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Fall 2019 open house and information sessions:
Thursday, November 21, 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 12, 5:30 PM
Introduction to Modern Psychoanalysis (course)
Ten Wednesdays: 7:10 - 8:40 PM, September 18 to December 4. $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.
Psyche Singing-Weeping: Partnering Soul Hunger and our Amazing Beings
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019 | 7:30 — 9:30 PM
Dr. Eigen will explore the themes of his two latest books, The Challenge of Being Human and Dialogues With Michael Eigen: Psyche Singing. The phrase “psyche singing” gives expression to one aspect of psyche-hunger, a dimension of universal soul hunger. The shock of ourselves is perennial. We are challenged by our own aliveness and a need to open doors as yet unknown. Developing the capacity to tolerate and work with experience is part of our evolutionary challenge. Eigen reminds us that struggling with one’s personality remains a life-long task, exposing us to existential sufferings, agonies, traumas, and losses in need of soul confession, if not analytic prayer. His work explores psychoanalytic faith, emotions as messengers in need of recognition, welcoming inner gestures for incubation enabling deep vitalizing contact of being with oneself and others. We are never done evolving, growing, learning, feeling, and caring. This work seeks to support us in whatever ways we can begin to meet the challenge of becoming better partners with ourselves.
Michael Eigen, PhD, is an instructor and supervisor at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; the leader of a private seminar on Bion, Winnicott, Lacan, and his own work; and a past editor of The Psychoanalytic Review. He is the author of twenty-seven books and numerous papers.
Death and Life at the Site of Address
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 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)
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.
Working with Vicarious Trauma
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019 | 7:30 — 9:30 PM
Trauma is contagious; its powerful affect and frequently unformulated memories can be transmitted—sometimes nonverbally and often mysteriously—within families, across generations, and from patient to clinician; in the latter case it is commonly referred to as vicarious trauma. Over the thirty years or so that Dr. Boulanger has worked with survivors of massive psychic trauma, she has experienced a range of powerful reactions to her patients’ narratives--or lack of them. These reactions have often been affect-laden, but at other times they have involved impressions that have been hard to pin down and/or attribute to the work with a particular patient. How are these experiences transmitted? Can we consider them countertransference? How should we treat them in ourselves and our patients? Dr. Boulanger will invite the audience to share their experiences and think through these questions with her.
Ghislaine Boulanger, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and a member of the Relational faculty at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the editorial boards of Division/Review and the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. Since the publication of her book Wounded by Reality: Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma, she has taught and published extensively on the psychodynamic dilemmas facing adults who have survived violent and life-threatening events and the clinicians who work with them. The latter group is the focus of this evening’s talk.
Repetition and Reception
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 | 7:30 — 9:30 PM
This talk will be about the power of creative transformation found in Freud’s observation of his 18-month-old grandson’s fort/da game, which is not simply about mastery. Rather than approach repetition as a difficulty to be transcended, Bruce Reis will argue that repetition is the vehicle of its own transcendence: If action is not to be separated from the psychic processes of the patient (which are themselves forms of action [Loewald]) or from the psychoanalytic dyad (within which action is a constant variable [Reis]), then this gives us license to explore the possibility of outcomes for the resolution of repetition other than symbolic thought. Reis will draw on the work of René Roussillon, Christopher Bollas, and Donald Winnicott to find in repetition the creative forms of its transcendence, and return to Freud’s original thesis in Beyond the Pleasure Principle concerning other motive forces “which push forward towards progress and the production of new forms.”
Bruce Reis, PhD, FIPA, is a Fellow and Faculty Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, New York; an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and a member of the Boston Change Process Study Group. He is the North American book review editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and serves on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is the co-editor (with Robert Grossmark) of Heterosexual Masculinities (Routledge, 2009).