Relentless Shame and Interpersonal Trauma: A Psychodynamic Exploration Informed by the Language of Dissociative Processes, Richard Chefetz, MD

  • 05 Apr 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Lexington, MA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For NESTTD standard membership only
  • For NESTTD student members only
  • For agency and retired members only
  • For non-members who are NOT students or full-time agency employees
  • For non-members who are students. Student ID verification required.
  • For non members who are full-time agency employees or who are retired

Registration is complete only when you receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive an email confirmation within a day your registration did not go through. Please contact the NESTTD office at or at 508-598-5553.

Online registration is currently close for this event. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

There is neither a more pervasive nor more toxic emotional experience than discovering a mind is wrapped in a caul of shame, as if from birth onward. The withering of human potential that shame provokes sometimes creates a paradoxical oasis of misery from which a suffering soul cannot seem to be coaxed. In this exploration, shame will become more visible through an understanding of its physiologic and somatic origins, its role in attachment, its context in the organization of a multiple self-state model of mind, and its role in negative therapeutic reactions and other modes of impasse.

Using PowerPoint presentations, case presentations, and a 30 minute video of a person with DID, participants in this conference will develop a core knowledge of the clinical tools and perspectives useful in creating consciousness for previously isolated (dissociated) emotional states, cognitive distortions, and typically distorted relational expectations which all leads to more positive clinical outcomes in very difficult psychotherapies. This is an "in-the-trenches" approach to conveying clinical knowledge and bringing out the best in ourselves and our patients. The reality of the wish to change while staying the same is a normal paradoxical occurrence in the treatment of severe disturbances in otherwise talented people. Armed with the knowledge and perspective in this presentation, participants will take home more of what they need to accomplish in these difficult treatments.

This event includes 6 CEs with the registration fee.

About Dr. Chefetz

Richard A. Chefetz, a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2002-3), Founder and Chair of their Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program, and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. He is also a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis: New Directions in Psychoanalysis, and Modern Perspectives in Psychotherapy. He is also a Certified Consultant at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is trained in Level I and II EMDR. Dr. Chefetz was editor of “Dissociative Disorders: An Expanding Window into the Psychobiology of Mind” for the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, March 2006, “Neuroscientific and Therapeutic Advances in Dissociative Disorders,” Psychiatric Annals, August 2005, and “Multimodal Treatment of Complex Dissociative Disorders,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 20:2, 2000, as well as numerous journal articles on psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma and dissociation. He is currently working on a book, under contract with Norton, in their Interpersonal Neurobiology series, “Feeling Real: intensive psychodynamic therapy for persistent dissociative processes.

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