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Why Does Patriarchy Persist

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 6:30PM (Eastern)

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…

CBT for Personality Disorders

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 11:13AM (Eastern)

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…

Questioning Desire: Facilitating a Woman’s Legitimacy to Want

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 4:30PM (Eastern)

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…

Disclosure in Donor Assisted Reproduction: A Clinician’s Guide to Four Stages of Adjustment

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 6:30PM (Eastern)

Unresolved and complex feelings underlie non-disclosure of donor assisted reproduction. However, individual, group and /or couples’ psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy can address the loss of fertility, facilitate the acceptance of using assisted reproduction, as well as how, when and what to explain about it. Using clinical case examples from these modalities the authors outline a 4 stage approach to articulate how therapeutic work can support decision-making, disclosure, and life after donor-assisted reproduction. Nancy Freeman-Carroll and Nancy Kaufman presented a version of…

Quarterly Meeting: “What Women Therapists Should Know About working with Difficult Male Clients” by Terry Real

Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 6:30AM (Eastern)

January 29, 2018 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) Topic: We’ve all met troubled men who are irresponsible, oppressive, or emotionally absent. Treating them requires a range of strategies. In this talk you’ll learn how to effectively work with issues of shame and grandiosity, as well as toxic engagement and disengagement. You’ll focus on how to identify and develop different approaches for working with men---ranging from mentoring to…

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Robyn Walser, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:04PM (Eastern)

A workshop for WMHC Members Only Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Vanderbilt Suites ACT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. The objective of ACT is not the elimination of difficult feelings; rather, it is to be present with what life brings us and to “move toward valued behavior.” ACT invites people to open up to unpleasant feelings and learn not to overreact to them or to avoid situations where they are…

Quartery Meeting: Rethinking Positive Thinking

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 6:30PM (Eastern)

TOPIC “Think positive!” quotes are found everywhere, but contrary to popular belief merely thinking positively about the future hurts effort and success. Research conducted over more than 20 years finds that dreaming about a desired future leads to low effort and little success. So, how can we avoid the perils of positive thinking? By juxtaposing our dreams with personal obstacles, we pursue desired futures that can be realized and let go from those that cannot. I will talk about this self-regulation strategy, mental contrasting, its non-conscious mechanisms, and how people can use it…

More Simply Human?: Blackness as a Mode of Relating

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 6:30PM (Eastern)

Members Only, RSVP Required Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm RSVP by July 7 Vanderbilt Suites Met Life Building 200 Park Avenue 44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue (enter from Grand Central Terminal) Buffet Dinner Will Be Served Our Speakers Michelle Stephens, PhD — Rutgers Michelle Stephens is a Professor in the Departments of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies, and will begin her appointment as the Dean of the Humanities in July, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in…

The W Connection

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:30PM (Eastern)

Members Only, RSVP Required Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Vanderbilt Suites Met Life Building 200 Park Avenue 44th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue (enter from Grand Central Terminal) Buffet Dinner Will Be Served The W Connection was created on the Upper West Side on Manhattan by two friends who were suddenly widowed within the space of one year. While dealing with their own personal tragedies, they experienced first hand the difficulty widows face in finding support services. After talking with many other widows, they found that was little in the way of organized help, support and…