SICP Annual Weekend


April 21-23, 2017

Please join us for the 32nd Annual SICP Weekend! This beloved tradition is an opportunity to enhance our clinical understanding while enjoying relaxing community time. We will be in a serene mountainside retreat at the Edith Macy Conference Center ( CEU credits will be offered under the auspices of ICP.

Program Information
Weekend Schedule
SICP Committee Information
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Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am

Making the Unseen Seen: Invisibility and Intersectionality

The statement, “I don’t see color”; the reluctance some institutions have about setting aside gender irrelevant restrooms; assumptions about who is “from here” and “not from here”; what the fear of leaving our own “bubble” really expresses. Those are just four examples that illustrate how people/groups and their corresponding lived experiences are rendered invisible. Through the use of memoir and limited case examples as well as the mining of participants’ personal/professional experiences, the group will engage in the shared project of co-creating visual “continuums of invisibility” and making intersectional connections among those continuums. The ultimate goal of this program is to widen participants’ lenses for seeing and experiencing others.

In private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, Boris Thomas’s clinical and scholarly interests focus on matters of race, culture and intersectionality as well as trauma. He obtained his M.S.W. from NYU Silver School of Social Work and his Ph.D. from Chicago’s Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW). He is an honors graduate of NYU School of Law and practiced as an attorney for ten years, specializing in labor and employment law before entering social work school. He is on faculty at ICSW and at New York’s Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Sunday April 22, 2017 2:30pm

Minds-in-Bodies-in-Space: Clinical ‘Knowing’ through Authentic Movement

Psychoanalyst W. R. Bion described containment as a process that creates a boundaried mental space in which thoughts can be born. As psychoanalysts and psychotherapists we develop, with our patients, containing processes for being-states, dream communications, and pieces of mind that have not yet been embodied or thought. How
do we make room, with our minds-in-bodies-in-space, for those fragments to find a form?
In this presentation I will demonstrate through both presentation and experiential work how emerging clinical ‘knowing’ is contained and enriched through Authentic Movement. Authentic Movement is a simple meditative movement practice in which one alternately takes the role of mover and witness. In the role of the mover one allows one’s self to move from an inner directedness. The witness notices the somato-sensory experience of the other’s movement. Participants will be guided to consider clinical moments using the Authentic Movement structure, thereby discovering what arises when the moment is expanded into movement, as either witness or mover.

Deborah Sherman, BC-DMT, LMHC is a practicing Psychoanalyst and Dance/Movement Therapist. She is on the faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) and directs IPSS 1 Year Intensive Psychotherapy Training Program. Deborah is also faculty and supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and is faculty at National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York City. She has been participating in an Authentic Movement group for the past 25 years and has been studying W.R. Bion’s work for the last 10.


Friday April 21
7pm Dinner

Saturday, April 22
7-9am Breakfast for Friday night guests
10:30am Morning program
1pm Lunch
2:30pm Afternoon program
5-6:30pm Leisure time
6:30pm Cocktails
7:30pm Dinner with karaoke & dancing to follow

Sunday, April 23
7-9am Breakfast
9:30am Mindfulness Walk

Edith Macy Conference Center is a serene retreat center located on 400 wooded acres.

Contact Mara Nellis at or 212-252-2116 for more information or with any registration questions.

All registrations must be received by March 20, 2017 due to hotel regulations.

Please email Erin at to confirm your registration.


SICP Weekend Committee
Mara Nellis, LCSW, Co-Chair
Erin O’Mara, LCSW, Co-Chair
Thomas Bow, LCSW
Rachel DeCicco, LCSW

SICP Board
Betsy Levine, LCSW, President
Robin Mathews, LCSW, Treasurer
Erin O’Mara, LCSW, Vice President


DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM NEW YORK CITY Major Deegan North (1-87). Exit Saw Mill Parkway North. Exit Taconic State Parkway North (Exit #26). Exit Pleasantville Road, (Not Pleasantville, 117, Not Pleasantville 9A). Turn left onto Pleasantville Road. Make your second right onto Chappaqua Road (before the overpass). Chappaqua Road appears as if leading you back to the Parkway. Continue straight for approximately 2 miles passing lake on your right. Conference Center will be on your left. Guest parking is on the right. Shuttle service is available from the guest parking lot. Please use the phone located in the kiosk for shuttle service. Allow approximately 5 minutes for pickup.

TRAIN Take the Metro-North line, which is accessible from Grand Central Station, to the Chappaqua station stop. The train ride is approximately 55 Minutes. We are located less than 10 minutes from Chappaqua station.