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CMPS Annual Conference

The Layered Self
Saturday, December 6th, 2014

New York University's Rosenthal Pavilian, located on the 10th floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life,
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10010

Freud found that “the psychical mechanism comes into being by a process of stratification, with successive registrations representing the psychical achievements of successive epochs…” A layered self is thus created in which various developmental mental states are more or less permeable and accessible to each other. Psychic development is not a journey in which one destination is left behind to be replaced by another. The various levels of organization remain available and provide the basis for regression throughout life. Even within a fifty-minute hour, different levels of emotional and psychic development may be activated. Patients can regress to autistic and narcissistic states, be dominated by hostility, or experience the need for a loving connection.

The morning session of this conference is devoted to early dynamics of psychic motivation. Josie Oppenheim will speak about the use of metaphor to maintain fantasied connections to our earliest objects. Sara Sheftel will present a paper about the desire for exclusive possession as an underlying motivation in individuals and groups.

The afternoon session will focus on clinical interventions to work with the multi-layered minds of our patients. Barbara D'Amato offers techniques for use with adolescent patients, who vacillate between primitive and more integrated functioning. Faye Newsome argues for the willingness of the analyst to function as the “bad” object in clinical practice.

The audience is invited to ask questions and make comments after each session, and workshops led by faculty will be offered after the program. The day concludes with a wine and cheese social. 

Click here for Conference brochure, and here to RSVP.