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Presented by: Judith Rustin, LCSW

Wednesday March 12, 2014 and March 26, 2014
from 10:00am - 11:30am for both Sessions

At Washington Square Institute, 41 East 11th Street 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003

To Register see below.


In 1920, Freud said: "Biology is truly a land of unlimited. We may expect it to give us the most surprising information and we cannot guess what answers it will return in a few dozen years to the questions we have put to it. They may be of a kind which will blow away the whole of our artificial structure of hypotheses" (Freud, 1920, p. 40)

Almost a century later, the use of concepts derived from neuroscience/biology in psychoanalytic treatment, remains controversial with strong proponents on both sides of the argument. This Two session workshop will demonstrate how neuroscience can be integrated with traditional psychoanalytic treatment. Each session will describe some of the science and then show how this can be utilized to enhance clinical practice. Particular emphasis is placed on how neuroscience provides a different knowledge base and thereby provides access to the implicit aspects of the patient/analyst interaction.

Forms of Memory: Using Implicit Procedural Memory in the Therapeutic Dyad
March 12, 2014 - Session 1

The Neuroscience of Memory - memory is crucial to all psychoanalytic endeavors. The neuroscience of memory reveals that there are many different kinds of memory. Explicit memory has been privileged in psychoanalysis for a century while implicit memory has only recently been brought into the foreground of the psychoanalytic process. Yet, most very early memories are encoded implicitly as the capacity for explicit memory does not fully develop until age three. This session will focus on early memories, how they are encoded and how they can be accessed and utilized in the psychoanalytic process. A clinical example is illustrative.

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

  1. Explicit and implicit memory and the difference between the two
  2. State Dependent Memory
  3. Parallel Distributive Processing: Memory as process and not a "thing"

The Neuroscience of Trauma: Implications for Clinical Practice
March 26, 2014 - Session 2

This seminar will describe from a neuroscience point of view the fear system, it's relationship to long term memory and how the brain processes sensory and cognitive information. This knowledge informs and suggests different clinical approaches to working with trauma in patients.

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

  1. The difference(s) between the "high road" and "low road" forms of sensory processing
  2. The difference(s) between "bottom up" and "top down" approaches to clinical treatment of early relational trauma
  3. What happens to the hippocampus when overwhelmed by fear and how that effects long term memory


Judith Rustin, LCSW

Judith Rustin, LCSW, is a faculty member and supervising psychoanalyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City, The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, in New York City and The Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association. She has lectured nationally and internationally and published scholarly papers on self-psychology, intersubjectivity systems theory and more recently the interface of infant research and neuroscience with these two psychoanalytic models. Her published scholarly papers and recently released book (January, 2013) published by W.W. Norton & Co. Infant Research and Neuroscience at Work in Psychotherapy cover these same subjects with particular emphasis on their application to the therapeutic dyad and the clinical process. In 2005, Other Press published Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment, written with collaborators, Beatrice Beebe, Steven Knoblauch and Dorienne Sorter. She maintains a private practice in New York City.


Psychoanalytic Community $40/session ($75 for both)
WSI Faculty and Staff $20/session ($35 for both)
Students/Candidates $10/session
No Fee for Candidates at WSI

Susan A. Klett, LCSW-R, BCD, NCPsyA,
Co-Director WSI, Director of Continuing Education
Email: sk409@columbia.edu  email

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Washington Square Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Washington Square Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Participants in the conference will receive 3 CE credits.

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