Special Events

A Friday Afternoon with Daniel Shaw:

“Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation”

Open to the public:

Please join us for a special afternoon with Daniel Shaw, author and New York Psychoanalyst. Dan will speak about traumatic narcissism, what it looks like, where we find it in cults, in training Institutes, and how it affects our patients.

Dan will discuss his patient, Alan, who was raised by an extraordinarily narcissistic mother and a mostly absent, mysterious father. Through examining his relationship with Alan, as it unfolded in the clinical setting, Dan developed his ideas about the traumatizing narcissist’s relational system, and the ways in which that dynamic is echoed in transference/countertransference configurations. An unusual aspect of the work, as it developed with Alan, was the extent to which Dan realized how much Alan’s struggles mirrored his own. Through his relational work with Alan, Dan also realized a powerful means to deeper self-understanding.  Their work illustrates an important principle of relational psychoanalysis, which is that if the analyst wishes to promote growth and change in his patients, he must be open to how each patient challenges the analyst to change and grow. Participants will discuss the issues raised both in small groups, and in conversation with Dan.


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Daniel Shaw LCSW is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, New York. Originally trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen in New York City, Dan later worked as a missionary for an Indian guru. His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization led him to become an outspoken activist in support of individuals and families traumatically abused in cults. Simultaneous with leaving this group, Dan began his training in the mental health profession, quickly becoming a faculty member and supervisor at NIP in New York, publishing papers in Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and most recently, his book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, for the Relational Perspectives Series, Routledge. Dan also teaches at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and is Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for the Smith College School of Social Work.

Date:             Friday October 13th 2017

Time:             2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Place:             Hyatt Place Hotel, 2280 Junction Place, Boulder, CO 80301

Cost:              $75.00          

Early Registration by September 15th $55.00

Send payment to Nora Swan-Foster, 1137 Pearl Street Suite 205 Boulder CO 80302

More information 303-440-4000 or noraswanfoster@comcast.net

Certificate of Attendance will be provided.