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Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear with Dan Shaw, LCSW

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Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear with Dan Shaw, LCSW

Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:00am to 11:30am
Via Zoom
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This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 2.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-809-620 (definition of recognized categories of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers).

In this Alliance Master Class, Dan Shaw, LCSW will lead participants in a close reading and discussion of two chapters from his most recent book, Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear (Routledge, 2022).  All participants will receive a copy of the chapters upon registration.  In order to provide an intimate, stimulating discussion, the group will be limited to 10 participants who can directly engage with the author.

Shaw, D.  (2022).  Traumatic narcissism and recovery: Leaving the prison of shame and fear.  New York, NY: Routledge.  

Chapter 5, “Working with dissociated aggression in traumatized patients”, pp. 72-89.

Chapter 8, “The problem of self-alienation”, pp. 116-128.

Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear (Routledge, 2022) is Dan Shaw's follow up volume to his 2014 book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation.  For this workshop, Shaw has selected two chapters from his current book for an in-depth discussion with a limited group of participants.  In his chapter on dissociated aggression in traumatized patients, Shaw presents his way of understanding how a patient who was the subject of terrifying, hateful abuse as a child grapples with how that hatred lives within and is projected out.  Shaw describes the ways in which he strove to change and grow in order to help this patient begin to work toward greater affect regulation capacity.  In the second chapter, Shaw identifies one of the goals, sometimes the central goal, of the psychotherapeutic project: the healing of self-alienation.  Shaw outlines why self-alienation is such a fundamental problem and describes his clinical approach, integrating a psychoanalytic framework with contemporary trauma theories.

Daniel Shaw, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, New York.  Originally trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen in New York City, Shaw later worked as a missionary for an Indian guru.  His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization led him to become an outspoken activist in support of individuals and families traumatically abused in cults.  Simultaneous with leaving this group, Shaw began his training in the mental health profession, becoming a faculty member and supervisor at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York.  He has published papers in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Dialogues.   His 2014 book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, was published as a volume in the Relational Perspectives Series by Routledge and was later nominated for the distinguished Gradiva Award.  In 2018, the International Cultic Studies Association awarded him the Margaret Thaler Singer Award for advancing the understanding of coercive persuasion and undue influence.  Shaw's recent book, entitled Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear, was published by Routledge in 2021. Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear

Optional reading:

Fisher, J. (2014).  The treatment of structural dissociation in chronically traumatized patients.  In Anstorp & Benum (Eds.), Trauma treatment in practice: Complex trauma and dissociation.  Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. 

Ghent, E. (1990).  Masochism, submission, surrender: Masochism as a perversion of surrender.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 26: 108-136. 

Benjamin, J. (1999).  Recognition and destruction: An outline of intersubjectivity.  In S. Mitchell & L. Aron (Eds.), Relational psychoanalysis: The emergence of a tradition.  New York: Routledge, pp. 181-200. (Original work published 1990)

Learning Objectives: 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify clients who are victims of traumatic narcissistic abuse
  • Utilize psycho-education to promote self-reflection and affect regulation
  • Describe self-alienation and apply clinical skills to promote self-acceptance and self-compassion    

Recent Publications:

  • Shaw, D.  (2020).  Make someone happy: Reflections on giving and receiving in love and psychoanalysis.  Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 17: 385-399.
  • Shaw, D. (2019).  Double binds, unhealing wounds: Discussion of “Airless worlds: The traumatic sequelae of identification with parental negation”.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29(4): 460-469.

Audio and Video:
Understanding the Role of Shame in Cult Indoctrination and Recovery
The Role of Traumatic Narcissism in Cults, Families, and Nations (Transforming Trauma)

Participants: This event is designed for graduate level students in mental health and all mental health professionals from introductory to advanced levels.  The presentation is geared for clinicians who wish to advance their knowledge and expand their skill base in psychodynamic clinical work.

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $35 handling fee will be given up until three weeks before the presentation. 

This program, when participated in its entirety, is available for 2.5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists.  Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to John Allemand at 253-509-8302.  There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.  Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program's content.

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