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2021 Program Archive

The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents our:

52nd Annual Education Conference: Secrets & Lies: Psychological Consequences - Day 1

Program Description

The following five distinguished scholars, psychoanalysts and historians will bring us into the world of secrets and lies to better understand the psychodynamics at play and strategize appropriate clinical interventions.

Mary Joan Gerson, Ph.D, author, professor, psychoanalyst, takes us into the world of couples and the discovery of cyberspace betrayal.

Julie Bondanza, Ph.D, Jungian analyst, explores in depth the psychology of the meaning of secrets consciously kept as well as those we keep from ourselves.

George Hagman, LCSW and Harry Paul, Ph.D. speak to the recent proliferation of lies found in our political and social discourse, as well as the nature and legacy of lies and deception.

Charles Strozier, Ph.D., psycho-historian, psychoanalyst and Lincoln scholar will provide us with a stimulating, in-depth and thought provoking discussion of Mr. Hagman’s and Dr. Paul’s presentation on America in Crisis: The Legacy of Lies.

Day 1, Presentation 1
Electronic technology has yielded new forms of relationship bonding as well as unique aspects of betrayal and ruptures in attachment. Four key characteristics of betrayal that differentiate online from offline experience will be identified. The inherent ambiguities in defining online sexual infidelity will point to a need to professionally define the parameters of internet betrayal in light of the ever expanding electronic revolution.

Day 1, Presentation 2

This lecture explores various purposes and outcomes when secrets and lies are employed in an individual’s life. The theory underlying this lecture is based on the work of C. G. Jung where the main goal of analysis and a person’s life is individuation. Individuation is a process of the gradual integration of the self through the resolution of psychological conflicts and the development of successive aspects of one’s self. These aspects will be personal as well as collective and archetypal.

Part I April 17, 2021

  • 9:45am Welcome remarks: Shannon Boyle, LCSW, President NYSSCSW
  • Opening remarks: Susan A. Klett, Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW-R Conference Chair/Director of Professional Development ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW
  • Moderator: Marsha L. Wineburgh, DSW, LCSW-R, President ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW
  • 10:00am – 10:45am – Presentation by Mary Joan Gerson, Ph.D.
  • 10:45am – 11:15 Audience participation with Q & A
  • 11:15am Moderator: Louise DeCosta, Ph.D., LCSW-R, Conference Committee
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm – Presentation by Julie Bondanza, Ph.D.
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Audience participation, Q & A
  • Closing remarks: Dr. Louise DeCosta

Registration Options

*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, April 17, 2021

9:45am - 12:30pm

Course Number



Mary Joan Gerson, Ph.D. and Julie Bondanza, 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. Describe the parameters and definitions of infidelity in contemporary culture.
  2. Explain how cyberspace activity impacts the revelation of marital infidelity.
  3. Identify and explain how participation in online activity creates new patterns of infidelity.
  4. List some aspects of a therapist’s participation and therapeutic management.

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

  1. Identify three ways secrets and lies are employed in a person’s life.
  2. Explain how secrets may be destructive in a person’s life.
  3. Explain the role of secrets in individuation.
  4. Describe how understanding secrets one keeps from oneself can lead to a restriction of life.
  5. Describe how unearthing unconscious material can enrich life.

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.

Presentation 1
Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Supervisor and has served as the Director of the Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and a faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Active in Division 39 of the APA, Dr. Gerson is the Founding President of Section VIII, Couples and Family Therapy, as well as Founding Co-Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Health, and the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Community. She is the author of many journal articles and book chapters focused on the integration of psychoanalytic, family systemic and attachment theory, including a full length book, The Embedded Self: An Integrative Psychodynamic and Systemic Perspective on Couples and Family Therapy (second edition); Routledge.

Presentation 2
Julie Bondanza, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian psychoanalyst. She is program chair and on the board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. She is currently the president of the Jungian Analysts of Washington D.C.

She is the past director of training for the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts and past education director in New York and in DC. She has taught extensively throughout the US.

Webinar 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 Jennifer 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:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

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.

  • 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.
  • 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:
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