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Spring Symposium 2023

April 1, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

$35.00 – $90.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society Spring Symposium

“Rushing on My Run:”
Addiction and Loss Across Stages of Development

Saturday April 1, 2023
9:30 am–1:00 pm
via Zoom (link sent via email the day prior to meeting)
$90 for Professionals/$35 for Candidates/Students


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Rex McGehee, MD

The Effect of Marijuana Use on Personality Development in Adolescence & Young Adulthood

Dr. McGehee will consider  the effects of marijuana on personality development during adolescence, integrating psychoanalytic views of development, information from neuroscience research, and recent social realities including legalization of marijuana in many states. The psychoanalytic treatment of a 16-year-old boy with marijuana dependence is presented. The paper concludes with recommendations for the treatment of adolescents who are marijuana users. 


Gretchen Hermes, MD, PhD

Treatment of Substance Use Disorders in the Adult: a Modern Multidimensional Perspective

Dr. Hermes will describe connections and translations between the successful psychoanalytic treatment of adults with substance use disorders and current research on loss of neuroplasticity in substance abuse, the importance of motivational circuits underlying the cycle of addiction (intoxication, withdrawal, and relapse) and the oceanic dimensions of recovery.

Linda Mayes, MD

Addiction as a Developmental and Intergenerational Disorder

Dr. Mayes will discuss the presentations from the perspective of how addiction impacts parenting and young children’s development.   Further, the discussion will cover how the risk for addiction may be transmitted intergenerationally.


Learning objectives:

 Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. describe the effects of THC usage on different domains of adolescent personality development
2. have an increased understanding of some contemporary neuroscience research and the connection to psychoanalytic treatment of patients with substance use disorders
3. generate ideas of how to approach treatment with patients with substance use disorders across developmental stages

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About the Speakers

Rex McGehee MD is Training and Supervising Adult and Child Analyst.  He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Co-Director of the Western Consortium for Child Psychoanalysis and Secretary of the AAPE.

Gretchen Hermes MD, PhD is the Medical Director of the APT Foundation, a cornerstone treatment facility for individuals with substance use disorders in New Haven and the Yale Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship’s site director at the foundation. Her current research at the Yale Stress Center focuses on the effects of adrenergic receptor agonists on drug craving and withdrawal as well as large cohort studies on the long-ranging effects of early life trauma and acute stress.

Linda Mayes MD is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Director of the Yale Child Study Center.   Dr. Mayes’ research focuses on the neuropsychological development of young children growing up in adverse circumstances and on how adults transition to parenthood, especially when substance abuse is involved.

CME/CE Details:

In order to receive CME or CE credits participants must attend the full program and complete an evaluation. A link to the evaluation will be sent via an email reminder within a few days of the program.

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 3 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.

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April 1, 2023
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
$35.00 – $90.00


Online via Zoom
CT United States


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