“The assault of COVID-19 on the world requires that we instead turn
our attention to the current demands and tasks of clinical practice in
the context of the pandemic.” Adrienne Harris, PhD

Join ICP+P’s guest presenter, Adrienne Harris, for this Live Streaming Event!

Saturday, May 2, 2020
9:00 am-12:30 pm

Conference Co-Chairs: Sandra Hershberg, MD and Janna Sandmeyer, PhD


The terrifying and life-altering presence of this pandemic changed plans both personal and professional. We work and live differently and now we must begin to think and speak together differently. This online conference replaces a talk intended as an exploration of gender, sexuality and subjectivity from a relational and socio-political perspective. In her work, Dr. Harris is particularly drawn to investigating these aspects of subjectivity as sites for misogyny, for envy and hatred.

The assault of COVID-19 on the world, however, requires that we instead turn our attention to the current demands and tasks of clinical practice in the context of the pandemic. In this conference, Dr. Harris will present an integration of thinking about our subjectivity, about our histories of trauma and early experience and about the clinical dilemmas and strengths of our current practices.

There are many cogent and useful analyses of how and why we are living through this historical moment. All are crucial and worth our attention. Thinking psychoanalytically, this moment presents as a terrifying instance of après-coup: An event that opens us to early traumatic registers — some well known, some new. It is striking to note the clinical specificity of each patient and of each of us in reaction to the pandemic. We are, all of us, plunged back to primary experiences of helplessness, to our earliest experiences of need and vulnerability. Particular developmental traumas – abandonment, violence, splits of many kinds — become part of the lens through which we experience this historical moment.

Dr. Harris will draw on theory and clinical experience to explore these matters. Additionally, Alison McGrath Howard, PsyD, MEd, CGP, who also has been a coronavirus patient, will be presenting clinical material from the patient’s and therapist’s perspectives.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss the different models of trauma and recovery in the light of the pandemic.
  2. Discuss the utility of psychodynamic models of subjectivity (gender, sexuality, class) in work with patients during this crisis.
  3. Better utilize and fine tune different modes of psychoanalytic work (telehealth) in the context of trauma work in this period.

There will be a 15 minute break halfway through the presentation as well as a Question and Answer portion during each segment.

ICP+P will be using Zoom Webinar for this conference. It is free for you to download on your device. Contact administrator@icpeast.org  for questions or more information.

This conference is appropriate for mental health professionals at all levels of experience and offers 3.0 CEs.

About our Presenters:

Adrienne Harris, PhD is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty and is a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, she, Lewis Aron, and Jeremy Safran established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. She, Lew Aron, Eyal Rozmarin and Steven Kuchuck co-edit the Book Series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis. She is an editor of the IPA ejournal, Psychoanalysis Today.

Alison McGrath Howard, PsyD, MEd, CGP is a clinical psychologist and certified group psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. She received her doctorate from the George Washington University in 2001 and her Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling from Suffolk University in Boston in 1995. She has advanced training in psychoeducational assessment and diagnosis, couples psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. Her clinical work began in 1994 during her masters program in a women’s counseling center in Boston, and spans schools, community mental health agencies, college counseling centers, and hospitals. She sees adolescents and adults and runs groups out of her practice.


ICP+P Members    $75
  MITs/Emerging Professionals/Students/1st + 2nd Year Members    $35
Non-members     $90
International Attendees (outside US)     $60

Limited scholarship opportunities are available: complete the form here (https://icpeast.org/scholarships/) or contact administrator@icpeast.org.

Refunds will be made, less a $20 processing fee, to participants
who cancel on or before April 22 only.

PLEASE NOTE: Recording in any form of this live streaming event is NOT permitted.

Continuing education credit:  3.0 CE credits available for full attendance.The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 CE credits for attending the CE activity. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* Adrienne Harris, PhD, Alison McGrath Howard, PsyD, MEd, CGP and the planners, have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity.  Any references to “off-label” (non-FDA approved) use of medication, products or devices will be explicitly disclosed in the presentation.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session.