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Clinical Conference: Alienation, Loneliness, Destruction & Escape: Attempts to make meaning of the rise in youth suicide

  • 23 Sep 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Albertus Magnus & Zoom


(depends on selected options)

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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

in collaboration with the Early Career Committee 


In-Person and Zoom Clinical Conference

Alienation, Loneliness, Destruction & Escape:

 Attempts to make meaning of the rise in youth suicide 

Saturday September 23, 2023

2 Continuing Education Credits


   11am - 1 pm

In-Person and Zoom

Albertus Magnus College,

Behan Community Room, New Haven, CT

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Includes Coffee,  Lunch & Free Book Exchange

(see details below)

2 CECs (Division 39) 
2 CECs (NASW): 
This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

In addition this program meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMSWs, LMFTs and LPCs.

Free to Early Career Members!

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In-Person Sign-in begins 10:00

Come early for (click) Free Book Exchange

 Zoom Sign in 10:45

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

Join us in-person with opportunity to connect over coffee and lunch, or on Zoom, for an important conference on the epidemic of young adult suicide, featuring presentations by CSPP early career members Jane Carter, PhD,  Abigail Frawley, PsyD, and Merritt Juliano, JD, LCSW, with senior member discussant Larry Rosenberg, PhD. 

The US is once again witness to a startling rise in youth suicides and self-injurious behaviors. How are we to understand it? What are the factors involved? How best to assess risk? How best to provide treatment? How best to contend with the challenge? Please join us for an essential conversation.

Saturday September 23, 2023
10-11am, coffee
11-1 presentation
1-2, lunch

Free for early career members.

The Speakers:
Jane E.M. Carter, PhD is a clinical psychologist from Trinidad and England. Her background is working with people experiencing serious mental illness in inpatient and locked settings (e.g. Harris County Psychiatric Center, Brazos County Jail, Connecticut Mental Health Center). She now works in an outpatient capacity at Yale Health Center. Her current population is around 18 to 40 years of age. Since working in college mental health at Yale, there have been four deaths by suicide, and numerous attempts. She approaches psychotherapy from a scientist practitioner model, with an emphasis on the social issues that inevitably influence individual outcomes.

Merritt Juliano, JD, LCSW, is a climate-aware integral and systems-based psychotherapist in Westport, CT. Merritt incorporates somatic, eco-psychodynamic, and attachment psychology, as well as mindfulness and nature connection in her clinical work.  Merritt is trained as a Circle of Security parent facilitator, and received an Advanced Certificate in Ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  As co-founder and past-president of Climate Psychology Alliance North America, Merritt presented various workshops on the planetary health crisis, and facilitated reflective Climate Cafes for others to explore thoughts, feelings and experiences related to living in the Anthropocene. In 2021, Merritt was appointed to serve on the 2021-2022 American Psychological Association's Task Force on Climate Change. Before transitioning to clinical social work, Merritt worked as a mediator and attorney. 

Abigail Murray, PsyD is a clinical psychologist born and bred in NYC, currently residing in the rolling hills of Litchfield County. Her training spans inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient college counseling at Yeshiva University, NYU Postdoc psychoanalytic externship, and outpatient community mental health. She currently holds a staff psychologist position at Newport Academy’s Bethlehem location, a residential treatment center for teenagers, where she works with a group of eight female-identifying patients. She also maintains a small private practice. Abigail is drawn to a relational approach to psychotherapy, though her work at Newport draws from the schools of DBT and mindfulness.

Larry Rosenberg, PhD
 is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and is the former Clinical Director of The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT. He is the Past President of Section II, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association and a past board member of Section V of the Division. Dr. Rosenberg was a co-editor of the Child Section of PDM2 and the book Progress in Psychoanalysis. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Rosenberg serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Postgraduate Programs, Derner School of Psychology, at Adelphi University.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, learners will be able to:

1. Describe three social factors influencing the capacity for existential maturity
2. Explain how the planetary health crisis impacts and exacerbates mental health issues for youth and teens.
3. Identify how the three main selfobjects (mirroring, idealizing, and twinship) translate to modern dilemmas facing the current generation.

Suggested Readings:  


2. American Psychological Association. (2022). Addressing the climate crisis: An action plan for psychologists.  

3. Boćwińska-Kiluk, B. (2021) “Venus in Scars” - Implications Regarding Self-Harm Pathogenesis in Adolescent Girl in Object Relation Theory Perspective. IJP Open - Open Peer Review and Debate 8:1-16


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 is pending approval for for 2 continuing education credits from NASW-CT and Division 39. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

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 survey is required to receive CECs. Attendees, both on Zoom and in person, will have access to the post-conference survey immediately following the end of the conference.  Once you have completed the survey, you will receive a certificate of attendance via email. 

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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 Ashley Warner, LCSW, BCD.

CSPP Book Exchange

Dear Colleagues -

We are once again offering a free book exchange to those who attend the September 23 conference in person.  We invite those of you whose libraries are overflowing with oldies but goodies, books you doubt you'll need to refer to again, to bring these books to our Conference on September 23, 2023.  

These books will then available for free for other members to take and  enjoy. We all look forward to being together in person once again.

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