Twin Cities News & Events


SPS September Fireside Presentation
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
“The Lobster in a Cave: Working with Very Sensitive Patients to Honor and Transform Their Narcissistic Defenses”
Presented by Sharon Grostephan, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

This Fireside will look at the concept of narcissism and how it is the underlying struggle of our most vulnerable patients. Because of their sensitivity, they have developed powerful protections against connection, including protection from us and the therapeutic process. Their defense presents great difficulties in therapy as it is the core of what we offer as a tool for healing.

Narcissism is complex. We need healthy narcissism which translates into good self-esteem, but all of us, therapist and patient, also carry pieces of problematic narcissism in our minds which we need to tend to if we want to help these patients.

Case examples will be provided and discussion will be welcomed.

1. Identify and understand the theories that hold us in our thinking in working with these particular states of mind where a person has experienced early traumatic relationship injury or loss.
2. Think about what techniques or stance we need to take depending on our patients’ particular needs.
3 . How to apply the research and writing on narcissistic states of mind to guide our work.
4. How to identify our own narcissistic vulnerabilities so we can think about how we contribute or take away from the safety needs of these clients in therapy.

Sharon Grostephan, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., works in private practice in St. Louis Park. She has taught at MICPP, MPSI and Northwest Psychoanalytic Institute and Society based in Seattle. Ms. Grostephan has provided supervision for psychoanalytic candidates for over ten years.

Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Map and directions can be found at:

$20.00 per session - Member
$30.00 per session - Non-Member
***No Charge*** - Students, Interns, Residents and Fellows with ID

Payments may be made in advance or at the door.
Advance Payment via credit card is available online at  

Credit card payment is only available in advance online. At the door payments may be cash or check. Program fees are non-refundable.

Each Fireside, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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 discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Joel Grostephan at There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

All presenters will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed including the validity and utility as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks as relevant.

A post- test will be provided for those who need this content for licensure.

Participants applying for a new LICSW license must meet new educational requirements.

For more information, please see:

SPS is a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work, CEP-130

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SPS October Fireside Presentation
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
“Psychoanalysis of the Chronically Mentally Ill: Theory and Practice”
Presented by Arthur Lebow, Ph.D., L.P.

While seeming impractical and outdated, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (e.g. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder) are in need of good quality in-depth treatment which is thoughtfully and carefully offered to patients with better levels of functioning. In this presentation, we will briefly look at the political and psychological factors that affect how therapists scientifically view and treat people with severe symptoms. While there are some very interesting similarities between both treating those with severe and less severe symptoms, there are important differences that need to be considered or addressed, i.e. the therapist being more flexible when the frame is challenged or broken. Severe symptoms, such as hallucinations, delusions, regression, passivity, mania, flat affect, depression, will be discussed as to their possible meaning and how to intervene therapeutically. If time allows, cases will be presented.

1. Question common current consensus of what constitutes mental illness.
2. Better understand psychoanalytically the symptoms of those with chronic mental illness.
3. Learn ways to interact psychotherapeutically with severe and persistently mentally ill patients.

Arthur Lebow, Ph.D., L.P., received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (Berkeley) in 1983. He completed training at the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies in 2002. For over 45 years, Dr. Lebow has been working with chronically, mentally ill patients in state hospitals, day treatment, residential treatment and private practice.

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SPS November Fireside Presentation
Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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SPS January Fireside Presentation
Thursday, January 17, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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SPS February Fireside Presentation
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Jim Mosher, Ph.D., L.P.

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SPS March Fireside Presentation
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Peter A. Zelles, Ph.D., L.P., ABPP

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SPS 2019 Spring Conference
Saturday, April 2019
Presented by Annie Rogers, Ph.D.

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SPS May Fireside Presentation
Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Jan Swanson, Psy.D., L.P.

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We hope to see you often!