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New Voices (Part 2): Recipients of the Diana Siskind Award for Excellence in Writing

April 3, 2022 | Virtual

No CEs granted for this program.

AAPCSW-NY sponsors presenters from the AAPCSW 2021 Conference:
A Time to Think, A Time to Act: Caring about the known and the Unknown

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET
Fees: FREE
Location: Live Online (Virtual). (Confidentiality Statement)
Questions? Contact Penny Rosen, rosenpmsw@aol.com

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Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD, LCSW, Moderator

James Wells, LCSW
The Experience of Pregnancy for One Expectant Father and His Patient: A Case Discussion Illustrating the Known-Unknown and Its Potential for Growth

This paper focuses on the intra-psychic-intersubjective disturbance caused by pregnancy for the non-carrying analyst as told through a case presentation. Pregnancy offers a pronounced opportunity to study the impact of an emotional shift in the analyst, and how this shift can impact treatment generally. A clinical example will focus on a patient's unconscious perception of a shift in the therapist caused by expectant parenthood, which in turn allowed the patient to connect with more archaic parts of himself.

After attending the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify instances in which shifts in their own subjectivity (not just related to pregnancy) have impacted their work.
  • Assess the value of talking about such moments with their patients.

Eve Blake, LCSW
Holding On and Letting Go: A Patient and Her Analyst Struggle with Motherhood

Acknowledging the inevitability of enactments in a relational psychoanalytic treatment paves the way for increased authenticity and potential for intimacy for both patient and clinician. The interweaving of similar trauma histories and experiences of abandonment both complicate and expand the psychoanalytic field in the treatment room.

After attending the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between uppercase and lowercase enactments.
  • Identify ways to expand intimacy in the treatment.


Eve Blake, LCSW Faculty, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. Former freelance writer, The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press, and others. Private practice, Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA.

James Wells, LCSW Graduate, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). Faculty, Child and Adolescent program, PPSC. Graduate, Silver School of SW, New York Univ. Presenter, on intersubjectivity. Private practice, Brooklyn, NY.

Valerie Frankfeldt, PhD, LCSW, Faculty, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. New Directions psychoanalytic writing program. Author, articles on digital communications in therapy, countertransference, Harm Reduction, parenting. Private practice, New York, NY.