For licensed psychoanalysts seeking CEUs (required by NYS, beginning January 2017), and other clinicians who seek continuing learning and creative enrichment within a professional community, Westchester Institute offers continuing education programs for the professional clinician and for public interest as well.

We are delighted to offer a program of five Thursday evening courses this summer. Our sampling includes classical analytic themes in contemporary review, and exploration of current socio-cultural evolutions through the lens of systems theory and psychoanalytic understanding. We hope you will find them of interest, and invite you to join us! 

* Our program is co-sponsored with the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and offers CEUs for license holders in Social Work #0168 and in Psychoanalysis #P-0019.

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Class Schedule

Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Katonah, NY 10536
All classes meet on Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm

2 Contact Hours, each

Clinician |  All 5 classes - $250, or $75 per class
Candidate In Training | All 5 classes - $150, or $45 per class
Public |  All 5 classes - $300, or $75 per class

Discount Registration Deadline June 15, 2017 | Email your questions to:


Thursday, 6/22, 6-8:30 pm
FREUD, INC: A Look at the Historic Relationship Between Psychoanalysis and Modern Advertising and Its Relationship to Self-Branding

Presenter: Juliet Heeg, LCSW-R, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, and an Advanced Certificate in Core Skills from the Ackerman EFT Couple’s Training program. She holds an MSW from New York University and the Bachelor’s of Arts from Haverford College. Ms. Heeg is Co-Director of the PPSC Annex. She has presented on the topic of grief in ‘Nostalgia for the Light: A Meditation on the Consciousness of Healing’ at the 2013 IARPP conference in Santiago, Chile, and at various institutes in New York City. Her published writings include the topics of loneliness, happiness, money, pop-culture and cancer care within the spa industry: She is presenting a paper at IARPP 2017 in Sydney, Australia: ‘From the Internet to the Inner-net: Navigating Mind-Body Work through Virtual Reality’.

Overview:  While Freud and his contemporaries did not have to navigate identity branding within a 24/7 social media culture of tweets, instagrams & cyber-spying, we might wonder, if Freud were alive today, whether he would be twittering to potential clients or just passing out the old business card… if that.

The early relationship between psychoanalysis and advertising is a fascinating one. Post World War I in the U.S. ushered in the grandfather of Public Relations, Edward Bernays, who happened to be… the nephew of Sigmund Freud! Excerpts of a documentary film: ‘The Century of the Self’ will be used to explore the mutually influencing, yet fraught relationship between Freud and Bernays—a relationship which remains relevant in considering the psychoanalytic ambivalence towards advertising and promotion today.

We might ask: what does the very word ‘advertising’ engender in us personally and professionally? Ambivalence, Dread, Hope, Shame… Confidence? How do our attitudes toward today’s immersive social media milieu inform our counter-transference to our clients? I will speak from personal perspective, as a former advertising copywriter, and presently, as a psychoanalyst who explores issues concerned with clinical identity in relationship to social media and advertising.

 I will relate some material and video from ‘Mad Men’ to stimulate the discussion and invite us to get inside the ‘psychoanalytic’ mind of ad man Don Draper, as well as the ‘advertising’ mind of psychoanalyst A.A. Brill. Together we will examine the cross-pollination of advertising and analysis, then and now: the pitfalls of self-promotion, and the perils of not.

Learning Objectives: Through this presentation, attendees will learn to identify;

  • to understand the historic influence of Psychoanalysis on Public Relations and Advertising, with its influence on our modern sense of growth and development of personal identity
  • to explore your concerns about your professional identity in today’s social media environment.
  • to consider how Freud’s revered notions of a ‘private self’ may conflict with the ‘public self’, championed by social media today. How might one challenge oneself to explore the integration of these selves, in today’s rapidly changing culture.


Thursday, 6/29, 6-8:30 pm
Active Imagination and Dreaming, Internal Self-State Meditations…

Presenter: Michael Jenkins, LCSW, Masters Degree in Social Work, NYU; Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center; Faculty at PPSC and New York Counseling and Guidance Services; Michael Jenkins is and exhibiting artist and maintains a private practice in New York City

Overview: How does our ability to incorporate imagination and creativity enhance our ability to meet life’s challenges?  This course will focus on individual internal stuck points, and external familial/cultural/political blocks and how they influence creativity and resistance to a static life.  We will look at how lack of imagination impacts limited choice and how imagination encourages freedom and possibility.

We will look at how imagination is vital to life and how it can get stymied; its importance to resilience and overcoming both internal and external threat.  How can we work with developing imaginative process and power in our psyche analytic work?

There will be several suggested pre-class readings on imagination from a multi-cultural and trauma related perspective.  The readings will serve as introductions to some concepts covered, and to enhance overall understanding.

Learning Objectives: Participants will;

  • Gain a beginning understanding of trauma and its impact on the creative process.
  • Practice beginning techniques that foster imaginative thinking and break through creative blocks.
  • Understand basic concepts of imagination, creativity, and unconscious processes.


Thursday, 7/13, 6-8:30 pm
On non-Binary Gender, Trauma and Dissociation

Presenter: S.J. Langer, MA, LCSW-R, EMDR, Faculty, Art Therapy Programs of New York University and School of Visual Arts. Adjunct Professor, New York University and Adelphi University, School(s) of Social Work. S.J. is a member of the executive committee of the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality (Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, ICP), and serves on the Advisory Board for the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration, in New York City. He maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in New York City.

Overview: The polarity of binary gender is being shaken by individuals who are willing to live their lives more authentically.  Trans and gender non-conforming people have much to teach us about gender as it informs our myriad questions and issues related to Identity, in whole. Interpersonal and intrapsychic complexities of gender can become shackles of suffering when enforced through arbitrary, heterosexist, cisnormative, transphobic, and outmoded ways.  What is at stake for child development when aspects of gender are foreclosed?   What aspects of self are dissociated when certain gendered expressions are unacceptable?  How does one cope with trauma that relates to personal gender development?  We will explore that process of (self) recovery across the gender spectrum.

Learning Objectives: Through this presentation, attendees will learn to identify;

  • a greater understanding of gender, outside of the binary
  • how improving flexibility in gender expression and roles, effects mental health
  • and develop skills in the psychotherapeutic treatment of trauma related to gender


Thursday, 7/20 -6-8:30 pm
BULLIES, VICTIMS and BYSTANDERS AMONG, AND WITHIN US - An exploration of the victim-perpetrator-bystander dynamic utilizing perspectives from the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy


Presenter: Jim Andralis, MPS, LCAT, Certified Internal Family Systems therapist, Certificate from Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Trauma Studies Center, Masters of Professional Studies from the School of Visual Arts’ Art Therapy department. Mr. Andralis is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City.

Overview: Some argue that our recent national presidential election has resulted in the endorsement and emboldening of an extreme brand of bullying, demonstrated by leaders and citizens of our society. Many of us are tending to the terror and hopelessness that is flooding so many of our clients, often while navigating our own internal response to the extreme and rage-filled polarizations in our country. This presentation will encourage a rigorous exploration of our own internal worlds as a way of extending compassion to even the most disturbing and triggering aspects of others as we seek to understand the chasm that has emerged within us, and in the collective of our society.

The Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy suggests that natural human impulses to exile painful or destructive energies inevitably leads to the hijacking of systems - both interpersonal and intrapersonal - by those very energies or “parts.” Andralis proposes that the often destructive, perpetrating energy inside our clients (and ourselves) may be in most need of compassion due to the tremendous amount of shame that burdens these parts of us.  The simple, often counter-intuitive act of turning toward these parts of our clients (and ourselves) with curiosity and openness can detoxify that shame and foster more compassion internally and amongst one another. 

Learning Objectives:   Through this presentation, attendees will gain a basic understanding;

  • of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy
  • an increase in understanding of their own internal worlds, and
  • hopefully a more open-hearted curiosity toward the destructive actions of perpetrators and “bully” energy.


Thursday,  7/27, 6-8:30 pm
For Every Echo, a Narcissus: The Locus of Agency in Addiction and Exploitation

Presenter: Renée Obstfeld, PhD, LP, LCAT, ATR-BC, CASAC, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. Faculty, Graduate; Art Therapy Programs of New York University and School of Visual Arts. Dr. Obstfeld maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in New York City.

Overview: Psychoanalysts have long focused on the dialectics of self-definition and belonging; self-preservation and concern for the common good; equilibrium in the course of change; and the resulting multi-directional impacts among individuals, family systems, and the larger culture. Developmental models of psychoanalysis laud the ability to tolerate ambiguities inherent in relational mutuality, in recognizing that each person is only partially knowable to the other. This acquisition allows for balance between empathy and autonomy. It is made possible by way of a grieving process in which omnipotent control over others is relinquished in favor of self-regulation, and a more nuanced reality.

For individuals whose early lives require constant bracing against abuse or humiliation, such an interpersonal space may be unsustainable. For those who experience constant developmental stressors, a sense of safety may be sought in dualities that ultimately become oppressive. A “false self,” stripped of depth and dimension, serves as armor against destabilizing exposure to the space between polar extremes of absolute value. The vulnerability implicit in uncertainty is rejected in favor of the promise of “a glorious reunion,” such as the return to a former idealized (often imagined) state or savior. This developmental focus is instrumental in understanding addiction and codependency. It also appears relevant to the political climate ascendant in our country and many others. Conflicts over globalization and immigration parallel more internal divisions; opioid-related mortality and dependence have reached crisis levels.

Both addictions and vulnerability to predatory, often charismatic partners or leaders might be understood as misguided efforts to heal oneself while bypassing the grief work necessary for acquiring a more profound freedom: the reclamation and potentiation of one’s dimensionality, and the capacity to live a creative life.

Learning Objectives: Through this presentation, attendees will learn to identify;

  • complementary manifestations of Narcissism and the relational strategies associated with them
  • correlations between addiction, codependence, the self-care function, and locus of agency
  • the importance of symbol, imagination, and the role of grieving in developing satisfying alternatives to self-defeating patterns of addiction.



 *the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0168

 *the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0019