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Symposium 2021

May 22, 2021

$25.00 – $75.00

When a Parent Dies:

Clinical Implications of Enduring Loss

Saturday May 22, 2021

9 am to 12:15 pm

Online via Zoom (link to be sent day before event)


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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9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introduction
9:15-10:00 Life-Long Impact of Early Maternal Loss, Salman Akhtar, MD
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Parental Loss: Adolescence and Beyond, Lorraine Siggins, MD
11:00-11:30 Discussion by Sybil Houlding, LCSW, FAPB
11:30 – 12:15 Open Discussion, Questions and Comments


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Presenter Details

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 in 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, LCSW, FABP

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 Psychoanalysis 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, treating individuals, couples and families, and leading ongoing psychoanalytic study groups.


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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. If you are not a WNEPS member you will be assessed a fee of $10 upon completing the evaluation. 

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 WNEPS. 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This program has been approved 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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May 22, 2021
$25.00 – $75.00


Online via Zoom
CT United States


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