The Psychoanalytic learning process is a never ending one, so believed Freud. Consequently, he conceived of a Psychoanalytic Society, a professional, collegial organization, that would enable continuous psychoanalytic education. TI has followed this Freudian psychoanalytic tradition establishing a TI Psychoanalytic Society in 1997 which has progressed, becoming a vital component of our Psychoanalytic Training Institute.
TI's Psychoanalytic Society's mission is to enhance and expand psychoanalytic learning. Our dedicated committee members, arranging significant events, have exposed TI Society affiliates (former graduates, as well as current students, instructors, and supervisors) to our most outstanding psychoanalytic thinkers, from near and far. Provocative clinical topics have been addressed and current sociocultural issues have been illuminated.
Some of our recent outstanding presenters have been: Helen Epstein, Nancy McWilliams PhD, Arnold Rothstein MD, Theodore Jacobs MD, William Meyer MSW, Harold Blum MD, Salmon Akhtar MD and Jane McAdam Freud.
The following events have been scheduled for the 2019-20 academic year:
On October 18th, 2019, Mark O’Connell, LCSW, MFA, an actor, writer and psychoanalytic psychotherapist (published in JAPA, Psychology Today, and Huffington Post) will present on his published book, The Performing Art of Therapy. This is a dynamic treatment theme that is hardly discussed, yet ever-present. Mark, an enthusiastic presenter, will demonstrate how the art of acting can help to engage patients moment-to-moment, even when just listening.
On February 7th, 2020, Danielle Knafo, PhD, one of our most outstanding previous TI Psychoanalytic Society presenters, will return to discuss a timely sociocultural topic of keen interest, illuminated in her recently published book, The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture. Dr. Knafo will highlight how the ongoing technology revolution has impacted our sexual and social lives.
Nancy McWilliams, PhD, a psychoanalytic superstar, will also return for our last scheduled Psychoanalytic Society event on May 8th, 2020. Dr. McWilliams plans to talk on the topic of her most current interest, an ever-present theme in psychoanalytic discussion: narcissism.
The TI Psychoanalytic Society membership fee of $65 will entitle you to come to these three provocative, clinically-relevant events. These distinguished psychoanalytic presenters are eager to speak on topics of considerable concern in our practices...and in our lives. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please check our calendar page for more information.
Joan Erdheim PhD, President
Judy Muldoon LCSW, Treasurer
Heather deCastro, LCSW
Dorothy Lahm, LMSW
Rebecca Liebmann- Smith, LMSW
The Continuing Education Department of the Training Institute offers a variety of one-day workshops and on-going courses to physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, guidance and rehabilitation counselors, teachers, and related mental health professions.
Workshops are designed to explore various treatment modalities and therapeutic techniques and to assist the practitioners' efforts to keep current with new developments in the field of mental health.
Past workshops have included:
Working with the Difficult Patient, Couples Therapy: The Search for Intimacy, Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives in the Treatment of Depression, Treatment Issues in Psychotherapy with the Elderly, Treatment of the Borderline Personality, and Psychotherapy with Latency Age Children.
The workshop faculty is drawn from a variety of specializations and reflect differing schools of treatment.
Amy Deutsch, LCSW, Co-Director of Continuing Education
Anna Isabelle Frechette-Hagen, LMSW, Co-Director of Continuing Education
This series is designed to expand a clinician’s knowledge of the main classes of psychotropic medications and their integration in psychotherapy practice. Each part can earn three CEUs for social workers. After completion of all seminars for Level I & II, a Certificate will be issued.
George Lynn, PsyD, Co-Director of Group Therapy Program & Director of the Clinical Pharmacology Series
The yearly program of workshops is sent to our mailing list.
In 2005, Doctors Anna Keefe and Wilma Cohen Lewis founded The Women's Center (TWC) at TI -- the first center of its kind to be established at a psychoanalytic institute. TWC's mission is to understand women's development from a relational, cultural and psychoanalytic perspective. The goal of TWC is to treat women specifically and to provide public education to the community on a wide variety of women's development issues from adolescence through adulthood, motherhood, mid-life and beyond. We hold groups, workshops, seminars and symposiums, which address the various issues pertaining to women at the different stages of their lives.
Dayna M. Kurtz LMSW, CPT, Co-Director
Heather Cetto, LCSW, co-Director
The Mind Body Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health is dedicated to providing programs and resources that bridge eastern and western philosophies for an integrated approach to mental and physical health.
More and more studies are showing the benefits of incorporating mindfulness practices in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Practicing meditation, yoga, and/or qi gong (for example) may seem like a divergence from psychoanalysis, yet there are parallels between these seemingly different frameworks. The Mind Body Center provides a safe "holding environment" (à la object relations theorist D.W. Winnicott) for developing access to greater ease, nurturing, and wellness within the self.
Please visit the TI Calendar to view our upcoming programs.
Kristin Wynn, LCSW, Director
The Teen Talk Center provides on-site support to local public high schools and community centers in the form of long and short-term psychosocial student groups. These groups are facilitated by staff psychotherapists with advanced training and experience working with adolescents. Typical groups are: bereavement groups, managing stress and pressure of school and parents, friendships, relationships and bullying, gay lesbian bisexual transgender and questioning groups.
The Teen Talk Center also serves as a referral source for a youth-serving non-profit agency that provides academic support and mentoring opportunities to high-achieving New York City youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teen Talk Center clinicians provide individual and family psychotherapy to these middle and high school students and their families at the Training Institute.
Leah Kramnick, LCSW