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Donald Moss, MD & Shelley Amen, MD, PhD: Clinical Conference Case Study - "Encountering Representations of Evil

  • 01 Jun 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


(depends on selected options)

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


The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology presents

Donald Moss, MD

Shelley Amen, MD, PhD

Encountering Representations of Evil - Case Study and Discussion

Zoom Workshop

3 Continuing Education Credits


Saturday June 1, 2024

10am - 1pm EDT

Image: Heronimus Bosch, Detail: Temptation of St Anthony. Lisbon, Museum Nacional de Arte Antiga 

This workshop is offered in response to overwhelming interest for deeper exploration of this timely topic following Dr. Moss's talk on 3/2/24. The event will include case presentations by Shelley Amen highlighting the nature of sadism as distinct from evil, with supervisory commentary by Donald Moss.

The second half of the workshop will offer opportunity for large group discussion. Dr. Moss's paper will be disseminated to attendees upon registration. This workshop is appropriate for those who attended the 3/2/24 conference as well as new attendees.

Zoom Conference Schedule

9:45 am: Zoom Sign-in begins

10am - 1pm Presentation

3 CECs (Division 39)  Pending approval

3 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 Speakers

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. 

Shelley Amen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University/West Haven VA and past clinical research fellow of the VA National Center for PTSD under Dr Steven Southwick’s tutelage.  Dr Amen specializes in combat trauma recovery, pharmacotherapy and memory reconsolidation fMRI/ketamine research. Dr Amen traveled to Warsaw to assist Ukrainian treaters better understand wartime trauma treatment, military culture, moral injury and resilience enhancement.  She also supervises providers with military backgrounds in countertransference schema that may arise. 

Dr Amen was a paratrooper and sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division, 1987-95, deploying to Korea and Iraq, providing humanitarian airdrop operations for Kurdish refugees in 1990-91, before pursuing her career in psychiatry. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1) Distinguish and expand on the logic of evil from the logic of sadismm.

2) Integrate contemporary traumatizing realities into ongoing clinical practice using case examples of the presenters.

3) Conceptualize and expand upon the impulse to permanently eliminate the “bad object” using case examples.


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 is pending approval for for 3 continuing education credits by Div. 39. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Approved 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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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.

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