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Sunday, October 27, 2019
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Angello Alumni House
154 Cambridge Ave,
Garden City, NY 11530

A Day with Dr. Mark Solms: Applying Neuroscientific Understandings to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


Applications and Translations to Treatment
Suzanne B. Phillips, PsyD, ABPP – Faculty, Postgraduate Programs CASE

Case Presentations:

Megan Nolan, LMSW – Advanced Psychoanalytic Candidate
Ionas Sapountzis, PhD – Director of School Psychology Program, Faculty, Postgraduate Programs
5 CEU credits upon completion of the conference.
“It is not surprising that psychoanalytic psychotherapy achieves good outcome’’ writes Dr. Mark Solms, a leading scholar in the emerging field of neuropsychoanalysis. He bases his assertion on the fact that the core theoretical claims and technical practices of psychoanalysis are supported by neurobiological evidence and that, in some respects, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, not only shows better outcome over other forms of therapy, but its healing effect continues even after therapy has ended.
In his talk Dr. Solms will draw from neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and clinical practice to help us understand the psychotherapeutic process. Through clinical illustrations he will outline optimal psychoanalytically informed techniques that facilitate best treatment outcomes and will illuminate how and why they set changes in motion.


Mark Solms, PhD – Keynote Speaker

Mark Solms, PhD

Dr. Mark Solms is best known for his integration of psychoanalytic theories with modern neuroscience. He is the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, and Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

He was the Founding Editor of the Journal Neuropsychoanalysis in 1999 and founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000.
His most recent books are The Feeling Brain (Karnac) and Beyond Evolutionary Psychology (Cambridge). His earlier book, The Brain and the Inner World (Karnac) was a bestseller which was translated into 13 languages.

Suzanne B. Phillips, PsyD, ABPP – Discussant

Suzanne B. Phillips, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips is a licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Diplomate in Group Psychology, Certified Group Therapist, Fellow and Board Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She is newly retired Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at LIU Post, N.Y., on the faculty of the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and The Group Postdoctoral Program of the Derner Institute. She has provided services nationally and internationally on trauma and disaster. In February 2008, as Outreach Chair of AGPA, she gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military and their families. 

Dr. Phillips is the co-author of three books, The Analyst Pregnancy: Intrusion into the Analytic SpacePublic Mental Health Service Delivery Protocols: Group Interventions for Disaster Preparedness and Response and most recently Healing Together: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She writes a weekly blog for Psych Central and Hosts her own weekly radio show “ Psych Up Live” on Voice America, International Talk Radio. She has a private practice in Northport, N.Y.

Megan Nolan, LMSW – Case Presentation

Megan Nolan, LMSW

Megan Nolan is a Social Worker, senior candidate at Adelphi’s Post Graduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She graduated from Hunter School of Social Work in 1997 and spent the next 20 years working in the South Bronx primarily with woman who were survivors of domestic violence, at risk teens and organizing for local quality public education. Over the years she’s been an adjunct professor, faculty advisor and field placement coordinator at her graduate school. Since moving out to long island, she’s held positions at Hospice and currently works in a group practice seeing individuals, and couples.

Ionas Sapountzis, PhD – Case Presentation

Ionas Sapountzis, PhD

Dr. Ionas Sapountzis, is the Director of the School Psychology program at the Derner School of Psychology and the Director of the Social Training Center (STC) at Adelphi University. He received his doctoral degree from NYU in 1990 and holds postdoctoral certificates in clinical and school psychology and in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is on faculty at the Adult and Child Postgraduate Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Programs at Derner. Dr. Sapountzis has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has several publications on child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy. 


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» Register by Mail

Check should be endorsed to “Adelphi University” and sent to:

Kathleen Kannengeiser
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
Hy Weinberg, Room 302
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Fee Schedule
  Early Registration by October 1, 2019 On Site
General Public $125 $150
Derner School and other Adelphi alumni and faculty  $90 $110
Current Adelphi students/candidates with ID $50 $70
Current graduate students from other universities with ID $60 $80
Current Derner Student $25 $25

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Main Presentation – Mark Solms, PhD
Discussion – Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP
Q & A
12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Case presentation – Megan Nolan, LMSW 
Discussion – Mark Solms, PhD
Q & A 
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Case presentation –   Ionas Sapountzis, PhD    
Discussion –  Mark Solms, PhD    
Q & A

Credentialing Information

Registrants will receive 5 CE credits. Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The Adelphi University School of Social Work is a co-sponsor of this event and is recognized by the New York State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. Participants who attend this conference will receive 5 CE credits. No partial credits can be offered.

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded.  Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event.  No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance.

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information about the conference, please contact:

Ms. Kathleen Kannengeiser
Graduate Studies Coordinator
p – 516.877.4835
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