ACE Foundation Programs

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation’s Sunday Program Series Presents:


Program Description

This presentation on the Closet Narcissist begins with a theoretical background, and then enters the vivid drama of the “Blue Jasmine” character in Woody Allen’s movie “Blue Jasmine.” Scenes from this film bring the Closet Narcissist front stage center, and show the tragic self-sabotage that is inevitable when the pathology of the Closet Narcissist character is not treated. Then the Jungian and Object Relations dynamics of the “Demon Lover Complex” are expressed with mythological references and metaphors. This is followed by a clinical vignette, which illustrates the healing of developmental trauma in a female patient with the Closet Narcissism syndrome, which was played out exquisitely in the transference, and resolved in the psyche of the patient through the progress of “Developmental Mourning” as in the theories of Susan Kavaler-Adler.

Part II: A Role Play Demonstration will follow on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members 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, October 2, 2022


Course Number



Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation



contact Hours:

2.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.



Program Details

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare the Closet Narcissist in relation to the Grandiose Narcissist
  2. Identify how the film “Blue Jasmine” relates to the Closet Narcissist
  3. Describe the Synthesis of the Demon Lover syndrome and the merger of the Closet Narcissist with the Grandiose Narcissist

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

Clinicians from all levels of experience will benefit from this presentation.

Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA, is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, who has been in private practice for 46 years. She is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, as well as the President of the Board for ORI. She is a Training Analyst, Senior Supervisor, and an active teacher. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is also a prolific author who has received 16 awards for her publications. She has published 7 books and over 70 articles, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Controversial Conversations. She also has monthly groups in Mourning and Therapy, psychic visualization, experiential role-play supervision, and writing. Some of her books are: “The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers”(Routledge 1993, ORI Academic Press 2013); “The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity” (Routledge 1996, ORI Academic Press 2013); “Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis” (Routledge 2003); “The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies” (Karnac/Routledge 2013); “The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory” (Karnac/Routledge 2014); “Saturday Nights at Lafayette Grill: True Tales and Gossips of the New York City Argentine Tango Scene” (Mindmend Press, 2016)

Bibliography/References – DOWNLOAD PDF
A Lecture and Power Point presentation with ample time for audience 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.

  • 2.0 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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