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Saturday, April 1st 2017

Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation

Daniel Shaw
presented by IASP - The Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology

9:00am - 3:30pm; registration open at 8:15am

George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 1H8

Daniel Shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, Shaw describes the relational system of what he terms the 'traumatizing narcissist' as a system of subjugation – the objectification of one person in a relationship as the means of enforcing the
dominance of the subjectivity of the other.

Shaw illustrates the workings of this relational system of subjugation in a variety of clinical
vignettes, theorizing traumatic narcissism as an intergenerationally transmitted relational / developmental trauma; and exploring the clinician's experience working with the adult children of traumatizing narcissists.

Bringing together theories of trauma and attachment, intersubjectivity and complementarity, Shaw demonstrates how narcissism can best be understood not merely as character, but as the result of the specific trauma of subjugation, in which one person is required to become the object for a significant other who demands hegemonic subjectivity.

About the Speaker:

Daniel Shaw is Faculty and Clinical Supervisor and Training Analyst at the National Institute
for the Psychotherapies (NIP), Faculty at Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Adjunct Clinical Supervisor at Smith College School of Social Work; Group Facilitator at the
International Cultic Studies Association; Faculty at The Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology (BIPACT); and former Co-Chair of the International Association for Relational
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Continuing Education Committee.

He is the author of “Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation” published in 2014. He has also authored a number of articles, including “The Therapeutic Action of Analytic Love” in Contemporary
Psychoanalysis 2003. He has been a public speaker at numerous conferences and has appeared on TV as a commentator a number of times. He was a theatre major at Northwestern University; received his MSW in
1996 and his Certification in Psychoanalysis in 2000.

Learning Objectives:

The attendee will have the opportunity:
1. To think through effects of traumatic narcissism on our patients
2. To learn to recognize the presence of traumatic narcissism in its common self-organizing and self-with-other presentations
3. To consider how to make therapeutic connection possible with clients suffering from traumatic narcissism
4. To become aware of common co-transference complications in working with these clients

Conference Schedule:
• 8:15 Registration
• 9:00 Welcome and Introduction
• 9:15 – 10:00 “Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation”
• 10:00 – 10:20 Questions and Discussion
• 10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
• 10:40 – 11:30 Continuation and Clinical Vignettes
• 11:30 – 11:45 Questions and Discussion
• 11:45 – 1:00 Lunch
• 1:00 – 3:00 – a member of the IASP Community will present a case in which traumatic narcissism is a core theme and there will be a discussion with the presenter and with Daniel Shaw.
• 3:00 Closing Remarks

The Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology

The Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology (IASP) was established in 1994 to train professionals in Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique with an emphasis on Contemporary Self Psychology.

IASP offers a two and a four year clinically oriented training program. The two year curriculum covers the fundamentals of psychoanalytical psychotherapy with a focus on contemporary Self Psychology and Relational Theory. The four year program offers training in advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis.

For further information please contact IASP at
Office 416.690.3722
Email [email protected]
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ONLINE REGISTRATION is available through IASP's website at:

To register by mail, mail in the completed registration form and a cheque (made payable to
IASP) to:
IASP Conference Committee
76-2192 Queen St. East
Toronto, Ontario M4E 1E6
Tel. 416.690.3722
email. [email protected]


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