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2020 Program Archive

The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents our:

51st Annual Education Conference: Emerging Voices - Day 2

Program Description

What Should a Wife Want? By Janice S. Lieberman. Ph.D.

I will explore the problematic role of “wife”, even in 2020. I was inspired by Glen Close’s role as wife to a Nobel Prize winner in the film “The Wife” (also a novel by Meg Wolitzer), in which she was overlooked, patronized, having to play second fiddle to her most difficult husband. In her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Close spoke of the denigrated position her own mother took and that the film probably took so long to make because of the title!

Today’s dilemma: the wife who does not play second fiddle to her husband is still regarded by some as castrating. The wife, even if a successful breadwinner, is still mostly the caretaker: of children, both sets of aging parents, of the home, and especially, the husband. If not, she is not a “good wife”. I am still seeing in therapy several young women who are about to enter marriages knowing that they will be forever financially dependent on their husbands and already have abdicated any power in decision making.

Single Mothers by Choice; Challenging Psychoanalysts’ Prejudices By Margarita Cereijido, Ph.D.

In the 1980s, I was concerned that single motherhood represented a narcissistic project, and that the resulting children would have difficulties separating. I conducted a study exploring those mothers’ fantasies of what the children and their relationship with their single mothers would be like. Today, I no longer think that becoming a single mother is a narcissistic project. Furthermore, I recently interviewed some of those children. They are individuals living life the way Freud described it: loving and working. I discus my work with these women in the 1980s and compare it to my current work with single women who are considering motherhood today. The evolution of my theoretical understanding and prejudices are, therefore, part of my study.

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*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.

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


Saturday, October 31, 2020

10:00am - 12:30pm

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Janice S. Lieberman, Ph.D. and Margarita Cereijido, Ph.D.

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation



contact Hours:

2.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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Program Details

Presentation 1

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the proper role of the psychoanalyst in helping their female patients who have decided to enter a traditional marriage, financially dependent on their husbands, maintain self-respect and independence.
  2. Identify what Dr. Lieberman means by “What should a wife want today?”
  3. Explain whether freedom from societal expectations of traditional gender roles can be attained and
    describe your reasoning.

Presentation 2

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the differences between traditional and contemporary views about motherhood.
  2. Describe how cultural change intersects with psychoanalysts’ prejudices about single mothers.

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

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

Dr. Abelin-Sas Rose is a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (CAPS), and the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). She founded the New York Psychoanalytic Institute Colloquium with Visiting Authors. Her papers include: To Mother or Not to mother: Abortion and its Challenges, The Headless Woman: Scheherazade’s Syndrome, Discovering One’s Own Responsibility in a Judgmental System, The Internal Interlocutor, Malignant Passionate Attachments, Coupledom, and A perilous Road to Hope. Dr. Abelin-Sas Rose has co-authored, with Peter Mezan, Ph.D., numerous papers on psychoanalytic couple’s therapy. She has also co-edited, with Leticia Glocer Fiorini, Freud’s Femininity. She is in private practice and conducts private seminars and supervision in New York City.

Dr. Kramer-Richards is a training and supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society, IPTAR, and the IPA. She is a founder, teacher and training analyst of the Wuhan, SinoAmerican Psychotherapy Training Program. Dr. Kramer-Richards is a prolific writer with numerous publications on gender, femininity, dreams, literature, perversions, poetry and film. Her publications include: The Laundryman’s Daughter (Poems), Pedro Almodovar: A Cinema of Passion and Desire edited with Lucille Spira, (IP Books, 2019), Psychoanalysis in Fashion edited with Anita Katz (IP Books, 2019), Myths of Mighty Women: Their Application in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Lucille Spirs, (Karnac, 2015), Psychoanalysis: Listening to Understand, Selected Papers of Arlene Kramer-Richards (Nancy Goodman, Ed. IP Books, 2013) and Encounters with Loneliness: Only the Lonely with Arthur Lynch and Lucille Spira (IP Books (2013). Dr. Kramer-Richards is a recipient of the Gradiva Award (2014).

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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.

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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.

  • 2.5 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
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