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Clinical Conference: Ashley Warner: Ricochet of Trauma: A Hopeless Therapist and the Healing Potential of Exquisite Empathic Attunement

  • 12 Sep 2020
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Ashley Warner, LCSW, BCD-P

CSPP Member and Author of


Ricochet of Trauma

A Hopeless Therapist and the Healing Potential of Exquisite Empathic Attunement

September 12, 2020

10:30 am – 12:00 pm via Zoom

CSPP conferences will be held virtually,

via Zoom, until further notice.  

All registrations must be made and paid for online.

The Speaker:  

Ashley Warner, LCSW, BCD-P, received her training at the New York Institute for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is a supervising psychoanalyst and on faculty at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, also in NYC. Academic presentations and publications include topics relative to trauma, creativity, and clinical process. Personal writing of acclaim includes her 2014 memoir, The Year After, an emotional collision of trauma and coming-of-age. Ashley is in private practice in Guilford, CT, and NYC. 


Patients suffering from devastating personal events compounded by the complexities of developmental disturbance tax the inner resources of even the most seasoned analysts. The case of Theresa is no exception. This presentation follows the precarious treatment of a young woman whose unyielding disavowal of struggle insidiously evoked the therapist’s own trauma, resulting in a crippling countertransferential reaction that risked stalemate in the consulting room. Only Theresa’s tenacity and her therapist’s redoubled commitment to a painstaking empathic process provided the opportunity for a fortified sense of self which allowed healing to begin. 


1. Geist, R.A. (2008). Connectedness, permeable boundaries, and the development of the self: therapeutic implications. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 3:129-152

2. Ornstein, A. (2009). Do Words Still Matter? Further Comments on the Interpretive Process and  the Theory of Change. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 4(4):466-484

3. Sucharov, M.S. (2013). Thoughts on Wholeness, Connection, and Healing: Moving Toward Complexity in the Analytic Space. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 8(4):379-397

In addition, a PDF of the first chapter of her book The Year After is available at Chapter One.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify complex trauma as a powerful force in the intersubjective field that risks inhibited and rigid response by both members of the analytic dyad.

2. Recognize repair of underlying self structure as primary to relational experience including dialog.

3. Describe the value of empathic function in the strengthening of self structure.

Conference Schedule

10:30am  –  12:00pm Presentation


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

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 1.5 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39.)


Enjoy the conference from your own home, via Zoom. A link will be emailed prior to the conference

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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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