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Daniel Shaw, LCSW: The Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist: A System of Subjugation

May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology


Daniel Shaw, LCSW

Saturday May 4, 2019
9:00 am — Registration/Coffee
9:30 am — 12 pm — Presentation
The Red Lion Inn


The theory of traumatic narcissism as developed by the speaker, which describes a relational system organized by the narcissist that results in the subjugation of significant others, will be taught using clinical material illustrated by the author’s work with adult children of highly narcissistic parents. The psychology of the narcissist will be explored, and the traumatic impact on significant others of the narcissist’s need for control and exploitation will be illustrated. The speaker will present clinical strategies for working with those suffering from this kind of relational trauma aimed toward working through fear and shame and restoring the sense of self.

About the Presenter

Daniel Shaw, LCSW is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, NY. In practice for more than twenty years, Shaw is also on the faculty and serves as clinical supervisor in several psychoanalytic institutes in the New York area, including The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York City. Additionally, Shaw served as coordinator and moderator of the online colloquia for the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from 2004 to 2008.
Shaw has written about the therapeutic action of analytic love, working with adult children of pathological narcissists, and the link between spirituality and clinical expertise. He is the author of the 2014 book
“Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation.”


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Bach, S. (1985). Narcissistic States and the Therapeutic Process. New York: Jason Aronson, Inc.

Benjamin, J. (1988). The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and the Problem of Domination. New York: Pantheon.

Ferenczi, S. (1949). Confusion of the Tongues Between the Adults and the Child—The Language of Tenderness and of Passion. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Analysis, 30:225-230.

Ghent, E. (1990). “Masochism, Submission, Surrender: Masochism as a Perversion of Surrender.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 26:108-136.

Learning Objectives

After attending this intermediate-level program, participants will be able:

1. To identify and define the dynamics of the traumatizing narcissist’s relational system.

2. To demonstrate the application of a contemporary relational psychoanalytic approach to the treatment of the symptoms typical of the patient who has been subjugated by a traumatizing narcissist.

3. To define subjugation trauma and its clinical implications.

4. To explain the complex roots of psychoanalytic theory and practice.


Sponsorship and                                                                    
Continuing Education                                                                                        


2.5 CE credits are available to psychologists and psychoanalysts, and 2.5 CE credits will be provided for social workers and LMHCs.

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. 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 any complaints to Moi Wurgaft, Ph.D., LMHC at 413-230-7027.

WMAAPP is the local chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association.
WMAAPP is committed to following APA ethical guidelines.

WMAAPP brochure Shaw 5-4-2019

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May 4, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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