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Spring 2020 open house and information sessions:
Thursday, March 5, 5:30 PM
Thursday, April 23, 6:00 PM
Introduction to Modern Psychoanalysis (course)
Ten Wednesdays: 7:10 - 8:40 PM, Beginning February 5. $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.
Distance Learning Course: Ecopsychoanalysis and the Psychology of Climate Change
WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 5 – APRIL 15, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM (EASTERN), VIA ZOOM
THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO PARTICIPANTS IN NEW YORK
AS WELL AS THOSE OUTSIDE THE METROPOLITAN AREA
Climate change is perhaps the single biggest threat our species has faced, but existing approaches to solving this problem largely focus on ecological issues without addressing the underlying psychological factors that shape our responses to them, including anxiety, denial, paranoia, apathy, guilt, hope, and despair. Ecopsychoanalysis is a new interdisciplinary approach to thinking about the relationship between psychoanalysis, ecology, “the natural,” and the climate crisis. It draws on a range of fields, including psychoanalysis, psychology, ecology, philosophy, science, nonlinear dynamical systems theory (also known as chaos theory or complexity theory), aesthetics, and the humanities.
Psychoanalysis has a unique role to play in solving the climate crisis, with its emphasis on the unconscious dimensions of our mental and social lives. However, despite being essential to studying environmentalism and its discontents, psychoanalysis remains largely a psychology without ecology. This course aims to bridge that gap. This course will be taught via Zoom and is open to participants in New York as well as those outside the metropolitan area. The key required text for the course is Joseph Dodds’ Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos (Routledge, 2011). A range of other readings will be provided during the course.
Joseph Dodds, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in private practice (Czech Psychoanalytical Society, International Psychoanalytical Association), a senior lecturer in psychoanalysis at the Anglo-American University, Prague, a psychology lecturer at the University of New York in Prague, and a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. His research includes psychoanalytic approaches to art, film, neuroscience, society, and climate change.
On Having Whiteness
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Donald Moss will discuss whiteness as a condition one first acquires and then one has--a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. He describes the condition as being foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world: Parasitic whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse; these deformed appetites particularly target non-white people; and, once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment requires a combination of psychological and social-historical interventions, which can reasonably aim only to reshape whiteness’ infiltrated appetites – to reduce their intensities, to redistribute their aims, and to occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. When remembered and represented, the ravages caused by the chronic condition can function either as a warning (“never again”) or as a temptation (“great again”). Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.
Donald Moss, PhD, is the author of four books, most recently At War with the Obvious and I and You, and sixty articles, the most recent of which is “Hate Speech/Love Speech and Neutrality in and out of the Clinical Situation” (JAPA, 2019). He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Young Bruehl award for work against prejudice, 2017. At the 2016 meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, he presented “The Insane Look of the Bewildered Half-Broken Animal.” He is a founding member of The Green Gang, a group of psychoanalysts and scientists addressing the issue of climate-change denial.
Anna Freud and ‘The Conscience of Society’
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Out of the cultural and political ferment of inter-war Vienna emerged the Hietzing School, founded in the 1920s by Anna Freud and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham. To Erik H. Erikson, who taught there, it was “the best possible school.” This lecture will explore the school’s daily operations and its significance, from the perspectives of both its teachers and its students, all within its own historical context and that of psychoanalysis.
The original impulse to establish a psychoanalytically informed progressive school, however, occurred in Budapest, on September 28, 1918, when Sigmund Freud asserted that “the conscience of society will awake.” Anna Freud was present for one of the most consequential papers of Freud’s career, and from that day forward, she pursued a life of teaching and discovery that merged psychoanalysis, research on child development, and programs designed to meet the educational and psychological needs of the young child.
Elizabeth Ann Danto’s talk will conclude with a screening of the new film Anna Freud and “The Conscience of Society.” The breadth of the film’s images come from a range of private and public collections in Europe and America, and the narrative is drawn from Anna Freud’s own writings on theory and practice from the 1920s through the 1960s, from Vienna to London.
Elizabeth Ann Danto, PhD, is professor emeritus at Hunter College of the City University of New York, a writer, and an international lecturer on the history of psychoanalysis as a system of thought and a marker of urban culture. She is a consulting curator with the Freud Museum London. Dr. Danto is the author of Historical Research (Oxford University Press, 2008), and her book Freud’s Free Clinics – Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918–1938 (Columbia University Press, 2005) received the Gradiva Book Award and the Goethe Prize. With Alexandra Steiner-Strauss, she recently co-edited the book Freud/Tiffany: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the ‘Best Possible School’ (Routledge, 2018).
Who Speaks from the Site of Trauma? Death and Life at the Site of Address
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020 | 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)
Cathy Caruth 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.
The Limits of Intimacy and the Intimacy of Limits in Psychoanalytic Work
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Steven Cooper will explore how internal bad objects are released (Fairbairn’s term) in the process of analytic work. He will focus on the analyst’s countertransference experience of being perceived as bad, especially when that experience seems to be approaching the limit of what is bearable for the analyst, and he will explore how the analyst, in experiencing his or her own limits for bearing the patient’s “badness,” can contribute to the patient’s emotional growth.
Steven Cooper, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is an associate professor of psychology in psychiatry (part-time) at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He served as joint editor-in-chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues from 2007 to 2012. He is currently on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Cooper is the author of three books and numerous articles on psychoanalysis. His books include Objects of Hope: Exploring Possibility and Limit in Psychoanalysis (Analytic Press, 2000), A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference (Routledge, 2010), and The Melancholic Errand of Psychoanalysis: Exploring the Analyst’s Relationship to the Depressive Position (Routledge, 2016), in both English and Italian editions. He is an occasional commentator on film and popular culture on the Boston NPR station.
Modern Psychoanalysis: Beyond the Interpretation Principle
Seven Actors, Sixty Analysts, One Conversation
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Christopher Russell’s presentation is a staged reading. A cast of seven, led by Hyman Spotnitz, Phyllis Meadow, and Sigmund Freud, engage in a spirited discussion about the theory and practice of modern psychoanalysis. The dialogue is composed entirely of excerpts from the existing literature; each analyst advocates for his or her position on central psychoanalytic concepts. Starting with transference and resistance, we enter the treatment room, where the contract and various applications of technique are discussed. Next, Dr. Meadow asks us to consider two questions: What are the bases of therapeutic action? And how, if not by interpretation, can the analyst promote growth in the patient? A range of issues in theory, practice, and training will be explored, leading to a discussion of how to define the goals of treatment. Examining these diverse ideas through the medium of performance will clarify modern psychoanalytic perspectives on them and animate further debate.
Christopher Russell, MA, LP, is a modern psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He received his master’s degree in psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and his certificate in psychoanalysis from the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies.