WCSPP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017
When We Cry: Loss and Grief from a Clinical, Neurobiological and Cultural Perspective
Derived from his personal experiences with loss and historical psychoanalytic understandings of grief and mourning, George Hagman, LCSW, will present a framework for New Mourning theory which emphasizes the relational context of bereavement, the diversity of mourning processes and the complex attachment the survivor may maintain with the deceased. Treatment implications will be discussed. Following his paper, Maggie Zellner, Ph.D, LP, will present the neurobiological underpinnings of the experience of loss and grief and how a therapist’s familiarity with these substrates can inform and enhance therapeutic interventions.
Lama Zuhair Khouri, LMSW, will present and discuss her personal experiences of loss as an Arab immigrant.
Ann Crane, Psy.D, will present a clinical vignette in her paper, “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: How Analytic Love Provides Safety and Enables Development after Traumatic Loss.”
Julie Willstatter, LCSW, will present a clinical vignette, “Driven by the Self I Never Was,” describing psychotherapy with a cancer survivor who sustained losses during treatment.
Registration 8:30–9:00 am
Morning Program 9:00 am–12:00 noon
Lunch 12:00 noon–1:00 pm
Afternoon Program 1:00–3:00 pm
80 West Red Oak Lane, West Harrison, New York 10604
(hotel fully accessible; discount room rate available)
MetroNorth / North White Plains (accessible)
Ann Rose Simon (Chairperson), Irene Studwell (Assistant Chairperson), Ann Crane, Geri Friedman, Bilha Goldberg, Constance Haslett, Wendy Kaiser, Carol Mahlstedt, Andrea Smith
George Hagman, LCSW, is a clinical social worker/ psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and Stamford, CT, and a faculty member at WCSPP and The Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including New Models of Bereavement Theory and Treatment; Aesthetic Experience: Beauty, Creativity and the Search for the Ideal; and The Artist’s Mind: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Creativity, Modern Art and Modern Artists.
Maggie Zellner, Ph.D, LP, is a neuroscientist and licensed psychoanalyst/psychotherapist in NYC. She is Executive Director of The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in NYC and Editor of Neuropsychoanalysis. She also teaches neuroscience to psychotherapists. In 2011, she was curator for the exhibit, “Brain: The Inside Story,” at the American Museum of Natural History.
Lama Zuhair Khouri, LMSW, comes to the field of mental health following 14 years as a political affairs officer at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She is the executive director of Circle OASIS, a not-for-profit organization serving Arab immigrants/refugees. A popular speaker, Lama Khouri is also a published author with a recent chapter in Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves by Julia Beltsiou.
Ann Crane, Psy.D, is on faculty at WCSPP and a psychologist/psychoanalyst in private practice in White Plains, NY, working with adolescents, couples and adults, specializing in loss related to infertility.
Julie Willstatter, LCSW, is a social worker/psychoanalyst in private practice in White Plains, NY. She provides individual, couples and group therapy to individuals living with chronic or life-threatening conditions.
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