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When love hurts: The Application of a Psychoanalytic Lens to Intimate Partner Violence

  • 04 Feb 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom meeting


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The Early Career Committee is pleased to sponsor the following presentation:

When love hurts:  The Application of a Psychoanalytic Lens to Intimate Partner Violence

Instructor: Diane Zosky, PhD, LCSW

Saturday, February 4, 2023

11:00 - 12:30 pm

Via Zoom (the link will be sent to all registrants on February 3rd)

This meeting is open to all and is free of charge.

This session will examine the application of psychoanalytic theory to intimate partner violence. We will discuss the limitations of the current hegemonic theoretical preference of feminist and cognitive theory in “IPV” treatment and examine the added value of a psychoanalytic lens. The discussion will explore the foundational principles of object relation theory from contributors such as Mahler, Klein, Fairbairn and Kernberg against the empirical evidence of characteristics and dynamics of “IPV’” to show that evidence of early developmental ruptures is manifest in “IPV”. The session will then examine treatment implications of using an object relations lens with ‘IPV ‘including the development of a therapeutic alliance, transference and countertransference dynamics and ethical implications.

Diane Zosky, Ph.D., LCSW holds a BSW degree from Illinois State University, a MSW degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in clinical social work from Loyola University Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois. Dr. Zosky recently retired from Illinois State University where in addition to being a Professor in the School of Social Work and the former Director of the School of Social Work, she held many other administrative positions including most recently serving for four years as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research and practice experiences were concentrated in the area of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). She worked for many years as a group facilitator for treatment groups for perpetrators of IPV and was formerly the President of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, the certification body in Illinois for professionals working in IPV services.

The following are a few relevant publications from Zosky regarding the topic of IPV and a psychoanalytic lens:

Zosky, D. (2016). I feel your pain: Do batter intervention programs impact perpetrator’s empathy for victims? Partner Abuse,7(1), 70-86.

Zosky, D. (2005). Disruptions in the separation-individuation process of domestically violent men: An empirical examination of Mahler’s theory.  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 12 (4), 43-60.

Zosky, D.  (2003).  Projective identification as a contributor to domestic violence.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 31, 4,419-431. 

Zosky, D. (1999). The Application of object relations theory to domestic violence. Clinical Social Work Journal, 27, 55-69.

To contact Dr. Zosky, click HERE

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