The Institute for Clinical Social Work


ICSW Faculty Featured at Forms and Transformations of Connectedness Conference


Several ICSW faculty member's are participating in International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology's Forms and Transformations of Connectedness, including former Dean Amy Eldridge, who is co-chairing the conference.

  • Faculty member and alum Ida Roldan is giving a paper entitled "Psychoanalytic Training and the Quest for Integrated Selfhood."  Alum Thetis Cromie is moderating the session. (Saturday, 4:15–5:45 pm)
  • Faculty Emeritus Lynn Borenstein is giving a paper entitled "Empathic Alertness:  Forward Movement in Child Psychotherapy," followed by a discussion lead by alum William Gieseke.  (Saturday, 2:15–3:45 pm)
  • Visiting Professor Carla Leone is presenting a pre-conference workshop entitled "One Couple, Three Perspectives:  Comparing Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches to Couples Treatment." She is also giving a paper entitled "Forms and Transformations of Connectedness in Couples:  How Self Psychology and 'Emotionally Focused Therapy' Can Inform Each Other." (Thursday, 8:30–11:30 am and Sunday, 8:00–9:30 am)
  • Visiting Professor Jeffrey Stern is presenting a paper entitled "Forms and Transformations of Loneliness." (Sunday, 8:00–9:30 am)
  • Faculty Emeritus R. Dennis Shelby is discussing a paper entitled "The Suffering Stranger and the Suffering Therapist." (Saturday, 2:15–3:45 pm)
  • In addition to co-chairing the conference, former Dean Amy Eldridge is presenting in a pre-conference workshop  entitled "Ethics in the Digital Age".  She is also offering a Conference Summation in the Final Plenary on Sunday. (Thursday, 1–4 pm and Sunday, 12:00–12:45 pm)

Event Details

International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Presents:
Forms and Transformations of Connectedness
October 17-20, 2013
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Conference Co-chairs: Amy Eldridge, PhD, MSW & Scott Davis, MD

Heinz Kohut established the primacy of connectedness in the analytic process with his delineation of the self object function and experience. Subsequent to Kohut, therapists now have additional models within or relevant to self psychology to facilitate connectedness. These models include: infant research; attachment research; the implicit and explicit domains of organizing and communicating experience; dynamic systems theory;  neurobiology; intersubjectivity; and motivational systems theory. The 36th IAPSP Annual International Conference will explore the following questions: How do these models provide new opportunities for the therapist to understand and facilitate connectedness? What, if any, are the potential problems of utilizing aspects of these models in enhancing connectedness? In addition, in this digital age of connectivity, therapists have the use of e-mail, text, and Skype to facilitate and enhance connectedness. What opportunities and pitfalls do these n ew forms of communication generate?