WNEPS Spring Symposium
Saturday, May 22, 2021
9:00 am--12:15 pm
online via Zoom
Fee: $75 Professional Registration/$25 for Candidates & Students
When a Parent Dies: Clinical Implications of Enduring Loss
Salman Akhtar, MD: Life-long Impact of Childhood Maternal Loss
Salman Akhtar’s talk explores the life-long emotional impact of childhood maternal loss. The particular struggles and vulnerabilities associated with early loss of a parent will be discussed with attention to aggression, narcissism, love, temporality, and feelings about one’s own mortality. Drawing from two detailed clinical examples he will demonstrate technique, noting particular attention to memories, dreams and the use of silence. He will emphasize the need for an unusual amount of “holding” to validate the gravity of the loss, unmask the defenses against awareness of the impact of the loss and to interpret defensive use of “orphan status”.
Lorraine Siggins, MD: Parental Loss, Adolescence and Beyond
Lorraine Siggins will discuss the impact of maternal loss at key developmental points in the life cycle. She will be focusing particularly on parental loss in late adolescence and early adulthood. Her discussion will include how the loss can be used defensively to minimize its importance, thus contributing to the constriction of the person’s psychological development. The discussion will also include how maternal loss interferes with the integration of the person’s personality and their ability to internalize new objects.
Discussant: Sybil Houlding, LCSW, FAPB
9:00--9:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15--10:00 Life-long Impact of Early Maternal Loss - Salman Akhtar, MD
10:15--11:00 Parental Loss: Adolescence and Beyond - Lorraine Siggins, MD
11:00--11:30 Discussion - Sybil Houlding, LCSW, FAPB
11:30--12:15 Open Discussion, Questions and Comments
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Organization and The Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. The Americian Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Important disclosure information for all learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial information to disclose.
This program is being evaluatied by the National Association of Social Workers, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.
CME/CEC credit requires a signed attendance form and completed evaluation form. Certificates will be mailed to you.
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