I will be starting a trauma and addictions study group in January 2019. We will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1:00-2:00pm. We will be meeting in my White Plains office. Through a relational psychoanalytic approach we will consider the complex interaction between trauma, affect regulation, enactment and dissociation. The study group will focus on substance abuse, binge eating disorder and sexual compulsivity. We will explore the important role that 12 step meetings may play in the treatment of these patients. Our meetings will alternate between relevant readings and discussion of clinical material from participants and the instructor's practice.
In my many years of work with these patients I have found that when addictions are understood as a way of coping with feelings that are dysregulated and self-states that are dissociated, much can be addressed and worked with in the framework of the therapeutic relationship. When the clinician pays close attention to countertransference and affect regulation it is more likely that it will lead to a positive therapeutic outcome. A relational psychodynamic approach has much to offer these patients and the trauma and addictions field has much to offer as well. This study group will bring these different realms of therapeutic work in dialogue with each other.
Stewart M. Crane, LCSW the study group instructor is Director of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP). He has taught and supervised clinicians for over 30 years. He is on the faculty of WCSPP where he supervises and teaches. He recently taught a Master Class on Trauma and Addictions at WCSPP and teaches the Addictions Course at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in Manhattan. His private practice offices are in White Plains and in Manhattan where he specializes in working with patients dealing with all kinds of addictions and is experienced in working with men and women sexually abused in childhood. He will be presenting at an international conference through the International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (IARPP) this spring on issues related to shame, envy and socioeconomic class.
Please contact me if you are interested in this learning opportunity at 914-686-1491 or at my email address StewartMCrane@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.