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Spring Symposium 2024

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$35.00 – $100.00

The Uses of Dissociation and Its Discontents:
From Altered States to Alter Worlds


Peter Goldberg, PhD
Elizabeth Brett, PhD
Sidney Phillips, MD 

Saturday April 27, 2024
10:00 am–1:00 pm
via Zoom (link sent via email the day prior to meeting)
$100 Professionals/$35 Candidates and Students (includes CME/CE certificate)

In his discussion, Dr. Goldberg will present a psychosomatic model of dissociation that addresses the ever adjusting mind-body relation. The model highlights the function of hypnoid mechanisms and of altered states of consciousness in facilitating and masking the work of mind-body dissociation. Transient altered states, which enable new and creative forms of mind-body experience in everyday life and in the therapy situation, are contrasted with pathological forms of retreat into alter worlds—rigidly organized, timeless, often inescapable trancelike states of mind-body dislocation. These pathological dissociative structures reshape the life of the mind and of the body, requiring new clinical approaches to these phenomena.

Drs. Brett and Phillips will discuss dissociation within the broader context of its relation to trauma. Given the ongoing psychoanalytic controversies about the nature of dissociation and trauma, they examine current versions of these controversies. Dr. Goldberg’s work is one example of the advances in this area as he provides greater descriptive clarity of clinical manifestations, proposes new technical approaches, and points to a more encompassing and consistent theoretical understanding.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will describe the range of dissociative phenomena from normal to pathological.
  2. Participants will explain the theory of psychosomatic dissociation.
  3. Participants will summarize techniques for working with patients in altered states as they consider ways that dissociation challenges the usual clinical methods.

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Peter Goldberg, PhD is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, is Chair of Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and on the faculty of the Wright Institute in Berkeley. He is a co-author of Here I’m Alive: The Spirit of Music in Psychoanalysis, and has written and presented widely on a range of clinical and theoretical topics including the evolution of clinical theory in psychoanalysis; embodiment sensory experience in analysis and cultural life; transitional mechanisms and the function of the analytic frame; the theory and treatment of dissociative states; non-representational states; and the impact of social trauma on individual psychology.

Elizabeth Brett, PhD is a psychologist and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her scholarly interests include empirical research on post traumatic imagery in Vietnam Veterans, psychoanalytic models of trauma and the work of Hans Loewald. She has been in private practice in New Haven for over 40 years.

Dr. Sidney Phillips, MD is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine where he has twice received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis where he served as the chair of its Education Committee. He has published papers on war trauma, homosexuality, and psychoanalytic theory and has twice won the Ralph Roughton Award of the American Psychoanalytic Association for outstanding papers that deepened our psychoanalytic understanding of the LGBTQ community.

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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 2.5 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 27
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35.00 – $100.00


Online via Zoom
CT United States


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