Events

The Education Committee is committed to providing compelling content to our members. Since our members have varied interests, approaches, orientations, specialties, training, demographics we aim to choose topics that appeal to a significant portion of our membership. Click here to learn more about our events. If you have any suggestions, please submit them to our suggestion box If you are not a member, please Join Us

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Upcoming & Past Events

June 11, 2021

WMHC Webinar with Diana Fosha, Friday, June 11, 9:30-11 am: Undoing Aloneness & the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0

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Diana FoshaThe world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places,” said Hemingway.

Diana Fosha adds: “There is no better way to capture the ethos of AEDP than to say that we try to help our patients--and ourselves—become stronger at the broken places . . . and to discover places that have always been strong and never were broken.”

Until recently, the mental health field, focused on pathology, and lacked concepts to capture the motivational strivings for health.  Drawing on neuroscience and developmental research, Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)  one of the fastest growing approaches to working with attachment trauma,  rectifies the bias towards pathology.  Building on our natural resilience, its therapeutics are based on our innate healing capacities, for we are wired for healing, self-righting and for resuming impeded growth.  AEDP’s clinical practice shows how to entrain that and harness it in treatment and do so experientially in the context of relational work within the therapeutic dyad

AEDP assumes a healthy core within all people and emphasizes the importance of experiential work with attachment, emotion and transformation.  It leverages safety and connection within the therapist-client relationship to facilitate healing.  This workshop will deepen your understanding of how attachment theory informs experiential psychotherapeutic work carried out from an empathic stance. In this workshop, Diana Fosha will focus on metatherapeutic processing, AEDP magical yet systematic methodology for healing trauma and transforming emotional suffering into flourishing.

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-oriented psychotherapy to treat attachment trauma and help people connect to their vitality,and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment & emotion-focused trauma treatment model. Her work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into clinical work with patients.  Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated dynamic] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha’s powerful, precise yet poetic writing style captures the ethos of AEDP. Her phrases ---”undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “True Other”  -- capture the ethos of AEDP.

She is author of The transforming power of affect (Basic Books, 2000) and author of numerous articles and chapters; co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2017); 1st editor, with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of  The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009) and editor of the just published Undoing aloneness and the transformation of suffering into flourishing: AEDP 2.0 (APA, 2021). Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including a complete 6-session treatment, and one on clinical supervision, have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Diana Fosha lives and practices in New York City, presents at international conferences, and leads workshops and trainings worldwide. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org   

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This event is for members only

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May 14, 2021

Going Into The Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples

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George FallerWMHC Webinar with George Faller
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:30 - 11:00 am; 1.5 CE

Do escalated couples make you want to quit being a therapist? There is nothing like a bad couple therapy session to train therapists not to want to see couples Join us as we explore those moments of greatest difficulty for couples, from contempt and high reactivity to despair and stone-walling silence. Learn how to keep your focus and go deeper in the face of reactivity. Through a combination of lecture, videotape, and exercises, participants will experience the power of Emotionally Focused Therapy in transforming clients’ defensiveness into openness and safer relationships. 

George Faller

Prior to a career in the field of mental health, George Faller MS, LMFT spent 20 years as a NYC Firefighter and NYC Police Officer. His experience as a FDNY Peer Counselor, particularly following the events of 9/11, sparked his passion to help those impacted by trauma. George is a certified Trainer/Supervisor/Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is a Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and teaches classes at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Connecticut and New York and he is the director of training at the Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal in Connecticut

George brings a unique and varied experience to his practice. Whether he is providing marriage therapy to Wall Street executives, leading a conference for the United States Military or equipping therapists from around the globe, his ability to inspire is far-reaching. George is also committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of effective therapy.

George is the co-author of the books “True Connection”, “Sacred Stress” and “Emotionally Focused Family Therapy” and cohost of podcast “Foreplay Radio”. For more information go to georgefaller.com

 

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April 16, 2021

Helping Narcissistic Patients and People Suffering from the Narcissism of Others

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Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:30 - 11:00 am

Although narcissistic dynamics are universal and often benign, their excesses and enactments (such as narcissistic rage and the sense of entitlement to do harm) can do immense interpersonal, social, and political damage. Because patients with self-esteem problems are highly susceptible to feeling criticized and shamed, clinicians typically find it difficult to address narcissism in psychotherapy. But given the potential destructiveness of some narcissistic conditions, even limited progress in such clients is worth our therapeutic time.

Because they depict only one type of narcissistic psychology and emphasize externally observable traits rather than internal experience, the DSM criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder have only limited value for therapists.

Dr. McWilliams will explore the continuum from healthy narcissism to seriously disturbed narcissistic psychology (Kernberg’s “malignant” narcissism) and psychopathy (the DSM’s “Antisocial Personality Disorder”), with special attention to the psychological impact of these conditions on other individuals, groups, and communities. She will suggest ways of helping narcissistic patients and also ways of helping those who live or work with narcissistically driven others.

Nancy McWilliams teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied &
Professional Psychology and practices in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is author of
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994, rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004) and is associate editor of both editions of the
Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, 2017). A former president of Division 39
(Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she has been featured in three APA videos of master clinicians. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center. Her books are available in 20 languages; she lectures widely both nationally and internationally. She is currently working on a book on psychoanalytic supervision.

 

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January 16, 2020

Lust, Romance, Commitment: The Drive to Love, Who We Choose and the Neural Foundations of Love Addiction, Partnership Compatibility and Relationship Happiness

Fisher discusses three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction:  the sex drive; romantic love; and partner attachment.  She focuses on her colleagues and her brain scanning research (using fMRI) on romantic passion, rejection in love and love addiction.  Then, using her additional fMRI data and a questionnaire taken by 14+ million people to explore four broad basic styles of thinking and behaving associated with four primary brain systems--the dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen systems—and the role these temperament dimensions play in mate choice, relationship issues and partner compatibility.  She concludes with discussion of the neural foundations of long-term partnership attachment and marital happinessand the future of relationships in the digital age—what she calls “slow love.” 

Speaker Bio

Helen Fisher PhD, a biological anthropologist, is Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, Member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University and Chief Scientific Advisor to Match.com.  Fisher has written six internationally best-selling books on romantic love and future sex, including: WHY WE LOVE; WHY HIM? WHY HER?; and ANATOMY OF LOVE (2ND ed).  She is a TED All-Star and a recipient of the American Anthropological Association’sDistinguished Service Award for her work at presenting anthropological data to the public. Her Curriculum Vita at www.helenfisher.com lists her publications and speaking activities.

Thursday, January 16

6:30-8:30 pm

Dinner will be served 

Vanderbilt Suites, 200 Park Avenue (enter on Vanderbilt and 44th Street or thgouth Grand Central)

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October 25, 2019

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

The concept of codependency has defined our views of caregivers and caregiving since it’s pop culture ascendence in the mid 1980’s. But what version of it is best and how is it to be utilized in 2019? This engaging talk takes a fresh, direct look at the 350+ books on the topic, along with related concepts and treatment goals evolved over the past 35 years. Together we will move the discussion from codependence to interdependence using new concepts, new ideas and new therapies. Utilizing an attachment based method of the assessment, evaluation and treatment of family members and loved ones of addicts and the mentally ill, this powerfully moving talk will address some of the following questions:


  • What is the goal of labeling someone as codependent?

  • Does this label and related treatment required provide the best chance for all to heal?

  • Is this the most effective way to help those experiencing the crisis of addiction or mental health?

  • Does the trauma-based model of codependency fully meet our client’s needs?

As a social worker (and a life-long caregiver) I have long struggled with the concept of labeling love as a disorder. Why offer negative, judgmental labels to those who have loved and stood by  incredibly difficult people and situations?. Why judge deeply involved, loving caregivers, most often working to overcome challenges that would overwhelm any loving person, as being anything short of deeply loving spouses/parents etc. caught up in a situation beyond their ability to heal? This engaging, fresh look at old concepts will allow old ideas to be reborn in a new century toward the highest good of all we treat. 


Speaker Bio: Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, a unified group of online and real-world communities helping people to heal from intimacy disorders like compulsive sexual behavior and related drug abuse. As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Rob led the development and implementation of Seeking Integrity’s residential treatment programming and serves as an integral part of the treatment team.

He is the author of ten books on sexuality,  technology, and intimate relationships, including Sex Addiction 101, Out of the Doghouse, and Prodependence. His Sex, Love, and Addiction Podcast is currently in the Top 10 of US Addiction-Health Podcasts. Dr. Rob hosts a no-cost weekly Sex and Intimacy Q&A on Seeking Integrity’s self-help website, SexandRelationshipHealing.com (@SexandHealing).

The Sex and Relationship Healing website provides free information for addicts, partners of addicts, and therapists dealing with sex addiction, porn addiction, and substance abuse issues. Dr. Rob can be contacted via Seeking Integrity.com and SexandRelationshipHealing.com. All his writing is available on Amazon, while he can also be found on Twitter (@RobWeissMSW), on LinkedIn (Robert Weiss LCSW), and on Facebook (Rob Weiss MSW).  Rob Weiss, MSW, PhD

Topic: Prodependence (synposis to follow, we are gearing the talk as much to those who love people with mental health issues as those with substance misuse disorder or bahavioral compulsions)

Friday, October 25, 1- 3 pm

Vanderbilt Suites

200 Park Avenue

Lunch will be served

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October 11, 2019

Early Career Private Practice-Building

Please join us for the Early Career Private Practice-Building event this October brought to you by the WMHC Early Career Members Committee. 

Date: Friday October 11, 2019 1:00PM-3:00PM

Location: Vanderbilt Suites (200 Park Avenue, New York, NY. 10166)

Lunch will be served


Private practitioners from different disciplines and clinical specialty areas talk about their experiences building a private practice and share advice and resources for early career members interested in or in the process of building a private practice. All members, even if you are not an early career practitioner, are welcome as it’s always helpful to learn about practice building from fellow colleagues. 

Panelists:

Merav Gur, Ph.D

Gauri Khurana, MD

Lynne Spevack, LCSW

Victoria Grinman, LICSW/LCSW-R

Jennifer Uhrlass, LMFT


 

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June 21, 2019

Motivational Interviewing: Better Conversations, Better Outcomes: The Science of Improving Communication


In this highly practical and experiential talk, Dr. Jonathan Fader outlines the fascinating science-backed methods of empathy focused conversations, and how you can make use of it in your field. Most organizations are seeking improvements in their culture, team cohesion and motivation. At the center of his talk, Fader highlights the use of the motivational enhancement techniques, such as motivational interviewing, that are strong facilitators to developing all of those. Dr. Fader views conversations about behavior change  between people as a  collaboration  focused on strengthening motivation and commitment, aiding in resolving ambivalence and obstacles to change. By learning and using specific language and inquiry, as well as compassion and understanding to elicit the primary participant’s reasons for change, we can guide another person to discover his or her own reasons to create a catalyst for decisions and actions. For over twenty years, Dr. Fader has trained thousands of professionals on the applications of motivational enhancement techniques in diverse areas such as healthcare, business, military, corrections/law enforcement, social services, first responders, sports and more. Dr. Fader will help you learn the guiding principles of motivational enhancement, and how you can put it to work on your own terms.

Bio

Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed clinical and performance psychologist. He is best known for working with professional athletes in the MLB and NFL, including The New York Mets and The New York Giants. Fader is the co-founder of Union Square Practice, a mental health center, and SportStrata, a performance coaching group, located in New York City. Dr. Fader regularly works with athletes, performers, entrepreneurs, businesses, schools, physicians and with first responder groups such as The New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He speaks to groups, on topics of mindfulness, motivation and Motivational Interviewing, improving performance, stress reduction, communication and team building. Dr. Fader is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Coaching Athletes To Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sport as well as his debut book Life as Sport.

Friday, June 21, 2019, 10 am - noon
Buffet Brunch will be served
Members only, RSVP required

Vanderbilt Suites
Met Life Building
200 Park Avenue
44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue
(enter from Grand Central Terminal)

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April 9, 2019

Why Does Patriarchy Persist

The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as US President was a shock for many—despite decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights, how could it come to this? What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change? Undoubtedly it endures in part because some people benefit from the unequal advantages it confers. But is that enough to explain its stubborn persistence?

In this highly original and persuasively argued book, Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider put forward a different view: they argue that patriarchy persists because it serves a psychological function. By requiring us to sacrifice love for the sake of hierarchy, patriarchy protects us from the vulnerability of loving and becomes a defense against loss. Uncovering the powerful psychological mechanisms that underpin patriarchy, the authors show how forces beyond our awareness may be driving a politics that otherwise seems inexplicable.


Carol Gilligan  is the author of In a Different Voice “ the little book that started a revolution.” Following In a Different Voice, she initiated the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development and published five books with her students. At Harvard, she held the university’s first chair in Gender Studies. Her other books include The Birth of Pleasure, Kyra: A Novel, Joining the Resistance, and most recently, Darkness Now Visible (with David Richards) and Why Does Patriarchy Persist? (with Naomi Snider). In 1996, Time magazine recognized her as one of the 25 most influential Americans. She is currently a University Professor at New York University, where she and her students have initiated the Radical Listening Project. 

 

6:30-7 buffet 

7-8 presentation

8-8:30 Q&A

 

Vanderbilt Suites
Met Life Building
200 Park Avenue
44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue
(enter from Grand Central Terminal)

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January 11, 2019

CBT for Personality Disorders

This presentation deals with the challenges of treating clients with personality disorders, clients who, for example, fail to engage in treatment, miss sessions, feel hopeless and stuck, become angry in session, engage in self-harm, use substances, blame others, avoid homework, experience continual crises, and so on. The presentation will focus on conceptualization, the therapeutic alliance, and the use of a variety of strategies from many different psychotherapeutic modalities within the context of the cognitive model to help clients change their thinking at both an intellectual and an emotional level to bring about enduring changes in cognition, mood, behavior, and general functioning.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is the President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (www.beckinstitute.org), a non-profit organization in suburban Philadelphia, which she co-founded with Aaron T. Beck, M.D., in 1994. Through the Institute, she has trained thousands of health and mental health professionals, nationally and internationally. Her online courses have been taken by mental health students and professionals in over 100 countries. Dr. Beck is also Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she divides her time among teaching and supervision, administration, clinical work, program development, research, and writing.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:30-1:30 pm
Buffet Lunch will be served
Members only, RSVP required

Vanderbilt Suites
Met Life Building
200 Park Avenue
44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue
(enter from Grand Central Terminal)

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October 17, 2018

Questioning Desire: Facilitating a Woman’s Legitimacy to Want

Albert Einstein once said if he only had one hour to solve a very difficult problem, he would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour just identifying the question. According to Kasia Urbaniak, CEO and Founder of The Academy, we continually ask ourselves questions, whether consciously or just below the surface of awareness. These questions lead our attention, thoughts, feelings and behaviors far more powerfully than the things we already know.

In this presentation Ms. Urbaniak and Clinical Psychologist Johanna Herwitz, Ph.D. will discuss and demonstrate how to discover and guide the kinds of questions that women ask themselves in a clinical setting. By shifting the inquiry from “What is wrong with me?” to “What do I want?” questioning oneself can be transformed from self attack into an endeavor that both captures and legitimizes a woman’s desires and calibrates her attention towards the generative.

Kasia Urbaniak & Johanna Herwitz, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO of The Academy, Kasia Urbaniak spent decades studying power dynamics with teachers all over the world including Chinese Taoist nuns, Medical Qi Gong experts and Systemic Constellations therapists, while also becoming one of the world’s most successful dominatrixes. She works in academic, military and corporate settings worldwide teaching women how to expand their personal influence and power and ask for anything they want in all areas of their lives. Her recent workshops on preventing sexual harassment have been featured in the NYTimes, Psychology Today, New York Magazine and Forbes.

Johanna Herwitz, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist in private practice in NYC and a graduate of The Academy.

6:30-8:30 Buffet Dinner will be served Members only, RSVP required

Vanderbilt Suites Met Life Building 200 Park Avenue 44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue (enter from Grand Central Terminal)

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