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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 2

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 2

AMERICA IN CRISIS: THE LEGACY OF LIES by George Hagman, LCSW and Harry Paul, Ph.D.
The promotion of lies to gain and maintain power has become a core strategy in American politics for several generations. Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, lies both big and small have become ubiquitous, especially with the proliferation of social media and cable news. The nature of these lies and their function in the creation of a delusional bond between President Trump and his base of followers will be reviewed in this presentation. In particular the speakers will discuss Trump’s use of gaslighting during the Covid Pandemic, as well as the promotion of the Big Lie of Trump’s election victory in the 2020 election. The fateful explosion of rage resulting from the collision of these lies with the reality of Trump’s defeat, which occurred during the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capital, has scarred the nation. The speakers will discuss the legacy of these lies for American society during the Biden administration and beyond. In particular they will demonstrate how the cancerous, cryptopsychotic process which underlay Trump’s bond with his supporters continues to metastasize throughout the social fabric and body politic with possibly dire results.

  • 9:45am Welcoming remarks: Marsha L. Wineburgh, DSW, LCSW-R President ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW
  • Moderator: Susan A. Klett, Ph.D. Psy.D., LCSW-R Conference Chair/Director of Professional Development ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW
  • 10:00am – 10:45 am – Presentation by George Hagman, LCSW and Harry Paul, Ph.D.
  • 10:45am – 11:30am – Discussant: Charles Strozier, Ph.D.
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm – Panel George Hagman, LCSW and Harry Paul, Ph.D. in dialogue with Charles Strozier
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Audience Participation, Q & A
  • Closing remarks: Dr. Susan Klett

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 24, 2021

9:45am - 12:30pm

Course Number



George Hagman, LCSW, Harry Paul, Ph.D., and Charles B. Strozier, Ph.D.

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation



contact Hours:

2.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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Program Details

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the recent proliferation of lies in political and social discourse in terms of psychodynamics of pervasive shame and feelings of powerlessness.
  2. Describe the psychodynamics of the relationship between the narcissistic leader and the desire of the group to merge with him or her.
  3. Compare and contrast the use of lies and truth in the current political environment with the years of the prior administration.

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.

George Hagman, LCSW is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. He is on faculty of the Training and Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology, and is a training analyst, supervisor, and faculty member of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. George is co-editor with Peter Zimmermann and Harry Paul of Intersubjective Self Psychology: A Primer (Routledge, 2019). He is also the General Editor of the Art, Creativity and Psychoanalysis book series and New Directions in Self Psychology book series both published by Routledge.

Harry Paul, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors, supervisor and faculty member of TRISP, The Training and Research Institute in Intersubjective Self Psychology in New York City. He co-authored with Richard Ulmann, The Self Psychology of Addiction and Its Treatment: Narcissus in Wonderland (Routledge, 2006) and written numerous other papers on Intersubjectivity and Self Psychology. He is a co-editor and author of Intersubjective Self Psychology: A Primer, (Routledge, 2019). Dr. Paul practices in New York City and Chappaqua, New York.

Charles B. Strozier, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of History at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York and past professor of History at John Jay College. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Strozier has been a research candidate in the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and a clinical graduate from the Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology [TRISP]. He has been an active member of TRISP since its founding.

Dr. Strozier is the recipient of numerous awards and has written many journal articles and books on aspects of history and psychoanalysis. A few of his books include Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001) which remains in print and has been translated into Italian, Japanese, and, just last year, Hebrew; Apocalypse: On The Psychology of Fundamentalism in America {Beacon Press, 1994) and Lincoln’s Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings (New York, Basic Books, 1982). Dr. Strozier maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis in northern Florida.

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.

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