THE HAPPINESS PUZZLE: Science, Psychoanalysis and the Arts

March 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Why is helping our patients more challenging in today’s tumultuous times?
How does depression fit into the happiness puzzle?
The Happiness Puzzle Conference is a multidisciplinary exploration of happiness, viewed through the lens of scientific research, psychoanalysis, poetry, the arts, and entrepreneurship. The morning program features presentations by three distinguished guest presenters, happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, MFA, and renowned psychoanalyst Glen Gabbard, MD, who share their expertise and experiences illuminating aspects of the puzzle and examine why the goal of happiness is so important for life fulfillment, creating deep and lasting relationships, and living creatively.
During the afternoon session, several new voices from additional disciplines will join the morning presenters for a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Gabbard, to share their narratives as we deepen our understanding of the relationship between happiness, resiliency, depression, gratitude, and creativity. Presenters include screenwriter Larry Stuckey and mental health activist Alix Schwartz, MSW. 
We expect this conference to inspire conversations that continue in our clinical settings, work sites, schools, personal relationships, and into the community at large. We welcome those new to NCP programming, and are pleased to offer the discounted price of $75.
Mental Health Professionals with CE Credits: $155 

Professionals without CE Credits: $95.00
First-time NCP registrants: $75
Students: $55.00
Registration fee includes:
  • 5 CE Credits
  • Continental Breakfast & Lunch
  • Wine & Cheese Reception
  • Garage Parking
  • Book signing opportunities

Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast & Book Signing
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Conference (lunch provided)
4:00 PM Wine & Cheese Reception and Book Signing

Location: Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211


Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD

Dr. Lyubomirsky is a researcher, social scientist, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Russia, she has been conducting research on happiness for 29 years. Her research has been recognized and awarded many prizes and grants. Two of her best selling books include: The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want and The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does.

Tracy K. Smith, MFA

In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry, including her most recent, Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018) and Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. She is chair of the University's Lewis Center for the Arts, Director of the Creative Writing Program, and the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.

Glen O. Gabbard, MD

Dr. Glen Gabbard is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and Training and Supervising Analyst in the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. He is also in private practice in Houston. Dr. Gabbard has authored or edited 28 books, and his textbooks have been translated into 11 languages. He lectures throughout Europe, South America, and Australia, as well as the United States and Canada.

Alix Schwartz, MSW

Alix Schwartz is a leadership and organizational culture expert and mental health activist who combines her training in social work and positive psychology to improve mental health and wellbeing in individuals, organizations and communities. Co-author of a children’s book series, her work has also been published in journals and magazines. She is a graduate of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Larry Stuckey

Larry Stuckey, a graduate of the USC School of Cinema, started his film career as a development executive for director/producer Jay Roach (Austin
Powers, Meet the Parents), and went on to write Little Fockers. Larry continues his collaboration with Jay Roach, working as an executive at Everyman Pictures, and has written and developed more than a dozen projects for 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount, New Regency, Europa Corp, and Warner Bros.
Planning Committee: Suzanne Dworak-Peck, Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, Michele Gomes, Sandra Landen, David Thomsen and Cecilia Peck
The John S. Peck, MD, PhD, Distinguished Lecture Series was established to bring prominent and dynamic speakers for presentations or conferences on a variety of relevant topics spotlighting the insights of psychoanalytic thought not only in the analytic community but in the broader community both locally and nationally.

Reminder: This event will be held at the Writers Guild Theater

135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211


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

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of he Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.