Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Evening Speaker Series
Out from Behind the Couch: The Case of a Mother and Her Suicidal Teenager in Detention

Presented by Susan Siegeltuch, LCSW, FIPA
Thursday, April 7, 2022
7:30PM – 9:00PM Central Time

Live via Zoom
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Registration Fees
Members: Free
Non-Members: $20

CE/CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees
Active & Student Members: Free
Friend Members: $20
Non-Members: $20

Instructional Level: Advanced

A Central American mother and her teen suicidal daughter were evaluated forensically by two senior psychoanalysts, Gilbert Kliman, MD and Susan Siegeltuch, LCSW, FIPA. Both mother and daughter experienced multiple traumas in their country of origin as well as having their trauma reactivated by ICE and their time in detention. The interviews were conducted with psychoanalytically-informed thinking, awareness of transference and countertransference, and empathic and humane listening.  Bearing witness to traumatized individuals and the atrocities they experienced has to be tolerated by the interviewers. This first-hand account of an asylum seeker and her daughter is a tribute to this mother's resilience and the power of attachment. It is also a demonstration of how psychoanalysts can make a significant contribution to work outside one's office.

  1. Identify the extent and impact of the trauma of detention on immigrants from Latin America to the US.
  2. Explain how to utilize psychoanalytic techniques in nontraditional settings such as forensic evaluations of immigrants detained by ICE.
  3. Identify ways that psychoanalysts can intervene therapeutically in forensic interview settings with traumatized individuals.
Susan Siegeltuch, LCSW, FIPA is a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist and training psychoanalyst in Maplewood, New Jersey. She works with children of all ages, teens, adults and couples. She is a graduate of three programs of the CFS (Contemporary Freudian Society): adult psychoanalysis, child and adolescent psychoanalysis, and parent/infant/toddler development and treatment. Susan has particular interests in working with children of divorce, therapy with pre-schoolers, and parent/child dyadic treatment. She currently participates in ongoing seminars in trauma and forensic evaluations with Dr. Gilbert Kliman and has a special interest in the impact of trauma on families and children. Susan is the Chair of the two-year CFS Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program and Co-Chair of the CFS Committee on Humanitarian Concerns. She is also a Senior Psychoanalyst in the Forensic Expert Witness Training and Services of the Harlem Psychoanalytic Family Institute.

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Bragin, Martha (2019), "Pour a libation for Us: Restoring the Sense of Moral Universe to Children Affected by Violence, Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 18 (3), 201-2011

Levy-Warren, Marsha (2017) Growing Up with Hatred: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspective, Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 16:3, 201-218.
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