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Donald Moss, MD: Clinical Conference "Encountering Representations of Evil

  • 02 Mar 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • In-Person & Zoom


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Board members
    Clinical Conference Chair
    Assistant to the Clinical Conference Chair
    CEU Coordinator

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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology presents

Donald Moss, MD

Encountering Representations of Evil

In-Person and Zoom Clinical Conference

Join us for the Last In-Person Conference for This Season

2 Continuing Education Credits

Saturday March 2, 2024

11am - 1pm

Image: Follower of Jheronimus Bosch, Detail: Harrowing of Hell

In-Person and Zoom

Albertus Magnus College,

Behan Community Room, New Haven, CT

Directions and Photo

Map of Albertus Magnus College

Conference Schedule

10am - 11am: In-person sign in and coffee hour

10:45 am: Zoom Sign-in 

11am - 1pm Presentation

1pm - 2pm Lunch included for registrants.

Free Book Exchange  Click or look below for more info

2 CECs (Division 39) 

2 CECs (NASW):  Pending Approval for Social Work, LPCs & LMFTs 

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

The Talk  

Evil is grounded in an effort to correct the errors of Creation-- to define, categorize and eliminate what it designates as sources of threat and pain.  This logic of elimination distinguishes evil from sadism’s logic of excitement.  Stressing personal reactions and leaning on the work of Freud, Primo Levi and Hannah Arendt, the text takes up pertinent issues raised by Israel/Gaza and by the Institute for Peace and Justice (the “lynching museum”) in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The Speaker

Donald Moss, MD is the chair of APsaA’s program committee.  The most recent of his six books, “Psychoanalysis in a Plague Year”, has just received the 2023 Gradiva Prize.  The author of 60+ articles, he teaches privately and at the New York and San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institutes.  He is in private practice in New York. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1)     Distinguish the logic of evil from the logic of sadism.

2)    Integrate contemporary traumatizing realities into ongoing clinical practice.

3)    Conceptualize the impulse to permanently eliminate the “bad object.”


1)    Simona Forti, “Rethinking Power and Evil Today”

2)    Primo Levi, “The Drowned and the Saved”

3)    Hannah Arendt, “Eichmann in Jerusalem"


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 2 continuing education credits by Div. 39. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Pending approval CECs from NASW-CT.

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 certificates. The evaluation will be provided to all attendees at the conclusion of the conference. 

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Refunds will be given in full until the Monday before the conference. To receive a refund, cancel your registration online by going to your profile in the upper right corner, select "My Event Registrations" click on the event, then click on "Cancel Reservation." Questions/problems, please contact the registrar Chris Greene, LCSW

Scholarship registrants: if you need the registration code, contact William Hartmann, MFT.

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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.

Free Book Exchange

Dear Colleagues -

We are once again offering a free book exchange to those who attend the 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.  

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

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