Co-Sponsored by:
The Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis & The New York University, Silver School of Social Work

The world is experiencing historic levels of ideological, racial, class, caste, health, ecological and domestic conflicts. Conflict, in its various enactments, dominates our media, politics, and communities. This annual conference of the International Psychohistorical Association will explore CONFLICT psycho-historically, in its relation to personal and group traumas, identities and constructive and destructive potentialities.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Virtual Meeting


9:30-9:55 AM   Check in: Zoom Practice Session


10:00-11:00 AM (session 1)    1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Invited Speaker: Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, PhD

Topic: Self as Data from the Adaptive Leadership Lens


Linda Lausell Bryant is Clinical Associate Professor and the Katherine and Howard Aibel Executive-in-Residence at NYU Silver. She is the co-author of A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity and Our Mutual Humanity (2017). Dr. Lausell Bryant currently serves as the president of the board of the National Crittenton Foundation, which seeks to empower young women and girls, including young mothers. She has served as member-at-large on the board of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers from 2011-2014 and was featured in New York Times journalist Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” column. Her insights were featured in Mr. Bryant’s 2014 book Quick & Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation. She is a frequent presenter on panels, in conferences, and on television appearances including WABC’s Tiempo, Here and Now, One to One with Sheryl McCarthy, and NY1. She was selected to receive the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latino Social Work Coalition.


11:05-12:05 AM  (session 2)  1 APA; NYS Psy CE 1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Invited Speaker: Vamik D. Volkan, M.D.

Topic: Historical Traumas and Physical Borders During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Vamık D. Volkan is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia and an emeritus training and supervising analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, D.C. During his 39 years at the University of Virginia, Volkan was the medical director of the University’s Blue Ridge Hospital for eighteen years. A year after his 2002 retirement, he became the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Volkan is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over fifty psychoanalytic and psychopolitical books some of which has been translated into Turkish, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, and Finnish. His texts include the psychohistorical classic The Need to Have Enemies and Allies and most recent book Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Who Are We Now? Societal Divisions and Narcissistic Leaders. He has written hundreds of published papers and book chapters and has served on the editorial boards of sixteen national or international professional journals, including The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Volkan is the founding editor of the journal Mind & Human Interaction, which examines the relationship between psychoanalysis and history, political science, and other fields.


12:10 – 1:10 PM

GENERAL DISCUSSION: Origins and Dynamics of Group Identities.

How do racial, political, and other large group identities arise from the socialization of children and adults? What role do group identities play in social and political conflict? How can clinicians work with group identities in therapeutic settings? This one-hour symposium will provide all conference participants an opportunity to exchange ideas and clinical practices on these topics. The discussion will refer to the current historical context, including the racial reckoning unfolding in the United States, and the conflict in the U.S. and elsewhere between movements seeking racial/ethnic dominance and those seeking multicultural solidarity.


2:00- 3:00 PM (session 3)  1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Keynote Address: Peter Loewenberg, PhD

Topic: The Psychodynamics of Nationalism and South Tyrol/Alto Adige


Peter Loewenberg is an Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches European cultural and intellectual history; German, Austrian, and Swiss history; Psychohistory; and Political Psychology. He was Dean and Chairman of the Education Committee and Director of the Training School of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute and the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles. In collaboration with Nancy Chodorow and Bob Nemiroff, Loewenberg was one of the founders of the University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium.

Loewenberg is the author of numerous psychohistorical publications including the classic texts Decoding the Past: The Psychohistorical Approach and Fantasy and Reality in History and recipient of numerous honors and awards.


3:05-4:35 PM   (session 4)  1.5 APA; NYS Psy CE  1.5 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CEs

Panel: The Work of Peter Loewenberg

Participants: Vamik Volkan, MD, Peter Petschauer, PhD & Paul Elovitz, PhD


Panelists Drs. Elovitz and Loewenberg have dual training as psychoanalysts and academic historians. This one-hour panel will extend the themes of Dr. Loewenberg’s preceding session to a more general discussion of the interface between clinical work and academic historical research. The panelists and audience will discuss how a knowledge of history enriches the work of clinicians, and how insights from the consulting room deepen our study of the historical past.


4:40-5:10 PM  

Group Process Meeting

Thursday May 20, 2021


Room 1


9:30-9:55 AM Check In and Zoom Practice


10:00 AM – 12:05 PM  (session 5)  2 APA; NYS Psy CEs 2 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CEs

Parenting and Parenthood: Four Lenses (Panel)

Dr. Faye Snyder, PsyD: The Predictor Scale and Score Sheet: Lessons for Parenting Education

Brian D’Agostino, PhD: Parenting Courses in Schools

Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD: A New Paradigm: From Parenting to Parenthood, and Its Neurobiological Vicissitudes

Marc-André Cotton, MA: Positive Parenting: Eradicating Violence in Education and Parenting Support


12:10 – 1:10 PM (session 6) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE 1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Brigeitte Demeure, PhD: Religious Conflict and National Identity in France (1789-1905)


2:00 – 3:00 PM (session 7) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Vulksan Vuksanovic, PhD: Philosophy and Fantasy: Complementary Forms of Imagination and Wisdom


3:05 – 5:10 PM (session 8)  2 APA; NYS Psy CEs 2 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CEs

Faith, Psychology and Social Justice: Diverse Perspectives Religion and Evolution (Panel)

Charles Gourgey, PhD: Faith as a Resource When Facing Death

Doris Leicher, MSS, Med: Evolution of Religion: Persistent Motivations to Cooperate in Combating Climate Change

Marc Andre Cotton, MS: Religion and Beliefs as Coping Mechanisms: The Case of George W. Bush



Thursday May 20, 2021


Room 2


9:30 – 9:55 AM: Check In and Zoom Practice

10:00 – 11 AM   

Skye Haberman, Ph.D. Race, Psychology, and the Climate Crisis


11:05 AM – 12:05 PM (session 10) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Harriet Fraad, EdD: The USA: A Diagnosis and Untangling of our Mutually Shaping Psychological, Economic, Social and Political Health


12:10 – 1:10 PM (session 11) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Kenneth Rasmussen, PsyD, PhD: War of the Worldviews: The Psychohistorical Origins of our Extreme Political Polarization


2:00 – 3:00 PM (session 12) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD: Conflicts at the Crossroads of Neurobiology and Psychohistory


3:05 – 4:05 PM

Hannah Hahn, PhD & Karyne Messina, EdD: Healing a Divided America: A Modest Proposal


4:10 – 5:10 PM (session 14) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE 1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Duke Wagner, PhD: Identifying with a Group to Establish One’s Identity: What are the



Thursday May 20, 2021


Room 3


9:30 – 10:00 AM: Check in & Zoom Practice


10:00 AM – 12:05 PM   (session 15) 2 APA; NYS Psy CEs 2 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CEs

Integrating Psychosocial Theories of Discrimination and Oppression to Innovate Clinical Practice (Panel)

Chair: Denis O’Keefe, PhD

Dylan Marks, LCSW: Treating Toxic Masculinity: Speaking to the True Self Outside of Gender Binaries

Alana Pudalov, LCSW: Understanding the well-being of children from preschool playtime during the COVID-19 pandemic

Fran Mendelowitz, LCSW: Psychosocial Development, Intervention and Collective Trauma: A Study of Holocaust Survivors

Carlton Jean, LCSW: Faith and Liberation: An Integrative Approach to Psychotherapy with Christian African American Males utilizing the Liberation Health Framework


12:10 – 1:10 PM  (session 16) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Paul Elovitz, PhD: The Autobiographies and Psychobiographies of Psychohistorians


2:00 – 3:00 PM  (session 17) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Howard F. Stein, PhD: Applied Poetry and the Data of Psychohistory


3:05 – 4:05 PM (session 18) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Ellen Toronto, PhD: Matriarchs of the Old Testament: An Absent Presence


4:10 – 5:10 PM (session 19) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  

Peter Petschauer, PhD: Death, the Fear of Death and Caritas: Hospices in the 13th Century Germanies

Friday May 21, 2021


Room 1


9:30 – 9:55 AM: Check in and Zoom Practice


10:00 – 11:00 AM (session 20) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Ruth M. Lijtmaer, PhD: Where are the Women In Classical Music? Why are their Voices Silent?


11:05 AM – 12:05 PM (session 21) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE

Ken Fuchsman, EdD: Forever Young: Counterculture Rock of the 1960s and 1970s


12:10 – 1:10 PM (session 22) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 LMSW; NYS LMHC CE

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA: British Psychoanalytic Trauma Theory Blocked by New York Psychoanalytic: Institutional Polarization Then and Now; The Case of Anne Sexton’s Failed Treatment


2:00 – 4:05 PM (session 23) 2 APA; NYS Psy CEs  2 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CEs

Psychoanalysis: Past, Present and What Should Happen Next (Panel)

Chair: Theresa Aiello, PhD

Valerie Bryant, PhD: On Being a Black Psychoanalyst

Luc Charlap, PhD: Gender Dysphoria

Raashida Edwards, DSW: Zoom Conversations between Black Cis Femme Sex Workers and Elderly Immigrant Parents with Narcissistic Personality Disorder



Friday May 21, 2021


Room 2


9:30 – 9:55: Check in and Zoom Practice


10:00 – 11:00 AM (session 25) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Krystyna Sanderson, Psy.D., LP: Racism: The Other, The Stanger, The Outsider. The Stranger in us—The Psychoanalytic Perspective


11:05 AM – 12:05 PM

David Lotto, PhD: On the Pot Calling the Kettle Black


12:10-1:10 PM  (session 24)   APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Katherine Jenness, PhD: An Unconventional Woman in Conventional Times: The Early 1940s Psychoanalysis of a Los Angeles Woman


2:00 – 3:00 PM (session 28) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Carol Jaxon-Jager, EdD: Sex Before 8 Before It’s Too Late: The Psychodynamics of Pedophilia and Societal Outcomes


3:05 – 4:05 PM (session 29) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Padma Desai, LPC, LMHC: In Search of our Garden: Voltaire’s Candide — An Ego Psychological and Object Relations Perspective


4:10 – 5:10 PM (session 30)  1 APA; NYS Psy CE  1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Airless Worlds and Trauma: Identification with Cultural, Multigenerational and Familial Negation (Panel)

Rose Gupta, PsyD: Estranged from Oneself: Unrepresented and Negated Psychic States and Opportunities

Claire Steinberger, EdD: Frozen Time: Bi-Racial Coupling and Trauma – The Role of Cultural and Familial Negating Identifications


Friday May 21, 2021


Room 3


9:30 – 9:55 AM: Check in and Zoom Practice


10:00 AM – 12:05 PM

MSW Student Panel: Examining Emotional and Psychological Factors Contributing to Policy Paradox and Irrational Social Behavior

Chair: Denis O’Keefe, PhD, LCSW

MSW Students/ Panel Participants:

Kevin McGinnis

Leangy Matos-Smith

Laine Blumenkopf


12:10 – 1:10 PM (session 31) 1 APA; NYS Psy CE 1 SW Nationally; NYS LMHC CE

Denis J. O’Keefe, PhD, LCSW: Racial and Gender Variations in Identification with the Aggressor


2:00 – 4:05 PM

The Ernst Troeltsch Controversy and the Ideological Politics of Christianity (Panel)

Chair: Brian D’Agostino, Ph.D.

Panel Participants:

Constance L. Benson, M.Div., M.Phil., Ken Fuchsman, EdD, Brigitte Demeure, Ph.D. , William Everdell, Ph.D.


4:10 – 5:10 PM

Discussion of the Documentary Who is Afraid of Alice Miller

Marc Andre Cotton, MS & Daniel Howald

NB: If you plan to attend this session, please be sure to view the 100-minute film beforehand.  It is currently only available in North America and can be rented for $12 on Vimeo at:  


If you are registering for this year’s Annual Conference, your Membership Dues will be included in your registration.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and International Psychohistorical Association (IPA). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Psychologists (APA)
Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 16.50 Psychologist contact hours.
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MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.
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* If the activity is held live in the state of NY, then direct addictions board is required, ie: NAADAC. If the activity is held outside NY, is virtual, enduring or remote, it is considered “outstate” and this reciprocity applies.
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This conference is approved for up to 16.5 Continuing Education Contact Hours.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed Social Workers {#SW-0012}.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/19 – 11/11/22. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

55 jurisdictions accept ACE-approved provider CE contact hours. ACE is not an approved Continuing Education Provider in the states of New York (though NYU Silver is NYSED CE approved in NYS) and West Virginia, unless the event is outside of West VA. ACE only approves individual courses in New Jersey, though NYU Silver is CSWE-accredited and therefore accepted for licensed NJ professionals.

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