messler Davies, PhD

The Man Who Would Be Everything 

(To Everyone)  

The Unconscious Realities and Fantasies of 

Psychic Truth and Change

CEU approved

This presentation explores the analytic treatment of a patient who presented himself to the analyst as "a compulsive liar unable to tell the truth."  The work with this patient raises important questions about the importance of "truth" in analytic work, and the relative balance of understanding and insight of actual lived experience, and the co-creation of new experience as it emerges between patient and analyst within their work together.  Are either insight or new experience sufficient, and how does each provide the necessary context for the other.


Jody Messler Davies, PhD

Dr. Davies is editor in chief emeritus, and current associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives; Faculty, Supervisor and former co-chair of the Relational track, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Founding Vice President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Founding Board Member of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Studies Center.  She is on the editorial boards of Gender and Sexuality and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and is also faculty and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.  Dr. Davies is co-author (with Mary-Gail Frawley-O'Dea) of Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse:  A Psychoanalytic Perspective.

She is currently at work on a new book:  Transformations of Desire and Despair:  Clinical Implications of the Theoretical Shift to a Relational Perspective.

Dr. Davies has written on the topics of trauma, dissociation, multiplicity of self organization and termination; as well as a series of papers on sexual and erotic aspects of transference-countertransference processes.


Time: 7-9 pm. Registration starts at 6:30
Location: The ICP Library, 1841 Broadway, 4th fl, New York, NY 10023 (enter on 60th St)
Refreshments will be served
2 CE credits approved. CE credits are issued under the auspices of The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
There is a $10 surcharge for registration at the door.

For information about the lecture, contact Barbara Bolas, PhD at sicp.lectures.barbara@gmail.com
For information on joining SICP, contact Betsy Levine, LCSW at sicp.lectures@gmail.com

December 19, 2016

Friday, 1/27 - Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

The Scientific Revolution in Addiction Treatment 

From Disease Model to Psychobiosocial Model, From Abstinence-Only to Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

We are in the midst of a global paradigm shift in how we view substance users and the spectrum of problematic substance use. We are moving from moral, criminal and unitary disease models to viewing substance use as a health issue and human rights issue that varies on multiple psychobiosocial dimensions in ways that are unique to each person. This model shift implies the need for a personalized, collaborative integrative harm reduction approach to address the diverse needs of this large undertreated group of people. Dr. Tatarsky will introduce Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), his integration of harm reduction principles into psychotherapy and substance use treatment. IHRP brings together relational psychoanalytic, active cognitive and behavioral skills building and mindfulness techniques in a harm reduction frame to support positive change in substance use and related issues.  He will discuss how IHRP has particular power to attract, engage and facilitate positive change in a group of people that has traditionally been thought to be hard if not impossible to treat in psychotherapy.  

Andrew will discuss the clinical challenges of problematic substance use and the limitations of the prevailing disease model-based abstinence-only treatment. He will explore the theoretical basis for IHRP including a psychobiosocial process view of addiction, the multiple meanings model and the Transtheoretical Stages of Change model. Finally, he will present an overview of IHRP’s 7 therapeutic tasks with emphasis on therapeutic process and technique. Participants will have opportunities to practice skills, discuss difficult cases and discuss application to their settings.

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD 

Author, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems. Founder Director, Center for Optimal Living NYC. Professor, Certificate Program in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy at the New School. Member, Clinical and Medical Advisory Boards of New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Tatarsky has trained individuals and organizations in 14 countries.


Time: 7-9 pm. Registration starts at 6:30
Location: The ICP Library, 1841 Broadway, 4th fl, New York, NY 10023 (enter on 60th St)
Refreshments will be served

2 CE credits approved

To register, go to http://icpnyc.org/sicp/
For information, contact sicp.lectures@gmail.com