Separation and Development of Self in Midlife
Screening and discussion of the award winning film

Things to Come

Starring Isabelle Huppert
Director: Mia Hansen-Love


Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3 Hours CEU’s for Social Workers

Chair/Presenter: Albert J. Brok, PhD, CGP
Discussant: Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW
Program in collaboration with Section I, Division of Psychoanalysis, APA and Training Institute for Mental Health

115 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

In this award winning released in 2016 film, the issues of dealing with the trauma of separation and coming to terms with a future life with or without someone as a partner; are significant themes, which our workshop will address. These themes will be discussed in terms of their clinical relevance in the therapeutic situation.

Registrants as a result of this workshop will be able to:

  1. Clarify the difference between a reactive versus a developing self in the face of unexpected loss of a partner through an affair.
  2. Understand the difference between regressive pull of the past and the adventure of an unknown future while dealing with a divorce.
  3. Understand the conflicts that emerge in the clinical setting when an unexpected separation occurs.
Please Select

Presenters/ Discussants:

Albert Brok, PhD, CGP:  Dr. Brok is the Director of Group and Couple Therapy training at TIMH and is on the Board of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association and Past President of Section I and Chair: Film and International Committee.  Dr. Brok has co-authored four books and published numerous articles.  His most recent publication in Couple therapy is in Reiter and Chanile (eds): Behavioral, Humanistic-Existential, and Psychodynamic Approaches to Couples Counseling, Routledge, 2017.  He is a member of the Cinema Analyses committee and the Committee for the study on the effects of technology on personality, Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, Buenos Aires.

Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSWDr. Gussaroff is Co-Director, Couple Training Program TIMH, and former Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Fordham University.  She has presented internationally in Norway, Madrid, Prague and Buenos Aires. She is a member of Section I, International Committee, Division of Psychoanalysis, and American Psychological Association. Her most recent work has been On “the Silent Mother”, IPA, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013 and on the implications for intimacy in modern technological times, exemplified by the Film “HER” which she presented at the IPA, Boston, Ma. 2015.

Program is in Collaboration with Section I, Division of Psychoanalysis, APA. For information, contact Albert Brok, PhD, Program Chair at or (212) 580-3086