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Bruce Reis Reading Seminar and Workshop

  • 12 Sep 2011
  • 24 Sep 2011
  • The Bridge, Narberth and Swarthmore College


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PCPE Reading Seminar and Workshop

Witnessing: Trauma and its Aftermath

Invited Speaker

Bruce Reis, Ph.D. is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology.  Dr. Reis practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in downtown Manhattan.

Reading Seminar Description

This workshop will introduce the clinical utility of a position of witnessing in working with trauma.  As a component of a psychoanalytic treatment, witnessing represents a non-medical model approach to encountering the experience of an other.  We will look at the different ways witnessing has been employed by different analysts of differing schools; and consider the imperative to witness as both a solitary, and a relational event.  We will discuss issues of accuracy, history, memory and knowing as they are conveyed through speech and enacted within the intersubjective space of the treatment.  We will focus on the importance of the analyst as one who listens, thereby transforming traumatic repetition into testimony.

Learning Objectives

·      Participants will learn of the genesis of the witnessing approach in work with traumatized patient groups.

·      Participants will be able to differentiate a psychoanalytic approach (i.e. technique) based on the witnessing method from more traditional analytic approaches to trauma.

·      Participants will learn about the importance and the limitations of giving testimony of traumatic experience. 

·      Participants will learn about the relational necessity of witnessing experience so that experience can be lived through with the analyst.

·      Participants will learn about the psychic and behavioral qualities of traumatic repetition.

·      Participants will learn about the psychic and behavioral qualities of traumatic memory phenomena.

·      Participants will distinguish the goals of a witnessing approach from those of a traditional psychoanalytic treatment so as to be able to integrate approaches in working with the phenomena of trauma. 

Reading Group Facilitators

Barbara L. Goldsmith, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and Rosemont, PA. She is adjunct associate professor at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is on the faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis in Philadelphia and is a training consultant for the University of Pennsylvania's Counseling and Psychological Services. She was the founding president of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education, where she currently serves on the board, and is the graduate student mentorship coordinator for the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Noelle Burton, Psy.D. is a Founding Member, Faculty and Supervising Analyst at The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP) and Faculty at The Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies in Manhattan.  She is an Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is in private practice in Haverford, PA.

CE Credits

Nine (9) CE credits are available.

Educational Prerequisites

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to psychologists who attend the Reading Seminar IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Dates and Times

Reading Groups: Monday: September 12th & 19th,  7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Bridge, 31B N. Narberth Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072
Parking on the street or in the lot across the street.

Workshop: Saturday, September 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  


Swarthmore College Lang Center; 3 Whittier Place, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Parking: Dupont Visitor Lot; 

See Campus Map: http://www.swarthmore.edu/campusmap/

Registration Fees and Information

Members of PSPP: $195

Nonmembers of PSPP: $225

Online registration is available at the PCPE website http://www.pcpeonline.org

or mail check to: PCPE, Box 275, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Participation is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Syllabus and information on readings for the seminar will be sent upon receipt of the fee.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Barbara Zimmerman-Slovak, Ph.D., at bzslovak@comcast.net or 610-896-7228.

For further information

Please contact: Barbara L. Goldsmith, Psy.D.  at barbgsmith@aol.com or 215-977-8811

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