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History Beyond Trauma - Sponsored By: The Ernst and Gertrude Ticho Charitable Foundation. Presented by: James E. Gorney, Ph.D.

  • 01/29/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Double Tree by Hilton 100 Fairway Dr. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 & ZOOM Virtual Conference


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PRESENTER:   James E. Gorney, Ph.D.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Time 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Registration begins at 8:30am with Continental Breakfast

LOCATION: In-Person & Virtual 

Double Tree by Hilton

 100 Fairway Dr.

          Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Phone(954) 427-7700



The purpose of this conference is to explicate the profound, original illuminations of trauma and psychosis contained within History Beyond Trauma by Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere. Over the course of this ambitious volume these psychoanalysts integrate 30 years of clinical and theoretical research on psychotic experience.

Drawing upon their studies in philosophy and classics and experience as professors of sociology, the authors approach madness not as a symptom, pathology, or diagnosis in a manual, but rather as a Place. This is the Place where the Symbolic Order which guarantees an individual’s connection to language, history, and social relations has ruptured, exploded or disappeared. Consequently, one of the most important insights found in this work is that the psychotic is engaged in a research investigation into the nature and history of this Place; he or she is a seeker.

The authors radically locate psychosis within a social and historical field. Within psychotherapy the therapist is second in command to the patient – the Principal Investigator – who desperately attempts to articulate an unspeakable dimension of trauma and catastrophe, which has come to be foreclosed in individual or social history. Drawing upon their own memories, as well as their European identities, the authors develop a model of trauma rooted in the paradigm of war; the psychotic patient thus brings a war zone into the consulting room. Ultimately, principles derived from war psychiatry are employed as salient clinical tools in approaching trauma and madness.

Each of Davoine’s and Gaudilliere’s major theoretical concepts will be here illustrated via vivid clinical material. It will be the intention of this Symposium to communicate the propositions of History Beyond Trauma with great clarity, and to demonstrate their broad relevance for those engaged in the investigation and treatment of psychosis.


James E. Gorney, Ph.D., is in independent practice in Knoxville, Tennessee. A graduate of the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York, he is the author of numerous presentations and papers on Winnicott, Lacan, self-psychology and innovations in psychoanalytic technique. Dr. Gorney served on the staff of the Austen Riggs Center and has taught at New York Hospital-Cornell, Duquesne University, and the University of Tennessee. He is past president of the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society and has been a recipient of the Hans Strupp Award for excellence in psychoanalytic education.


At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to:

1.      Describe the profound, original illuminations of trauma and psychosis contained within History Beyond Trauma by Francoise Davione and Jean-Max Gaudillere.

2.      Understand and articulate a patient’s desperate attempts to communicate to the therapist unspeakable dimensions of trauma and catastrophe which has come to be foreclosed in individual or social history.

3.      Understand a different approach to madness not as a symptom, pathology or diagnosis in a manual but rather as a symbolic place within himself that he has lost touch with.

4.      Conclude that the psychotic patient is engaged in a research investigation into the nature and history of the symbolic place within to apprehend what he has unconsciously hidden.

5.      Understand that principles derived from war psychiatry are employed as salient clinical tools in approaching trauma and madness.




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 This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 4 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, 2021). 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) 597-0820.


Please read the confidentiality statement below:

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. In order to register, you must acknowledge and agree to the terms described above.


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.  In order to register, you must acknowledge and agree to the terms described above.


Masks must be worn for the entirety of the presentation. Additionally, attendees must present either proof of being fully vaccinated defined as having two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one does of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before the conference. Alternately, attendees can present documentation of a negative Covid-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to the conference, or a negative Covid-19 antigen test conducted within 24 hours of the conference.

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