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Stepping out of time: A clinical exploration of the unconscious rebellion against growth and change

October 18, 2014 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A Pioneer Study Group discussion led by,

Moi Wurgaft, Ph.D., LMHC

Start Time: 10/18/2014 at 10:00 am
End Time: 10/18/2014 at 12:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served.


In the course of our clinical work, we often witness our patients struggling desperately with invisible obstacles to their ability to move forward with their life-goals and aspirations. These obstacles can range from a relatively benign procrastination to more violent forms of self-sabotage, and can lead to acute feelings of shame, self-doubt and self-hate. In this study group we will explore a number of clinical vignettes that feature such patients, and will examine images and metaphors that arose during the process of their therapy, images and metaphors that reveal a profound unconscious ambivalence towards the process of growth and change. A clearer understanding of this fundamental ambivalence is suggested to be of significant value when faced with therapeutic challenges of this nature.

Moshe Wurgaft, Ph.D., LMHC has practiced
psychodynamic psychotherapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings for over 20 years. He completed his clinical psychology training in Jerusalem, Israel, and relocated to the United States in 2002. He worked for eight years in a bilingual community mental health setting in Springfield, MA, where he practiced individual, group and family therapy and directed an LMHC internship program, and has been in private practice in Amherst, MA since 2006.


In order to protect the confidentiality of the clinical material, and to adhere to APA ethical guidelines, it is required that those attending the program be either currently licensed mental health professionals, psychoanalysts, or currently matriculated students in mental health programs (psychology, social work, psychiatry, psychoanalysis). Students are required to provide the name of their program. There will be no exceptions.

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 the discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns or complaints, please Contact Us.


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1. To be more aware of the potentially conflicted experience inherent in joining the flow of time, and of the challenges patients may face when confronted by the painful demands of growth and change.

2. To reduce the shame and self-hate associated with patients’ experiences of stagnation, laziness, failure and disappointment by offering a meaningful, compassionate, and potentially transformative way to conceptualize their struggles.

3. To offer patients a way of thinking about these struggles that facilitates a more open dialogue between conflicted and disconnected aspects of themselves.




Event open to WMAAPP members and guests.

There is no fee.

If you wish to bring a guest, or for further information, please contact Patricia Everett at (413) 256-3539

Please address questions, concerns or complaints to Joan Burkhard, MEd, MSW at (413) 298-4773 or


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Contact Phone: 413-549-0436
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October 18, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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