News & Events
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Spring 2017 open house and information sessions:
Tuesday, March 28, 2:15 PM
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 9, 2:15 PM
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 PM
Introduction to Modern Psychoanalysis (course)
TEN MONDAYS: 6:00-7:30 PM: FROM FEBRUARY 6 TO MAY 1 – $500 FOR 10 CLASSES (CLASSES DO NOT MEET FEBRUARY 20, APRIL 10, AND APRIL 17)
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.
Fear of Breakdown and Breaks in Unity:
Mysteries of the Unlived Life.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017, 9:00–5:30 PM
PRESENTERS: Galit Atlas, PhD; M. Gerard Fromm, PhD; Rory Rothman, PsyaD; and Barbara Steif, PhD.
A rich vein of stimulating ideas runs through D.W. Winnicott’s posthumously published final paper, “Fear of Breakdown.” These ideas raise thought-provoking questions that go to the core of our work as analysts—questions related to our use of countertransference, our experience of ourselves, and the ways we conceptualize the treatment while aspiring to remain fully open to experience the patient. Rory Rothman will introduce the day with a brief review of Winnicott’s “Fear of Breakdown” and explore the context surrounding her interest in this area. Following the presentation of papers related to “Fear of Breakdown” by Fromm and Atlas, she will then moderate a conversation with the presenters.
The Contributions of Gaetano Benedetti to the Psychoanalytic Therapy of Persons Experiencing Distressing Psychotic States, in the Light of Contemporary Affective and Social Neuroscience
FRIDAY, APRIL 7 • 7:30–9:30 PM
Gaetano Benedetti has been working psychoanalytically with schizophrenic patients for over 50 years at the Burghölzli, the psychiatric hospital of the University of Zürich. Brian Koehler will review Benedetti’s contributions to the psychoanalytic therapy of persons experiencing distressing psychotic states. Subjects to be discussed include the therapeutic symbiosis; the transitional subject; progressive psychopathology; therapeutic counteridentification; the possible origins of what we call “schizophrenia;” and transforming therapeutic images. In addition, Benedetti’s work will be discussed in light of contemporary research into the genetics, epigenetics, and neurobiology of psychotic disorders and chronic stress.
Brian Koehler, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Social Work and in the graduate psychology programs at New York University and CUNY, and in the clinical psychology and neuroscience programs at Teachers College of Columbia University. He has taught and supervised at many psychoanalytic institutes, including the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, PPSC, and ICP. He is past president of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS-US) and serves on its executive board. He has published many articles and book chapters on psychodynamic approaches to the psychoses. He is in full-time private practice in Manhattan.
Social Workers' Luncheon: Is Psychoanalytic Training for You?
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017, 12:00–2:00 PM
Join us for lunch to explore the ways that modern psychoanalytic training can expand your clinical insight and strengthen your clinical and supervisory skills. Complimentary lunch with RSVP [click here].
On Subjective Space
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 • 7:30–9:30 PM
When we say “space” we think we understand what we are talking about, even though the idea of space has given rise over the centuries to subtle philosophical, religious, and scientific debates that have yielded contrasting theories. From a psychoanalytic point of view, the relation to space appears above all libidinized, mediated by the signifying relation by means of which we approach the world. Returning to Freud’s concepts of libido, desire, fantasy, and psychic reality, and to Lacan’s notion of the subject, we will explore the transferential relationship a person has with the milieu to which he/she belongs.
Paola Mieli, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She is a founding member and president of the Freudian-Lacanian Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association (New York). She is a member at Le Cercle Freudien (Paris), an honorary member of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis (Strasbourg), and an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Recherches en Psychanalyse, Medicine et Société at the University of Diderot – Paris VII. Contributing Editor of the Journal Insistance: Art, psychanalyse et politique (Paris), she teaches courses on sexuality and representation in the Department of Photography and Related Media of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and on culture published in Europe and America, her books include Figures of Space: Subject, Body, Place (New York, March 2017); A Silver Martian—Normality and Segregation in Primo Levi’s Sleeping Beauty in the Fridge (New York, 2014); Sobre as manipulacaoes irreversivels do corpo (Rio de Janeiro, 2012), and Being Human: The Technological Extension of the Body (Co-Editor, New York, 1999). She is the Publisher and Director of the newly established Sea Horse Imprint (New York).
Introducing Bion: Some Basic Dimensions
FRIDAY, MAY 5 • 7:30–9:30 PM
James Ogilvie will introduce an aspect of Bion’s psychoanalytic engagement with the “primitive mind,” focusing on some of the basic turns through which he engages us. Bion has a remarkable ability to bring us into a more immediate, “from the inside” contact with areas of psychic fragmentation and rebirth. We will explore how he does this, with attention to his use of images—invoking dimensionality or its absence—of space, time, and infinite extent or singular density. As he puts it, the psychoanalyst is particularly challenged in having to “employ methods which have the counterpart of durability or extension in a domain where there is no time or space as those terms are used in the world of sense.” Clinical implications will be considered.
James Ogilvie, PhD, is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a co-founder and on the faculty of the Contemplative Studies Project of New York. He maintains a private psychoanalytic practice in Manhattan, where he also leads study groups on Bion and on “Wittgenstein for Psychoanalysts.” He has written and presented on a range of subjects, including Wittgenstein and the treatment of psychosis; how to create an inpatient spiritual issues group; Buddhist emptiness in analysis; and Bion’s mystical turn.
Cisgender/Transgender: Bye-Bye, Binary
FRIDAY, MAY 12 • 7:30–9:30 PM
Agender, Bigender, Cisgender, FTM, MTF, Genderqueer, Other, Neither, and Two-Spirit; these are a few of the 58 gender options that Facebook offers. Whatever happened to him and her? We are confronting twenty-first-century conceptions of gender with a nineteenthcentury mind-set.
Freud theorized that infants are bisexual and of indistinct gender identity—“polymorphously perverse”—and that the development of both sexual orientation and gender identity are mediated by repression and identification in the resolution of the Oedipus complex.
In 1990, the philosopher Judith Butler wrote, “We act as if that being of a man or that being of a woman is actually an internal reality or something that is simply true about us, a fact about us, but actually it’s a phenomenon that is being produced all the time and reproduced all the time, so to say gender is performative is to say that nobody really is a gender from the start…. We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman.”
As our patients struggle to understand the role that gender plays in their psychic journey, we as clinicians must be willing to travel the same path of discovery. This workshop will present an original documentary compiling existing footage of depictions of gender roles as they have evolved in contemporary visual media.
Richard Sacks, LP, is on the faculty of the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and is in private practice in New York City. He has a longstanding interest in psychoanalysis and film.
Short Course: Modern Psychoanalytic Approaches to Understanding and Treating Addictive Disorders
MONDAYS, MAY 18 - JUNE 22 • 7:00-8:30 PM • 6 CLASSES: $300
Addictions, disorders with roots in the narcissistic period of development, are explored as maladaptive defenses for managing unacceptable thoughts and feelings. Treatment approaches combining psychoanalytic and harm-reduction models will be presented.