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Sign the petition: NYS: Out of Network Benefits Are Essential to Mental Health

Sign the petition: NYS: Out of Network Benefits Are Essential to Mental Health

NYS is about to vote on including or eliminating Out Of Network benefits on the NYS of Health insurance exchange policies. This will directlyaffect patients in Psychotherapy, making it impossible for thousands of patients to pay for therapy without Out-of -Network benefits, interrupting their therapeutic relationship in the middle of treatment. This is a danger to their well-being.

Sign to insist that Out of Network benefits are a required option on the NYS of Health website policies.

That’s why I signed a petition to The New York State House, The New York State Senate, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, which says:

“Stop NYS of Health from threatening NYS citizens’ wellbeing and interfering with a patient’s ability to continue treatment with their psychotherapist of choice! Out of Network benefits are an essential option for the mental health of NYers.”

Will you sign this petition? Click here:


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Aliados! for Mental Health (AMH)

Aliados! for Mental Health (AMH) is a student lead consortium interested in addressing the need for bilingual and Spanish-speaking mentorship and supervision for neophyte mental health students and early-career professionals (e.g. social workers, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists) interested in providing culturally competent mental health services to the Latino community. Via our mailing list, social media and informal community events, we aim to facilitate networking, mentorship, supervision, career education and overall community building.

If interested in more information about AMH and/or joining this community, you can go to any of the following links:

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ORI annual conference: Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes (Feb 10)

ORI annual conference: Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

2013 Annual Conference:

Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location – Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 2nd avenue, NY, NY


Conference Moderator: Dr. Margaret Yard


Keynote paper presentation by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler: Countertransference, Regret and Aggression: Dramas and Free Associations in the Object Relations Therapy Group

In this keynote paper, Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler shares her experience and observations related to countertransference, free associations, and psychic regrets in the environment of the long-term object relations psychotherapy group. Psychic regret involves the conscious ability to face the grief related to existential guilt and to communicate the nature of one’s guilt to oneself, and often to another within the personal relationship. Such psychic regret and its integration of split-off aggressive aspects of the personality also promote the development of self-agency, self-reflection, and psychic dialectic helping to resolve conflicts over love and hate.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler has dealt with the topic of psychic regret in her recent  Karnac Press book, Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Clinical Cases.  In this book, Dr. Kavaler-Adler explores the profound transformational personality changes that can come about when patients consciously confront their own regrets in treatment, especially in a treatment that involves a mourning process (Kavaler-Adler’s “developmental mourning”) within a psychoanalytic treatment, and which thus addresses transference constellations.

In this conference paper, Dr. Kavaler-Adler goes one step further to offer a personal clinical experience in which she became intensely aware of her own countertransference regret. This regret then enabled her to work with the aggression in a group therapy situation, so that insight about projections and transferences in the group became possible.  So Dr. Kavaler-Adler offers us a view of the transformational value of mournful grief in relation to regret, and now of regret in the countertransference.   She further offers us a view of these conscious attempts to grapple with regret, and to learn from regret faced consciously in a group psychotherapy setting, where  psychic visualization and a focus on the individual developmental mourning process of each member of the group, facilitates work with disowned aggression, and specifically with mother/daughter conflict. Such work leads to deeper and more self reflective work in the monthly four hour intensive group.  Her paper will show the process of the psychoanalyst’s role in engaging with the group to facilitate group communication and growth once she herself is clear about the countertransferential regret that she needs to learn from as a group leader and as a psychoanalyst.

Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler’s paper will be accompanied by the discussion from a well known psychoanalytic author and clinician, Dr. Jeffrey Rubin.  Dr. Rubin will bring together the themes of “countertransference regret” with his own view of learning through failure in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Discussion by Dr. Jeffrey Rubin: Regret, Failure, and the Hidden Value of Crisis

In “Regret, Failure, and the Hidden Value of Crisis,” Dr Rubin will use Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s courageous examination of her counter-transference and regret in group psychotherapy as a jumping off point to explore his understanding of the sources of the intersubjective disjunction in the treatment Dr. Kavaler-Adler describes. He will then share how he’d approach the clinical material. In the concluding section Dr. Rubin will reflect on the potential value of failure and crisis in psychoanalysis. Both can lead to transformation and growth if pursued with integrity, clarity and compassion.



Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute since 1991. She has over 35 years of experience as the clinical  psychologist and psychoanalyst, group therapist, psychoanalytic training supervisor; psychotrauma, developmental mourning, grief, and self-sabotage specialist. Dr. Kavaler-Adler works with individuals and groups. Her monthly therapy group is open for 18 years now, and it focuses on developmental mourning process. The other two groups are dedicated to the clinical supervision process, and a new group – on creative writing and blocks to creativity. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author – she had published three psychoanalytic books with Routledge and 60 peer-reviewed articles and edited book chapters. Her two new books, The Anatomy of Regret  andThe Klein-Winnicott Dialectic  

are being published by Karnac in 2013. Dr. Kavaler-Adler received 11 awards for psychoanalytic writing, including the National 2004 Gradiva award for her bookMourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is the object relations theorist who had integrated and developed further ideas of the British object relations clinicians and thinkers. Visit

– for more information on upcoming events, groups, and consultations. 


Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. The author of Psychotherapy and Buddhism; The Good Life; and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time, Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities and psychoanalytic institutes including Union Theological Seminary, The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, The C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, The American Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Yeshiva University. A Dharma Holder in the White Plum Sangha and Red Thread Zen Circle and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, Dr. Rubin is considered one of the leading integrators of the Western psychotherapeutic and Eastern meditative traditions. He runs private study groups on dreams and meditation and meditation and psychotherapy and lectures around the country on two recent books, The Art of Flourishing, and Psychotherapy and Meditation. Dr. Rubin is a training and supervising analyst at the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and can be contacted through his website ( ).


Margaret Yard, PhD, APRN, BC – Asst. Professor, Lehman College, CUNY, Faculty, Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, Alumni Program in International Trauma Studies, Columbia University, Alumni Adult Psychoanalytic Program and Analytic Group Therapy Programs, Post Graduate Center for Mental Health, Past President Post-Graduate Psychoanalytic Society, Co-Chair Educational and Training Programs, Faculty for Psychoanalytic Training, Object Relations Institute and Washington Square Institute. She is a faculty and training supervisor for Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association (CAPA) and teaches psychoanalysis in Beijing and Singapore. She is a Chair of the Province Review Board for Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Affirming and Protecting Children and Young People Program as well as consultant for contemplative monastic communities for nuns in the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church. Read more about Dr. Margaret Yard HERE

Conference schedule:

Registration and coffee & muffins: 9:30-10:00 am; program begins @ 10am
Conference: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Lunch: 12:00 -1:00 pm; Entertainment during lunch – professional Argentine tango performances.


Fees and Registration:

____ Early Bird registration (before January 19th, 2013) – $95 regular/ $45 students

____ Pre-registration discount (January 19th – February 2nd, 2013) – $105 regular/ $55 students

____ Registration after February 2nd, 2013 – $115 regular/ $65 student

____ Registration at the door – $125 regular/ $75 students


Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. Inquire by email to or at 646-522-1056.


To register: E-mail: or, or Fax your request @ (718) 785-3270 Call 646-522-1056 (ORI administrator) or (212) 674-5425 (Dr. Kavaler-Adler).


Please, send your registration forms and payment (checks and money orders only) to:

 ORI Administrator; 75-15 187 Street; Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725. Cash is only accepted at the door.


For more information, write to Dr. Inna Rozentsvit, ORI Administrator at or call @ 646-522-1056.


ORI Administrator,
Community Relations Coordinator, and Web Editor

For more information on the Object Relations Institute training programs and educational courses and workshops, please visit

Visit our YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009 (at  for
– short professional videos with highlights of our 2009, 2010, 2011 annual conferences, and
– 15-min educational videos on Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Technique: Intro to OR concepts; Self-Sabotage, Time as an Object, and Projective Identification.

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Latin American Contribution to Psychoanalysis (March 16)

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Open House @ NYU Postdoc (Nov 9)



Come learn about Postdoc’s Psychoanalytic Training Program

Friday, November 9, 2012

7:00 – 7:45 pm Wine & Reception
7:45 – 9:00 pm  Program:


The Shoah in the Consulting Room:  Challenges in the Analytic Relationship
and the Transformative Power of Supervision

Deborah Liner, Ph. D.

Discussant:  Jody Davies, Ph.D.

The case presented will illustrate complicated dynamics in an analysis when both analyst and patient appear to share complementary intergenerational Holocaust histories.  A pivotal point in the treatment will be highlighted in which supervision facilitated successful resolution of a treatment impasse.

Location: NYU Kimmel Center

60 Washington Square South, Room804-805

Meet with our Faculty, Graduates, and Candidates in an informal setting
Discover what makes NYU Postdoc unique

*Comprehensive training in all major theoretical orientations
*Move at your own pace, design your own program
*Enjoy a multi-disciplinary intellectual community
*Generous financial aid available

RSVP appreciated, but not necessary, to:

Tamar Martin

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Looking For Psychologists and Psychology Graduates Students to Participate In an International Research Study on Diagnoses and Ethics

(From Robert M. Gordon – Please direct questions about the methodology, acknowledgments for participation including possible co-authorship to: Robert M. Gordon,


I need contact information of doctoral programs that teach any or all: DSM, ICD, PDM. Any faculty or graduate student can contact me. We will offer acknowledgements to anyone who helps gets respondents. There may be a possibility for co-authorship for collecting data from 20 or more respondents.

Looking For Psychologists and Psychology Graduates Students to Participate In an International Research Study on Diagnoses and Ethics

1. To compare Italian with US raters of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Prototypes (PDP) (Francesco Gazzillo, Vittorio LIngiardi & Franco Del Corno) and the Psychodiagnostic Chart (PDC) (Robert Gordon and Robert Bornstein)

2. To assess how these instruments may help in treatment formulation and better inform about possible high-risk patients that may present ethical problems.

Any mental health professional or graduate psychology student who is able to give a DSM or ICD or PDM diagnosis may participate.

Think of a patient that you have seen recently (in the past week) that you know well enough to diagnose. Then complete the PDP, PDC and a brief treatment questionnaire. This can be done in 20-30 minutes.

Benefits and Ethical Concerns:
There are no foreseeable concerns about negative effects. Patients’ names or identifying data will not be used. This study may be used for operationalizing a psychodynamic diagnostic system. The participant is likely to learn to better diagnose personality structure and disorders.

Please direct questions about the methodology, acknowledgments for participation including possible co-authorship to: Robert M. Gordon,

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Interview with NYU Postdoc Director, Dr. Lew Aron

Here’s an interview (with NYU Postdoc Director, Dr. Lew Aron) about the upcoming “When Stress Causes Pain” conference on October 6:

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