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“Listening to Unconscious Dialogue: Creating Meaningful Contact in the Analytic Dyad” at CFS DC

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

DC ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM: “Listening to Unconscious Dialogue: Creating Meaningful Contact in the Analytic Dyad”
Speakers: Stefano Bolognini, MD and Abbot Bronstein, PhD
Presenters: Maurice Apprey, PhD, CFS Training Analyst and Debra Zatz, MSW, CFS Member
Discussants: Daniel Ciudin, MD, CFS Member, and Shelley Rockwell, PhD, CFS Training Analyst
Saturday, October 14, 9:00am-5:00pm, (6.5 CE Credits) Clinical Case Workshops, Sunday, October 15, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm (2 CE Credits) (more…)

Analytic Listening and Concepts at CFS

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of The Contemporary Freudian Society: Foundations of Psychoanalytic Practice
We are pleased to offer a six-week course on Analytic Listening and Concepts beginning Fall 2017. This course qualifies for 9 Continuing Education credits.

This course is suitable for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including practicing clinicians from all disciplines, recent graduates of Masters-level or Doctoral-level programs, professionals considering changing careers, and anyone interested in exploring the possibility of post-graduate psychoanalytic training.

Applicants to our Psychoanalysis Training Programs are also encouraged to enroll.
Analytic Listening and Concepts, Instructor: Hadassah Ramin, LCSW, Dates: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm, Location: Upper West Side (more…)

“S’auteuriser de lui-même?” with Alain Didier-Weill and Jean-Michel Vives at Après-Coup

Monday, June 19th, 2017

We regretfully announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, Alain Didier-Weill will not be able to attend this conference.

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

“S’auteuriser de lui-même?”
Alain Didier-Weill and Jean-Michel Vives

Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
The School of Visual Arts
136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

When Lacan says “the analyst is authorized only by himself,” to what does “himself” (lui-même) refer? Far from being a solipsistic turn back upon the self, this lui-même implies an opening onto the Real and receptivity toward the unexpected. The discourse of the analyst is one in which a subject ventures an act of creation through a speech act.

Alain Didier-Weill is a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and writer. He was a member of the École freudienne de Paris and active participant in Lacan’s 1975, ’76 and ’80 seminars. He co-founded Coût freudien, and (more…)

13th International Sándor Ferenczi Conference, Florence, Italy, May 3-6, 2018

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

13th International Sándor Ferenczi Conference, Florence, Italy, May 3-6, 2018
Ferenczi in Our Time and A Renaissance of Psychoanalysis

This conference will bring together an international gathering of clinicians, researchers, and academics to discuss and debate the present-day relevance of Ferenczi’s ideas and work.

The themes of the conference, Introjection and Transmission; Trauma, Fragmentation and Narrative; Innovations in the Clinical Encounter: Elasticity, Relaxation and Mutuality, are indicative of the breadth of Ferenczi’s creative psychoanalytic thinking and research. On these broad themes, contributors and audience are invited to add their own creative narratives based on collegial discourse with colleagues in a Ferenczian Psychoanalytic Renaissance. (more…)

Fostering Children’s Resilience in the Face of Racial Hatred and Prejudice with Marsha Levy-Warren at CFS Venue Change

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Fostering Children’s Resilience in the Face of Racial Hatred and Prejudice: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspective
One-Session Program (2 Contact Hours)
Presenter: Marsha Levy-Warren, PhD
Discussant: Kirkland Vaughans, PhD
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 8:00-10:00pm
Location: Mt. Sinai, Hess Seminar Room A, 1470 Madison Ave, 2nd Fl., NYC

The topic of this presentation – the impact of growing up feeling hated – has become even more salient and painful in a political and social climate in which there are increased outlets for voices of bigotry and prejudice. What are we to tell children who are observably “of color?” How do we explain to them that there are people who will react to them on the basis of the most superficial of characteristics – e.g., skin tone, hair, body type or shape, manner of dress, and name. How do we do this in a manner that is attuned to their developmental level of understanding? How do we inculcate a sense of pride, security, and trust in children when there is so much in the world around them that conveys reasons to be frightened, wary, and self-doubting? (more…)

How to Get Rid of the Superego? with Jean-Michel Vives at Après-Coup

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

How to Get Rid of the Superego?
On the Super Ego and Its Clinical Treatment

Jean-Michel Vives

Friday, June 23, 2017
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The School of Visual Arts
136 West 21st Street, New York, NY (more…)

Workshop on Child Analysis: Children, Maltreatment and the Law with Angelo Villa at

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

WORKSHOP ON CHILD ANALYSIS: Children, Maltreatment and the Law with Angelo Villa Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, The School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

We will consider the clinical theory and practice of analysis of abused children and adolescents in relation to the function of the law. The response of the subject and its relation to the social link will be discussed based on clinical examples.

Suggested Readings: Freud: “’A Child Is Being Beaten’” (1919). Lacan: “La psychanalyse vraie, et la fausse” (1958), Autres écrits. Ferenczi, Sandor: “Confusion of Tongues between Adults and the Child: The Language of Tenderness and of Passion” (1933). Benjamin, Walter: “Critique of Violence” (1921) in Reflections. (more…)


Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017, 1:00-3:30 pm, The Contemporary Freudian Society

Presenters: Paula Ellman, Nancy Goodman, and Irene Cairo, Carolyn Ellman, Janice Lieberman, Batya Monder, Arlene Kramer Richards
Rogelio Sosnik

A panel of presentations by authors of the new book “Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide”, published by Routledge, 2017.

Location: Mt. Sinai, Goldwurm Auditorium, Madison Ave @ 98th St, NYC

Registration information to follow.

Monday, June 5th, 2017

When it comes to religion, how do we think that psychoanalysis can best deploy its tools of understanding: in finding commonalities with the religiously passionate, or in differentiating itself from expressions of the religious life that are clearly awful?
Elizabeth Cutter Evert: “I am drawn to look both at the ways psychoanalysis can be guilty of dismissiveness of the religious endeavor, and to think about how we have more in common with those involved in spiritual yearning then we often acknowledge.”

Jared Russell: “At what point do understanding and tolerance begin to facilitate masochistic self-sacrifice? … Understanding should not be confused with tolerance, nor should tolerance be confused with acceptance.”

Come to the first Room Roundtable on June 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., IPTAR Conference Room,

I. A conversation between Elizabeth and Jared, moderated by Richard Grose. (more…)

A Clinical Workshop: Analytic Work & Analytic Love Sheldon Bach and Lewis Aron

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Purchase:  Chimeras and Other Writings: Selected Papers of Sheldon Bach on

It’s already June. Register Now!! A Clinical Workshop: Analytic Work & Analytic Love Sheldon Bach and Lewis Aron, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 am – 3:30 pm (lunch break from 12-1:15) Location: NYU Meyer Hall, Room 121 4 Washington Pl (btw Broadway and Mercer St)
Participants are eligible for 4 CE credits in social work, psychoanalysis, mental health counseling.

This clinical workshop will explore analytic work and the role of analytic love in the treatment of a wide range of patients including those often thought to be “difficult to treat,” narcissistic, perverse, addicted, character-disordered, or “pre-oedipal.” Making use of Bach’s newest (2016) work, Chimeras and Other Writings: Selected Papers of Sheldon Bach, Lewis Aron will interview Sheldon Bach, exploring the development and evolution of his views on theory and psychoanalytic therapy. They will engage in a dialogue about treatment issues and the history, present state, and future of psychoanalytic concepts and therapy. Bach will consult on two clinical cases and Aron will moderate the discussion and attempt to clarify and probe the perspective being offered. Participants of ALL theoretical orientations will benefit from spending this clinical day immersed in cutting edge clinical thinking. (more…)

THE DC SPRING PROJECT: Treating Underlying Attachment Trauma in Postpartum Depression

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

THE DC SPRING Project Support for Pregnancy – Raising Infants – Navigating Growth

The DC SPRING Project is a new outreach initiative sponsored by the Contemporary Freudian Society. The Project helps expectant and postpartum mothers and their families who are experiencing mood-related problems. Learn more about the Project at

Treating Underlying Attachment Trauma in Postpartum Depression: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12:30 to 3:00 pm, BCC Regional Services Center – West Room, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland

There is urgency to the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) —to minimize attachment risk and to restore mom and baby to maximum functioning at a critical developmental time.  Yet while some new mothers seeking our help recover with traditional psychotherapy, other patients become stuck and confound us with their apparent treatment resistance.  Therapists can be reluctant to refer patients for adjunct help, lest they convey that the patient is too much for them to bear.

In this in-depth case presentation, three clinicians present their concurrent work with a woman suffering from PPD as well as (more…)

40th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Conference Program

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  40th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Conference Program on the website.

Art: Moveable Feast by Sandra Indig

Developmental Psychoanalysis and the Promotion of Progressive Development: A Retrospective Discussion with Jill M. Miller, PhD at NYPSI

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

he New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute presents the ROBERT J. KABCENELL MEMORIAL LECTURE IN CHILD ANALYSIS

Developmental Psychoanalysis and the Promotion of Progressive Development: A Retrospective Discussion with Jill M. Miller, PhD
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM, The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium, 247 East 82nd Street, NYC

Most children who enter analysis suffer from what Anna Freud called the mixed psychopathology of childhood– the interweaving of both conflict and developmental disturbances. The technical approach with these children is also mixed as the focus is not only on conflicts, but also on developmental imbalances and internal structural deficits. In this presentation detailed clinical material from the analysis of a 4 and one half-year old girl will be outlined to elucidate this approach. In addition, when looking back at an analysis one always wonders if there were alternative ways of understanding the patient and what could have been done differently, issues which will be open for discussion.

To reserve seats, click HERE, visit or
call 212-879-6900 (more…)

MITPP Summer Institute Mimi-Courses and Workshops in June and July

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

160 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024, Phone: (212) 496-2858,  Email: Website:
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Instructor: Barbara Stimmel, Ph.D.
The fee is a vexing and constant reality. In every treatment process: Regardless of one’s theoretical and clinical orientation,
regardless of the level of sophistication and experience of the therapist, regardless of the amount, regardless of the financial reality of the patient, and always with the therapist’s attitudes toward earning money for helping others- the fee is a critical and often less appreciated aspect of the treatment relationship. This relationship will be discussed and explored clinically in this workshop. Participants are invited to bring in vignettes and questions that will form the basis of our conversation. Participants will: have a greater appreciation of a centerpiece of the clinical work, have a greater understanding of how to think about the fee, be able to develop a more comprehensive and thoughtful approach to setting the fee – which is in the best interest of both patient and therapist. (more…)

CFS-NY Scientific Program – A.Richards – 5/19

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017, 8:00-10:00pm, The NY Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce a panel discussion with audience participation on May 19, 2017 at Mt Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium.

We are celebrating the publication of Arnie Richards’ Collected Papers under the imprint of IPBooks and the CFS. We anticipate a lively exchange of ideas on Psychoanalysis in Today’s World. Our panelists are: Frank Lachmann, Arnold Richards, and Joann Turo. Art Lynch will begin with a brief intro on the editing process.

The committee is dedicated to presenting exciting, interactive, out of the box meetings.
We look forward to a Fall meeting with a panel on Helen Gediman’s new book: Stalker, Hacker, Voyeur, Spy. (more…)

The Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program at NYPSI

Monday, May 15th, 2017


The Psychoanalytic Fellowship is a one-year program at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute designed to introduce participants to modern psychoanalytic theory and practice. Fellows attend two monthly seminars. In one seminar, invited analysts from our faculty present analytic case material and join the class discussion of the case. In the other seminar, discussion and readings are used to teach psychoanalytic principles that inform current expertise in psychoanalysis as a form of therapy, psychoanalysis as a model of how the mind works, and psychoanalysis as a method of investigating clinical data. (more…)

40th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Conference Program

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Click Here to Read: 40th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Conference Program on the website.

Attachment and Autonomy: How Parents Can Help Their Adoptive Children Thrive with Anna Balas, M.D. atNYPSI

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Attachment and Autonomy: How Parents Can Help Their Adoptive Children Thrive with Anna Balas, M.D.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis division continues the “Dialogues on…” Series with leading child development experts:

Attachment and Autonomy: How Parents Can Help Their Adoptive Children Thrive with Anna Balas, M.D., June 14, 2017, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute 247 East 82nd Street, NYC, Register Today

Sometimes parents feel challenged as they need to shift gears with their children from favoring strong bonds of attachment at a younger age, to allowing them the emergence of a separate identity and sense of autonomy in adolescence. We will explore these themes with parents with adopted children where these themes are often lived out more intensely. We will discuss how to help such families thrive. (more…)

Two Clinical Presentations and A Discussion of Psychoanalysis in Mexico at IPTAR

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Two Clinical Presentations and A Discussion of Psychoanalysis in Mexico
Thursday, May 18, 2017. 8:30PM – 10:00PM. IPTAR Conference Room, 1651 Third Ave.; NY, NY; 10128

Dr. Norma Leon-Roble”: Trauma and Resilience: Vicissitudes of dissociation in the aftermath of rape; Resolution through Psychoanalytic Treatment

A discussion of the 5 year psychoanalytic treatment of an adolescent girl who was kidnapped and raped, suffering PTSD and dissociative disorder. The trauma of the rape and its aftermath was followed during the treatment and eventual evolution of the patient’s sexual development towards a synthesis and normal sexual life.

AND Dr. Manuel Lopez-Gomez Towards a Second Individuation Process in Treatment

The 4 1/2 year psychoanalytic treatment of a 25 year old man whose symptoms were understood in terms of two intersecting sets of dynamics. One related to issues of separation-individuation and a fear of regressive fusion with the engulfing mother. The other dynamic was related to Oedipal anxieties around punitive male figures.. (more…)

Division 39 InSight May 2017

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

President’s Message:  Dennis Debiak

The Times, They Are A-Changin’ How About Us? is the question posed to the Division of Psychoanalysis by the Steering Committee of last week’s 37th Annual Spring Meeting in NYC. My sense of the answer to this question is a resounding, “yes.” People had very different experiences at this year’s meeting, as is always the case, but a large and diverse group of people shared with me that the Division is changing is important ways. Clearly, we are talking more about identities and the ways these dimensions of who we are impact our clinical work, our worldview and our lives.

The co-chairs of the excellent 2017 Spring Meeting were Maria Lechich and Barry Cohen. The committee members were Eugenio Duarte, Jonathan Eger, Tom Johnson, Alan Kintzer, Steven Kuchuck, Emily Kuriloff, Kevin Meehan, Liat Tsuman and Cleonie White. The Keynote Speakers, Allan Schore and Cleonie White presented compelling and moving addresses that focused on neuropsychoanalysis and race, respectively. I was brought to tears by the music, visual art and literature that Dr. White used in her fascinating and comprehensive discussion of skin color and oppression. (more…)