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Events 2013

Area Chapters & Workshops

Becoming Mindful of What?
Integrating Practices of Psychoanalysis and Mindfulnesss

October 12, 2013 | Orange County, California

Presenter: Karen K Redding, LCSW, Ph.D.,
Discussant: Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D.,

Orange County Chapter
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013, 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: Corona del Mar, CA
Early registration requested, Limited Space
Fee: $50.00 before October 1st, $60.00 after, includes light lunch
Credits: 3 CEUs (LCSW and LMFT)
Download: Registration Form

The author explores how her psychoanalytic and mindfulness-based meditation practice informs and deepens the holding and containing function of the psychotherapeutic process. With the added dimension of mindful engagement, the clinician and patient have stronger access to inter-being states of relating.

Karen K Redding, LCSW, Ph.D., Presenter Clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, USC field supervisor, area chair for AAPCSW, photographer; publications include professional journals and the popular press; and Dr. Redding facilitates an Orange County sitting group for Insight LA.

Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D., Discussant Dr. Schuman is on the faculty of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for  Psychoanalytic Studies and is author of the forthcoming book Inquiring Deeply:  Mindfulness and Self-Reflection in Psychotherapy.

Download: Event Registration Form

For Information Contact:
Karen Redding, LCSW, Ph.D.: 949-715-7007, kredding@mac.com
Barbara Manalis, LCSW: 949-476-2036 bmanalis@cox.net

Surviving Unthinkable Trauma:
Dissociation, Delusion and Hallucination

September, 7th 2013 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presenter: Dr. Judith Mitrani

Minnesota Chapter
Date & Time: Saturday, September 7th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

image: wood boat

This conference will be presented by Dr. Judith Mitrani, an internationally renowned psychoanalyst and teacher. In her morning presentation, Dr. Mitrani will demonstrate how Ang Lee’s film expresses some basic truths about human struggles for both physical and psychic survival and the role of the unconscious mind in providing the life preserving experiences and memories that fuel the protective triumvirate of dissociation, delusion and hallucination and its survival function in the face of insufferable trauma. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, throughout, Dr. Mitrani will screen excerpts and images from the film itself. Scholars, sociologists, theologians, film students and mental health practitioners are among those who are welcome to take part in the audience discussion with Dr. Mitrani at the end of her presentation. In the afternoon Dr. Mitrani will present two case discussions.

For further information or registration contact, Beverly Caruso, bevcaruso@gmail.com

Thinking Imagistically:
The Visual Organization of Experience

June 9, 2013 | Orange County, California

Presenter: Barbara Manalis

For information contact:
Karen Redding, LCSW, Ph.D.: (949) 715-7007 | kredding@mac.com
Barbara Manalis, LCSW: (949) 476-2036 | bmanalis@cox.net

How do we think about our first awakenings to an identification with a self? How is it that we first began to hear and recognize our own voice? The underlying premise of this paper is the mirror aspect provided by our own unique way of seeing and saying.

In an autobiographical paper, Barbara Manalis writes about feeling her way through the implicit realm, into the exploration of a developing personal narrative, instructed by the literal objects and architecture that surround certain formative experiences. In this presentation she examines the relational antecedents of a love of things and passion for collecting and, describes aspects of the non-verbal space of attachment that lies just beyond words. In highlighting what is normally considered background, Barbara translates a language of experience not so much spoken in words as conveyed impressionistically, through the senses.

This multi-media presentation combines photography, prose, poetry and dream imagery, in the hope of evoking a state of mind that may stimulate the participants' own reverie and encourages them to let their minds wander during the reading to their own associations. Participants will be invited as well to share their personal experience of particular objects or images and the meaning they carry for them during the group process that follows.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how the nature of early attachment influences identity, with a special emphasis on creativity.
  • Identify the visual language of the implicit realm of experience and how it is organized.
  • Describe the mitigating role grandparents in nurture and development, compensatory to trauma.

Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations
A lecture and discussion with Dr. Joan Berzoff

January 13th, 2013 | Arlington, MA

photo: child walking on uneven road

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Home of Susan Bokor Nadas, LICSW
10 Hillsdale Road, Arlington, MA

The Boston-area chapter of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) and the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy are delighted to present this lecture and discussion with professor and author, Dr. Joan Berzoff, about her important new book. Download the invitation [pdf]

RSVP appreciated: Susan Nadas
sbnadas@gmail.com or 617-999-8458

  • Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend free of charge.
  • CEUs for social workers are free to current and new AAPCSW members.
  • Non-member CEUs for social workers are $15.