Interpersonal Trauma and the Developmental Roots of Personality Disorders - Clara Mucci, PhD (Live)

April 25, 2025

2024-25 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series

In this presentation Dr. Mucci will present the three levels of interpersonal traumatizations with all the consequences at the level of attachment styles, interpersonal neurobiology, and affect regulation and personability dynamics up to the point of developing complex PTSD and personality disorders. 

A first distinction will be made between trauma deriving from early deprivation, maltreatment, abuse and trauma due to natural catastrophes. Only the first kind of traumatization deriving from interpersonal trauma and abuse create the dissociative structure which is at the roots of the most severe psychopathology, namely severe personality disorders with severe difficulties in affect regulation, in dynamics of attachment and in mind-body and brain integration. From this structure the most severe psychopathology derives, with possible suicidality, self-harming, eating disorders and severe addictions.

Target Audience

Advanced

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the neurobiological, attachment style related and personality psychodynamic consequences of interpersonal trauma or "trauma of human agency" in the three levels of traumatization.
  • Analyze and discuss the presence of severe symptoms and attacks onto the body to the relational developmental abuse and deficit and how to differentiate and recognize neurotic structure from dissociative structure.
  • Prepare to work in an integrative approach of mind - body brain psycho-dynamically and relationally in treatment with severe destructiveness and psychopathology.­
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

    Accreditation Statement - Austen Riggs Center,Inc. is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statement - Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 1.50 APA

    The Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this for 1.50 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology. The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

    Austen Riggs Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0115.

  • 1.50 ASWB-ACE
    The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this . ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2023-2/2/2026. Social workers completing this will receive 1.50 continuing education credit(s). For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit States and provinces that accept ACE | Association of Social Work Boards.
  • 1.50 Contact Hours/ Participation
Course opens: 
06/26/2024
Course expires: 
04/24/2026
Event starts: 
04/25/2025 - 6:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
04/25/2025 - 8:00pm EDT
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Clara Mucci, PhD, (PhD, 1999, Emory University, Atlanta, in English Literature and Psychoanalysis; Doctorate in Anglistics, Genoa University, Italy; Degree in Clinical Psychology, University of Chieti) and Specialization in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Milan, SIPP) is full professor of Dynamic Psychology at the University of Bergamo, Italy, after having served as full professor of English Literature and Shakespearean Drama until 2012. She is a member of SIPP (Società Italiana Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica), IARPP, APA-Division39 (Psychoanalysis) and a Psychoanalyst with training functions for SIPeP-SF (Società Italiana Psicoanalisi e Psicoterapia- Sandor Ferenczi),  in private practice in Milan, Italy.

She is the author of various monographs on Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory; within the psychoanalytic field, her major publications in English are Beyond Individual and Collective Trauma (Karnac, 2013, reprinted Routledge, 2017), Borderline Bodies: Affect Regulation Therapy for Personality Disorders (Norton, 2018) and, forthcoming, Resilience and Survival. Understanding and Healing Intergenerational Trauma. (London, Confer, 2022). She is the co-editor, with G. Craparo, of Unrepressed Unconscious, Implicit memory and Clinical Work (Karnac, 2017).

She was visiting scholar at the Comparative Literature and Society Program at Columbia University, New York; Fellow for six months of the Personality Disorders Institute at the Presbiterian Hospital, White Plains and New York, under the guidance of Dr. Otto Kernberg, and Visiting Scholar at the New School, Department of Psychology. She obtained the certification for the Adult Attachment Interview (trainers Jukobvitz and Dazzi; University of Califormia at Berleley ) and for the Reflective Functioning (training with Howard Steele, New School).

She lectures extensively in Europe and in the US and is a teacher and supervisor in several training schools of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, in Italy, England (Confer) and the US (NIP).

 

Austen Riggs Center Inc. adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. All those at Austen Riggs Center involved in the planning of this activity, including the presenter(s) listed above, report they have no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company*.

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Austen Riggs Center.

 

* An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

 

In support of improving patient care, The Austen Riggs Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

    Accreditation Statement - Austen Riggs Center,Inc. is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statement - Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 1.50 APA

    The Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this for 1.50 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology. The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

    Austen Riggs Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0115.

  • 1.50 ASWB-ACE
    The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this . ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2023-2/2/2026. Social workers completing this will receive 1.50 continuing education credit(s). For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit States and provinces that accept ACE | Association of Social Work Boards.
  • 1.50 Contact Hours/ Participation
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