Scientific Programs

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas offers a rich set of presentations by local and out-of-state speakers. These Scientific Programs, which are generally open to PCC members and other mental health professionals and trainees, are designed to broaden and deepen awareness and understanding of the application of psychoanalytic concepts to clinical work.

Free admission for PCC members, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the departments of social work, psychology, psychiatry, and mental health counseling. 

2023 Scientific Programs (partial list)

How does trauma get “under the skin” and what do we do about it?: Neurobiological mechanisms of trauma and adversity & basic tenets of trauma-focused treatments
Presented by Ilana S. Berman, PhD on February 25, 2023

Dr. Berman specializes in understanding the mechanisms of trauma and adversity and trauma-focused treatments for individuals across the lifespan, couples/partners, and families. She will highlight research findings on the neurobiology of trauma, including the Dimensional Model of Adversity and Psychopathology (DMAP; McLaughlin & Sheridan) to understand how experiences of threat may manifest differently than experiences of deprivation (e.g., neglect, cognitive under-stimulation). Dr. Berman will share her work implementing and evaluating a novel group treatment for sexual assault recovery in a women’s prison (SHARE; Karlsson, Zielinski, & Bridges) as well as explaining the common, central features of trauma-focused treatments such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger), Prolonged Exposure (PE; Foa & Rothbaum) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT; Resick).

The Ethics of Self-Disclosure in Relational Treatment will be presented by  Steven Kuchuk, DSW on April 22, 2023

2022 Scientific Programs

Social Psychoanalysis, Normative Unconscious Processes, and an Ethic of Repair
Presented by Lynne Layton, PhD
October 8, 2022 via Zoom

Emotional Inheritance: Love, Loss, and the Legacy of Trauma
Presented by Galit Atlas, PhD

April 23, 2022 via Zoom

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Intersecting Traumas Facing Racial Minorities
Presented by Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

February 19, 2022 via Zoom

2021 Scientific Programs

Rosenblitt Lecture – Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n Roll: A Two-Systems Engagement with the Centrality of Adolescence
Presented by Jack Novick, PhD, and Kerry Kelly Novick

November 13, 2021 via Zoom

Psychoanalysis, Race and Class in an Urban ER: Writing as Remembering, Repeating and Working Through
Presented by Michael Slevin, MSW

October 16, 2021 via Zoom

Use of the Racial Self in Clinical Encounters
Panel Discussion with Harold Kudler, MD; Phuongloan Vo, MSW, LISW-S; and Dorothy Holmes, PhD, Discussant

May 22, 2021 via Zoom

The Limo Ride: Reflections on Self Disclosure
Presented by Kerry L. Malawista, PhD

April 24, 2021 via Zoom

The Trials, Tolls, and Triumphs of Motherhood: The Many Faces of
Postpartum Depression
Presented by William S. Meyer, LCSW, BCD
January 30, 2021 via Zoom

Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans
Presented by David L. Eng, PhD
January 16, 2021 via Zoom

2020 Scientific Programs

The Trials, Tolls, and Triumphs of Motherhood: The Many Faces of
Postpartum Depression
Presented by William S. Meyer, LCSW, BCD
December 5, 2020 via Zoom

Finding the Pieces: Trauma and Reunification within a Family
Presented by Felecia Powell-Williams, Ed.D.
November 7, 2020 via Zoom

Repairing the Irreparable, Bearing the Unbearable: Clinical work with formerly incarcerated people who have served life sentences
Presented by Beth Kita, PhD
October 24, 2020 via Zoom

"Fragile Containers: Social Upheaval and Its Impact on the Therapeutic Dyad"'
Presented by Lee Rather, PhD and Amy Levy, PsyD
April 18, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19

Ethical dimensions of the analyst's chosen paradigm: A patient asks, 'Am I not right for Relational Psychoanalysis?'
Presented by Anton Hart, PhD
January 11, 2020

2019 Scientific Programs

The Inner World of an Aggressive Kindergarten Boy: A Child and Analyst at Work
Presented by Denia Barrett, MSW
October 26, 2019

Relational Freedom: Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field
to be followed by a Candidate Case Conference
Presented by Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D.
January 26, 2019

2018 Scientific Programs

The Sudden End of Your Psychotherapy Practice: Ethical and Practical Considerations
Presented by Ernest Braasch, MD and Heather Craige, MSW
Saturday December 15, 2018

Long-Term Psychotherapy in the Rear-View Mirror:
'Evidence' from my 40 year Clinical Career
Presented by William Meyer, MSW
November 17, 2018

Boundaries as Psychic Immune System:
More than just where I end, and you begin
Presented by Peter Buonaccorsi, MD
Saturday April 12, 2018

2017 Scientific Programs

Trans*-formations: One analyst’s reflections on transgender
Presented by Mardy S. Ireland, PhD
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Moving Toward Wholeness: Self-States and the Treatment of Trauma
Presented by Heather Craige, LCSW
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our Patients' Relationships to the Communities in Which They Live:  An Underutilized Psychoanalytic Perspective
Presented by Dorothy Holmes, PhD
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ethical and Intrapsychic Aspects of Closing an Office
Presented by Norman A. Clemens
Saturday April 1, 2017

The Storied Analyst: The Rhetoric of Clinical Narratives
Presented by Dhipthi Mulligan, MD 
Saturday, February 18, 2017