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October 2019

Addictions: A Perfect Storm?

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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Details A synthesis of evolutionary and psychoanalytic perspectives offers an understanding of how biological, psychological and technological factors have converged to fuel the current explosion of chemical and behavioral addictions. Why hasn’t our experience with addictive behaviors over the years (centuries!) enabled us to avoid this disaster? What are the psychological resistances to doing what needs to be done to prevent addictions from taking hold and to helping people to escape from their deadly grip? How can we resolve these…

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Inviting the Worst Self to Treatment

October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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  Details A Modern Psychoanalytic approach encouraging the blossoming of the whole emotional self, leading to reparation and a deeper healing. While many therapies strive to help the patient attain their “best” self — reach their highest potential and overcome their negative and self- limiting behaviors – psycho analysis invites the “worst” self. When the patient is helped to blossom emotionally to states of frustration, anger, mistrust, blame and negativity, the psychoanalyst rejoices because that is where the deep healing…

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November 2019

Film Discussion: Water, Trauma and Re-Birth in ROMA

November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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Details From its deceptively simple opening shot to its complex narrative weaving nostalgia, personal and social history, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, 2014) conjures a moment from his own past that moves from autobiography to the poetic and the political as he re-visits the world of his childhood in 1970’s Mexico. Against a series of exquisitely filmed black and white images we are invited into the often dream-like evocation of the world of family, nurturance and trauma that holds both…

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How to Have an Awful Marriage

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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Details We have come far since Jay Haley, founder of Strategic Family Therapy, wrote a useful, “unself-help” article on this topic decades ago. Building on his paper, tonight’s talk adds current research about the science of marriage and love. The presenter will further highlight psychoanalytic and cultural perspectives. With a 53% divorce rate in the U.S., increasing our understanding of this issue and, by contrast, its solutions, is work for us all. Presenter: Frances Bigda-Peyton, Ed.D.,Cert.Psya. is on the teaching…

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Joker: Antihero or Mirror?

November 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Details Join this discussion as we explore what makes this movie disturbing for so many to watch. Is it the violence? Is it the rise of an antihero? Or is it something more insidious that is being revealed to us about our own nature? Presenters: Wes Alwan, M.A. is a writer, cohost of The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast, and doctoral student at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He lives in Cambridge, MA, where he thinks a lot about the political…

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December 2019

Freeing the Creative Process

December 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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Details Panel presentation of various clinical and theoretical considerations to writing. This panel examines, through case study, theories and personal experience, how the creative process is freed and what interferes with that freedom. It explores questions such as: why do we hold creative impulses in check? Why are writing and painting and other artistic expressions held apart from real life? What is the meaning of originality? What does it take to finish a creative work? Discussion will be relevant to…

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March 2020

Spring 2020 Open House

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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BGSP can give your career a competitive edge. At our open house we can help you take the next step. Join us Wednesday, March 4th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meet faculty and alumni Learn more about our Master's and Doctoral Programs Master’s in Mental Health Counseling Learn how our program prepares you for licensure Find out why 94% of our graduates are employed in the field and earn well above the national average Discover fieldwork and internship placements Doctor of…

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Now What? Thoughts on Choosing a Degree That’s Right for You

March 9 @ 11:00 am

Do you want to work in mental health, but are confused about all the options? What is the difference between a social worker, counselor, psychoanalyst, or psychologist? How do you choose a degree that fits your goals? Join us March 9, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time for a one-hour webinar and you will learn: Differences between types of mental health careers. Expected pay for these careers. What education and training they require. The value of quality training, and supervision. How to choose a path that’s…

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Psychoanalysis from the Couch to the Community

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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Psychoanalysis from the Couch to the Community Postponed   Details A psychoanalytical community-based intervention model was born out of a need to address secondary trauma and to work through personal and systemic resistances. While it's been believed that psychoanalysis belongs to the couch, this event presents the emergence of a psychoanalytically-informed approach to addressing homelessness, addiction and reentry from incarceration. The working model operates as a social container and relationship builder, that results in a healing community. Presenters: Polly Hanson-Grodsky,…

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April 2020

What to Do with a Bachelor’s in Psychology

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
BGSP, 1581 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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What to Do with a Bachelor’s in Psychology Now available online. Watch the webinar.   Details This workshop is geared to the undergraduate psychology major who wants to explore options for employment, graduate school and long-term careers.  This event addresses questions such as: How can you make the most out of gap years? What if you want to go on to graduate school?  What kind of work does a psychology major do?  Does one specialize? Presenter: William Sharp, M.A., Psya.D.,…

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