Trauma & the Art of Transformation: The Afterdeath of the Holocaust

This program explores the concept of the “afterdeath” in life after trauma, violence, and loss. What makes life after trauma possible? What is the role of art and literature in doing justice to the past and imaging different futures? In exploring “afterdeath” in relation to the Holocaust, we will offer compelling examples of how traumatic experience is transformed through creative solutions, how psychoanalytic treatment fosters this creative process.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021
 
10:00 AM EDT Online Program & Discussion
Online registration is required for this program. All registrants will receive a Zoom Meeting Link.
To receive Continuing Education, registration must be completed by Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT.

 

The Annual Solange Skinner Program

Trauma is transformed through creative acts of living expressed in artistic form. 
 
This program explores the concept of the “afterdeath” in life after trauma, violence, and loss. What makes life after trauma possible? What is the role of art and literature in doing justice to the past and imaging different futures? In exploring “afterdeath” in relation to the Holocaust, we will offer compelling examples of how traumatic experience is transformed through creative solutions, how psychoanalytic treatment fosters this creative process. Trauma is an inherent aspect of clinical work. This program enriches the clinician’s understanding and work with creative aspects of our process as pathways to transformation and change.
 
 

Speakers

Dawn Skorczewski, PhD (Presenter)
is Lecturer, Amsterdam University College and Research Professor of English Emerita, Brandeis University. Writings include Skorczewski and Siertsema (2018), "That kind of spirit that people still kept": VHA Testimonies of Amsterdam's Diamond Jews. Holocaust Studies, Sieg Maandag: Life and Art in the Aftermath of Bergen-Belsen (Lecturis 2020), and An Accident of Hope: The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton (Routledge 2012).
 
Lewis A. Kirshner, MD  (Discussant)
is Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at BPSI and corresponding faculty and former Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; He is the author of three books: Having a Life: Self Pathology after Lacan in 2004; Between Winnicott and Lacan: A Clinical Encounter in 2012; and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis in 2017. He is currently a resident of the Netherlands where he continues to do distance teaching and psychotherapy/psychoanalysis on-line.
 
Anna Ornstein, MD (Discussant)
is Supervising Analyst at BPSI, Professor Emerita of child psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard University. Dr. Ornstein survived deportation, ghetto imprisonment, the Auschwitz concentration camp, and the Parschnit labor camp. Her experiences during WWII led to her interest in differentiating the consequences of trauma as experienced in early childhood and in adult life. and has over 100 publications including articles on interpretive process in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, child psychopathology, and on the process of recovery following the survival of extreme conditions. Her memoir, My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl was published in 2004.
 
Murray Schwartz, PhD (Moderator) 
is Editor-in-Chief, American Imago and Coordinator, BPSI’s Center for Multi-Disciplinary Psychoanalytic Studies (COMPASS). For over fifty years, he has taught Shakespeare, psychoanalysis, and Holocaust literature. His interdisciplinary writing includes essays on Shakespeare’s last plays, the work of Erik Erikson, applied psychoanalysis, modern poetry and trauma studies. 

 

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI members and friends. Your gift to BPSI supports
psychoanalytic and psychotherapy education and ensures the future of our field. To make a gift, please visit www.bpsi.org.

 
The target audience for this program is mental health clinicians at all levels of training, artists and members of the community.
 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two basic psychoanalytic concepts of trauma and its effects.
  2. Apply the concept of the “afterdeath” in work with patients concerning trauma.  
  3. Describe two ways that the creative arts can contribute to work with trauma.
  4. Discuss and assess the concept of transformation of trauma.

Schedule

Opening remarks; 10:00 – 10:10 am. Presentation; 10:10 – 10:40 am; First Discussant; 10:40 – 10:55 am: Second Discussant; 10:55 – 11:10 am: Responses from Presenter, Discussion 11:10 – 11:30 am; Q and A: 11:30 –12:00 pm.
 
Scholarships are available for BPSI programs.
FEE:
$85 Progrsm Fee
$75 Early Bird Special (available until 10/08/2021) Use Code at Checkout: EB2021TTAH
 
 
Continuing Education 
Physicians:
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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 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 NFORMATION 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.
-Updated June 2021-

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this pr
 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at office@bpsi.org or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 2 NBCC Clock Hours.

 

Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon-Cardoso at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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