The Continuing Education Program Committee of NPAP Presents Trauma: A Psychopolitical Critique of the Concept Presenter: Steven Reisner, PhD Moderator: Gavriel Reisner, PhD, LP
Steven Reisner, PhD
Gavriel Reisner, PhD, LP
Sunday, May 15, 2022
3pm – 5pm
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“We are taught that one under duress is exempted by God, but this is only true when one actually desires not to be exempted.” – Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav.
In this presentation, the presenter makes the case for disambiguating the concepts of ‘trauma’ and ‘suffering’ in both cultural usage and trauma treatment. He will argue that the concept of ‘trauma,’ as distinct from suffering, has come to embody disruptions to presumed guarantees of privilege and safety; guarantees that have been reified in our capitalist and consumerist society. The traumatized aspire to inhabit a zone of exception, where narcissism is permitted thrive, and trauma treatment supports that position. As a result, trauma, and its social corollary, identity politics, have become a form of social currency, with concomitant competition for the value they confer. But this value reflects a retreat from political and therapeutic processes of mourning, desire, and the ethics that suffering spurs. As a result, trauma therapy colludes in our country’s neoliberal and capitalist redefinition of social ills as individual ills, offering solutions of narcissistic satisfaction rather than of ethical dissatisfaction. The presenter will draw from Freudian notions of narcissism and narcissistic injury, the life and death drives and the ego-ideal vs super-ego to help identify the therapeutic and political action psychoanalysis offers.
Learning Objectives: After attending the presentation, participants will be able to
– Disambiguate the underlying presumptions embedded in the concepts of ‘trauma’ and ‘suffering’ as they apply to both therapeutic and political action.
– Differentiate the comparative effects of avoidance of narcissistic injury (trauma) and experience of narcissistic injury (suffering) as these apply to therapy and social justice.
NPAP members and candidates I no cost
Non-members I $40
Other Candidates/Students I $20
Contribution I Suggested
Bio: Steven Reisner, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and political activist. He is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Advisor on Psychology and Ethics for Physicians for Human Rights and past-President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He has been a consultant on issues of trauma, torture, political violence, disaster, and resilience in the face of catastrophic events for the United Nations, the European Council, the International Criminal Court, the International Organization for Migrations and other international humanitarian and mental health organizations and has provided training for clinicians after disasters and political violence in Haiti, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Colombia, and Ethiopia. He is the recipient of APA Psychoanalysis Division’s Leadership Award, the New York State Psychological Association’s Beacon Award, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis’ Vision Award. He has published in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post and in various academic journals, including Psychoanalytic Dialogues, JAPA, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He is the writer and producer of the podcast, Madness: Where Psychology and Capitalism Collide, which to date has been downloaded 70,000 times and has reached listeners in 108 countries.
2.0 CE contact hours will be granted to participants with documented attendance and complete evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to all participants.
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