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Emerging Voices of Early Career Members: Psychoanalytic Applications in a Changing World

  • 21 May 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Emerging Voices of Early Career Members:  Psychoanalytic Applications in a Changing World

    This Clinical Conference will be offered via Zoom

    Saturday May 21, 2022

    Presented by

    The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology 

    Art: Jacob Lawrence, The Library, 1960, tempera on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.24

    Free for Early Career Members

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    10am - 12 pm

    2 Div 39 and NASW CECs

    Check-in begins 9:30

    A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event.

  • The Speakers

    Maria Christina Crouch (Deg Hit'an and Coahuiltecan), Ph.D., is a clinical-community psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Her clinical work and program of research is at the intersection of trauma-informed care, evidence-based practices, and practice-based evidence (Indigenous approaches) to address alcohol and drug issues and related health impacts of social determinants among American Indian and Alaska Native communities from a cultural, strengths-based approach

    Andrea DePetris, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist. She completed her doctorate at the University of Connecticut and postdoctoral work at Columbia University. Her research has focused on mental health disparities, marginalized populations, the impact of experiencing racial discrimination, and racial/ethnic identity formation. Dr. DePetris has represented the state of Connecticut to the American Psychological Association as Connecticut’s Diversity Delegate. She currently works at Yale University as an Embedded Mental Health Provider.

    Miriam Desgazon, LCSW is a family clinician with the Institute of Health Recovery in Western Massachusetts serving families with dual diagnosis and DCF involvement. Miriam graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in August 2020 with her MSW. Miriam appreciates psychoanalytic concepts and approaches her clinical work from a cultural lens to understand the different layers of her clients' experiences and their sufferings. 

    Donna H. DiCello, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She is the former Associate Director for the doctoral program at the University of Hartford, where she trained many doctoral students through teaching and administration. Continuing her commitment to the development of future clinicians, for a number of years she supervised psychology fellows in the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and currently serves as the Co-Ombudsperson for the fellows. Donna is also the current Chair for the Early Career Committee of the local chapter of Division 39, the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
    Ellen Nasper, Ph.D. is the Clinical Conference Chair for the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.   She worked for 26 years at the state funded Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale Medical School where she supervises psychology interns and teaches an elective on the consequences of attachment trauma for adult psychopathology.

    Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Psychodynamic Thinking, Maria Crouch, Ph.D.

    American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) concepts of the world, relations, connections, and attachment are anchored in that which is innately human, cultural, and transcendent of chronological time. To this extent, traditional AI/AN knowledge systems are symbiotic with tenets of psychodynamic thinking and understanding, as demonstrated by AI/AN Elder wisdom and clinical case examples.

  • Learning Objectives

    •  Participants will be able to name one way that American Indian and Alaska Native knowledge systems are symbiotic with tenets of psychodynamic thinking and understanding.

    a. Identify components of psychotherapy salient to American Indian/Alaska Native peoples.
    b. Understand the connection between American Indian/Alaska Native worldview, therapy, and psychodynamic thinking.
    Suggested Readings

    • Duran, E., Firehammer, J., & Gonzalez, J. (2008). Liberation psychology as the path toward healing cultural soul wounds. Journal of Counseling and Development, 86(3), 288-295.

    • Gone, J. P. (2010). Psychotherapy and traditional healing for American Indians: Exploring the prospects for therapeutic integration. The Counseling Psychologist, 38(2), 166-235.

    • Grand, S. (2018). The other within: White shame, Native-American genocide. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54(1), 84-102.

    An Appeal for Psychodynamic Applications in Short-Term Treatment, Andrea DePetris, Ph.D.

    This talk will be about what it is like to provide short-term treatment, on a drop-in basis, in the context of a university setting. A case presentation of one student will be provided, along with a working case conceptualization. The difficulty of formulating a conceptualization, without a psychodynamic framework and within a short-term model of care, will be discussed.

    Learning Objectives
    Participants will be able to describe how psychodynamically informed understanding can enhance building an effective therapeutic relationship within the confines of a time limited, cognitive behavioral treatment structure.

    1.  Poston, W. C. (1990). The biracial identity development model: A needed addition. Journal of Counseling & Development69(2), 152-155.

    2. Teyber, E., & McClure, F. (2010). Interpersonal process in psychotherapy: An integrated modelBelmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

    3. Wallin, D. J. (2007). Attachment in psychotherapy. Guilford press.

    Summary:  Holding and Working with Countertransference, Miriam Desgazon, MSW

    This talk will describe working with the Institute for Health & Recovery under the Family Engagement Program(FEP) to provide time-limited (3 month) substance and mental health services to individuals with Dept Children and Families Involvement. 
  • Clients are referred to FEP by DCF. FEP is a voluntary service; however, for families with open DCF cases, not participating may have ramifications on their families. The agency's model of treatments is the utilization of Motivation Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Harm Reduction , and exploration of a wide range of coping skills using evidence-based practices (e.g. CBT, DBT, ARC). While these treatment approaches are successful with some clients,  this clinical example will illustrate how psychoanalytic ideas and thinking enrich the therapeutic process and alleviate a client’s suffering through internal inquiry of the self. There will be three psychoanalytic ideas that I hope to illustrate in this clinical case: the implications of Winnicott's concept of ‘holding environment’, Bowlby's concept of ‘secure base’, and the use of countertransference. 

    Learning Objective  Participants will be able to describe how the establishment of a holding environment and recognition of transference and countertransference processes facilitate treatment in an otherwise non-psychoanalytic frame.

    Winnicott, D.W.  (1971)  Playing and Reality.  Routledge, London.

    Bowlby, J.  (1982) Attachment:  Volume One.  Basic Books, New York.

    Summary:  Questions about the future of psychoanalytic thinking and practice, Ellen Nasper, Ph.D

    Within contemporary psychoanalytic circles there is much discussion about the future of psychoanalysis, specifically on how and what it would mean to “bring psychoanalysis into the community”.   In this clinical conference three Early Career members will present their experiences of using psychoanalytic ways of thinking in non-psychoanalytic environments.  In this section of the program, we will consider some of the challenges and  benefits of expanding our horizons to think beyond the individual, private practice consultation room.  We hope to further clarify what is essential to psychoanalytic thinking and practice, and how we might make use of that way of understanding human behavior in settings in which that may not be the goal.

    Learning Objective
    To identify 3 essential features of psychoanalytic thinking and practice that can be applied in non-psychoanalytic clinical settings.

    Altman, N. (1993)    Psychoanalysis and the urban poor.   Psychoanalytic Dialogues 3(1) 29-49.

    Arons , L. and Starr, K. (2013)  A psychotherapy for the people.  Taylor & Francis

    Bradshaw, W., Roseborough, D., Pahwa, R. & Jordan, J. (2009) Evaluation of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in a Community Mental Health Center. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis 37:665-681

Conference Schedule

10am - noon



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 2 Div39 continuing education credit hours. Application for NASW CECs is pending approval.

About Division 39,  The Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology of the American Psychological Association


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, Ph.D., at

If continuing education credit is desired, please mark the appropriate box on the registration page, for our records. In addition,100% attendance and a completed evaluation form is required to receive CEC. The evaluation form will be sent in the form of an online survey to all registrants within a few days after the event, and if you attend the full conference and return that you will be sent a PDF certificate.

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CSPP Membership:  Membership is open to all mental health professionals ($85 annual dues); early career (less than 7 years since degree, $50 annual dues); retirees ($30 annual dues); and graduate students ($20 annual dues).  For further information on membership in CSPP please click here: CSPP 

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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