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April Scientific Meeting 4/15/23

April 15, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society Scientific Meeting

Saturday, April 15, 2023    4–6 pm
via Zoom (link sent via email the day prior to meeting)

WNEPS members, WNEIP candidates and all students/trainees attend free
Non-members: $25 professional registration fee (includes CME/CE certificate with completed evaluation)


The Virus U.S. Psychoanalysis Needed

Speaker: Paola Contreras, PsyD
Discussant: Michael Garland, MD

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The presenter will describe how Ogden’s description of two forms of thinking ––dream thinking and transformative thinking–– are preceded by the Magical of the session. Drawing on her external and internal experiences amidst the unrest experienced in response to the COVID pandemic, the author describes the use of what she terms the analyst’s my-person involvement. She explains the my-person concept. She argues that the involvement of the analyst’s my-person permits the Magical of the session to continue to occur, especially during times of great social unrest. The author uses my-person content, clinical examples, and references to magical realism to describe the Magical of analytic work and how the analyst contributes to it. Additionally, the presenter will discuss how the covid pandemic helped psychoanalysis question and rework the frame revealing its malleability. The external and intrapsychic are intimately connected, an idea that has challenged psychoanalysis from its very inception, and that resurfaced in the covid crisis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe dream thinking and transformative thinking according to Ogden and as it can apply to social unrest and psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic treatment.
  2. Analyze and apply how the Magical of the session and the my-person construct support a psychoanalytic perspective that intimately ties the external and the social with the intrapsychic.

About Dr. Contreras

Paola Contreras is a psychoanalyst member of BPSI, where she is faculty and co-directs the Community Psychoanalysis Concentration. She is an Associate Professor at William James College, where she leads the Human Trafficking Community Research Hub. Paola’s private practice work in Cambridge, MA, primarily involves working with individuals with complex trauma who have experienced different forms of duress and violence in war, politically unstable environments, and relationships. Her work with trauma and psychoanalysis started in 1995 in Guatemala, where she completed her first psychology degree. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School’s Program for Psychotherapy. Paola was the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Emerging Leader for Women in Psychology Award, and in 2019 the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute gave her the Arthur R. Kravitz Award for Community Action and Humanitarian Contributions.

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CME/CE Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.” 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.                     

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

 A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists.



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April 15, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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