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Clinical Conference: Kathryn White, PhD "What the Thunder Said: Experiencing Creative Expression in the Healing of Childhood Trauma"

  • 05 May 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


(depends on selected options)

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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Kathryn White, PhD 

Film and Presentation

What the Thunder Said:

Experiencing Creative Expression 

in the Healing of Childhood Trauma

 May 5, 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Lunch will follow for all attendees


Centered around a short documentary film created by a former patient in a graduate filmmaking program. This film, My Mother and Me, intended to be shown to audiences, powerfully documents a series of interactions between the filmmaker and her severely mentally ill mother.

Madness, trauma, and the creative process are intrinsically unconventional and disruptive. When we are the listener and observer, we can be discombobulated in our efforts to understand what we hear and witness. Exploring the landscape of uncertainty in creative and analytic work, this presentation also explores how the message is processed and reflected in relationship and how this challenges established perspectives. 

The format of this presentation will be highly interactive, beginning with the short film, follwed by case material, other visuals, and discussion integrated throughout.

Theoretical presentation will identify ways to utilize the work of Balint, Brothers and others to foster work with trauma, especially rage and the desire to forgive. 


Kathryn White, PhD is a CSPP member in private practice in New Haven. She moved to Connecticut from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she served two separate terms as president of the local Division 39 chapter, the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, on the board of the Mental Health Association of Greater Knoxville, one term as president. Kathryn was formerly supervising Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, where she currently serves on the Psychology Advisory Board. She is originally from Chicago and returns frequently to visit family and friends there. Kathryn has presented papers regionally and nationally reflecting her interests in creativity, working with dreams in treatment and trauma.


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

12:30  –  1:00  Lunch for All Attendees

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, 386 Prospect st. Apt. A2,  New Haven, CT 06511 Mailed registrations must be postmarked by April 24 to qualify for early registration discount.

Click HERE for MS Word version of the mail in registration form, HERE for the PDF. 

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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.

Recommended Readings

(1988) Ferenczi, S. “Confusion of Tongues Between Adults and the Child—The Language of Tenderness and of Passion” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 24(196-206) For a PDF click HERE

(2016) Levine, L. “Mutual Vulnerability: Intimacy, Psychic Collusions, and the Shards of Intimacy” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26(571-579) For a PDF click HERE

(2009) White, K. “Book Review: Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty by Doris Brothers.” Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Volume XXIX, No. 1.

Relevant to this presentation, this article can be found at


(2006) White,K. “Book Review: Living in the Borderland.” Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Vol. XXVI, No. 4. 

Additionally, her review of the Jungian Jerome Bernstein's book, Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma is at


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

1. Using modern psychoanalytic theory, analyze countertransference discomfort related to unusual or emotionally difficult content in order to enhance clinical listening and communication.

2. Utilize psychoanalytic concepts of uncertainty to foster work with trauma, especially rage and the desire to forgive.

5.  Develop awareness of the ways in which a specific paradigm (be it clinical, social, or profit-based) can stifle the creative process of listening and engaging as a therapist, in order to facilitate alternative approaches.

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.

Art: © Kathryn Grskovich White, Chên: The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) 2017

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