New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Met Chapter Committee on Psychoanalysis Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Course Number: 251      Location: Manhattan

Todd Essig, Ph.D.

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: Registration: 10:00am-10:30am
  Presentation: 10:30am-1:30pm


National Association for Psychological Psychoanalysis (NPAP)
40 West 13th Street
(btwn 5th & 6th Ave's)
New York, New York

Increasingly distance treatment is seen as holding a shimmering innovative promise of psychoanalytic treatment with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many clinicians currently practice as though distance treatment via screen or speaker is where psychoanalysis and technological innovation intersect. Such technologically-mediated treatments suggests democratization, continuity, convenience and cost-effectiveness. And why shouldn’t what takes place on screen be treated as a good-enough replacement for in-person care? After all, it often feels the same. But emerging scholarship reveals significant problems with this point of view.

In this presentation participants will grapple with clinical decisions from this more informed perspective, one that takes seriously the illusions technology is designed to create. It will argue that techno-dreams of routine good-enough remote therapy are neither that innovative nor that promising. Clinical work today, and going forward into the future, can only benefit from understanding fundamental differences between remote therapy and local therapy, between technologically-mediated presence and physical co-presence. Instead of shimmering promise, remote treatment will be shown to have inevitable losses, losses we ignore at our peril. Participants will be invited to consider how a vibrant future for psychoanalysis most likely resides in understanding the limitations, illusions, and costs of screen relations. This future includes becoming fierce advocates, both clinically and culturally, of intimacies that can only be experienced when people are bodies together.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References


 As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define screen relations. 
  2. Identify 3 qualities that differentiate screen relations from physical co-presence.
  3. Describe 3 clinical processes fundamentally changed when treatment is conducted remotely.

Todd Essig, Ph.D.,
is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst and Faculty in the Adult Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. He has served on the editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and recently co-edited a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. For 16 years, until 2009, he was Director and Founder of The Psychoanalytic Connection, where he developed numerous innovative uses of information technologies for mental health professionals. In the aftermath of 9/11 he helped organize and served as Board Chair for the New York Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC). He currently writes “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes where he covers the intersection of technology, public life and private experience. His clinical practice is in New York City where he treats individuals and couples, almost all of whom come to his office.

The space can accommodate approximately 70 attendees.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) Licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Psychoanalysts ( LP), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at


Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056, Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0017, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045.

Social workers, participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration: 10:00am-10:30am


                Members  $60
                Non-members $75
                Students with ID: $30
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

On Site:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

Please note:      
                   On Site charge takes
                  effect on Nov. 7, 2019


                For EASY online 
                registration click:

                    Register Here

             For inquiries e-mail:

             Don Appel, LMSW at

Early Registration is strongly encouraged. 
You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee
having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

For On Site Registration:

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