The Absent Witness: Mourning, Virtually

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This presentation explores the impact of existential crises (COVID, political, social, and climate) on our and our patients' ability to mourn within and outside analytic space.

Is it possible for us to mourn the losses of 2020 and 2021 when, in 2022, we are at best semi-post-Covid?  Do we analysts have the requisite psychic and reflective space to help our patients with something that continues to upend the quotidian for all of us?

After attending this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. describe the mourning process and what limits it today
  2. describe contemporary understandings of how we deal with loss across a lifetime
  3. describe the dynamic function of commemorative ritual

Part of the Professional Vulnerability: Dread, Hope and Resilience Seminar Series.

Seminar Information


November 13, 2022


3:00 pm-6:00 p.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom




$75 – General Admission
$50 – Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$25 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Joyce Slochower PhD, ABPP

Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco.  She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Ricerca Psicoanalitica and Perspectives in Psychoanalysis and is on the Board of the IARPP.  Joyce has published over 100 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique.  Second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of “De-idealizing relational theory: a Critique from within” and “Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique (2018, Routledge).  She is in private practice in New York City where she sees individuals and couples, runs supervision and study groups.


Marc Rehm, PhD

Marc Rehm, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor at The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and is an Adjunct Professor and Supervisor at Adelphi University’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis. He supervises doctoral candidates in clinical psychology at Adelphi University’s Derner School of Psychology and Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He consults to The Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at Barnard College and is on the staff of Northern Westchester Hospital. Dr. Rehm maintains a private practice in New York City and from his home, over Zoom these days, in Westchester County, New York.

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Megan Nolan

Megan Nolan, LCSW is a senior candidate at Adelphi’s Postgraduate Programin Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the President of the Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She graduated from Hunter School of Social Work in 1997 and spent the next 20 years working in the South Bronx primarily with woman who were survivors of domestic violence, teens and organizing for local quality public education. Over the years she’s been an adjunct professor, faculty advisor and field placement coordinator at her graduate school. Since moving from queens to long island, she’s held positions at Hospice and currently has a private practice seeing individuals, and couples with a specialty in bereavement.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

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