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

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Metropolitan Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Course Number: 285      Location: Live Webinar

Todd Essig, Ph.D.
Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Login Time:   

9:30am - 10:00am

Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm



Providing a safe space, an intimate and empathic connection, and continuity is at the core of what we do with our patients. How to do this during the COVID-19 pandemic is no small challenge. The spaces in which we work, the way we think about safety, how we think about and immerse ourselves in patients’ inner worlds, and how we provide continuity have all been radically altered. This webinar will be a chance to think together about these issues by exploring the clinical gains and losses subsequent to our rapid, near-total conversion to tele(mental)health and the ongoing challenge of enduring this change in the face of uncertainty and loss.

Before the pandemic, psychoanalytic clinicians were grappling with how to make informed decisions about using technology for patient care. We had the leisure to examine emerging research in neuroscience, virtual reality, human-computer interaction, and communications theory and then let that inform our thinking. However, forced by COVID-19 abruptly to adopt technologically mediated treatment as the safest way to practice, clinicians have immediately moved treatment, supervision, and classes online. With no transition period, no choice, and no clear path forward, the move to distance treatment and training has left many feeling uncentered, unprepared, and vulnerable.

In this seminar, Gillian Isaacs Russell, author of Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Karnac, 2015) and Todd Essig, currently co-chair of APsaA’s COVID-19 Advisory Team, will share their thoughts about how to make informed decisions while leading a discussion of the impact on clinicians of pandemic-based screen- mediated treatment. They will explore differences between screen relations and actual presence; how those differences influence clinical processes and outcomes; and what concepts, skills, and strategies can be developed to help make remote treatment work. Finally, they will engage a discussion of what might happen, once it is safe to do so, when we re-emerge into a very different post-pandemic world.

Request for Clinical Vignettes

The presenters are requesting that participants submit clinical vignettes (250 to 500 words) about challenging or curious experiences encountered while providing teletherapy during the pandemic. Several of these will then be presented and discussed during the webinar.

Please send Vignettes to
Subject: Course 285 Vignette


Presenters’ Statement on Confidentiality

All prepared material and presenter responses will be compliant with NYS HIPPA policy. Case vignettes to be discussed will be submitted prior to the workshop and reviewed to make sure patient confidentiality is protected. In addition, reminders about the need to protect confidentiality will be offered at the start of each section of the workshop and should anyone use the Q & A as an opportunity to introduce clinical material they will be instructed to make sure confidentiality is protected.

Handout:  Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe four features of the clinical context unique to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. Explain the role of temporal synchrony in the experience of telepresence.
  3. List three general dimensions of difference between physical co-presence and screen relations.
  4. Compare how attention is mobilized in in-person versus onscreen psychotherapy sessions.
  5. Explain a paradox central to providing teletherapy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Todd Essig, Ph.D., is Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute. Widely known as a pioneer in the innovative uses of mental health technologies, he publishes and lectures widely. He has served on editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and recently co-edited along with Gillian Isaacs Russell a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. In the aftermath of 9/11 he was Board Chair for the NY Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC) providing free mental health care to first responders and their families. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Covid-19 Advisory Team. He writes “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes where he covers the intersection of technology, psychology, and culture. His practice is in New York City where he treats individuals and couples, almost all of whom (used to) come to his office.

Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D. is a UK-trained psychoanalyst. She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytical Association and the British Psychoanalytic Council. Her book, Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Karnac Books in 2015. She serves on the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and recently co-edited with Todd Essig a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. Dr. Russell writes, speaks and teaches internationally on technology and its impact on intimate human relationships, particularly in psychoanalytic treatment. She currently serves on the Covid-19 Advisory Team for the American Psychoanalytic Association. She practices in Boulder, Colorado.

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

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental
health counselors.

  • 3.0 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, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, 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 Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Login:                            9:30am - 10:00am
Presentation:             10:00am - 1:00pm

Members:                 $65
               Non-members:        $70
               Students with ID:    $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

Late Fee:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   Late Fee charge takes
              effect on January 28,

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