Spring Conference: Buddhism and Psychoanalysis: Implications for the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Trauma by Mark Epstein, M.D.

As of Friday morning, we have only 4 remaining seats available. Please pre-register, as registration will close when we reach capacity – which could be anytime between now and conference sign-in.  Thank you for your enthusiasm for RIAPP’s Spring Conference.


3 CEU’s

$50 RIAPP Members – Licensed Practitioners
$45 RIAPP Members – Post-Graduate Trainees/Affiliates/Retirees
$25 Students – Members and Non-Members, Undergraduate and Graduate
$100 Non-Members

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Buddhism and psychoanalysis both agree that trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people, it happens to us all. Death and illness eventually impact everyone, but many people are also subject to developmental, or relational, traumas stemming from mal-attunement in early emotional life. Dr. Epstein’s presentation holds that not only do the ‘Little T’ traumas of early life condition how we respond to the ‘Big T’ traumas all around us but also that both Buddhism and psychoanalysis aim to use the traumas of daily life to open our minds and hearts. Ranging from the contributions of analysts like D.W. Winnicott, Michael Eigen and Robert Stolorow to the undercurrent of loss in the Buddha’s own biography—the death of his mother when he was a week old—the interplay of Buddhist and psychodynamic psychologies asserts that, while emotional memory may be forever, trauma seeks a relational home in which it can be metabolized. Mindfulness meditation and relational psychotherapy both can contribute to the treatment of trauma.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the symptoms of acute trauma and differentiate between acute and relational (developmental) trauma.
2. Apply techniques of Buddhist mindfulness and Western psychoanalytic psychotherapy to the treatment of trauma.
3. Compare the Buddhist method of ‘bare attention’ to the ‘attentional attitude’ of contemporary psychoanalysis.

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self and The Trauma of Everyday Life. His latest work is Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself (Penguin Press). He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University.


Psychologists: Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 3 Continuing Education hours in cross-cultural practice for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR, Collaborative of NASW-RI.

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Date(s) - April 6, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Hope Club (please no jeans/sneakers)
6 Benevolent St.
Providence, RI

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