Past Events for Members

Partial list of past brunches from 2009 through 2024 includes:

"Holding a Secret While the Therapeutic Process Evolves," Emily Schweitzer, MSW, presenter; Dan Scanlan, LICSW and Leonard Sommer, Ph.D., discussants

"Out of the Weeds:  Transitioning from conflict to reflective dynamics," Andrew Wood, LMHC, presenter; Natasha Khoury, LMHC and Candace Weissman, Psy.D., discussants 

"A Container for One, a Barrier for the Other:  A Couple's Intimate Struggle with Latex," Magadalena Fosse, Psy.D., presenter; Sherry Dickey, Ph.D. and Ken Reich, Ed.D., discussants

"I Wish You Would Leave Me," Joe Prever, LCSW, presenter; Tamar Feldman, Ph.D. and Jennifer Stone, Ph.D. discussants   

"They Say Everything is Fine," Barbara Kellman, MSW, JD, presenter; Arnie Cohen, Ph.D. and Susannah Zimmet, M.D. discussants; Penelope Moore, LICSW, moderator

"When a Couple Fails to Thrive due to Family of Origin Enmeshment," Rachel Kalvert, LICSW, presenter; Lisa Davis, LMHC and Deborah Wolozin, Ph.D., discussants.

"The Therapist as Moral Agent in Couple Therapy," Tamara Feldman, Psy.D., presenter; Alistair McKnight, PsyaD, LMHC, clinical presenter; David Goldfinger, Ph.D., moderator

For the White Person Who Wants to Know How to be my Therapist," Andre Perreault, LMHC, presenter; Katie Naftzger, LICSW and Stephen Robinson, Ph.D., discussants; Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D., moderator

"Disturbing Affects, Troubling Assumptions, and Existential Decisions," Steven Krugman, Ph.D., Presenter; Nina Avedon, LICSW and Risa Weinrit, Psy.D., Discussants; David A. Goldfinger, Ph.D., Moderator

"Risk Taking in Couple Therapy," Diane Englund, LICSW, Presenter; Jennifer Stone, Ph.D. and Deborah Wolozin, Ph.D., Discussants; Rachel Barbanel-Fried, Psy.D., Moderator

"Are We Home Yet?  Negotiating Boundaries and Searching for Security in a Non-monogramous Relationship," Jennifer Bortle, Ph.D., Presenter; Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D. and Keith Irving, Ph.D., Discussants; David A. Goldfinger, Ph.D., Moderator

"A Case of Complicated Bereavement in the Aftermath of an Affair," Dasha Tcherniakovskaia, LMHC, Presenter; Laurence Chud, M.D. and Carolynn Maltas, Ph.D., Discussants; David A. Goldfinger, Ph.D. Moderator 

"The Challenges of Leaving the Family of Origin and Joining a Chosen Partner," Penelope Moore, LICSW, Presenter; David A. Goldfinger, Ph.D. and Axel Hoffer, M.D., Discussants; Susan Abelson, Moderator

Role Plays in Couple Therapy:  Live Demonstration #4:  The Couple:  Arnie Cohen, Ph.D. and Jennifer Stone, Ph.D.; The Couple Therapist:  James Donovan, Ph.D.;  Moderator:  Steven Krugman, Ph.D. 

Role Plays in Couple Therapy:  Live Demonstration #3:  The Couple:  Arnie Cohen, Ph.D. and Jennifer Stone, Ph.D.; The Couple Therapist:  James Donovan, Ph.D.; Moderator, Steven Krugman, Ph.D.

Role Plays in Couple Therapy: Live Demonstration #2; The Couple: Arnie Cohen, Ph.D., and Jennifer Stone, Ph.D.; The Couple Therapist: Jennifer Leigh, Ph.D.; Moderator: Steve Krugman, Ph.D.

Role Plays in Couple Therapy:  Live Demonstration #1; The Couple: Nina Carmel, MSW, and Katie Naftzger, LICSW;  The Couple Therapist:  Justin Newmark, Ph.D.

“Pushing the Reset Button: Work with Long-Married Couples,” Jacquie Olds, M.D. and Richard Schwartz, M.D., presenters

“Working with Contempt in Couples,” Eric Albert, LMHC and David A. Goldfinger, Ph.D., presenters

“Working with Couples who Have Experienced Trauma,” Laura Barbanel-Fried, Psy.D. and Belinda Friedrich, LICSW, presenters

“Affect-based Couples Case Consultation,” Eleanor Counselman, Ed.D.

“The Many Faces of Shame in Couples Treatment,” Jerry Gans, M.D. and Steven Krugman, Ph.D., presenters

“Therapists’ Use of Their Own Affective Experience in Couples Work,” Luanne Grossman, Psy.D. and Rachel Segall, LICSW, presenters

“High, Low, Dosey Doe: Working with Various High and Low Affect Pairings in Couple Therapy,” Rachel Barbanel-Fried, Psy.D., presenter, and Jennifer A. Stone, Ph.D., discussant

“Are We Wedded to Monogamy?: Working with Sexual Non-exclusivity in Committed Relationships,” Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D., presenter, and Andrew Compaine, M.D., presenter

“Perel: The Morning After,” presented by David A. Goldfinger, Ph.D.

“The Sexual Alarm System: How to Work with Women’s Sexual Inhibitions,” presented by Judith Leavitt, Ph.D.

“A Couple’s Paradox: As Love Deepens Does Desire Fade?” presented by Holly Levenkron, LICSW

“Clulow and Beyond: Attaching Theory to Practice,” follow-up discussion moderated by Arnie Cohen, Ph.D.

“Infidelity and Intimacy: Strange Bedfellows,” presented by Carl Bagnini, LCSW

“Working with Highly Distressed Couples,” presented by Michael Zentman, Ph.D.

“Attachment Theory and Implications for Adult Psychotherapy, Particularly with Couples,” presented by Steven Krugman, Ph.D.

“Divorce and Family Meditation — the hows, whys, and whens,” presented by Barbara Kellman, MSW

“Truth is a Big Place: Individual Therapy, Couple Therapy, and the Question of What is ‘Really’ Happening with Our Patients,” presented by Mark O’Connell, Ph.D.

Reading Together


Nickel Boys, a novel by Colson Whitehead, October 5, 2023

Poetry Night, curated by Ruth Chad, December 14, 2023

Hao: Short Stories by Ye Chun, February 15, 2024

"A Raisin in the Sun," a play by Lorraine Hansberry, April 25, 2024


"Fences," a play by August Wilson, April 27, 2023

Poetry by a variety of poets, February 16, 2023

The Swimmers, a novel by Julie Otsuka, January 12, 2023

Recitatif, a short story by Toni Morrison, October 27, 2022


Everything Inside:  Stories by Edwidge Danticat, April 7, 2022

Poetry Discussion, February 24, 2022

"A Streetcar Name Desire," by Tennessee Williams January 6, 2022

Welcome to America by Linda Bostrom Knausgard, October 14, 2021


Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, April 22, 2021

Reading Poetry Together, led by Ruth Chad, February 4, 2021

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, December 17. 2020

Beloved by Toni Morrison, October 1, 2020

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, August 20, 2020


A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, October 17, 2019

"Long Day's Journey Into Night" by Eugene O'Neill, December 12, 2019

Less by Andrew Sean Greer, February 6, 2020 (snow date 2/13/20)


Home by Marilynne Robinson, April 25, 2019 

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, February 21, 2019 

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, December 13, 2018 

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, October 18, 2018


On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, March 8, 2018 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, January 11, 2018

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx, November 16, 2017

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, October 12, 2017 


Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward, March 9, 2017 

Department of Speculation, by Jenny Offill, January 12, 2017  

The Children Act by Ian McEwan, November 10, 2016 

Lila by Marilynne Robinson, October 6, 2016 




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