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Clinical Conference: Daniel Shaw, LCSW Topic: Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation

  • 20 Jan 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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The Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Presents a Clinical Conference

Traumatic Narcissism:

Relational Systems of Subjugation

 January 20, 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Lunch follows for all attendees

Please Note: 

We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but at this time, all payments must be made by check. You can register online until noon Wednesday 1/18, which will speed sign in on Saturday morning. After that time, you can register in person at the door.

Please bring a check made out to “CSPP” with you to the Conference Saturday morning. Registration fees are listed on the Event page, include an additional $3 for NASW or APA CE certificate. OR HERE for a pdf version of the registration form. 


Daniel Shaw, LCSW practices psychotherapy in New York City and in Nyack, New York. Originally trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen, Dan later worked as a missionary for an Indian guru. His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization coincided with beginning his psychoanalytic training, and led him to become an activist in support of those traumatically impacted by cults. Dan is faculty and supervisor at National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City. His book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, was published for the Relational Perspectives Series, Routledge in 2014 and was nominated for the Gradiva Award in 2015. 

A bio can be read at:


In addition he is featured in a video at: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/501413/life-and-death-of-a-cult/


Daniel Shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics, Shaw will illustrate the workings of this relational system of subjugation in a variety of contexts:  theorizing traumatic narcissism as an intergenerationally transmitted relational/developmental trauma;  and exploring the clinician's experience working with the adult children of traumatizing narcissists.  Bringing together theories of trauma and attachment, intersubjectivity and complementarity, and the rich clinical sensibility of the Relational Psychoanalysis tradition, Shaw demonstrates how narcissism can best be understood not merely as character, but as the result of the specific trauma of subjugation, in which one person is required to become the object for a significant other who demands hegemonic subjectivity. 


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

12:30  –  1:00  Lunch for All Attendees

To Register and Pay

At this time, all payments must be made by check.  

Please print and fill out the registration form and mail with your check to Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, 303 Mansfield St Apt I, New Haven, CT 06511 

Click HERE for the mail in registration form. 

Members - remember to log in to register as a member.

Refunds will be given in full with an online cancellation or if the Conference Registrar, Nir Yehudai, LMSW, is contacted at Nir Yehudai no later than the Monday before the conference.

Recommended Readings

Ghent, Emmanuel  (1990)  Masochism, Submission, Surrender1—Masochism as a Perversion of Surrender  Contemp. Psychoanal., 26:108-136. For PDF, click HERE

Benjamin, J.  (2004). Beyond Doer and Done to: An Intersubjective View of Thirdness. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 73:5-46 For PDF, click HERE

Shaw, D.  (2010) Enter Ghosts: The Loss of Intersubjectivity in Clinical Work With Adult Children of Pathological Narcissists. Psychoanalytic Dialogues,:46–59, 2010 For PDF, click HERE


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

Learning Objectives

1.  Identify and define the dynamics of the traumatizing narcissist's relational system


2.  Demonstrate the application of a contemporary relational psychoanalytic approach to the treatment of the symptoms typical of the patient who has been subjugated by a traumatizing narcissist.

3.  Define subjugation trauma and its clinical implications.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, PhD, at Ellen Nasper.

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