ACE Foundation Programs

2022 Program Archive

The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents our:

53rd Annual Education Conference - Lives Disrupted: Resilience in the Face of Loss, Day 2 - LIVE VIA ZOOM

Program Description

Living in this age of COVID, each of us has suffered a sequela of complicated physiological and psychological effects. In 2005, Oliver Sachs co-authored an op-ed in the Times, emphasizing that discrete flu viruses could cause “shadow pandemics.” Although his focus was on the neurological complications, he reminded and presented us with the idea of shadow aftermaths to the original viral contagion. “Such post-viral diseases have been recorded since the time of Hippocrates.”

The focus of our conference is to trace and honor the legacy of our collective experience during this current pandemic. In our first Saturday presentation we consider the heartbreaking emotional and physical challenges of personal loss and grief as well as long-term health conditions of those who have survived Covid 19. In our second Saturday presentation, we will consider reflections of the past two years and the experiential nature of loneliness and solitude as well as the potential for recreating our lives in more fulfilling ways.

Presentation 1
The Place Where We Live: Being at Home Being Alone by Lesley Caldwell

I am linking Winnicott’s account of being alone with the ideas raised by his posthumous collection Home is where we start from (1986) to link the patient in analysis, the widespread condition of homelessness in the contemporary world, and the engagement with the art object and what it offers. Both aloneness and solitude are necessary but also inevitable conditions for participating fully in everyday life and difficulty; they are also part of the process of analysis and the pleasures of cultural artifacts. This paper approaches these interrelated issues through Winnicott’s ‘The Capacity to be Alone’ (1958) and ‘Communicating and Not Communicating leading to a Study of Certain Opposites’ (1965) and Melanie Klein’s ‘On the Sense of Loneliness.’ (1963).

Moderator: Louise DeCosta, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Presentation 2

Love’s Possibility: On Loneliness, Madness and Human Dignity by Dr. Richard Gipps.

We may distinguish between i) ordinary, passing, conscious loneliness, and the suffering of ii) ‘loneliness-beyond-loneliness’ or of ‘becoming loneliness’ itself. This latter state is mute, unknown to its sufferer. To fall into it is to lose any sense that one is lovable, or to lose any sense that loving and being loved is a live concern in life. For the consciously lonely, love exists ‘over there, between the others’. For the lonely-beyond-lonely, the world is no longer seen with the look of love. Those with serious mental illness can inhabit this state of loneliness-beyond-loneliness. Recovery can involve developing the ability both to feel, and to tend to, one’s loneliness and shame. To recover from such loneliness and shame involves developing the hard-won capacity to know oneself lovable. Thankfully this comes not only from being loved in friendship. It also stems from the installation of dignity – a state of knowing that one’s living in accord with one’s values, holding one’s head aptly high, requiring ethical recognition from others if one is to engage with them, and feeling within oneself that love which is of a piece with self-respect. In this talk I illustrate the central themes with examples from poetry and from the autobiographies of patients in psychotherapy.

Moderator: Louise DeCosta, Ph.D., LCSW-R

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 9, 2022

9:00am - 12:30pm

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Dr. Richard Gipps and Lesley Caldwell

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation



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3.0 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. Identify the main aspects of the differing approaches of Donald Winnicott and Melanie Klein to solitude and loneliness.
  2. Compare the idea of being at home to the concept of being in psychoanalysis.
  3. Explain the links between solitude and creativity.

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

  1. Explain the difference between conscious and unconscious loneliness.
  2. Describe how loneliness and an absent sense of lovability can be at play in severe mental illness.
  3. Define the psychotherapeutic significance of dignity.

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

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

Lesley Caldwell is visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London (UCL), a psychoanalyst, now retired, of the British Psychoanalytic Association and a Clinical Associate of the British Society of Psychoanalysis. She is a European member of the IPA Board ( 2021-2023) and a member of the editorial group of the IPA/ COWAP, (committee dedicated to women and psychoanalysis) book series.

She was an Editor and Trustee for the Winnicott Trust (2002 to 2016) and its Chair of Trustees (2008 to 2012). With Helen Taylor Robinson she is Joint General Editor of the Collected Works of Donald Winnicott (OUP, 2016) which won The American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis book prize (History section) in 2017. As Director of the Squiggle Foundation (2000 – 2003) and Editor of its Winnicott Studies monograph series (Karnac & Squiggle Foundation, 2000-2008) Dr. Caldwell published Art, Creativity, Living (2000), The Elusive Child (2003), Sex and Sexuality: Winnicottian Perspectives (2005) and Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Tradition (2007). With Angela Joyce she published Reading Winnicott for the New Library Teaching Series (2011). Her current publications include articles on Winnicott’s Fear of Breakdown (2021), Marion Milner (2021), Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena (2022), Aloneness (2022) and finally ‘From Squiggles to Art’ (2022) with Dieter Burgin. Professor Caldwell is also Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Italian department at UCL and has written extensively on the Italian family, the topic of her book, Italian Family Matters (Macmillan,1991), on Italian cinema, and co-edited two books on the city of Rome.

Dr. Richard Gippshas a Ph.D in philosophy and Clinical Psychology. His psychotherapy practice is in Oxford, UK. He is author of ‘On Madness: Understanding the Psychotic Mind’, forthcoming with Bloomsbury Publishing, co-editor of the ‘Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis’ and the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry’ published by Oxford University Press. Interests include philosophical issues in psychopathological theory and psychotherapeutic practice and the liberatory philosophy of Wittgenstein. In ordinary language he has discussed philosophy, moral psychology and virtue ethics as a resource for psychotherapy and the life writings of those suffering severe mental illness.

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 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.

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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.

  • 3.0 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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