The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Local Chapter—Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology:

Division 39 of the American Psychological Association


Upcoming events

    • 03/23/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Doubletree @ Deerfield Beach

    PRESENTER:   Don Greif, Ph.D.

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    8:30am - Registration


    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

    Deerfield Beach - Boca Raton

    Everyone who registers for the conference will receive a free copy of Dr. Grief's paper "Quarreling with Culture: The Value of Discontent-Clinical Implicationsthat is optional to read prior to the event.


    Sigmund Freud was torn about civilization— indeed, he was one of “its discontents,” the term he used in the title of his influential work, Civilization and its Discontents. According to Lionel Trilling, Freud had a “quarrel with culture.” Though he recognized that “greater security and union with other people” i.e., belonging, is an advantage of civilization, in Trilling’s view, Freud also sought to establish a place for the self to stand apart from culture. Although he was unable to find a place for the resistant, quarrelsome self within his theory of normal development, Freud understood--at least in a nascent, unformulated way--that there is a normative part of the self that has an adverse relationship with culture. Yet the centrality and significance of this dimension of the self and its struggle with culture has largely eluded the grasp of psychoanalysts.

    An accumulating body of knowledge within psychoanalysis (from a wide array of relational theories), along with contemporary evolutionary biological perspectives and Trilling’s insights, helps us see that the relationship between the self and culture involves an ongoing negotiation between two deeply rooted longings. Simply put, human beings want to be a part of culture and stand apart from culture. We have an intrinsic desire to engage with culture and an equally intrinsic desire to disengage from culture. These desires correspond to different aspects of our selves—a part that is intrinsically social and cultural and a part that, as Winnicott conceptualized it, wants to be free from influence by external reality. Because of the double-edged, ambivalent nature of our relationship with culture, we are continually challenged to find ways to live with dual--at times dueling— longings. Creating a viable balance between these longings-- to be a part of culture and to be apart from culture--poses a major psychological challenge throughout life.

    I will demonstrate, through clinical and biographical vignettes, that the ability to quarrel with culture and to value discontent--and to make use of adaptive apartness--play an essential role in everyday experience, psychological development, motivation, and emotional suffering, and that understanding this dimension has important implications for how we think about our patients and practice psychoanalytic therapy.


    Don Greif, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with a private psychotherapy and forensic practice in NYC. He is a faculty member and supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute and Emeritus Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has written articles on “The Revitalization of Psychoanalysis: Antidote to ‘Instant Culture’”; “The Challenge of Viewing Sexual Offenders as Both Perpetrators and Victims”; “Revaluing Sports"; ” Mastering Athletic Demons”; and “Good Enough Parenting.” Currently he is writing a counterpoint to Civilization and its Discontents. Don received his B.A. in philosophy at Yale College and his Ph. D. from Yeshiva University.


    1. Participants will be able to name the central psychological challenge humans face in relation to culture: to be a part of it and to be apart from it.

    2. Participants will be able to identify expressions of discontent, quarreling with culture, standing apart from culture, fulfillment of culture, and being a part of culture.

    3. Participants will be able to define what “adaptive apartness” is and how psychoanalysts facilitate it in the clinical setting. 


    8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
    9:00am –9:15am Welcome & Introduction
    9:15am – 10:15am Quarreling with Culture and the Value of Discontent: Clinical Implications
    10:15am – 10:45am Discussion
    10:45am – 11:00pm BREAK
    11:00pm – 12:00pm Quarreling with Culture and the Value of Discontent: Clinical Implications
    12:00pm – 12:30pm Discussion
    12:30pm Evaluation Form & Adjourn

    If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP and benefit from the member discount, please CLICK HERE






     This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 CE credits

    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, expires March 31, 2019). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are 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 participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 597-0820.

    • 04/28/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Home of Dr. Barbara Lurie, Delray Beach

    Sunday Symposium Brunch

    Sunday, April 28, 2019

    PRESENTED BY:   Robert Spiro, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

    10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    9:30am - Registration

    Brunch to follow

    At the home of Dr. Barbara Lurie, Delray Beach



    Dr. Spiro will present a complex case of long term intensive psychodynamic treatment spanning approximately 2 ½ years with an extremely at-risk 16-year-old adolescent female who was discharged only 14 days before from a residential wilderness program after one and one-half years of inpatient treatment followed by one month in a rehab facility for drug and alcohol abuse.  She is just beginning her sophomore year at boarding school and is away from home for the first time in a fairly unrestricted setting with minimal supervision. She presents with six suicide attempts, anorexia nervosa, self-mutilation, PTSD, and significant drug and alcohol abuse. I will show how attachment theory, self-psychology and Alice Miller’s theoretical perspectives have shaped the course of this treatment.

    He will explore the therapist’s multidimensional role in maintaining the robustness of the therapeutic frame as the patient confronted different developmental challenges while simultaneously creating and maintaining a working relationship with a borderline mother and an emotionally absent father.  In addition, her treatment encompassed changing geographical locations requiring the mixed use of different modalities including face-to-face meetings, texting and FaceTime and occasionally acting in loco parentis.  He will also explore transference and countertransference through detailed clinical notes providing ample opportunity for discussion during the course of the presentation.


    Dr. Spiro received his Ph.D. from Yeshiva University in 1973.  Upon completing his clinical internship at Montefiore Hospital he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurophysiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Hospital, Bronx New York.

    He then joined the staff at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology from 1972-1976.  Next Dr. Spiro became a member of the staff and served as Co-Director of Admissions from 1978-1982 and concurrently was a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT.

    He was appointed as the Director of Assessment, Psychological Services Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA from 1983-1985.  In 1985 he left this position to become Clinical Consultant and eventually Clinical Director of the Berkshire Learning Center in Pittsfield MA, a residential treatment facility for approximately thirty adolescent males.  Dr. Spiro remained in that position until 1997 when the Center closed. Concurrently he served as Clinical Supervisor at the Counseling Center of Bennington College, Bennington VT from 1988-1991.

    After the close of the Berkshire Learning Center, Dr. Spiro worked full-time in private practice in Williamstown, MA for 34 years until he relocated to Florida in November 2017.


    Upon completion, you will be able to:

    • Apply and maintain the therapeutic framework with an extremely high-risk adolescent within a self-psychology framework
    • Demonstrate how to maintain a good working and therapeutic relationship with the parents of a high-risk adolescent away at boarding school, the school administration and my patient while simultaneously preserving a reasonable degree of patient-therapist confidentiality
    • Analyze the importance of both the real and the analytic relationship in intensive long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy
    • Discuss the vicissitudes of transference and countertransference in a challenging therapeutic relationship


    • 05/18/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


    Email Administrator if Mail-In is needed

    Prices TBD

    Please consider making a tax deductible contribution if you are not able to attend the event. 



    If you are bringing a GUEST, please register the guest separately. You can do this by clicking New Registration (bottom button) on last page of your own reservation.

    Palm Beach Dramaworks

    201 Clematis Street

    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401


    From the I95 exit at Okeechobee Boulevard (Exit 70), head East toward Downtown. From Okeechobie Boulevard east, take a slight right turn onto Australian Avenue North. In .8 miles, turn right onto Banyan Boulevard. In .9 miles, turn right onto N. Narcissus Avenue. In 200 ft, Palm Beach Dramaworks is on your right. There is a public parking lot around the corner from the theatre.

    • 10/20/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBD

    Sunday Symposium Brunch 

    PRESENTER:   Linda B. Sherby, Ph.D., ABPP

    Sunday, October 20, 2019

    10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    9:30am - Registration

    Brunch to follow

    Location TBD















    From I-95 take the Linton Boulevard exit and head west for two miles.  Turn left at Military Trail and  continue south on Military Trail for approximately one mile until you reach Live Oak Boulevard.  At Live Oak Boulevard,  turn left into Delaire Country Club.  After you pass through the gate, continue straight after a roundabout, and take your first left onto Cherry Laurel Lane.  Dr. Lurie's house is the third one on the left. Click here to view map.

    Click here to Mail-In Registration

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    • 11/02/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Saturday November 2, 2019

    Special Presentation by: 

    Steven Reisner, Ph.D.

    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast


    Steven Reisner, PhD is a psychoanalyst and political activist in New York. 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 on the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the NYU Medical School and the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University. He 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, and has consulted in Haiti, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Tanzania, and for the French Ministry of Health. Dr. Reisner has published in the New York Times, Slate, and in various academic journals, and is the co-author of two PHR monographs on health professionals and torture. In his earlier career, Dr. Reisner was an Obie-award winning director and actor, whose projects have been performed at the Public Theater, La Mama E.T.C., and Theater for the New City in New York.

    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.

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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 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.

Past events

02/24/2019 Working with Sexual Orientation Issues Through a Self-Psychology Framework - Presented by: Dan Sheridan, Ph.D.
01/26/2019 Aging and Limitation: Clinical Reflections - Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
11/10/2018 Understanding and Treating the Three Faces of Chronic Shame - Patricia DeYoung, Ph.D.
10/06/2018 A Memorial Conference in Honor of Donna Bentolila, Ph.D., LCSW - Sponsored by The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Florida Psychoanalytic Center, and The Ticho Foundation.
06/01/2018 25th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts
04/14/2018 Repairing Old Wounds: The Healing Work of Therapy - Sue Grand, Ph.D
02/11/2018 Too Late to Change? Reflections on Psychotherapy with the Elderly- Marshall Fenster, Ph.D
01/27/2018 Trauma, Narcissism, and Identity Politics: The Clinical is Political
11/12/2017 Donna Bentolila, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. Presents: Dr. Martin S. Bergmann's Last Interview
11/09/2017 Join SEFAPP at IFPE's Conference on "Time" and Stay for Donna Bentolila's Sunday Presentation
10/14/2017 Intimacy and Infidelity:Strange Bedfellows - Presented by: Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
05/06/2017 24th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
03/18/2017 “That’s Enough about you, What about Me?” Working with Borderline-Narcissistic Couples
02/26/2017 SEFAPP at the Movies: “Inside Out:” A Story of Emotional Life
01/29/2017 See, Hear, and Feel the Bodies in the Room: Working with Embodied Trauma
01/28/2017 Traumatic Disfigurement: Engaging the Unseen Realities within Body Dysmorphic Disorder
11/12/2016 Individualities: How Personality Differences Matter for Psychotherapy with Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP
10/16/2016 Bullying Amongst Girls
05/14/2016 23rd Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
04/06/2016 Ethical Dilemmas: Ongoing Treatment and the Potentially Violent Patient
03/13/2016 (Members' Only Event) Therapeutic Action: Clinical Case Seminar
03/12/2016 Aggression and Its Vicissitudes
01/10/2016 (Member Only Event) Patients' Secrets, Analysts' Secrets: Their Interaction and Its Impact on the Analytic Process
01/09/2016 On Memory, Listening, Dreaming, and Sharing: The Use of the Analyst's Inner Experiences
11/08/2015 (Member Only Event) Neither Sex nor Gender: Learning from Transgender
11/07/2015 What We Can Learn from Transgender about Sexual and Social Differences
10/18/2015 Film Screenings & Discussion: "Boyhood" & "The Chef" - The Transmission of Masculinity from Divorced Fathers to Their Sons - Views from Hollywood
09/19/2015 In Treatment LIVE: The Reluctant Patient
06/06/2015 Freud Amongst the Arts
04/19/2015 The Green Prince: Film Presentation and Discussion led by Sonia Ioannides, M.D., LMHC and Barbara Lurie, Ph.D., LMFT
03/08/2015 Narcissistic Personality Organization
03/07/2015 Thoughts On Psychoanalytic Political Psychology
01/24/2015 Cancelled: Love and Hate: Passionate Affects of Our Times
12/07/2014 Attachment, Perversion, Play and Involvement: Film Screening and Discussion of “An Affair of Love”
11/15/2014 Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
10/12/2014 Symposium Brunch: Understanding the History of Psychopharmacology & Its Clinical Value in the Treatment of Addicted Professionals
09/14/2014 SEFIPP Scientific Meeting-Families Coming Out: Clinical Implications & Clinical Frontiers of LGBTQ Parenting
06/21/2014 21st Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
03/08/2014 Attachment and Mentalization in Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders: Research and Treatment Implications
02/09/2014 SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "Pan's Labyrinth"
01/25/2014 Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing Clinical Comfort & Competence Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy
12/08/2013 Sunday Symposium Brunch: The Masterson Approach to Differential Diagnosis and the Treatment of Personality Disorders
11/16/2013 A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach to the Formation and Understanding of Dreams
10/20/2013 SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "A Dangerous Method"
09/21/2013 An Analyst Writes the Book Love and Loss: Self Disclosure and Other Issues
05/18/2013 20th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts Fundraiser
04/14/2013 Dramatic Play Reading of "Trauma Ties" by Sheila Felberbaum, L.C.S.W, BCD
03/09/2013 The Analyst’s Subjectivity: Challenges to Self-Care
02/24/2013 SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "What if the 'Black Swan' was in Treatment?"
01/19/2013 A Killing Over a Girl: the Murder of Larry King
11/10/2012 Relentless Hope: The Refusal to Grieve
11/04/2012 CANCELLED: SEFAPP At the Movies Presents: "Pan's Labyrinth"
09/15/2012 SEFIPP Scientific Meeting: “The Brain and the Mind in Psychotherapy”

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