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Morality in the Modern World Sadomasochism, the Superego, and Two Systems  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Kerry Kelly Novick & Jack Novick (Pre-registration has closed, please pay at the door)


Kerry and Jack Novick note that Freud’s struggle with the sadomasochism of his patients led directly to his theory of the superego and its role in personal and social morality. Using clinical material from the analysis of an older adult, they apply their dual-track model of two systems of self-regulation: the “closed,” sadomasochistic, omnipotent system and the “open,” competent, loving and reality-attuned system, to trace the origins, development and functions of the “closed” and “open” superego. They suggest that the application of this model will help restore the importance of moral development and the superego in psychoanalytic theory and technique, offer ways to address persistent sadomasochism, and illuminate some societal anxieties and tensions underlying larger historical and cultural conflicts.


Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

·        Differentiate manifestations of closed-system conscience functioning and open-system, helpful internal conscience

·        Apply concurrent techniques for addressing closed- and open-system material

·        Construct a coherent narrative of patients’ moral development


Jack Novick, PhD, and Kerry Kelly Novick are child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts on the faculties of numerous psychoanalytic institutes around the country. They are both Training and Supervising Analysts of the International Psychoanalytic Association. Jack and Kerry completed their child analytic training with Anna Freud in London, England. In addition to their clinical work, they have been very active in teaching, research, professional organizations, and the community. The Novicks have written extensively since the 1960s, with over 100 articles published in major professional journals. Their four earlier books are used in many psychoanalytic, social work and residency trainings, and have been translated into several languages. Their fifth book, Freedom to Choose: Two Systems of Self-Regulation, was published by IPbooks in late 2016.


Thursday, September 14, 2017, 8 PM-10 PM    2 CE Credits

$20 with CE Credit


Free attendance without CE Credit





IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum number of 2 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.



The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.



REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.