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2014-15 Fall & Winter Event Schedule


• CMPS Annual Fall Conference

The Layered Self

Held at New York University's Rosenthal Pavilion, located on the 10th floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10010.

Freud found that “the psychical mechanism comes into being by a process of stratification, with successive registrations representing the psychical achievements of successive epochs…” A layered self is thus created in which various developmental mental states are more or less permeable and accessible to each other. Psychic development is not a journey in which one destination is left behind to be replaced by another. The various levels of organization remain available and provide the basis for regression throughout life. Even within a fifty-minute hour, different levels of emotional and psychic development may be activated. Patients can regress to autistic and narcissistic states, be dominated by hostility, or experience the need for a loving connection.

The morning session of this conference is devoted to early dynamics of psychic motivation. Josie Oppenheim will speak about the use of metaphor to maintain fantasied connections to our earliest objects. Sara Sheftel will present a paper about the desire for exclusive possession as an underlying motivation in individuals and groups.

The afternoon session will focus on clinical interventions to work with the multi-layered minds of our patients. Barbara D'Amato offers techniques for use with adolescent patients, who vacillate between primitive and more integrated functioning. Faye Newsome argues for the willingness of the analyst to function as the “bad” object in clinical practice.

The audience is invited to ask questions and make comments after each session, and workshops led by faculty will be offered after the program. The day concludes with a wine and cheese social.

Click here for Conference brochure.


• Scientific Papers

Seducing Unbelievers: Psychoanalytic Interventions in the Public Sphere

Today psychoanalysis is on the defensive, yet there remains an unflagging desire for its continuance. This presentation engages analysts to consider political and cultural influences, obstacles to the practice, and our own resistances to engaging on behalf of psychoanalysis in the broader society.


Tracy Morgan, LCSW, LP, is the editor and host of the webcast, New Books in Psychoanalysis and writer of the blog, Walking Through Life Holding Freud’s Hand. Morgan is CMPS graduate, she has been in private practice for 20 years

William Braun, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. He is an Assistant Attending in Psychiatry at Lenox Hill, and on Faculty at New York Psychoanalytic, where he is the Director of Psychological Testing, and Chairman of the Public Information Committee for the APA.


Siblings of Schizophrenics: I Am My Brother’s Keeper

It is widely recognized that the schizophrenic patient is unable to tolerate strong emotions. How does the schizophrenic person’s adult sibling, manage these challenges? Describing their distinctive qualities, examining current studies, presenting clinical vignettes from her psychoanalytic interview study, Dr. Melnik discusses her research findings and attempts to understand the intrapsychic experience of these siblings.


Charlotte Melnik, PsyaD, LP, is a CMPS and NYGSP faculty member where she is an instructor, training analyst, and supervisor. Dr. Melnik has been in private practice in NYC for over 20 years.


• Continuing Education Series

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Modern Psychoanalysis

A Series of Informal Group Conversations with Distinguished Leaders in the Field.

Our guest , Robert Marshall, PhD, has two books and 35 articles to his credit. He is currently writing an autobiographical anthology, Reading, Writing, and Rhythm: The Excitement of Being a Psychoanalyst, and a paper, The Influence of Hungarian Psychoanalysts on Hyman Spotnitz. Sara Sheftel, PhD, LP moderates.



Violence and Virginia Woolf: Grappling with the Root Causes of War

This lecture explores the ways in which Woolf’s responses to violence and war were formative in constructing definitions of “positive” peace and in establishing an intellectual climate in which the discipline of Peace Studies and peace research have prospered.

Friday. December 19th 7:30-9:00 PM CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Jean Mills, PhD, is Associate Professor of 20th Century British Literature at John Jay College, specializing in Woolf Studies, women’s literature of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Modernism, feminist theory, and Cultural Studies. 


Brain and Mind in Borderline and Related Conditions

Dr. Stone talks about the etiology and clinical diversity found in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from combinations of genetic and environmental factors. BPD is always accompanied by traits of other personality disorders and various symptom-conditions. His Power Point presentation shows brain changes and similarities in the diverse manifestations of BPD and related conditions.


Michael Stone, MD, is a psychoanalyst and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.He specializes in the area of (BPD) about which he has written over 240 articles and numerous books.



• Psychoanalysis & the Arts


“The Chairs”

Sam Schacht edits and directs this famous, absurdist, two-character play by Eugene Ionesco, who referred to The Chairs, written and debuted in 1952, as a tragic farce. It is a bleak yet comedic metaphor for human existence, much like the genre of Chaplin films. Renowned actors Rita Gardner and Ken Kimmins return to the CMPS stage to star in this production.

Friday. November 7th 7:30–9:30 PM CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Sam Schacht, MA, is a producer, theater academic, and instructor at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He is an advanced certificate candidate at CMPS.


Lucia di Lammermoor—the Fragile Mind ‘In Extremis’—A Multi-Media Opera Lecture

Against the backdrop of a foreboding, Scottish landscape Lucia’s story of despair, and mental torment unfolds. Donizetti’s opera is steeped in blood feuds, forbidden love, incestuous desire, murder, insanity, death and suicide. It is a rich case study of psychosis and the tragedy that often accompanies such extremes in literature.

Friday. Nov. 21st 7:30–9:30 PM CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Jasmin Bey Cowin, PhD, holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and recently completed the CMPS One-Year program. A teacher at Education First, in Tarrytown, NY, she is also concert curator for Composers Voice - Vox Novum. She also performs as a harpist and lectures widely on Psychology and Opera. 


Forrest Bess: Art, Sex, and Madness

Forrest Bess (1911-1977) lived most of his life as a bait fisherman in a
remote bayou on the Texas Gulf Coast. His art, discovered by New York City art dealer, Betty Parsons, was exhibited alongside prominent 20th century artists, including: Pollack and Rothko. This talk, based on the forthcoming e-book, Though This Be Madness, presents Bess's art, his life, and his progression from obsession to delusional insanity.

Friday. November 14th 7:30–9:30 PM CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Steven Poser, PhD, LP, is on the faculty of CMPS and NYGSP. He has been an exhibiting artist for over 20 years. Though This Be Madness (2014), RosettaBooks, follows his first book, The Misfit.


• Student Clinical Presentation Dialogue



• Semester Course


Introduction to Modern Psychoanalysis

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

Ten Mondays: 7:30-9:00 PM: September 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15. $250 for 10 classes

Faculty: Josie Oppenheim, MA, LP; Stephen Guttman, MA, LP

Click here to register


• Open Seminars for Clinicians

To Have and to Hold: The Compulsive Hoarder

In an overview of hoarding behavior, we will examine the neuro-psychiatric aspects and deficits of hoarders, the beliefs commonly held, and the diagnostic categories where hoarding may be a factor. In viewing My Mother’s Garden, we will consider the psychic solutions sought by hoarders. Click here for event brochure.


Patrice La Mariana, LP, is a CMPS & NYGSP faculty member; consultant to NYS Protective Services, Hunter Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity; teaches Hoarding in the Geriatric Care Management, and has a private practice in NYC.

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Exploring the Uses and Misuses of Love in the Countertransference.

This workshop focuses on the uses and misuses of the countertransference love that frequently arises in the consulting room, and the dangers that may occur if the therapist is unaware or inhibited by these feelings. We highlight the importance of the practitioner’s self-knowledge. Participants are invited to bring case material. 


Teresa Solomita, LCSW-R, is a NAAP certified psychoanalyst and CMPS graduate. She has been in practice for over 10 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn.​