NYC Seminar • Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

Making Good Use of Suffering: Working with Pathogenic Affects

Registration begins at 1:30 pm
Seminar runs from 2 to 5 pm
Social Hour follows at 5 pm

More about Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities of working with clients mired in overwhelming affective experiences. In AEDP, pathogenic affects linked to “self-at-worst” such as unbearable aloneness and “toxic” levels of shame and anxiety have often been viewed as experiences holding little therapeutic potential. The goal has traditionally been to get past them so that underlying core affects can be accessed and processed therapeutically.

Joining differentiation techniques drawn from Buddhist psychology, Gestalt therapy and IFS, with AEDP’s experiential tracking, metaprocessing, and mindful attention to relational and intra-relational experience, the presenter will demonstrate how such moments of overwhelm can offer patients profound opportunities for self-recognition, self-regulation and self-compassion. Rather than processing core affects derived from categorical emotions like anger and grief, such work engenders core affect linked to interconnection, recognition and self-understanding. These moments of coherence and integration in turn provide experiences of strength, hope, safety and mastery that fuel ongoing change-for-the-better.

Take the #1 Local-7th Avenue Subway to 116th St.
St Lukes’ entrance is on the south side of 114th Street (“Outpatient Bldg”). Once inside, look for posted AEDP signs and/or pick up an AEDP Seminar directions flyer from the security guard at the information booth just inside the building.

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All course fees include 3 hours CE Credit. For more information click here

If you pay at the door, the cost per meeting is $70; $50 for graduate students; $25 for St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital staff.  St. Luke’s-Roosevelt trainees attend for free. You must e-mail to reserve a space.


Event Details:


12:00 am - 5:00 pm


St Luke's Hospital, Muhlenberg Auditorium
440 West 114th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York

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