Center Seminar Series



The Journey of Hope


 Monday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.




Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time.

Plaza Branch - KCMO Public Library - Large Meeting Room

Humans are capable of inflicting horrors on each other but also of providing acts of kindness and tenderness in the worst circumstances imaginable. It is possible to lose part of your humanity in order to survive but what is that spark of human dignity that can help the soul grow and flourish again?


In this seminar, Marilyn Metzl, a Psychoanalyst, will discuss psychic trauma and the growing body of theory and research on the impact of trauma on the human psyche.


Jonathan Jacobs, a Pediatrician and Internal Medicine Specialist, will discuss his experiences as a volunteer in a refugee camp in Greece working with refugees from Syria and Iraq: residents who hoped for a better future but experienced unspeakable terror and trauma. Dr. Jacobs will discuss his experiences through the eyes of a volunteer physician and how children and adults learned to survive without losing hope.


Audience participation on the issue of trauma and trauma treatment will be encouraged.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of how the reconstruction of earlier events, circumstances, and experiences are an integral facet of psychoanalytic practice with war victims.
  2. Discuss the impact of recovered memories of childhood trauma on war victims.

Jonathan Jacobs, MD, FACP, FAAP
Jonathan Jacobs, MD, FACP, FAAP



Jonathan Jacobs, MD, FACP, FAAP, Pediatrician and Internal Medicine Specialist graduated from Columbia University and attended the Mayo Medical School. Dr. Jacobs was awarded the ACP Humanitarian Award for 2005 and has been consistently been named one of the area’s top physicians. Dr. Jacobs has been a volunteer physician for Cabot and Turner Clinics and vice president and co-founder of Doctors Outreach Clinics, an international health development non-profit organization.

Marilyn Metzl, PhD, ABPP
Marilyn Metzl, PhD, ABPP

Marilyn Metzl, PhD, ABPP is a Psychologist /Psychoanalyst in independent practice in Kansas City, MO, treating adults, adolescents, children, couples and families; is past president of the Missouri Psychological Association (MOPA), holds Diplomate status from the American Psychological Association (APA); and is a Fellow of APA (Division 39, Psychoanalysis). Dr. Metzl, is former director of the Kansas City Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is on the teaching faculty of the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Institute and is currently Program Chair. She has presented nationally and internationally on issues such as self-esteem, depression, men’s issues, social competence, women’s human rights, attention deficit, anxiety disorders, and narcissism, and is on the teaching faculty of the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Dr. Metzl is past-President of Sections III, Women; IV, Local Chapters, and VIII , Couple and Family, is Federal Advocacy Coordinator for Division 39, and advocates for governmental issues pertaining to psychoanalysis. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Metzl’s interests include Pilates, snow skiing, and ballroom dancing.

The program is free to the public; $30 for a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credit payable at the door by cash, check, or credit card.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.