Fridays, starting April 5th/ Online

Micro-Traumatic Experience: Therapeutic Approaches to Healing Cumulative Toxic Effects

with Margaret Crastnopol, PhD


A 4-part online mini-course for clinicians at all levels, to explore and recognize micro-traumatic functioning, while learning how to work with patients in resolving these patterns.

Held online on Fridays beginning April 5th.

6 CE credits are available upon completion



Certain subtle types of psychic injury, called “micro-trauma,” can mount up over time, eroding a person’s sense of well-being while distorting character development and interpersonal functioning. Dr. Crastnopol draws upon the theoretical framework offered in her book,  Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury (Routledge, 2015),  and shares her most recent thinking along these lines. In this four-session online course, she focuses on and helps clinicians identify specific patterns of micro-traumatic functioning and their impacts as they play out in everyday life and in the analytic engagement itself.

Some examples of these patterns are “connoisseurship gone awry,” “uneasy intimacy,” “unkind cutting back,” and “psychic airbrushing.”  Participants will explore their own clinical experiences with micro- trauma and gain an understanding of how to identify and work to resolve such problematic patterns for those in their practice.


Margaret Crastnopol, PhD, is an Analyst of Candidates (“Training Analyst”),  Consulting Analyst, and Faculty Member of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is also a Supervisor of Psychotherapy and Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute.  Dr. Crastnopol is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and she also serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Having recently finished her tenure, she is a long-term former member of the executive committee and the board of directors of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is the author of Micro-trauma:  A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, (Routledge, 2015), and of numerous other published works. Dr. Crastnopol is in private practice for the treatment of individuals and couples in Seattle, New York, Idaho, and elsewhere, working remotely and in person.  She offers individual and group supervision or consultation for those in the United States and various locations abroad.


Held online on Fridays, from 12Noon-1:30PM/Eastern,  on the following dates: April 5th, 12th, 26th & May 3rd.


Professionals: Early Registration $475, available now through March 15th. Starting March 16th, $550.

Candidates & students:  $300

By the completion of this course, students will be able to:  
I. Enumerate and describe certain specific mechanisms of toxic functioning, including “unkind cutting back,” “connoisseurship gone awry,” “little murders,” etc.
II. Identify signs within the psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic relationship that such patterns are being replayed.
III. Articulate and implement various effective strategies for repairing micro-traumatic damage to the patient’s sense of well-being and self-worth.

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