Upcoming events

    • 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

    Home of Dr. Barbara Lurie, Delray Beach















    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.

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

    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.


    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.

    • 01/18/2020
    • TBD

    PRESENTER:   Robert Mendelsohn, PhD, ABPP (Clinical Psychology) 

    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Time TBD


    Location TBD


    Couple psychotherapy extends the work of the psychodynamic psychotherapist to the patient’s most significant committed adult relationship, (1) yet the therapy seems both conceptually and technically difficult. One reason for this it that in every couple’s (2) treatment there are several transference and countertransference relationships (Goldner 2004, Mendelsohn 2009, 2017), and a confusing array of psychological defenses- as well as regressive and non-regressive couple- object- relations (as distinct from the object relations that each individual member brings to the couple). Further, many of these processes occur outside consciousness and at the very same time.

    This presentation is my attempt to clarify these confusing issues by presenting a three-factor model of couple psychotherapy within a psychodynamic framework. This model has been found to be effective with many different kinds of couples. (3)

    I suggests that there are three powerful couple dynamics that shape every couple’s treatment:

    (I.) The quality and quantity of the couple’s Projective Identifications

    (II) The level of the ‘Couple’s Object-Relations’

    (III) The presence or absence of the defense of Omnipotent Control

    These three variables are very important factors in the therapy; I suggest that they may determine the success or failure of the therapy with a couple.

    These dynamics also determine quite a bit about how to conduct couple therapy with regard to the therapist’s (1.) level of activity, (2.) his/her tone, (3.) the way of sorting the material in his or her head, and (4.) even the kinds of interventions he/she chooses (whether or not, for example, the therapist will use certain ‘resistance techniques’).

    Thus, understanding these three variables and how they interact may be key to the success of the therapy.

    In this presentation, my goal will be to demonstrate how and why such pathological regressions occur, and also how- by understanding the three factors- pathological regressions can be reversed to improve a couple-relationship.


    Robert Mendelsohn, PhD, ABPP (Clinical Psychology) received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1969 and completed post- doctoral training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at The Derner School of Psychology of Adelphi University. He also received postdoctoral training in Group Psychotherapy at The Derner School, while studying with visiting faculty including Otto Kernberg and having supervisory hours with W. R. Bion. Dr. Mendelsohn has been Professor of Psychology at The Derner School of Psychology since 1974, and from 1992 to 2000 he was its Dean. He is the author of one book and over 25 articles and book chapters focusing on countertransference and couple psychotherapy and he has been a reviewer for the journals Psychodynamic Practice and The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. He maintains a practice in Roslyn, New York.


    After the presentation participants will be able to:


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     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, 2020). 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.

    • 02/22/2020
    • TBD


    PRESENTER:   Richard Steinberg

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    Time TBD

    Location TBD

Past events

05/18/2019 26th Annual Freud Amongst the Arts
04/28/2019 I Never Thought I Would See 16: Trauma, Substance Abuse, Suicide and the Good Life - Presented by Robert Spiro, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
03/23/2019 Quarreling with Culture: The Value of Discontent-Clinical Implications- Presented by: Don Greif, Ph.D.
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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