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2022 Program Archive

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


Program Description

The Second Part of this Program on the Closet Narcissist will be a Role-Play of a Closet Narcissist patient in an in vivo session with Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, playing the psychotherapist/psychoanalyst. The role-play technique is employed by Dr. Kavaler-Adler in her monthly Friday supervision group, in group supervision classes at the Object Relations Institute and in workshops and conferences. It is a vital educational approach to learning about clinical process and clinical interventions, where the person playing the part of the patient is actually the patient’s therapist. In this way the therapist experiences her/his patient from the inside/out. In this demonstration Dr. Loray Daws will play the role of one of his patients who is a male Closet Narcissist. In the presentation a case of a female Closet Narcissist was discussed and the role-play will illustrate the same syndrome in a male. In the role-play format the person playing the psychotherapist (in this case Dr. Kavaler-Adler) will respond spontaneously in the moment, just as in a regular psychotherapy session. She is not apprised about the patient beforehand, but the intro to the patient’s history and psyche is made just prior to the role-play demonstration. Those in the audience will be able to view an advanced clinician respond to the Closet Narcissist patient. Dr. Loray Daws will enact the typical behavior of his patient in a session, but will also be open to responding, in the moment, to the interventions made by Dr. Kavaler-Adler as the psychotherapist. Those in participating in this workshop will be able to raise questions and comments related to the role-play, and to all the psychodynamic and developmental issues that it poses. Dr. Kavaler-Adler can teach theory and clinical process in this way, as a discussion unfolds.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022


Course Number



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

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation


Live Online via Zoom

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.


Please Register By Friday, 11/4/2022 at 5pm.

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 Psychoanalyst, who has practiced for 47 years. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she serves as Faculty, Senior Supervisor and Training Analyst. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is also a prolific author, who has published 6 books and over 70 articles. She has won 16 awards for her writing, including a Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for “Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis” (Routledge 2003, Gradiva Award 2004). Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s other books include “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 2014); “The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies” (Karna/Routledge 2013); “The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformational New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory” (Karnac/Routledge 2014). Susan Kavaler-Adler is also on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Controversial Conversations, and she has monthly groups in Writing, Experiential Supervision, Mourning and Psychotherapy.

with guest Loray Daws, Ph.D., Reg. Psych

Loray Daws is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa and a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from the University of Pretoria and served as a full-time lecturer from 1998 to 2006. Whilst lecturing psychometric assessment, psychopathology and psychodynamic psychotherapy, he also acted as a consultant for the Department of Periodontology in the Faculty of Health. During this period, he published nationally and internationally, lecturing at various psychiatric hospitals, private clinics, and tertiary institutions. In 2003, Dr. Daws participated in founding the Rorschach Institute of South Africa and served as a board member from 2004-2007. Dr. Daws was also assistant editor of the South African Rorschach Journal (2005-2007) and remained co-director of the South African Masterson Institute for the study of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Since formally leaving the University of Pretoria, Dr. Daws has completed a three-year post-graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the disorders of self (personality disorders) and serves as a senior faculty member at the International Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in New York since 2010. Dr. Daws moved with his family to Vancouver Island in 2009, where he currently works in full-time private practice. Never far from the academic field, Dr. Daws still serves as assistant editor for the Canadian Global Journal of Health Sciences, evaluator and international advisory board member of the International Journal of Psychotherapy (IJP), assistant editor (and Faculty Member) at EPIS (Existential Psychoanalytic Institute and Society) and has published articles and book chapters in the areas of psychoanalysis, daseinsanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, disorders of the self, psychosomatic difficulties, mental health ethics, and the Rorschach in journals such as the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, South African Rorschach Journal, and Clinical Counselling and Contemporary Psychotherapy. Dr. Daws supervises and teaches in South Africa, Canada, the United States, Australia, and Turkey. He is the editor of 5 books on psychoanalysis and existential analysis. He is also currently an advanced candidate at the Object Relations Institute for Object Relations Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New York.

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A Lecture and Power Point presentation with ample time for audience Q & A.

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