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Mourning and Memory: Reflections in Honor of Dr. Antonio R. Virsida

  • 11/02/2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Nova Southeastern University, Carl DeSantis Building, Knight Auditorium, 6 SW 75th Drive, Davie, FL 33314


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  • with valid ID Card. If no card is presented the NON-MEMBER rate will be charged.
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The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology 

in collaboration with

the Department of Clinical and School Psychology in the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University present:

Mourning and Memory: Reflections in Honor of Dr. Antonio R. Virsida


8:30 am - 12:30 pm

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

Special Presentation by: Steven Reisner, Ph.D.

3 CE Credits Offered


There is no love of truth without an unconditional acceptance of death. –Simone Weil (epigraph to Dr. Virsida's The Death Drive: Psychic Construction or Destruction?)

Among the many things to be learned from the work and teachings of Dr. Antonio Virsida is a renewed appreciation for Freud’s concept of the Death Drive. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Reisner will revisit and expand upon Dr. Virsida’s acute understanding of the death drive. 

In part one, Dr. Reisnerwill present the history of Freud’s concepts of drive, beginning with sexuality and hunger, moving on to sex and ego and ultimately to narcissistic and object drives. He will then expand upon Antonio’s view that the life and death drives, understood as the interweaving pleasures inherent in desire (life) and satisfaction (death), must be integrated into all aspects of our being if we are to live lives that are rich, courageous, poignant and meaningful. 

In part two, Dr. Reisner will show how such an understanding is not only essential for clinical work and personal growth, but necessary, too, to overcome fear and paralysis in the face of the two great threats of our day: authoritarianism and the climate emergency. We are faced with an American President and a growing number of authoritarians around the world, who encourage the population to deny death and its partner, truth. Dr. Reisner will argue that only by embracing mortality and respecting the death drive can we truly release an empowered life force. Only by facing death can we know what we value and risk fighting for it.


Steven Reisner, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and political activist. He is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Advisor on Psychology and Ethics for Physicians for Human Rights and past-President of Psychologists  for Social Responsibility. He was a leader in the successful movement to prohibit psychologists from their central role in abusive CIA and military interrogation and detention processes. As a result of these efforts, psychologists were removed from detention operations at Guantanamo Bay in January 2016. 

Dr. Reisner has been a consultant on issues of trauma, torture, political violence, disaster and resilience in the face of catastrophic events for the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the International Organization for Migrations and other international humanitarian and mental health organizations. 

He has published in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post and in various academic journals. He has been interviewed on NPR, Al Jazeera, CBC, and the BBC, and has been on the teaching faculty of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University, the NYU Medical School, the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, and the Women’s Therapy Center Institute. 

In an earlier career, Dr. Reisner was an Obie-award winning director and actor. More recently he was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of honoring and mourning as part of the process that enables the progression of personal development.  
  2. Understand the development of Freud’s drive theory.
  3. Be better able to use psychoanalytic theory to facilitate the pursuit of social justice.


8:30 am-9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am-9:15 am Welcome, Introduction & Thoughts on Dr. Virsida 
9:15 am-10:15 am Strivings towards life and death
10:15 am-10:45 am Discussion
10:45 am-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Mourning and Mobilization

12:00 pm-12:30 pm Complete Learning Assessment & Adjourn


Refunds will be given until 10/27/2019 minus a $10 administrative fee

If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP  and benefit from the member discount, please do so before you register so your reduced fee will be applied.


From the North-

Merge onto FL-808 W/Glades RdU. Use the right lane to take the Florida's Turnpike S ramp. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Florida's Turnpike S/Miami.  Merge onto Florida's Turnpike.  Keep left at the fork to stay on Florida's Turnpike.  Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 54 for FL-84/I-595/US-441 toward Ft Lauderdale. Keep left at the fork to continue toward FL-84/W State Rd 84. Keep right to continue toward FL-84/W State Rd 84. Merge onto FL-84/W State Rd 84. Turn left onto Davie Rd.  Turn right onto Nova Dr.  Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto College Ave.  Turn right onto SW 30th St. Turn left onto Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd. In 300 feet the parking lot will be on your right. The Carl De Santis Building is across the street.

From Fort Lauderdale-

Take E Las Olas Blvd to SE 3rd Ave.  Head northwest on SE 4th St toward SE 6th Ave.  SE 4th St turns right and becomes SE 6th Ave.  Turn left onto E Las Olas Blvd.  Take Davie Blvd and I-595 W to Davie Rd in Davie.  Turn left onto SE 3rd Ave.  Turn right onto SE 12th St/Davie Blvd. Continue onto Davie Blvd. Use the 2nd from the left lane to turn left onto the ramp to I-595 W.  Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-595/Port Everglades/Ft Laud-Hlwd/Intl Airport. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Florida's Turnpike/ Interstate 595 W and merge onto I-595 W.  Take exit 7 for FL-84.  W toward Davie Rd.  Merge onto FL-84/W State Rd 84.  Continue on Davie Rd. Take Nova Dr and College Ave to Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd.  Turn left onto Davie Rd. Turn right onto Nova Dr.  Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto College Ave.  Turn right onto SW 30th St. Turn left onto Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd. In 300 feet the parking lot will be on your right. The Carl De Santis Building is across the street.Turn left onto Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd. In 300 feet the parking lot will be on your right. The Carl De Santis Building is across the street.

From the South- (toll road)

Continue to I-95 N.  Head east on SW 28th St toward SW 26th Ave.

69 ft

SW 28th St turns left and becomes SW 26th Ave.  Turn right onto US-1 N.  Continue on I-95 N. Take I-95 Express to FL-84/W State Rd 84 in Davie. Take exit 7 from I-595 W. Keep left to continue on I-95 N.  Keep left at the fork to continue on I-95 Express, follow signs for Express Lanes.  Keep left to stay on I-95 Express.  Merge onto I-95 N.  Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-595 W/I-75/Florida's Turnpike and merge onto I-595 W.  Take exit 7 for FL-84 W toward Davie Rd. Take Davie Rd, Nova Dr and College Ave to Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd. Merge onto FL-84/W State Rd 84.  Turn left onto Davie Rd.  Turn right onto Nova Dr.  Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto College Ave.  Turn right onto SW 30th St. 

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SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587 EXP. 3/2019) (CE Provider # 50-1832).. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to office@sefapp.org or by phone to (954) 597-0820. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

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