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2019 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Met Chapter Committee on Psychoanalysis with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

Increasingly distance treatment is seen as holding a shimmering innovative promise of psychoanalytic treatment with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many clinicians currently practice as though distance treatment via screen or speaker is where psychoanalysis and technological innovation intersect. Such technologically-mediated treatments suggests democratization, continuity, convenience and cost-effectiveness. And why shouldn’t what takes place on screen be treated as a good-enough replacement for in-person care? After all, it often feels the same. But emerging scholarship reveals significant problems with this point of view.

In this presentation participants will grapple with clinical decisions from this more informed perspective, one that takes seriously the illusions technology is designed to create. It will argue that techno-dreams of routine good-enough remote therapy are neither that innovative nor that promising. Clinical work today, and going forward into the future, can only benefit from understanding fundamental differences between remote therapy and local therapy, between technologically-mediated presence and physical co-presence. Instead of shimmering promise, remote treatment will be shown to have inevitable losses, losses we ignore at our peril.

Participants will be invited to consider how a vibrant future for psychoanalysis most likely resides in understanding the limitations, illusions, and costs of screen relations. This future includes becoming fierce advocates, both clinically and culturally, of intimacies that can only be experienced when people are bodies together.

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.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Sunday, November 10, 2019


Course Number



Todd Essig, Ph.D.

Program Originator:



National Association for Psychological Psychoanalysis (NPAP)
40 West 13th Street (btwn 5th & 6th Ave's)
New York, New York

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

Applicable for:



Registration is closed.

Program Details

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define screen relations.
  2. Identify 3 qualities that differentiate screen relations from physical co-presence.
  3. Describe 3 clinical processes fundamentally changed when treatment is conducted remotely.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) Licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Psychoanalysts ( LP), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).

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

Todd Essig, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst and Faculty in the Adult Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. He has served on the editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and recently co-edited a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. For 16 years, until 2009, he was Director and Founder of The Psychoanalytic Connection, where he developed numerous innovative uses of information technologies for mental health professionals. In the aftermath of 9/11 he helped organize and served as Board Chair for the New York Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC). He currently writes “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes where he covers the intersection of technology, public life and private experience. His clinical practice is in New York City where he treats individuals and couples, almost all of whom come to his office.


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.

  • 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.
  • 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:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact:

Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists  #PSY-0121.

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0056; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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