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Fridays @CCP: Perpetrator Ghosts: When we are invisible to ourselves (Sue Grand, PhD)

  • 23 Sep 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 318


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Fridays @CCP

Sue Grand, PhD

(Teaneck, NJ)

Friday, September 23, 2022

Perpetrator Ghosts: When we are invisible to ourselves

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: The trans-generational transmission of trauma has focused on how we carry the wounds of our forebears. In this presentation, I argue that we cannot fully heal unless we examine the perpetrator fragments we have inherited from the victim/perpetrator switchbacks in our histories. This presentation examines the unconscious processes through which these fragments are transmitted to us, how they are internalized by us, and what implicit missions they assign us to us. We will look at how these persecutory objects are manifest in our lives, in therapy, and in politics and culture. 

Dr Sue Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; faculty, The Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; faculty, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies; Visiting Scholar, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; Fellow, The Institute of Psychology and the Other. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a board member of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. She has written extensively on the intersection of trauma, history, culture and politics. She has co-edited 2 books on the trans-generational transmission of trauma, as well as co-editing 2 volumes on relational theory. She is in private practice in Teaneck N.J. 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to identify persecutory objects in their own history.

Participants will learn to identify persecutory objects in their patient's process.


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by September 22, 2022 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Grand, S 2018. The Other within:  White shame, Native American Genocide.

Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54:1, p 84-102

Guralnik, O. (2014). The Dead Baby. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24:2, p 129-145

Moss, D. (2010). War Stories. In: First Do No Harm: paradoxical encounters of Psychoanalysis, warmaking, and resistance. 2010. Eds: Harris, A. and Botticelli, S.. Routledge, New York pp 243-251.

Grand, S. (2010). Combat speaks II: Grief and Tragic Memory. Chapter 2 in The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. Routledge, New York.

Vaughans, K (2017). To Unchain Blood Memories: intergenerational trauma among African Americans. In: Wounds of History: repair and resilience in the trans-generational transmission of trauma. Eds: Salberg, J. and Grand, S. 2017. Routledge, New York, pp 226-243.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

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