New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Rockland Chapter Co-sponsored with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Course Number: 217      Location: Rockland

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D.
Sandra Indig

Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: Registration: 9:30am - 10:00am
  Part 1 of Presentation: 10:00am - 11:30pm
  Intermission: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
  Part 2 of Presentation: 12:00pm - 1:30pm


St. Thomas Aquinas College
Private Dining Hall - McNelis-Commons
Route 340
Sparkill, New York


Part 1                  

The Beholder Share, Neuropsychohistory and the Mystery of the Ordinary

  Presenter: Inna Rozentsvit, M.D.

      There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists. (E. Gombrich)

      We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. (Anais Nin)    

The “beholder’s share” (originally “beholder’s involvement”) concept was developed by art historian Alois Riegl, and his great disciples Ernst Gombrich and Ernst Kris. They described  the workings of the mind of the viewer (the beholder), including decoding the visual information, determining its meaning, understanding it, and interpreting it– depending on one’s prior life experiences, emotional memories, and idiosyncrasies.

This presentation will be based on the work of the Nobel laureate, neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel, who tried to tackle the issue of the beholder’s share from the scientist’s and the art lover’s points of view in his books, The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain and Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging Two Cultures.  Inna Rosentsvit finds that  Eric Kandel’s books are not just a psycho-historical endeavor nor are they the textbooks, where all the theories are provided and are proven; and they are not the memoirs. Within this presentation she will illustrate how Eric Kandel’s books stimulate one’s mind to connect the dots and to find one’s own answers, the answers that  will contribute to one’s personal development, a “work-in-progress.”

                           Part 2                                                

Talking Colors: Seeing Words/Hearing Images

Presenter:  Sandra Indig

This presentation will introduce ways to expand ones awareness through art forms.  Sandra Indig will discuss and show how narrowing the field of perception to the sound of color and the color of words we, the “beholders,” can partake in the author’s creative process. Hallucinated reality transforms cognitive reality and inter-modal visual poetry penetrates and melts barriers to multiple meanings. Poems and paintings weave together threads of aesthetic, spiritual, scientific, and psychoanalytic concerns which bring the beholder to experience deeper levels of consciousness and greater depths of human understanding.                                                              

Teaching Methods:

The presenters will utilize a didactic presentation with a powerpoint and will open a discussion with the audience for questions, comments and case examples.                                                                                                          

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the “beholder’s share” phenomenon and explain its place in one’s meaning-making.
  2. List and describe  five neurobiological factors  involved in human creativity and meaning-making.
  3. Identify the  practical applications of utilizing Kandel’s "reductionistic" approach to psychology, philosophy, humanities.
  4. Describe how both clinicians and patients can experience feelings of personal growth by increasing sensitivity to feelings of vulnerability.
  5. List three to four ways  to apply the idea of creativity and creative process for fostering insight into personal conflicts within both one’s personal life and in clinical practice.
  6. Describe ways to apply the idea of creativity and creative process for ameliorating symptoms associated with trauma in clinical practice.


Sandra Indig LCSW-R/LP, NCPsyA, ATCB is a psychoanalyst/ psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. She received her MSW from New York University and a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health. She is a contributing author to an edited book by George Hagman titled Art, Creativity and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artists (Routledge) and the author of a book  of poems and paintings titled Talking Colors: Seeing Words/ Hearing Images (MindMend Publishing, an imprint of the ORI Academic Press).  Sandra Indig is also an artist and an active member of many art societies (The American Alliance of Museums, American Art Therapy Assoc., NY Artists’ Circle). She has curated numerous exhibits and serves as the chair of the Committee for Creativity and Neurobiology, NYSSCSW.  Sandra was twice a nominee of NAAP Gradiva Award for her contributions to art and psychoanalysis.

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD is a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist, trained in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. She is the founder of, and a neuropsychoeducator at, the Neurorecovery Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Rozentsvit is also an administrator, a community outreach organizer, and a scientific faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYC, where she teaches classes on Introduction to Neurobiology for Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts and Love Before First Sight: Neurobiology of the Parent-Child Bonds. She is the founded of a psychoanalytic publishing company, the ORI Academic Press and the transdisciplinary journal, the MindConsiliums, both with an aim to promote neuro-psychoanalytic education to professionals and to general public. She maintains clinical affiliations at NYU/ HJD Neuro-rehabilitation Department/ Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center.

 Maximum Capacity:34

This conference is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, licensed family and marriage/couple counselors and licensed mental health counselors

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, registration and disability access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Psy.D, LCSW-R, BCD, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056, Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0017, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045.
  Social workers,  participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours.


Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Event Registration:          9:30am - 10:00am
Part 1 of Presentation:   10:00am - 11:30pm

Intermission:                     11:30pm-12:00pm

Part 2 of Presentation:   12:00pm-1:30pm

                Members                 $60
                Non-members        $100
                Seniors                     $60
                Students with ID:  Free

     On Site:
                Additional fee of $15.00

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