Instructor for Summer 2019
Amelio A. D'Onofrio, PhD, is clinical professor and director of the Psychological Services Institute in the Graduate School of Fordham University. He has served on Fordham's faculty since 1994 where he teaches on the art and science of psychotherapy and on the transformative power of relationship. His approach to psychotherapy and supervision is informed by psychoanalytic theory, contemporary attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology. What organizes and provides context to his clinical understanding, however, is his deep-rootedness in the existential philosophical tradition and its insights into the triumph and tragedy of the human condition. He holds degrees from Georgetown University, Fordham University, and The University of Chicago.
Clinically, Dr. D'Onofrio is interested is in trauma, broadly understood. More specifically, he studies the processes by which originary traumatic wounds inscribe themselves in and colonize the unconscious, how they fragment meaning and establish ontological insecurity, how they potently drive repetition, and how they amputate the possibilities for the emergence of full subjectivity.
As a teacher, Dr. D'Onofrio is passionate about his students’ learning and continuously seeks to provide them an experience ‘of’ the therapeutic rather than simply a conceptual understanding ‘about’ the therapeutic.
Dr. D'Onofrio has served as Chief of the Residential Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program for dual-diagnosed homeless veterans and Chief of Education Service at New York area U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. He currently maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and clinical supervision in northern Westchester and New York City and is a consultant to schools and mental health agencies. He is author of Adolescent Self-injury: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Health Care Professionals (Springer, 2007).
Dr. D’Onofrio is Founding Director of the Florence Seminars and Derivative Communications, LLC.