SIPP Spring Conference – God at an Analytic Impasse – Saturday, March 10th

SIPP Spring 2012 Conference

God at an Analytic Impasse: Poverty, Devotion, and the Elusive Self

Saturday, March 10, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Rexcorp, 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY 11747

Guest Speaker:

Sue Grand, Ph.D., author of The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude and The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective

Discussants: Lewis Aron, Ph.D., ABPP & Jeff Wells, M.Div.

Dr. Grand’s fascinating paper presents her work with a migrant worker who struggles out of poverty to become a physician and caretaker. Unknown to himself as a human subject, his life is a devotion to the needy other. His own health is compromised and his sacrificial practices draw him close to near-death. Analysis of his masochism fails. To save his life, the dyad must examine his Christian convictions of passion, devotion, and sacrifice. These values collide with the analyst’s philosophical/metaphysical system, derived from relational analytic theory, her own reform Jewish ethos, and atheistic beliefs. Can patient and analyst meet — and save his life?

Please join Dr. Grand, her discussants, and the entire SIPP community as we explore this compelling intersection of psychoanalysis, religion, and social justice in the consulting room.
For further information and to register, go to

Spring 2012 Conference Flyer-1.pdf


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