“Container/Contained: Addressing Aggression in Middle School Support Groups”
A Panel Discussion by IPTAR Candidate Group Leaders with Carla Rentrop, Ph.D.
Carla Rentrop, Ph.D.
Masha Mimran, Ph.D, Aneta Stojnić, Ph.D, Joseph Thometz, Ph.D
Friday Night Papers
September 13, 6-8pm
IPTAR, Conference Room
The work of IPTAR Candidates in the On-Site School Program, both in individual therapy and in
groups, has been an invaluable component of psychoanalytic training at IPTAR for 17 years.
This panel discussion will focus on work at a middle school for economically disadvantaged,
intellectually gifted students in midtown Manhattan. Dr. Carla Rentrop, along with three
candidates, Masha Mimran, Aneta Stojnić, and Joseph Thometz, will discuss their support
groups at the school, focusing on the topic of aggression and its derivatives in group process. At
this pivotal time of early adolescence, as students transition from middle school to high school,
participation in the IPTAR support groups provide an opportunity to open up psychoanalytic
spaces to verbalize, understand, reflect on and experiment with intense and often confusing
emotions. Clinical vignettes and theory informed by the works of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, and
Bion will illustrate how the therapists integrate their psychoanalytic training with group
dynamics to think about the challenge for these adolescents to understand themselves as
individuals as well as see themselves within an intersubjective context. Their adolescent struggle
to make sense of aggression as a means to separate and individuate and as a definition of the self
will be explored in light of the cultural and diverse context that the work in the school uniquely
offers to individual group members and their therapists.
Carla Rentrop, Ph.D.
Carla Rentrop, Ph.D. is Director of the IPTAR On-Site School Program, serves on both the
Institute Board and the Faculty Curriculum Committee at IPTAR and is on the faculty at IPTAR
and Contemporary Freudian Society. She is interested in music, community outreach, adolescent
development, groups, and trauma. She has published and spoken on diversity, music, and her
work in the school program. Dr. Rentrop is in private practice in New York City.
Masha Mimran, Ph.D.
Masha Mimran, Ph.D is an advanced Candidate at IPTAR. Prior to her analytic training, Dr.
Mimran received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature and taught in the French Department at
Barnard College. At IPTAR, Dr. Mimran is the President with Dr. Marissa Dennis Kantor of the
Candidate Organization, and serves as Candidate Representative on the Institute Board, the
IPTAR Program Committee, and the Faculty Curriculum Committee.
Aneta Stojnić, Ph. D.
Aneta Stojnić, Ph.D is a candidate at IPTAR in adult psychoanalysis and CAP programs. Dr.
Stojnić is also active as performance and media scholar, artist and curator. She has published
four books and numerous essays and academic papers. Her latest book is Shifting Corporealities
in Contemporary Performance: Danger, Im/mobility and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
At IPTAR Aneta serves as a candidate representative on the ICC board. She is one of the co-
editors of magazine ROOM – A Sketchbook For Analytic Action.
Joseph Thometz, Ph.D.
Joseph Thometz, Ph.D. is a second year Candidate in the Adult Integrated Track at IPTAR.
Before embarking on analytic training, Dr. Thometz received an MA in Philosophy and Ph.D. in
the Cultural and Historical Study of Religions and developed and taught interdisciplinary courses
in the Liberal Arts at New York University and at Swarthmore College.
Participants will be able to
1. Identify aggression in group dynamics and its psychoanalytic relevance working
2. Define techniques such as Mentalization and Storytelling / Story acting.
3. Describe concepts such as container/contained and holding environment in group
dynamic work that is psychoanalytically informed with adolescents.
Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion
Social Workers: The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Inc. (IPTAR) SW CPE
is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an
approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0226.
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recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health
Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts (P-
Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
(IPTAR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental
Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts
(2) CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of
attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon
completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants
who comply with these requirements.
25.00 CE & General Admission Ticket