SIPP Colloquium

Sunday, May 6, 2018  |  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  |  Woodbury, NY

Part two – working collaboratively to alleviate pain

Anxiety is reported to affect up to 40 million Americans, and it is a leading reason that people seek treatment. This colloquium will feature contemporary and creative perspectives on the treatment for anxiety. Our speakers tonight, both seminal thinkers, will focus on real world approaches. Dr. Bruce Hammer will develop his idea that anxiety is less of an illness and more of a characteristic used to keep intense feelings at bay. Dr. Sheldon Berman will address the current state of thinking regarding psychobiological dimensions. In addition, Dr. Berman will be emphasizing the importance of the interaction between prescribing psychiatrists and therapists and the challenges this presents for both sides. Their presentations will be followed by what we hope will be a lively discussion with the audience. Please join us.

Dr. Sheldon S. Berman, MD
Dr. Bruce Hammer, PhD

Dr. George Whitson, PhD

George Whitson, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheldon S. Berman, MD has been a practicing psychiatrist for enough years to witness and participate in the ending of the golden age of psychoanalysis; a swing of the pendulum to a purely biological approach and back today to an integrated, albeit rudimentary, understanding of the interaction between genetics/biology and psychology. He has been a director of residency training, a chairman of a department of psychiatry and a chief medical officer of a teaching hospital. During his hospital years a significant clinical focus was placed on direct care in the areas of HIV, death and dying and medical ethics. He has maintained a private practice during this time.

Dan Berger, Ed.D. ABPP

Dr. Hammer is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who received his Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in Adelphi University in 1986.

Dr. Hammer is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Long Island University, CW Post.

Dr. Hammer has two distinct areas of practice. He provides clinical psychotherapeutic services to adults and couples. Dr. Hammer also provides coaching services to people facing challenges in the workplace, ranging from small businesses to major corporations. His consulting firm, Hammer Associates, LLC, provides a wide variety of leadership and organizational development services (including assessment, feedback, action planning, and team alignment) on an individual, team, or whole-organization level.


George Whitson, Ph.D.

Dr. Whitson is a NYS Licensed Psychologist who received his Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Whitson is the Co-Founder and Trustee of SIPP and a faculty and supervisor at SIPP, the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Derner Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at Adelphi University.

Continuing Education Credits
Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis 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 #SW-0133.

Event is free, registration needed to secure spot.
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