Fall 2019/ Spring 2020:
Working at the Boundary: Inclusion, Exclusion, Identity and Otherness in Groups, Organizations and Nation States.
IPTAR Conference Room — Wednesdays: 11:30am to 1pm
1651 Third Avenue, Suite 205 — NYC 10128
CE Credits Available for LCSW’s, LP’s, LCAT’s and LMHC’s
(included in Fees for this event with pre-registration).
September 25, 2019:
Molly Castelloe, PhD
A screening of “Vamik’s Room” — A work-in-progress documentary film by Dr. Castelloe on the peacemaking work of psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan,MD ( to be followed by discussion and Q & A).
Moderator: Michael A. Diamond, PhD
Abstract: Dr. Vamik Volkan, who was born on the ethnically-divided island of Cyprus, has conducted informal diplomacy in conflicted areas around the globe for 40 years. He has developed a vocabulary for understanding large group psychology based on his fieldwork in war zones and traumatized regions including: the Middle East, Estonia, the former Yugoslavia and The Republic of Georgia. A turning point in Dr. Volkan’s early thinking about the relations between large groups was when Anwar Sadat (then President of Egypt), gave a speech at the Knesset saying that the wall between Arabs and Israelis was 70% psychological, an event dramatized in an early scene of the film. Dr. Volkan then began researching the role of psychology among enemy groups, giving special attention to a group’s historical traumas and how such events are reactivated in the present by destructive leaders. In the world of conflict resolution Dr. Volkan is unique in that he addresses the underlying psychodynamics that lead to large group regression, border psychology, fuel xenophobia and inflame antagonism between collectives of people.
Molly Castelloe earned a doctorate at New York University in Performance Studies and is a candidate at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. She garnered the Gradiva Award for this film and has authored academic articles for international refereed journals on applied psychoanalysis. Michael A. Diamond is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Organization Studies University of Missouri, Columbia, Organizational Consultant and Steering Committee Member, The Gould Center.
LINK to ROOM: An Analytic Sketchbook and Dr. Castelloe’s recent article on her
workwith Dr. Volkan — http://www.analytic-room.com/
TEACHING AND LEARNING METHOD: The film is divided into seven chapters, each
illustrating a concept and/or peacemaking strategy developed from Dr. Volkan’s
Large-group identity, a group that is national, ethnic, political, religious, or racial.
Chosen trauma, a mental image of historical trauma that perpetuates the enmity of one
large group against another and is transmitted across generations.
Time collapse, how the shared emotions of a group’s historical trauma come alive in the
Hot spots, geographical sites where the victimization and aggression of a historical
trauma has become symbolized.
Shared mourning, and its importance for large groups.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of: Large-group
identity and the impact of trauma on national, political, ethnic, or religious groups. How
do these concepts help us understand current leadership and political tensions?
REGISTRATION REQUIRED for CASE CONFERENCES:
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(1.5) 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.
UPCOMING CASE CONFERENCES
October 23, 2019:
Gerard Fromm, PhD
Travelling through Time: A Group Intervention in Northern Ireland.
November 13, 2019:
Brian Vitunic, MIA
Internal Reform at the United Nations:
Boundary Mismanagement, Political and Psychosocial Considerations
Michael A. Diamond, Ph.D. — Moderator and Consultant
Brian Vitunic is a political affairs officer in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs
(DPA) in New York. His work has included assignments in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Iraq, and
Tajikistan, and more recently the topic of internal reform at the Organization. He holds a Masters
of International Affairs (MIA) from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia
Michael A. Diamond is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Organization Studies, University
of Missouri, Columbia, Organizational Consultant and Steering Committee Member,
The Gould Center.
January 22, 2020:
Susan Berger, PsyD, FIPA
Germans, Poles and Jews — – a step toward
healing an 80 year old collective trauma at the border.
February 12, 2020: TBA
March 11, 2020:
Warren Spielberg, PhD
Psychoanalytic Focus on the Seam: Reflections on Working in the Space between Israelis and Palestinians.
April 22, 2020: TBA
THE GOULD CENTER ADMINISTRATION:
Joseph A. Cancelmo, PsyD, FIPA and Dahlia Radley-Kingsley, MBA, MA
Steering Committee and Additional Faculty:
Joseph A. Cancelmo, PsyD,FIPA; Susan Berger, PsyD,FIPA; Michael A. Diamond, PhD.; Dahlia Radley-Kingsley, MBA, MA; Michael Moskowitz, PhD,FIPA; Ferne Traeger, LCSW, MBA, FIPA; Matthew von Unwerth, PhD, FIPA.
Avi Nutkevitch, PhD
Sharon Horowitz, PhD