The Intimacy of the Analytic Encounter A Book Event Program with Debra Neumann at CFS

The Contemporary Freudian Society – Washington Program Presents Finding Unconscious Fantasy in
the Intimacy of the Analytic Encounter A Book Event Program

SUNDAY, September 10, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm
SIS Building – American University
West Side of Intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenue
with parking underground
Washington, DC

MODERATOR: Debra Neumann

PRESENTERS: Paula L. Ellman, Nancy R. Goodman, Harriet I. Basseches, Irene Cairo, Carolyn Curcio, Kurt Ela, Rogelio Sosnik, and Lisa Schlesinger

Psychoanalysis views unconscious fantasy as foundational in the understanding of psychic reality and traumatic suffering. Psychotherapists and their patients work together to find the depths of mind that create pain and conflict. Our presentations will show how “finding unconscious fantasy” takes place in treatments when narrative, trauma, and body pain become known in the intimacies of transference and countertransference. By “finding” we mean the uncovering, discovering, and imagining of derivatives related to unconscious fantasies both symbolized and unsymbolized. Our clinical focus on “finding unconscious fantasy” serves to integrate the concepts of trauma and fantasy, mending an historical split in the theories of mind.


Nancy Goodman and Paula Ellman begin the panel with summaries of their discoveries in their new book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (publisher, Routledge 2017). Emphasis is on making contact with the patient and understanding the way unconscious fantasies appear as scenes in the theater of the mind. Case presentations and discussions by all panelists illustrate the ongoing work of therapy where patient and therapist discover evolving unconscious derivatives in the presence of trauma and body pain, along with narrative. Learning how therapeutic work progresses to uncover unconscious fantasy will benefit all psychoanalytic therapists who wish to know more about the psychoanalytic dialogue.

Paula Ellman: Contact and Therapeutic Action

Nancy Goodman: The “Finding Theater” A Schema for Finding Unconscious Fantasy

Irene Cairo: The Case of “Babette, Interrupted”

Harriet Basseches: Discussion of “Babette, Interrupted”

Rogelio Sosnik: Searching Unconscious Phantasy – Case and Theory

Carolyn Curcio, Kurt Ela and Lisa Schlesinger will present clinical vignettes

Most participants are contributors to a recent book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (Routledge, 2017).

Books for Sale at Event: Cash or check only

Program Fee:

$45 CFS Members and Associate Members (Register by 8/15 $40, At the Door $50)

$50 Non-CFS Colleagues and Guests (Register by 8/15 $45, At the Door $55)

$15 Candidates and Students

For those who require CE Credits, there will be a $40 fee collected at the door.

No refunds





City, State, Zip:



Program Fee:

Please mail this form with your payment made to “CFS”

CFS-DC 9/10/17

11 Bunker Hill Drive

Manalapan, NJ 07726

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the modalities involved in the process of finding unconscious fantasy particularly in working with patients with trauma and somatic expression.

2. Apply an understanding of the process of finding unconscious fantasy to working both in the concrete and in metaphor with psychoanalytic case material.

3. Identify the way enactment processes bring about symbolization of unconscious fantasy.

Who Should Attend:

The instructional level for this activity is advanced. Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

Continuing Education Credits:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The Contemporary Freudian Society. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Contemporary Freudian Society is authorized by MedChi to grant CMEs for this program. Upon completion of this program and online survey, participants will be granted certificates for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Psychologists: The Contemporary Freudian Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Contemporary Freudian Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 3 CE credits.

Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for Psychologists.

Professional Counselors: The Boards of Professional Counselors in the District of Columbia and Virginia will accept continuing education credits for Counselors attending a program offered by an APA-authorized sponsor, provided they comply with the requirements stated above for psychologists. The Board of Professional Counselors in Maryland will accept CE credits granted by a program that is recognized by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Psychologists and Social Workers.

Important Disclosure Information:

None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose


Paula L. Ellman, PhD, ABPP, is a training and supervising analyst in the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) and the IPA. She is Vice President of the CFS Board, a Member of the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis of the IPA (COWAP) and a Board Member of the North America Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC) representing the CFS. She is Visiting Professor at the Sino-American Continuing Training Project for Wuhan Hospital for Psychotherapy, Wuhan China. She is a co-editor on “Battling the Life and Death Forces of Sadomasochism: A Clinical Book” published by Karnac Press. And is co-editing with Nancy Goodman “Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide”, Routledge, 2017 and “The Courage to Fight Violence Against Women: Psychoanalytic and Multidisciplinary Approaches”, Karnac,2017. She has a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Nancy Goodman, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society, Washington DC, and the IPA. Recent publications extend her work in unconscious fantasy and trauma and violence in the mind: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (edited with Paula Ellman, Routledge, 2017) and The Courage to Fight Violence against Women (edited with Paula Ellman, Karnac, 2017). Other recent work includes: The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust (edited with Marilyn Meyers, Routledge, 2012), Battling the Life and Death Forces of Sadomasochism (edited with Harriet Basseches & Paula Ellman, Karnac, 2013). Dr. Goodman has held Chair positions in the Training Institute including Director, the Progressions Committee, and now the Curriculum Committee. She is Director of the online Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum, and maintains a psychoanalytic practice in Bethesda, Maryland.

Harriet Basseches, PhD, ABPP Is a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Contemporary Freudian Society and a member of the CFS Permanent Faculty. She has served two terms on the Board of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), functioned as the North American Chair for the IPA 2015 Congress, and served (and continues to serve) on Committees and Task Forces of the IPA. In 2014, she received the Presidential Award for dedicated service to the IPA. Dr. Basseches has served as President of the New York Freudian Society (now CFS), President of the Confederation of Independent (IPA) Societies (CIPS), and President/Chair of the North American Psychoanalytic Consortium (NAPsaC). With Paula Ellman and Nancy Goodman, Editor of Battling the Life and Death Forces of Sadomasochism, she is in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Washington, DC.

Irene Cairo, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a member, Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty Member of the Contemporary Freudian Society and a graduate and Faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Since 1994 Dr. Cairo has co-chaired, with Dr. Rogelio Sosnik, a discussion group on the work of Wilfred Bion at the biannual meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She has written on Bion’s work, on language and on relations among analysts and institutions.She is currently North American Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association. She is in private practice in New York.

Carolyn Curcio, MSW is an advanced candidate at the Contemporary Freudian Society and a teaching and supervising faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry. For several years, she has served as chair of the Washington School of Psychiatry’s two-year adult psychotherapy training program, The Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice. She has a private practice in Washington, DC where she works with adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Kurt Ela, PsyD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He provides individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. Specific areas of focus include Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Relationship Challenges, and issues related to Grief and Loss. He also specializes in Group Therapy which he teaches at Georgetown Hospital. Dr. Ela received his BA from Amherst College and his Doctorate in Psychology from George Washington University. He completed his Internship at Pennsylvania Hospital within the University of Pennsylvania Health System where he worked with adult, adolescent, and child patients. He is an Advanced Candidate for adult psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Society.

Debra Neumann, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She is a member of CFS and chair of the Professional Development Committee as well as founder and chair of the Multicultural Diversity Committee

Rogelio Sosnik, MD, is a Training and Supervising analyst, Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association; Training and Supervising analyst and Faculty, New York Freudian Society; and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the IPA. He is on the Editorial Board of the IJP. He has published papers in Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, and the US, on the relationship between Ferenczi and Bion, on the British School, on the work of Bleger, and on the Ethical Texture of Psychoanalysis. For over twenty years he has chaired a discussion group on the Clinical Value of Bion’s ideas at the biannual meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, where he also co-chaired a discussion group on the death penalty. He is in private practice in New York City.

Lisa Schlesinger is a licensed clinical social worker and a Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Bethesda, MD. Lisa began her post graduate training in 1999 at the Washington School for Psychiatry and continued at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, where she completed the three year MPP training, which included a year-long infant observation. Lisa become a Psychoanalyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society. She is a serial blogger and has authored articles for Huff Post, The Washingtonian, and My Tango. Lisa has been quoted in Bethesda Magazine on the subject of having financial abundance, yet being empty. Lisa enjoys opportunities to educate, wrote, or speak in layman’s terms about mental health and psychoanalysis.

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