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Clinical Conference: Richard Chefetz, MD "Dissociative Processes and Working with Chronic Shame"

  • 28 Jan 2017
  • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Richard Chefetz, MD

 January 28, 2017

10:30 – 2:00

Dissociative Processes and Working with Chronic Shame

The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Lunch will follow for all attendees


Shame wraps a mind in a caul of self-loathing, as if from birth onward, in the wake of interpersonal trauma. The withering of human potential that the shame spectrum of emotion provokes sometimes creates a paradoxical oasis of misery from which a suffering soul cannot seem to be coaxed. In this exploration, shame will become more visible through an understanding of its physiologic and somatic origins, relevant neurobiology, affect theory, role in attachment, and context in the organization of a multiple self-state model of mind. Entry points and pitfalls in the clinical approach to shame will also be explored.


Founder and Chair of their Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program (2000-2008), and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology.  He is a Certified Consultant at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is trained in Level I and II EMDR.  Dr Chefetz was editor of Dissociative Disorders: An Expanding Window into the Psychobiology of Mind for the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, March 2006, “Neuroscientific and Therapeutic Advances in Dissociative Disorders,” Psychiatric Annals, August 2005, and “Multimodal Treatment of Complex Dissociative Disorders,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 20:2, 2000, as well as numerous journal articles. He is the author of Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real, (2015) W.W. Norton. 


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:00 Presentation

12:00 – 12:30 Discussion

12:30 –  1:00 Lunch

 1:00  –  2:00 Clinical Consultation

Dr Chefetz will first present a theoretical background on processes of dissociation and shame. Lunch will be served from 12:30 until 1pm. At 1pm, three members of CSPP will present clinical material raising questions about the treatment of dissociation and chronic shame, and Dr Chefetz will provide consultation to these clinicians.

To Register and Pay

Register and pay online with your credit card or paypal.  To pay by check, print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, 303 Mansfield St #1, New Haven, CT 06511 Click here for registration form.

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Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, is contacted at Nir Yehudai no later than the Monday before the conference.


Broucek, F. J. (1991).  Shame, Psychoanalysis, and Psychotherapy, In: Shame and the Self. New York: Guilford PDF copy

DeYoung, P. A. (2015). Shame is Relational, In: Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame: A Relational/Neurobiological Approach: Routledge.

PDF copy

Lewis, H. B. (1987). Shame: The "sleeper" in psychopathology. In H. B. Lewis (Ed.), The Role of Shame in Symptom Formation (pp. 1-28). Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

PDF copy


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Following this program attendees should be able to

1. Describe the difference between the origins of guilt and shame

2. Explain why certain patients in your practice are likely carrying hidden shame

3. Describe the process from which shame and rage become welded together

4. Describe how to create a clinical space where shame can be safely explored

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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