Mar 26
Saturday, March 26, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm online:
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The Winner of the Fourth Annual Deanna Holtzman Interdisciplinary Essay Contest

I Can’t Forget What You Couldn’t Tell Me: A Psychoanalyst Listens to Asylum Seekers

Nanette Auerhahn, Ph.D.

Psychoanalyst, Cleveland, Ohio

Saturday, March 26, 2022

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

       2 CME and CE Credit Hours
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About the presenter: Dr Auerhahn is a psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center and formerly Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. She has written extensively on trauma and has wide clinical experience with individuals of all ages. She was the winner of the 2019 Elise Hayman Award from the International Psychoanalytic Association for her work on the Holocaust and genocide.

Practice Gap/Need: The author portrays her moving experiences working collaboratively as an evaluator of individuals of varied nationalities seeking asylum in US detention centers, prisons and communities. As a psychoanalyst,   she explains how the refugees’ stories were communicated nonverbally and via powerful emotional responses in the listener. She elaborates new ways of identifying the effects of massive social traumatization and describes societal patterns of erasure and re-traumatization. 

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss how ongoing trauma disrupts the ability to tell one’s story and emerges in non-verbal      

             behaviors and patterns.

  1. Discuss the vicarious traumatization and counter-transferences that occur when listening to victims of ongoing, dehumanizing trauma.

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Michigan Psychoanalytic 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)™ (1 credit equals 1 hour). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

Updated July 2021

PSYCHOLOGISTS:  The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS:The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.

Please call Monica Evans at 248-851-3380 for additional information