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Program Archive 2023

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Program Description

9 AM Sign In via Zoom

9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30AM Presentation 1 followed by Q & A Discussion:

The Other: Listening for Sibling Dynamics and How they Shape Us
Presented by Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R

Although siblings accompany us within our family of origin throughout all of our developmental stages and are often the longest relationship in our lives, scarce attention has been paid to conscious and unconscious influences of siblings in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice. It is our sibling(s) who first socialize us into the world of peers. The aim of this presentation is to widen the scope of clinical practice to include listening for lateral (sibling) transference and countertransference; to recognize and understand how a patient can “other” or be the recipient of “othering” by a sibling and its’ lifelong internal and external implications. Juliet Mitchell’s concepts of “the Law of the mother” and “Seriality,” will be used to examine significant ways a mother can diminish the potential of “othering” and enhance sibling relationships. We will also examine Juliet Mitchell’s “Sibling Thinking Theory” in opening up ways to listen for both vertical and lateral dimensions of psychic life and for recognizing when they intersect, contributing to shifts in the intersubjective fields, altering relationships and shaping development. Clinical examples will illustrate the necessity of both concepts to fully understand the complexity of an individual’s psychic life.

11:00AM Presentation 2 followed by Q & A Discussion:

Otherness, the Other, and Subjectivity in Radical Ethics
Presented by Donna M. Orange, PhD, PsyD

Otherness and difference are easily confused. We also speak of someone being “othered”. This talk will sort out some of these confusions, and go on to explain the uses of “the other” in the radical ethics of Emmanuel Levinas and Knud Loegstrup [that “o” should not be oe, but rather an o with a slash through it, something my ipad does not want to do]. Further, we will consider the shift in meaning from subjectivity as isolated ego to subjectivity as response to the other. Discussion will invite clinical implications of these ideas.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.


Saturday, April 15, 2023

9:00am - 12:30pm


GENERAL REGISTRATION - $75 or $130 for 2 consecutive Saturdays

NYSSCSW MEMBER -$60 or $100 for 2 consecutive Saturdays*

STUDENT - $20 or $30 for 2 consecutive Saturdays**

Please register by Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R and Donna M. Orange, PhD, PsyD


Live Online via Zoom

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation

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NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.

Program Details

Presentation 1:
After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the meaning of “The Law of the Mother” and “Seriality” and describe how the use of these concepts can facilitate healthy rather than destructive interactions among siblings.
  2. List two or three ways a patient may “other” or be the recipient of “othering” by a sibling, and ways this may truncate their development, limit the depth and richness of their relationship and transition into lifelong perceptions of self, self in-relationships and the potential for “othering’ therefore, limiting rather than enriching their lives.
  3. Explain the difference between the vertical and lateral dimensions of the transference and countertransference and provide an example of a lateral (sibling) transference and/or countertransference.
  4. Examine the influence of sibling(s) on ones’ interpersonal relationships with peers, and their potential impact on partner and career choices.

Presentation 2:
After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between otherness and difference.
  2. Name a central idea in the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas, and one from Loegstrup.
  3. Distinguish ego-centered subjectivity from other-centered subjectivity.
  4. Name a clinical application of this difference in notions of subjectivity.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

These presentations are appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R, is a training and supervising analyst at The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Los Angeles and a faculty member, supervising and training analyst and guest lecturer at various psychoanalytic institutes and universities in New York City. She is a past President and board member of The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and a former Co-Director and Board Member of Washington Square Institute for Mental Health (WSI). Dr. Klett is the Founder and past Director of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training and Skill Group Program at WSI. She has also served as Director of the Scientific Lecture Series at WSI (2009-2014); Co-Director of the Education Lecture Series at PPS (2009-2011); and former Director of Professional Development at the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation (2014-July 2022). Dr. Klett holds a diplomate in Clinical Social Work from New York State Society for Clinical Social Work and maintains a private practice in Manhattan working with individuals, couples, groups and provides supervision to clinicians and consultations to educational organizations. She has published many articles and reviews on trauma, eating disorders, couple treatment and the psychoanalytic process. She was former contributing editor of Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology; past co-editor of Postgrad*PPSI’s Newsletter (2009-2011); and co-authored the book, Analysis of the Incest Trauma: Retrieval, Recovery, Renewal (2015). She has presented nationally and internationally on trauma and received a Humanitarian Award for her work with the victims and families of the World Trade Center Disaster (9/11). Her presentation topic for the 54th Annual NYSSCSW Conference draws from her doctoral dissertation in 2017 and a recent course that she taught at Postgrad*PPSI, which examined historical and contemporary perspectives on sibling dynamics in psychoanalysis.

Donna M. Orange, PhD, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst and philosopher living in California. She teaches at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), and ISIPSé (Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Sé e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Roma e Milano). In addition to offering clinical consultation at these institutes and elsewhere, she teaches in humanistic psychotherapeutic settings worldwide and in private study groups. Her books include, Thinking for Clinicians (2010), The Suffering Stranger (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians (2016), Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2017), and most recently, Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear (2020).

Zoom Conference: Lecture with Audience Participation and Q & A

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.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Debbie at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

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Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

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