This event is co-sponsored with Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

 February 27, 2021

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM Central

3.0 CE/CME


Members: $70

Non-Members: $90

Early Career Professionals (within 5 years of graduation) / Student / Retired: $35

 Abstract: In both our world and in our clinical practices, hate and destructiveness often surface in complex ways. Sometimes they take the form of direct aggression, evoking fear and paralysis in their object. At other times, hate and destructiveness take more covert forms that gaslight their object and cause mystification. In this workshop we will examine these disparate forms, the ways they enlist bystander inaction to isolate the object, and the modes of response that are most illuminating and effective in healing aggression. We will examine these themes in cultural and clinical contexts, and invite participants to share their own clinical conundrums.

 Bio: Dr Sue Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; faculty, trauma program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies; faculty, Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; fellow, The Institute for Psychology and the Other. She is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: a clinical and cultural perspective; The Hero in the Mirror: from fear to fortitude; and co-editor of Trans-generational trauma and the Other: a dialogue across history and difference and The Wounds of History: repair and resiliency in the trans-generational transmission of trauma. She is associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She is in private practice in NYC and Teaneck NJ.

 Learning Objectives:

After attending the presentation in its entirety, participants will be able to:

1) Identify a client’s direct forms of aggression

2) Identify a client’s indirect passive aggression

3) Describe their own counter-transference fear and paralysis

4) Describe and clarify their own sense of mystification

5) Describe how to address these forms of aggression in clinical settings


Sue Grand, 2000. The reproduction of evil: a clinical and cultural perspective. Analytic Press, Hillsdale NJ

Sue Grand, 2009  The Hero in the Mirror: from fear to fortitude. Routledge NY

Sue Grand, 2017. Skin Memories: on race, love and loss. in Trans-generational trauma and the other: dialogues across history and difference. Eds: Sue Grand and Jill Salberg. Routledge NY

Continuing Education: 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. CME: These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose. Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3 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 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.


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