An Invitation to Mental Health Professionals
Together with The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work, The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. presents:
An Invitation to Mental Health Professionals
A Thought Provoking Series
∙Open Discussions
∙Approachable, non-judgmental, interactive

Evolutionary psychologist Dr. Yuval Laor will discuss how the psychological state of fervor is related to, and similar in many ways, to the psychological states of infatuated parental love and the intense romantic obsession that Dorothy Tennov calls Limerence. Among other similarities, these states create blindspots regarding the objects of one’s love or fervor; and they are intensified by stress (in the form of trauma, emergency, insecurity, uncertainty, etc.). This means that terrorizing and stressing people out can increase their level of fervor and prevent them from clearly seeing the situation they are in.

Course Objectives:
Continuing Educational Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to define the psychological state of fervor.
  2. Participants will discover the biological and psychological underpinnings of fervor.
  3. Participants will be able to compare and contrast fervor with infatuated love as well as with the states of hypomania and addiction.
  4. Participants will learn about the psychological states and circumstances that increase the possibility of fervor.
Place:   Five Star Premier Residence
 655 Pomander Walk
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Date:  Sunday, March 15, 2020
Time : 9:30am to 1:00pm
Fee: $30 for non-members of IPS
 RSVP: Please register on our website .
Space is limited.

9:30am-10am           Registration and Brunch
10am-10:15am         Welcome (Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA, Director, IPS)
10:15am-11:45am    Presentation of Yuval Laor, PhD
11:45am-12pm         Break
12pm-1pm               Discussion (William Goldberg, LCSW, PsyA)
*3 CEUs provided by the NJSCSW, a recognized provider of Continuing Education Units by the NJ State Board of Social Work Examiners. 
According to regulatory criteria established by the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners, and our compliance with those criteria, the New Jersey Society of Clinical Social Work offers this program to meet the continuing education requirements for the renewal of the New Jersey social work license/certification. I certify that the above named individual accrued the number of Professional Development Hours. 
Yuval Laor received his PhD in culture studies from Tel Aviv University, where he was supervised by leading evolutionary biologist Eva Jablonka. His dissertation explored the evolution of religious psychology, with an emphasis on evolutionary accounts of the human capacity for fervor and sudden conversion, and his subsequent, highly original work has focused on the nature of fervor. Dr. Laor has published articles in the Journal of Religion Brain and Behavior and the Journal of History and Theory. He currently is working on a book entitled The Religious Primate: What cults and fervor can teach us about the evolution of religion. Dr. Laor is an amateur chess player, rated as a candidate-master by the US Chess Federation.