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
Open House and Conversation: Must We Forgive to Heal? 

The inability to forgive perpetuates hate, resentment and vengeance that exaggerate the superego’s moral judgement by splitting the good and the bad, the victim and the villain or the victor. To let go or release the protective function of ‘unforgiving’ or of holding onto a grudge can be experienced as falling further into vulnerable weakness wrecked with a sense of failure and shame. The prolonging of moral judgement and splitting (creating a sadomasochistic duality) promotes psychopathological forms of forgiveness which erode self-cohesiveness, emotion regulation and interpersonal stresses. Helping a patient envision the potential of forgiveness is reparative in the analytical process towards the resolution of splitting, the resuscitation of trust and possibility of a joyful life. Developing the therapeutic knowledge to endure and support the patients’ contrasting emotional ambivalences initiates the development of empathy, remorse, repentance, atonement, apologies and ultimately…forgiveness.

Course Objectives:
1.    Attendees will learn about the psychoanalytical concepts pertaining to the problems of forgiveness and the protective functions of splitting.

2.    Attendees will learn about the different forms of psychopathological forgiveness to help with treatment planning.

3.    Attendees will learn about the potential for reparation via the analyst's ability to recognize, apologize and empathize with the patient in a holding environment despite the splitting attacks.
Place: Zoom Meeting
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Fee: Free
 RSVP: Please register with the link below or on our website.
Space is limited.

Please join us after for an Open House where we invite you to ask questions and get more information on our program.

2 Credit Hours on September 13, 2020 via Synchronous Videoconference.
2 CEU's provided by the NJSCSW, a recognized provider of Continuing Education Units by the NJ State Board of Social Work Examiners.