90 Minute Workshop

Relational and Attachment Perspectives on a Case of DID and War Trauma: Working with Critical, Aggressive and Perpetrating Alters

Saturday, March 24
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Indiana

Based on a case of a man with DID and a later war-trauma, this workshop will  focous on therapeutic work with critical, aggressive and perpetrating alters. The discussion will explore clinical work from two comlimentary perspectives, Relational Psychoanalysis and Attachment Theory, and will highlight the particular usefulness of dream work in attuning with and engaging critical, agressive and perpetrating alters.

Learning Objectives:

Sheldon Itzkowitz

Adjunct Associate Professor
NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
New York, New York

Dr. Shelly Itzkowitz is an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychology and clinical consultant, the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Guest Faculty, Eating Disorders, Compulsions, and Addictions Program, The William Alanson White Institute; on the teaching and supervisory faculty, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies program in psychoanalysis; and the Trauma Studies Program, The Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and a former President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association. He is in full time private practice in Manhattan where he practices psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, couples therapy, and provides clinical supervision for mental health practitioners.

Dr. Itzkowitz has presented his work with extremely dissociated individuals both nationally and internationally. His most recent publications include, The Dissociative Mind In Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working With Trauma, co-edited with Elizabeth F. Howell. The book received the 2016 Media Award-Written by the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation and the Author Recognition Award from NIP. “A Dream As An Internal Enactment of Trauma: The Impact On the Analyst’s Self.” Appears in J. Petrucelli & S. Schoen (Eds.). Unknowable, Unspeakable, and Unsprung: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on truth, scandal, secrets, and lies, published by Routledge and “The Interpersonal-Relational Field, Countertrauma, and Counterresilience: The Impact of Treating Trauma and Dissociation.” Appears in R. B. Gartner (Ed.). Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts, Published by Routledge.


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Adah Sachs

Consultant adult psychotherapist
Goodmayes Hospital, North-East London NHS Foundation Trust
London, England

Dr. Adah Sachs, PhD is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of the Bowlby Centre. She also and heads the NHS Psychotherapy Service for Redbridge borough, London, UK.

Sachs’s main theoretical contribution is outlining sub-categories of disorganized attachment and linking them with specific qualities of childhood trauma, and with trauma-based mental disorders, including two presentations of DID.

Adah lectures and supervises worldwide on attachment and dissociation, and serves as an expert witness to the court on DID. She has published numerous journal papers, book chapters, a co-edited book- Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder (2008) and a co-edited a special issue of the JTD, The Abused and the Abuser: Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics (2017). She is a fellow of the ISSTD.


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