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Date: Mar 24, 2018 8:30 am

The Conference Advisory Board presents



TIME: 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

LOCATION: Constantino Hall at Fordham University Law School

150 West 62nd St, NYC bet. Columbus & Amsterdam


Prices:  ******* No refunds will be made after March 10th. *******

$130 Professionals (in advance)

$145 Professionals (day of event)

$65 Students/Candidates

*6.5 Continuing Education Credits

Continental breakfast and boxed lunch included.






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Schedule of the Day



Registration & Breakfast


Welcome & Introduction

Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D., Chair


TWO KEYNOTE ADDRESSES by Daphne Merkin & Susie Orbach, Ph.D.

Moderator: Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D.

Exploitation is not novel.  Now we have a growing cascade of reported, often longstanding, incidents of harassment; be it men using women, or actually men using men or women using women and men.  This conference aims to raise and explore complicated questions: What is exploitation? How do we account for it? What context do we view it within?  We are seeing an eruption of reported incidents now. What should we do about it?  And, most importantly, what are the distinctions in the huge grey area beyond obvious and egregious infraction?   How do we think in a nuanced way examining underlying psychological issues?   How may this affect freedom of expression in society and the progress of women in fulfilling their ambitions in society and the workplace? How do these questions impact psychoanalysis as both theory and practice? And what does psychoanalysis offer in helping address these thorny issues?



Coffee Break



Panel One

"Your Lips Tell Me No No, But There’s Yes Yes In Your Eyes": Defining Consent


Seduction is defined in the Urban Dictionary as the ability to entice another into illicit behaviors; enticement into doing something against one’s will. Romantic films like Gone with the Wind involve a woman overcome by the aphrodisiacal power, confidence and attractiveness of a man who will not take “no” for an answer. Times have changed. Seducers are now expected to take “no” for an answer. Yet, from a psychological perspective, what actually constitutes consent may be ambiguous and not easily defined in legalistic black and white terms. What then distinguishes sexual abuse and sexual harassment from seduction and flirting? This panel will present some thoughts about gender differences and the differing contributions of human psychology, culture and biology to contemporary debates about human sexual relationships.


Sue Kolod, Ph.D. You Say Seduction and I Say Coercion: Examining the Gray Areas of Consent

Jack Drescher, M.D. Asses Making Passes: Making Meaning of Unwanted Sexual Advances

Todd Essig, Ph.D. With "Don't Be a Dick" No Longer Enough, Good Men Re-visit Adolescent Confusion

Meg S. Kaplan, Ph.D. Getting Beyond the Sexual Abuse Binary: Discerning Sexual Agency from Sexual Coercion. Sex positivity in the time of # Me Too.

Moderator: Gayle Lewis, Ph.D.; MSCS



BOX LUNCH 12:45-1:45



Panel Two

'Whose Got the Power?’ Addressing Its Wrongful Abuse and Rightful Reclamation

The outbreak of reports of harassment is shocking, but so is the silence that has accompanied itfor so long.   What or whom has enforced a reign of silence?    Is it men maintaining the statusquo, or are women stuck in a societal vision of self that does not include permission toprotest?    How do we understand the power balance between abuser and abused in a culturalcontext?   In addition to attempting to pinpoint the sources of the problem, we will also addressthe role of ostensible bystanders and their silence or collusion. What stopped the many peoplewho knew what Harvey Weinstein was up to from speaking out?   Were the motivations powerbased, self-interest, or cultural acquiescence? In addition, this panel will address questions suchas 'Who's problem is this anyway?', 'What does it have to do with me?', and 'What can I do?', inorder to illuminate how those of us ostensibly on the sidelines of this issue unwittinglyparticipate in maintaining a system in which the Harvey Weinstein's of the world abuse womenand get away with it.



Anton Hart, Ph.D. Good in bed? Power and ethics in psychoanalysis and life

Maria Nardone, Ph.D. It’s a Man’s World:  The powerful and covert role of culture in gender inequality.

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. Who says "Shut Up"?

Eugenio Duarte, Ph.D. “Me Too?": Examining My Role in Perpetuating/Dismantling Patriarchy”

Moderator: Lori Bohm, Ph.D.


Q & A with all the Panelists 3:15-3:45





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1. Participants will be able to explain what constitutes exploitation in human sexual relationships

2. Participants will be able   to discuss the many facets of exploitation

3.   Participants will be able to explain the underlying psychological issues around sexual abuse and sexual harassment

4. Participants will be able to demonstrate the contributions of psychoanalysis to illuminating this discussion

5.   Participants will be able to analyze what constitutes consent in sexual encounters

6.    Participants will be able to distinguish the differences between sexual abuse and harassment from seduction and flirting

7.     Participants will be able to describe the role of power in the relationship of abuser and abused.

8.   Participants will be able to explain the complex and multi-faceted role of bystanders and silence in perpetuating exploitation and abuse.





Lori Bohm, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst; Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute.

Jack Drescher, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Emeritus Editor, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, Training and Supervising Analyst, William A. White Institute.

Eugenio A. Duarte, Ph.D., is a graduate of the psychoanalytic training program at William Alanson White Institute, where he serves as Chair of the LGBTQ Study Group. He is also host of the podcast New Books in Psychology on the New Books Network. A licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst, he maintains a private practice in downtown Manhattan specializing in issues of gender and sexuality as well as eating and body image problems.

Todd Essig, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute. He maintains a Greenwich Village practice with adults and couples while also writing "Managing Mental Wealth" for Forbes.

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. is the author of In a Different Voice, described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution."  She was named by Time magazine in 1996 as one of the 25 most influential Americans. Her books include The Birth of Pleasure, Joining the Resistance, and the forthcoming Why Does Patriarchy Persist? co-authored with Naomi Snider. A member of the Harvard faculty for many years where she held the university's first chair in Gender Studies, she is now University Professor and Professor of Applied Psychology and the Humanities at New York University.

Anton Hart, Ph.D. is a Training & Supervising Analyst and Faculty member of the William Alanson White Institute. He is Chair of APsaA’s Department of Education’s Diversities Section; Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, Supervisor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  He teaches at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute,​ the Dept. of Psychology at Mt. Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospital, ICP, NIP, and EDCAS. He is writing a book to be published on Routledge entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics.

Meg S. Kaplan, Ph.D. is Director of the Sexual Behavior Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons.  She received her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality from New York University in 1984 and has conducted clinical research in psychosexual disorders since then.  Dr. Kaplan was on the National Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is now the Chairperson of the Special Classification Review Board at Avenel Correctional Facility in New Jersey.  She was a consultant to the sexual disorders group for DSM-5 and for ICD-11.  Early in her career, she worked as a parole officer for the State of New York for 10 years.  She reviews for numerous publications and has over 70 publications in the sexual disorders field.

Sue Kolod, Ph.D. is a Supervising and Training Analyst at the WA White Institute. She is co-Editor of 2 blogs: Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action and Psychoanalysis Unplugged. Dr. Kolod is Chair of The Committee on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association and maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Gayle Lewis, Ph.D., MSCS is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. She received her post-doc training at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Center. She is a certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialist, graduate of the EDCAS program at the William Alanson White Institute, EDCAS steering Committee member and Guest Faculty. In her practice, she specializes in the areas of eating disorders, multiple sclerosis and trauma.

Daphne Merkin is a novelist and critic, and the author of four books, the most recent of which is a memoir, THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression.  She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine and currently contributes to the Wall Street Journal's book section as well as to other publications on a wide variety of subjects, including the legacy of Freud and the state of psychoanalysis.

Maria Nardone, Ph.D., is Faculty and Supervisor of Psychotherapy; Director of Technology and Global Learning; Director of the Online Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program for Russian Speakers; Chair, Council of Fellows; Founding Member of the Center for Public Mental Health, William Alanson White Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Fordham University. Dr. Nardone is an organizational consultant, executive coach and serves as an expert witness in Immigration matters.

Susie Orbach, Ph.D.’s latest book In Therapy, is an annotated version of the BBC series listened to by 2 million live. The co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre and The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in New York, she has a practice in London seeing individual and couples. She has been a member of the UK Governments Expert panel and lectured all over the world. She was a Trustee of the Freud Museum for over 11 years.

Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D. is a Supervising Analyst; Faculty, Conference Advisory Board (CAB) Chair, Director & Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions Service (EDCAS)at the William Alanson White Institute; Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; & The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP); Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is an editor of five books and specializes in the interpersonal/ relational treatment of eating disorders and addictions.



About the Conference Advisory Board

The Conference Advisory Board has served as a think tank, fund raiser and executive producingcommittee for the William Alanson White Institute. Since its inception in 2009 the CAB has created someof the Institute’s most successful and dynamic conferences and workshops, featuring a spectrum oftopic as well as activities, including disparate offerings such as the day long, multi-lecture symposiumUnknowable, Unspeakable and Unsprung of 2013, special benefit honoring senior analysts at dinnersoirees at Bouley & David Bouley’s Test Kitchen in 2015, 2016, & 2017, evenings at the theater withdirector and cast talkbacks such as Next to Normal, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeand Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and the unrelenting but fun SoulCycle Challenges, among othermemorable events.


Generating and developing programs that stimulate and engage us with today’s psychoanalytic thinkersand audiences, CAB’s mission has been to support our culture while building a greater sense ofcommunity among all. The CAB is comprised of Dr. Jean Petrucelli, Chair; Members- Drs. Lori Bohm,Grant Brenner, Eugenio Duarte, Esin Egit, Jacqueline Ferraro, Maria Nardone, and Naomi Snyder with anadditional creative assist by Janet Tintner.




* CE/Contact Hour Credits

For Psychologists:


The William Alanson White Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. The William Alanson White Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.


For Social Workers:


William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, 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 #0159.


For Licensed Psychoanalysts:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology 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-0007.

For Physicians:


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the William Alanson White Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


For Mental Health Counselors:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology 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 Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0025



For Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology 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 marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0019.



MPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.