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Canceled–Symposium 2020

April 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:45 pm

$35.00 – $110.00



In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, with the health of our members and the wellbeing of our greater community at the forefront of our minds, we have decided to cancel this event. Our plan is to hold it in the spring of 2021.


When a Parent Dies: Clinical Implications of Enduring Loss

Saturday April 18, 2020

8:30 am — 12:45 pm

at the Yale Child Study Center


Featured Speakers

Salman Akhtar, MD: Life-long Impact of Childhood Maternal Loss

Salman Akhtar’s talk explores the life-long emotional impact of childhood maternal loss. The particular struggles and vulnerabilities associated with early loss of a parent will be discussed with attention to aggression, narcissism, love, temporality, and feelings about one’s own mortality. Drawing from two detailed clinical examples he will demonstrate technique, noting particular attention to memories, dreams and the use of silence. He will emphasize the need for an unusual amount of “holding” to validate the gravity of the loss, unmask the defenses against awareness of the impact of the loss and to interpret defensive use of “orphan status”.

Lorraine Siggins, MD: Parental Loss, Adolescence and Beyond

Lorraine Siggins will discuss the impact of maternal loss at key developmental points in the life cycle. She will be focusing particularly on parental loss in late adolescence and early adulthood. Her discussion will include how the loss can be used defensively to minimize its importance, thus contributing to the constriction of the person’s psychological development. The discussion will also include how maternal loss interferes with the integration of the person’s personality and their ability to internalize new objects.

Discussant:  Sybil Houlding, LCSW, FAPB

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8:30--9:00 Breakfast and Registration
9:00--9:10 Opening Remarks
Erica Weiss, MD
Shannon Drew, MD
9:10--9:55 LIfe-long Impact of Early Maternal Loss
Salman Akhtar, MD
9:55--10:10 Discussion with Dr. Akhtar
10:10--10:55 Parental Loss: Adolescence and Beyond
Lorraine Siggins, MD
10:55--11:10 Discussion with Dr. Siggins
11:10--11:40 Coffee and Book Raffle
11:40--12:20 Discussion
Sybil Houlding, LCSW, FAPB
12:20--12:45 General Discussion
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Salman Akhtar, MD

Salman Akhtar was born in India, came to the USA in 1973, completed his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia Medicine and his psychoanalytic training at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute in 1986. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Dr. Akhtar has published 99 books on psychiatry, psychoanalysis and poety. His 100th book will be released this coming July at the Freud House and Museum in London. He received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

Lorraine Siggins, MD

Lorraine Siggins was born in Melbourne Australia where she did her medical training. She came to Yale to do a residency in psychiatry and in her final year had a placement at the University Health Service. This resulted in her lifelong career ain college mental health with her becoming Director and Chief Psychiatrist at Mental Health and Counseling in 1989. She was made Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in 1994. Following her residency training she trained to be a psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis and became a Training and Supervising Analyst there in 1980. She is the author of several papers on college mental health, mourning and psychoanalysis and ritual. She has received numerous awards from the Department of Psychiatry for clinical excellence and teaching. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

Sybil Houlding

Sybil Houlding is a graduate of the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis where she is Faculty Dean. She is a graduate of the New Directions in Writing and Pyshconalaysis at the Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has published journal articles, including Mourning in Psychoanalysis and in the Tempest and a chapter entitled, When a Patient Dies: A Developmental Perspective. She has been on the editorial board of JAPA and has written many reviews for that journal. She is in private practice in New Haven, trating individuals, couples and families, and leading ongoing psychoanalytic study groups.

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April 18, 2020
8:30 am - 12:45 pm
$35.00 – $110.00
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Yale Child Study Center
230 S Frontage Rd
New Haven, CT 06519 United States
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