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Spring 2019 open house and information sessions:
Introduction to Modern Psychoanalysis (course)
Ten Tuesdays: 7:30 - 9:00 PM, February 5 to April 30. $500 for 10
This popular course offers the fundamentals of modern psychoanalytic theory and technique to those considering psychoanalytic training. Topics include transference, resistance, countertransference, and emotional communication. Open to clinicians and the public.
“I Am Alive Because I Do Not Own a House”: Psychoanalytic Work with Homeless Patients
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Is homelessness an expression of breakdown — as is commonly believed — or is it a defense against breakdown? This presentation challenges the common assumption that treatments derived from psychoanalytic theories are appropriate only for people of means. Dr. Luepnitz will describe IFA (Insight For All), which she launched in 2005 -- a program that connects analysts willing to work pro bono with homeless and formerly homeless adults in Philadelphia. Clinical material will be presented, relying mainly on the work of Winnicott, but including also key insights from Lacan.
Deborah Anna Luepnitz, PhD, spent 25 years on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is currently on the faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. She is the author of
The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (1992) and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines (2002), which has been translated into six languages. In 2005, Dr Luepnitz launched Insight For All, which connects psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono with homeless and formerly homeless individuals. She received the Distinguished Educator Award in 2013 from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education.
Who Speaks from the Site of Trauma? Death and Life at the Site of Address
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Tancred unwittingly kills his beloved Clorinda in a duel while she is disguised in the armour of an enemy knight. After her burial he makes his way to a strange magic forest which strikes the Crusaders’ army with terror. He slashes with his sword at a tall tree; but blood streams from the cut, and the voice of Clorinda, whose soul is imprisoned in the tree, is heard complaining that he has wounded his beloved once again. (Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, SE, Vol. 18, Chapter 3)
This presentation will consider the notion of trauma through the problem of address. What does it mean to establish the possibility of address from the site of its collapse? This presentation will examine texts and cases that trace the annihilation of the addressing subject in the traumatic encounter and the creation of a language of address that passes between death and life.
Cathy Caruth, PhD, is the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters and Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University. She is the author of Empirical Truths and Critical Fictions: Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud; a co-edited edition, Critical Encounters: Reference and Responsibility in Deconstructive Writing; Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History, recently reprinted in a 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword; her edited edition, Trauma: Explorations in Memory; a series of essays, Literature in the Ashes of History; and a volume of interviews she conducted with thinkers and practitioners in a variety of disciplines, entitled Listening to Trauma: Conversations with Leaders in the Theory and Treatment of Catastrophic Experience.
Transference and Countertransference Revisited
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This seminar will revisit key moments in the theoretical evolution of two critical, intertwined psychoanalytic concepts: transference and countertransference. Important questions will be highlighted and contextualized, and their implications for clinical work will be examined. The seminar will also explore what it means to work “in” the transference, what it means to “take” the transference, and, from that position, how to use countertransference therapeutically. Clinical material will be used extensively, with a focus on how to bring transference into the therapeutic dialogue, considering why it’s valuable to do so; other related technical questions will also be explored. These issues will be augmented with reflection on the nature of the analytic role and setting.
M. Gerard Fromm PhD, is a Distinguished Faculty member of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and President of the International Dialogue Initiative, an interdisciplinary group that studies the psychodynamics of societal conflict. He was the first Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute, and directed the Therapeutic Community Program at Riggs for many years. Certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology, he has taught at, and consulted to, a number of psychoanalytic institutes across the country.
Dr. Fromm currently maintains a practice of psychoanalytically informed organizational consultation. He is a past president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, where he served for three years as Director of its residential Group Relations Conferences. He has also served on the staff of Group Relations Conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel.
Dr. Fromm has presented and published widely, including the volumes Lost in Transmission: Studies of Trauma Across Generations; Taking the Transference, Reaching Toward Dreams: Clinical Studies in the Intermediate Area; and A Spirit That Impels: Play, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis.
Into the Mind of the Psychoanalyst: When the Personal Becomes Professional
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
In this workshop, Steven Kuchuck will explore the impact of the therapist’s life experience and psychological makeup on the treatment. By expanding psychoanalytic study to include an examination of events in the clinician’s childhood and adult life as well as related psychodynamic issues, Dr. Kuchuck will focus on the ways the practitioner’s experiences, crises, and dynamics affect both clinical choices and the tenor of the therapist’s presence in the consulting room. He will also look at the relationship between the clinician’s subjectivity, theoretical interests, and technique, exploring areas of overlap and differentiation between two phenomena that are often confused: the larger issues of the therapist’s subjectivity and self-disclosure.
Dr. Kuchuck will propose that when subjectivity becomes bracketed or dissociated, access to countertransference and insight into how the therapist affects the patient becomes limited, causing therapeutic data to be missed. He will address various ways of tracking and using subjectivity in order to potentiate therapeutic action. He will also consider the impact on the treatment of the analyst’s temperament, conflicts around being seen or hidden, and struggles with self-care.
Steven Kuchuck, DSW, LCSW, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives; Co-Editor of the Routledge Relational Perspectives Book Series; President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); board member, supervisor, and instructor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP); and instructor and supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and other institutes. Dr. Kuchuck lectures nationally and internationally; his teaching and writing focus primarily on the clinical impact of the therapist’s subjectivity. In 2015 and 2016, he won the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic book: Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst’s Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional and The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris). He maintains a clinical and supervisory practice in Manhattan and also offers individual and group consultation online.