2018 VAPS Annual Scientific Meeting

Proudly Presenting

Galit Atlas, PhD

Has Sexuality Anything to do with Relationality?

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 ~ 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Registration and Light Breakfast at 8:15 am

UVM Alumni House ~ Burlington, Vermont

Dr. Galit Atlas is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP. She is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis(Routledge, 2015), and of Dramatic Dialogues: Contemporary Clinical Practice,(Rutledge, 2017, co-authored with Lewis Aron). Atlas serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and is the author of more than 30 articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. She is a contributor to the New York Times and writes essays elucidating psychoanalysis for the general public. Her NYT article “A tale of Two Twins” was the winner of a 2016 Gradiva award. Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City.

Click the play button below to listen to Barbara Richmond's inteview with Dr. Atlas, who discusses sex, Vermont, and rock & roll as a preview of her talk in November.

Download the interview

About the Day:

Based on her books The Enigma of Desire(2015) and Dramatic Dialogues(2017, co-authored with Lewis Aron) Galit Atlas will explore the relation between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomena. The clinical material presented in the first part of the day will be used to address difficulties around the modulation of excitement, as well as patterns of distress and regulation that are observed in current infant research. She will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including the classic themes of overstimulation, seduction and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. The second part of the day will focus on contemporary thinking on sex and sexuality and especially on what Freud (1915) called, “Transference-Love” and the issue of talking about sex in clinical work. This paper will open for discussion the delicate topic of working with erotic material and raise questions on enactments, seduction, resistance and therapeutic action, as well as therapeutic forms of Dramatic Dialogues.Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material and with the analyst's own sexual subjectivity.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two of the complications and ways of managing erotic transference and countertransference.
  2. Describe two implications of infant research for adult treatment.
  3. Describe how attending to one’s own fluctuations in identity or self-states can be used clinically.
  4. Participants will be able to describe 3 differences between classical and contemporary thinking on erotic transference.
  5. Participants will be able to describe the dyad as a regulatory system and its clinical implications.

Continuing Education Credits:

Application has been made for 6 CEU credits for Vermont Psychologists, LICSWs and LCMHCs.

Conference Schedule:

8:15 am Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome:

Jean Pieniadz, PhD, VAPS Past President

Conference Overview:

Claire Dumas, PsyD, Program Co-Chair

Introduction to Dr. Atlas:

Devon Jersild, PhD, VAPS President-Elect and Morning Chair

Keynote Speaker:

Galit Atlas, PhD

Arousal and Regulation in Contemporary Clinical Practice

10:45 am Morning Break

11:00 am Large Group Discussion

12:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Galit Atlas, PhD

Sex, Longing and Belonging: Clinical Implications

Elizabeth Seward, MD, Afternoon Chair

2:50 pm Short break to proceed to small groups

3:00 pm Small Group Meetings and Discussion Leaders:

#1 Mina Levinsky-Wohl, MD

#2 Mika Barker-Hart, MSW & Emma Burrous, PhD

#3 Mel Miller, PhD & Elizabeth Seward, MD

#4 Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD

#5 Teresa Meyer, PhD & Judith Lewis, MD

#6 James Jacobson, MD & Jean Pieniadz, PhD

#7 William Butler, PhD & Elizabeth Campbell, PhD

#8 Johanna Boyce, MSW & Susan Alnasrawi, LCMHC

4:00 pm Afternoon Break

4:15 pm Large Group Discussion

Closing Remarks:

Jean Pieniadz, PhD

5:00 pm Adjourn


Conference registration, payment (including a pay-by-check option), and small group preference selection are available at the top right hand side of this event listing. Please remember to log in to the website prior to registering in order to receive your member discount. The price displayed will reflect your membership and/or student status as well as the date of your registration to get the early registration discount. If you have any difficulties logging in, there is a password reset feature on the login page (your email address is your user name) and you can also email Nathan Haskellat drnathanhaskell@gmail.comfor assistance. ADDITIONAL OPTION: You may also mail in a paper registration with your payment. Please send a check for the appropriate amount to VAPS c/o Brian Ashley, 409 Lawnwood Drive, Williston, VT 05495 along with your name, address, email address, telephone numbers, and small group preferences (1st, 2nd, 3rd or No Preference).

Fee Schedule: 

VAPS Member/Non-Member/Student 

$170/$195/$75 (Oct. 20th or before)

$185/$210/$90 (After Oct. 20th)

Cancellation Policy: No refunds after October 27th, 2018

Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments

Directions to the UVM Alumni House:

Directions from Interstate 89: Take Exit 14W into Burlington. You will be on Main St. Follow Main St. through the set of lights at So. Prospect St. After the lights, take the 1st left onto Summit St. UVM Alumni House is located at the corner of Summit and Maple Streets in the hill section of Burlington.

Please note that many of the streets around the UVM Alumni House are “Residents ONLY” parking areas. Cars parked here may be subject to ticketing and towing. 

Parking is available on weekends and after 4:30 pm during the week in the following lots. All are within one block of the house: 390 Maple St., 15 Summit St., 416 Main St., 172 S. Prospect St., 133 S. Prospect St., and 437 College St.