SICP Annual Weekend



April 27-29, 2019


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Please join us for the 33rd 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.


Saturday April 28, 2018 10:30am

The Convergence of Relational Psychoanalysis and Harm Reduction Therapy in Treating Substance Misuse

We will spend the morning talking about how to address substance misuse when it shows up in your clinical work whether expected or not.  Harm Reduction Therapy, a model of treatment that allows for an individualized approach resting on the same basic clinical skills inherent in any good psychoanalytic psychotherapy will be presented. Initial assessment and goal setting will be discussed as well as ongoing treatment aimed at reducing risk or harm to the user or others while working toward overall growth and satisfaction in life.   The importance of the therapeutic relationship will be elaborated and an integrated treatment described in which cognitive behavioral and coaching techniques are embedded in a psychoanalytic perspective.  We will pay special attention to the benefits of a Relational Psychoanalytic approach, including the relevance of a multiple self-states model and how addressing process and enactment enhance even the most behavioral aspects of treatment.  Transference-countertransference phenomena will be discussed, including some basic assumptions and stigma often attached to substance using patients.  The initial part of the morning will be a presentation including clinical examples from the presenter, followed by discussion and/or role play in small groups to process what we have learned.

Debra Rothschild, PhD is a New York State licensed psychologist, certified psychoanalyst and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice in New York City.  She is on the faculty and a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York.  In addition, she supervises PhD candidates at City College, Yeshiva University and Long Island University clinical psychology programs.  Debra is on the executive board and twice past president of the New York State Psychological Association Division on Addictions.  She publishes and lectures widely on the integration of psychoanalytic thought with harm reduction psychotherapy and substance use treatment.

Saturday April 28, 2018 2:30pm

The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma: Question and Answer Session with author Helen Epstein

In this unusual workshop, designed as a Q & A with author and analysand Helen Epstein, Helen will discuss The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma. Her new book is an autobiographical examination of sexual assault and childhood abuse, both through psychoanalytic and journalistic processes.  Participants are encouraged to order the book from Amazon here and bring your questions and reactions to the workshop.

Helen Epstein ( is the author of the first book (published in 1979) about the inter-generational transmission of trauma: Children of the Holocaust.  Born in Prague in 1947, she grew up in New York City where she attended public schools and graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism. She became a reporter while in college and her journalism has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York, and in other magazines. Primarily a cultural journalist, she has written about musicians (Music Talks), theater (Joe Papp), and women’s history (Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for her Mother’s History). She lives in Massachusetts.


Friday April 27
7pm Dinner

Saturday, April 28
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 29
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 26, 2018 due to hotel regulations.


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.