The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (SEFAPP)

  Local Chapter — Division 39 / American Psychological Association

Upcoming events

    • 10/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Dr, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441


    The Presentation will connect the psychological-historical and unconscious meanings of romantic love to the challenges of maintaining intimacy in monogamous relationships. Infidelity and its impact on couple relations and treatment will be examined; unrealistic vs. pathological love will be discussed in terms of couple unconscious fit and basic assumptions in pairings. We will explore remedies for the therapist working with the volcanic fallout of triangulated relationships, and present technical assistance when an affair is uncovered before or during treatment. Secret affairs and the therapist's position on handling these will be offered. To enhance the application of treatment concepts we will role play a transcript demonstrating a treatment couple and their therapist dealing with the discovery of a secret affair (we will need three volunteers to read the parts of the couple and therapist). A 20 question handout on affairs will guide the discussion of intimacy and infidelity in clinical work with couples.    

    The Presenter: 

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD is a founding senior faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and former National Chair of the Object Relations Child, Couple, and Family Therapy Training Program of IPI. He is on faculties of the Adelphi University Gordon Derner postgraduate programs in clinical supervision and couple and marital therapy, and the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training. Carl has published and coauthored many book chapters and papers on individual, couple, and family therapy, supervision, and related topics, and the book: Keeping Couples in Treatment: Working from Surface to Depth. He has practiced and taught for more than forty years, and has been a featured presenter at the major conferences in the United States, Europe, and Panama. He regularly presents by video-conferencing and on Skype. His clinical practice is in Port Washington, New York. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will understand the clinical implications of intimacy and monogamy in couple relations.

    2. Participants will learn about containment when infidelity is presented or discovered in couple treatment.

    3. Participants will recognize the unconscious function of deception in couples presenting an affair.

    CE Credits: Three (3) CE Credits      

    Click here for the Mail In Registration Brochure

    Registration: 8:30 am - 9:00 am with Continental Breakfast

    Registration/Fee Schedule:

    Membership Category

    Early Bird Rate

    (Before 10/08)

    Day of Event  


    Professional Member






    Student Members



    Student Non-Member 

    (Student ID required)



    NOTE: All checks and online payments must be received by 10/08/17 for “Early Bird Rates.” Registration rates, in most categories, are higher at the door.

    If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP and benefit from the member discount, please add $90 ($60 for Early Career or $30 for Student with ID).  

    Your membership will apply through 2018.

    • 11/09/2017
    • 11/11/2017
    • Lago Mar Resort and Club 1700 S Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; (954) 523-6511

    SEFAPP's own 

    Linda B. Sherby, Ph.D., ABPP, 

    is an awardee of IFPE's 

    Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educators Award

    recognizing her for her dedication in educating candidates and students of psychoanalysis in clinical and academic settings, representing the broadest possible array of psychoanalytic knowledge.


    Following the conference is SEFAPP's presentation of :

    Dr. Martin S. Bergmann's Last Interview 

    Sunday November 12, 2017 

    Presented by :

    Donna Bentolila, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. 

    • 11/12/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Lago Mar Resort and Club 1700 S Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; (954) 523-6511

    Registration: 9:30 AM with Continental Breakfast

    CE Credits: Three (3) CE Credits

    On January 16, 2014, Professor Martin S. Bergmann granted what was to be “his last interview” to Dr. Mario Beira and Dr. Donna Bentolila. Professor Bergmann passed away a week later on January 22, 2014 just shy of one hundred and one years old.

    In this presentation, Dr. Bentolila will first describe her experience of the interview which was profound, moving and thought provoking, illuminating the exchange with an analyst, teacher and mentor who, in spite of his advanced age, still had the capacity to surprise the interviewers with his own questions, commentaries and reflections. Some of the topics of the interview will shed light on what can be considered his last testimony regarding matters of both psychoanalysis and religion, as well as his thoughts and recommendations regarding the training of analysts and the future of psychoanalysis.

    The second part of the presentation will address an overview and history of both Professor Bergmann’s most salient published work, as well as his long and successful career as a master teacher and analyst, famous for his classes at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and at many other psychoanalytic institutions, as well as his own private seminars. Particular emphasis will be   given to the question of “time” and the desire of the analyst, especially pertinent since Professor Bergmann was taking new patients well into his one hundredth year.


    Donna Bentolila, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in both Miami and Boca Raton, Florida. She is a past President and present Member at Large of the Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, a member of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center, as well as a member of both the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Bentolila has received the Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator Award from IFPE and the Distinguished Analyst Award from SEFAPP. She has also been the recipient of the Erik Eriksen Scholarship at the Austen Riggs Center, as well as the author of numerous articles on varied psychoanalytic  topics.


    · Discuss the content and experience of Dr. Bergmann’s “last interview” so as to increase therapists’ knowledge of both psychoanalytic theory and practice.

    · Learn at least three of Dr. Bergmann's most crucial concepts concerning love, the Holocaust and the training of analysts.

    · Understand Bergmann's approach to "time" in the analytic process and how it informed his identity as an analyst.

    Brochure: Click to view the Mail In Brochure (PDF)

    Brochure: Click to view the Print Brochure (PDF)

    NOTE: All checks and online payments must be receivedby 11/08/2017 for “Early Bird Rates”. 

    Registration rates, in most categories, are higher at the door (see below).

    • 01/27/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TBD

    Presented by: Steve Reisner, PhD.

    More Details & Location to be announced

    • 02/17/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TBD

    Presenter: Marshall Fenster, Ph.D

    Location to be announced

    • 03/24/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Presenter: Sue Grand, Ph.D

    Location to be announced

    • 05/13/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD

    Location to be announced

Past events

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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