It’s Not About the Food:
Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating

Saturday, November 17, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Renaissance Hotel
80 West Red Oak Lane
West Harrison, NY


Who Are We?

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP), a nonprofit organization, was chartered in 1974 by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. WCSPP was the brainchild of a small group of eminent psychoanalysts who valued pluralistic psychoanalytic training set in a strong and vibrant professional community. The vision of its founders continues today at WCSPP, with its deep commitment to the rigorous academic training of clinicians amid open discussion of multiple psychoanalytic perspectives. WCSPP has continually moved forward to develop new programs that meet the changing needs of mental health professionals and to expand its Psychotherapy Service to best serve individuals in need of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

We seek talented faculty and students who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status. Grounded in equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, WCSPP's robust commitment to diversity is fundamental to the Institute's mission of advancing knowledge, educating future leaders in the field, and providing public service.

Read an overview from Stewart M. Crane, LCSW, Director of WCSPP

Upcoming Events

  • Sat
    8:30am - 3:00pmRenaissance Hotel: 80 West Red Oak Lane, West Harrison, NY

    Distinguished Keynote Speakers:

    Judith Brisman, Ph.D. - "When Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A New Understanding of the Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders"

    Theresa Kinsella, M.S., RD., - "Healthy Choices or Disordered Eating: What to Know and How to Treat"

    5 CE Hours:  NY SW, CT SW, LMFT, LMHC, LCAT, Psychologist and LP


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  • Fri
    8:00 pmCommunity Unitarian Church - 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains NY 10605

    Presented by: Janet Zuckerman, Ph.D.

    Additional details: This paper concerns the complex relationship between women and aggression, one that is troubled by numerous biases constraining women to be nice, never anger and avoid aggressive self-assertion. These social forces have silenced women throughout time, reflecting a powerful patriarchy that dates back for centuries. I begin with a personal vignette reflecting struggles with aggression, followed by two clinical examples demonstrating how an interpersonal/relational approach enabled my female patients to mobilize aggression for constructive use. Finally, I explore cultural as well as developmental factors that inhibit women's aggression; their adaptations to these strictures; and the ways therapy can help women transcend these obstacles to integrate a positive female aggression. I also include references to the 2016 presidential election as an example of sociocultural factors that infiltrate women's struggles with aggression. Inclusion of these elements tempers the tendency of psychoanalysis to separate the individual from the social, the intrapsychic from the political, and the private from the public.

    $20 suggested contribution; $30 with CE; RSVP: Ken Barish

    Disciplines that can receive CE: TBA

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What We Do.


Since 1974, students have emerged from WCSPP programs with an expanded understanding of their patients, their clinical work, and themselves.

Psychotherapy Service

The Psychotherapy Service of WCSPP offers individuals an opportunity to receive psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at an affordable cost.

Clinical Consultation

Clinical consultation service affords each therapist a forum to expand his/her clinical skills and develop a personal treatment style.