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The Third Annual Dr. Antonio R. Virsida Commemorative Conference: Psychoanalysis and the Care of Homeless Adults: Insight for All

  • 11/20/2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Conference


  • Members ONLY - Student ID Required
  • Student ID Required

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PRESENTER:  Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D. 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

(Registration begins at 8:45 AM)

Virtual Zoom Conference

*A preregistration zoom sign-in will be sent in the email

acknowledging your registration.



Is homelessness an expression of breakdown — as is commonly believed — or is it a defense against breakdown? This presentation challenges the common assumption that treatments derived from psychoanalytic theories are appropriate only for people of means. On the contrary, working with underserved populations goes back to the very beginnings of psychoanalysis. Dr. Luepnitz will describe IFA (Insight For All), which she launched in 2005 -- a program that connects analysts willing to work pro bono with homeless and formerly homeless adults in Philadelphia. Clinical material will be presented, which will make use of concepts both from Donald Winnicott  (e.g. the holding environment, the use of countertransference, "fear of breakdown") and Jacques Lacan (e.g. the paternal metaphor, the three registers, the family até). Sara Smith, LMFT, Licensed Clinical Supervisor and Ekaterina Alexeeva, Mental Health Counselor, will report on their work at the Broward Outreach Centers as part of Dr. Luepnitz’ introductory remarks.

*A list of community providers of psychotherapy for the homeless can be found HERE


Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D. was on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for over 30 years.  She is currently on the faculty of IRPP--Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. She is the author of The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis,  Feminism and Family Therapy --published in 1992-- as well as  Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Five Stories of Psychotherapy  which has been translated into seven languages. She was also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan. In 2005, Dr. Luepnitz launched I.F.A. (Insight For All) a pro bono project connecting psychoanalysts with homeless and formerly homeless adults in Philadelphia. In 2013, she received the Distinguished Educator award from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education.


Participants will be able to:

1) Identify 3 different psychological types of homelessness.

2) Describe one of the basic challenges of treating individuals who are living  with staff in a residence for homeless adults.

3) Cite 2 concepts from Winnicott and one from Lacan that could be helpful in working with homeless patients.

*Learning assessments will be emailed to participants for CE credits 


If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP and benefit from the member discount, please CLICK HEREMemberships will be valid through December 31, 2022.




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, expires March 31, 2023). 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.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are 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 participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 637-3883.


*In order to receive CE credits for this conference, participants must attend the event in full.  Due to potential unforeseen technical issues that may arise, registration will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event and we encourage you to connect in advance to avoid tardiness.  Please verify that your name appears in your Zoom window as you would like it to appear on your certificate of attendance.  To receive CE credits, you must arrive no later than 10 minutes of the start time and must stay until the end of the event when a moderator will take a final tally of complete attendance.  Please note that it is not possible to award partial credit to any APA sanctioned CE event.


*Ensuring the confidentiality of all clinical material presented at our meetings is of the utmost importance to SEFAPP.  Attendance is contingent on an agreement to adhere to the following guidelines: Clinical material must not be discussed outside of the session in which it is presented and furthermore must not be recorded, conveyed, or disseminated in written or electronic form.  Participants must agree to maintain a secure environment to be utilized solely by the registered participant and protected from intrusion by, or exposure to, unauthorized persons.  Presenters of case material must have either obtained informed consent from the patient (or guardian) or taken other carefully considered measures to safeguard confidentiality.  If at any time a participant suspects he or she may recognize the identity of a patient in a case presentation, the participant must leave the session immediately.  Failure to observe these guidelines constitutes a breach of APA’s ethical principles and may be cause for disciplinary and/or legal action.

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