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Mourning and Memory: Reflections in Honor of Dr. Antonio R. Virsida

  • 11/02/2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Nova Southeastern University, Carl DeSantis Building, Knight Auditorium, 6 SW 75th Drive, Davie, FL 33314


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The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology 

in collaboration with

the Department of Clinical and School Psychology in the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University present:

Mourning and Memory:

Reflections in Honor of Dr. Antonio R. Virsida


8:30 am - 12:30 pm

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

Registration and Continental Breakfast will be served in classroom 1052

Special Presentation by: Steven Reisner, Ph.D.

3 CE Credits Offered

<We are trying to put together transportation to/from this event in the Boca Raton area.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Caryl Keating 561-859-6767>


There is no love of truth without an unconditional acceptance of death. –Simone Weil (epigraph to Dr. Virsida's The Death Drive: Psychic Construction or Destruction?)

Among the many things to be learned from the work and teachings of Dr. Antonio Virsida is a renewed appreciation for Freud’s concept of the Death Drive. In this two-part presentation, Dr. Reisner will revisit and expand upon Dr. Virsida’s acute understanding of the death drive. 

In part one, Dr. Reisnerwill present the history of Freud’s concepts of drive, beginning with sexuality and hunger, moving on to sex and ego and ultimately to narcissistic and object drives. He will then expand upon Antonio’s view that the life and death drives, understood as the interweaving pleasures inherent in desire (life) and satisfaction (death), must be integrated into all aspects of our being if we are to live lives that are rich, courageous, poignant and meaningful. 

In part two, Dr. Reisner will show how such an understanding is not only essential for clinical work and personal growth, but necessary, too, to overcome fear and paralysis in the face of the two great threats of our day: authoritarianism and the climate emergency. We are faced with an American President and a growing number of authoritarians around the world, who encourage the population to deny death and its partner, truth. Dr. Reisner will argue that only by embracing mortality and respecting the death drive can we truly release an empowered life force. Only by facing death can we know what we value and risk fighting for it.


Steven Reisner, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and political activist. He is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Advisor on Psychology and Ethics for Physicians for Human Rights and past-President of Psychologists  for Social Responsibility. He was a leader in the successful movement to prohibit psychologists from their central role in abusive CIA and military interrogation and detention processes. As a result of these efforts, psychologists were removed from detention operations at Guantanamo Bay in January 2016. 

Dr. Reisner has been a consultant on issues of trauma, torture, political violence, disaster and resilience in the face of catastrophic events for the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the International Organization for Migrations and other international humanitarian and mental health organizations. 

He has published in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post and in various academic journals. He has been interviewed on NPR, Al Jazeera, CBC, and the BBC, and has been on the teaching faculty of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University, the NYU Medical School, the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, and the Women’s Therapy Center Institute. 

In an earlier career, Dr. Reisner was an Obie-award winning director and actor. More recently he was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of honoring and mourning as part of the process that enables the progression of personal development.  
  2. Understand the development of Freud’s drive theory.
  3. Be better able to use psychoanalytic theory to facilitate the pursuit of social justice.


8:30 am-9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am-9:15 am Welcome, Introduction & Thoughts on Dr. Virsida 
9:15 am-10:15 am Strivings towards life and death
10:15 am-10:45 am Discussion
10:45 am-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Mourning and Mobilization

12:00 pm-12:30 pm


12:30 pm  Complete Learning Assessment & Adjourn


Refunds will be given until 10/27/2019 minus a $10 administrative fee

If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP  and benefit from the member discount, please do so before you register so your reduced fee will be applied.



GPS ADDRESS- 6 SW 75th Drive, Davie, FL 33314


From the North:

Take the Florida Turnpike South

Take Exit 54 for FL-84/I-595/US-441 toward Ft Lauderdale

Keep left at the fork to continue toward FL-84/W State Rd 84

Merge onto FL-84/W State Rd 84

Turn left onto Davie Road

Turn right onto Nova Drive

Turn left onto College Ave

Turn right onto SW 30th St

Turn left onto Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd

In 300 feet the Library & Main Student Parking Garage will be on your right (fee $1/hour)

The Carl DeSantis Bldg is across the street.

From the South:

Take the Florida Turnpike North

Take Exit 7 for Fl-84/W State Road 84 toward Davie Blvd

Turn left onto Davie Blvd

Follow the same Directions as for From the North above.

From Fort Lauderdale:

Take Broward Blvd East.

Take the I-595 W ramp to I-95/Florida’s Turnpike

Take Exit 7 for FL-84/W state Rd 84

Turn left onto Davie Blvd

Follow the Directions From the North above.

Click map below for direct link to Google Maps

Registration and Continental Breakfast will be served in classroom 1052


Parking is in the library and main student parking which is next to DeSantis where the event will be.

Please see attached for a photo of garage. If attendees want a working map of Nova, they may use this link:

The parking rate is $1/hour using the PayByPhone application or the pay stations located at the southeast corner of the garage near the elevators. 


This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for

3 CE credits.

SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587 EXP. 3/2020(CE Provider # 50-1832). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need 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 or by phone to (954) 597-0820. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

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