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Creative Seminar Meeting
Uses of Photography in Psychoanalytic Treatment

Presenter: Dr. Robert Irwin Wolf, LP, LCAT, ATR-BC
Sunday March 11, 2018 1:00-3:00 pm
Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street 4th floor, New York, New York 10014
Handicap accessible Facility

After a brief introduction to the therapeutic uses of photography and photo processing within individual and group treatment formats, participants will be led through experiential exercises to explore their own photographic images. They will learn how to uncover unconscious material in photographs that can lead to therapeutic uses in clinical situations. The use of digital photographic technology will also be demonstrated as it pertains to the processing of photographic images with populations of varied ages and abilities. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring along copies of original photographs of themselves, family, friends, and places that can be cut up and used in the experiential process. No special skills or experience with photography are required.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

-Describe 2 or more types of approaches to working with photographs that can promote uncovering of unconscious material in clinical settings.
-Identify 2 therapeutic techniques involving photography that can be used in psychoanalytic treatment.
-Explain 1 or more benefits of using therapeutic photography as compared to strictly verbal communication within clinical treatment.

Dr. Robert Irwin Wolf, LP, LCAT, ATR-BC is a licensed psychoanalyst and creative art therapist, President of The Institute for Expressive Analysis and Professor of Graduate Art Therapy at the College of New Rochelle where he has pioneered the field of ‘Phototherapy’ and developed a sequences of graduate courses on the therapeutic uses of photography. He has widely presented and published material on this work since the mid-1970’s when, as the Clinical Director of the Henry Street School, he began to research the use of photography with adolescent clients through grants from the Polaroid Foundation. He is also in private practice in Manhattan

2 CE contact hours will be granted to participants with documented attendance and complete evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participant seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion a certificate of attendance will be emailed to all participants.

Open to IEA students and members and at no cost; and to non-IEA members for a fee of $40 for 2 CEs. There is not a charge for those who are not seeking CE contact hours.

Institute for Expressive Analysis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0028.

Institute for Expressive Analysis is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0453.

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The travel directions for Greenwich House located at 27 Barrow Street is close to 7th Avenue, one block south from the Christopher Street Station on the #1 train. In addition to, any train into the West 4th Street Station which you can walk to Greenwich house New York, New York 10014.

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IEA’s consultation center is also available for low-fee psychotherapy referrals.

The curriculum provides diverse theoretical approaches, including:

  • Object Relations
  • Self-Psychology
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Jungian
  • Contemporary Freudian theory

Training focuses on both verbal and nonverbal aspects of treatment and is applicable for both private practice and institutional settings.

Why is IEA Unique?

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE – IEA provides students with a flexible schedule, not disrupting one’s day job.Our classes meet on Monday evenings after work hours. Child and Adolescent classes meet Wednesday mornings.

TIME EFFECTIVE & COST EFFECTIVE – IEA meets New York State’s requirements for licensure and we work to offer a cost-effective and time-effective path to licensure in psychoanalysis (LP).

ECLECTIC – IEA is the only psychoanalytic institute offering an eclectic program incorporating various creative and expressive modalities.

GROWTH – IEA’s community provides an environment geared towards developing every candidate’s own particular voice.

SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE – IEA’s classes take place in an intimate setting – the private offices of the instructor.

REFERRALS – IEA’s Consultation Center offers sliding scale therapy services, aimed to provide a constant flow of referrals for our candidates.

ACADEMICS – IEA offers regular scientific presentations that may satisfy continuing education credits, supports a collegial community, and offers opportunity for sharing clinical and theoretical ideas.


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