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Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Body Pain and Trauma at CFS

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The Contemporary Freudian Society Presents Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Body Pain and Trauma
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm

PRESENTERS: Paula L. Ellman and Nancy R. Goodman (Chairs) Part I – Nancy R. Goodman, Janice Lieberman, and Carolyn S. Ellman Part II – Paula L. Ellman, Batya Monder, and Arlene Kramer Richards

Nancy Goodman and Paula Ellman chair the two parts of this program introducing discoveries from their new book, Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (publisher, Routledge 2017. The presentations by contributors in the book demonstrate the way Trauma and Body Pain join and interweave with Narrative in discovering dimensions of unconscious life causing pain and conflict for patients. Emphasis is on the processes involved to make contact with the patient and with unconscious fantasies appearing as scenes in the “theater of the mind”. Contributors to the book present close process material with patients where body pain and trauma mix with unconscious fantasy. Throughout these explorations of “finding unconscious fantasy” the interplay of transference and (more…)

On Imposter Subjects with Daniel Heller-Roazen at Après-Coup

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOANALYSIS: On Imposter Subjects with Daniel Heller-Roazen
Friday, October 13, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm The School of Visual Arts 136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Drawing on philosophy and linguistics, this presentation will explore some of the ways in which speaking subjects lay claim to varieties of personhood with which they cannot coincide.

Suggested Readings: Abraham, Karl: “The History of an Impostor in the Light of Psychoanalytical Knowledge” (original Imago 11, 1925; The Psychoanalytic Quarterly 4, 1935). Benveniste, Émile: “Subjectivity in Language,” ch. 21, Problems in General Linguistics (1966; translation, 1971). Jakobson, Roman: “Shifters, Verbal Categories, and the Russian Verb,” Selected Writings, vol. II: Word and Language (Mouton, The Hague and Paris, 1971) (more…)

Prognostic Reflections from A 15 Year Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Patient with Substantial Chronic Psychic Trauma with Marvin Hurvich at AIP

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS Continuing Education Program: 2 CONTACT HOURS for licensed social workers
329 East 62nd Street — New York, NY 10065 — (212) 838-8044 — —

Marvin Hurvich, PhD, Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017, Time: 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm, General Admission is FREE!
Cost: $20.00 (applies only to licensed social workers wanting to receive their CE certificates)
Contact Hours: 2, Location: American Institute of Psychoanalysis, 329 East 62nd Street, Rm: Auditorium,

The case to be presented is from a 15 year mostly three times a week analysis of a substantially traumatized patient beginning at age 4 and including both parents. The focus of the presentation following some background will be on the degree and kind of change and the possible basis for the patient’s marked improvement. Factors associated with the progress in comparison with other mostly less improved patients will be considered. (more…)

Winnicott and the British Independent Group, an all-day conference at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  David James Fisher’s Blog post about this meeting.

Adam Phillips, British psychoanalyst and author, was Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He is now a psychoanalyst in private practice and a writer. He is considered one of the foremost writers on psychoanalysis today, having authored over twenty books including Unforbidden Pleasures, Becoming Freud, Winnicott, On Balance, and Going Sane. He is the General Editor of Penguin Modern Classics Freud Translations (17 volumes) and writes regularly for The New York Times, The Observer and the London Review of Books.

We invite you to join us for two special events featuring Adam Phillips, our Master Clinician in Residence:

Winnicott and the British Independent Group, an all-day conference at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Independent Group in British Psychoanalysis—most notably Winnicott, Khan, Milner, Rycroft, and Laing—pioneered a unique and unprecedented approach to psychoanalytic theory and practice. Adam Phillips, identifying himself as a member and heir to the Independent Group, explores the various dimensions of the Independent Group’s approaches, while engaging with the controversies generated by them in the development of psychoanalysis. This conference concentrates on how the extraordinary range of Independent Group writing might be applicable to today’s clinical practice. There will be close attention to Winnicott’s seminal book, Playing and Reality.

The afternoon program, A Discussion on Winnicott, features great panelists including Lynda Chassler, PhD, Van DeGolia, MD, Jeffrey Prager, PhD, and Leigh Tobias, PhD as they and Adam Phillips focus on Winnicott’s Playing and Reality, Phillips’ Winnicott, and Phillips’ paper, “Winnicott’s Magic: ‘Playing and Reality’ and Reality.” (more…)

“Fake” Knowledge: Knowing and the Illusion of Knowing at the Helix Center

Friday, October 6th, 2017

2:30-4:30 pm, October 14th: join us in NYC or watch us stream LIVE!
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The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation presents: “Fake” Knowledge: Knowing and the Illusion of Knowing
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 2:30pm

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The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium of The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street, NYC Free and open to the public Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis No registration required!

A nomenclator was a slave whose duty was to accompanying his master in canvassing the streets of Classical Rome in order to recall the names of those his master encountered. Each of us is, in a way, both that ancient politician and that slave, relying on others’ memories to supply us with knowledge, and others relying on us for the knowledge we recall for them. Hence, knowledge has always been, in part, a distributive entity, requiring a delegation of mental tasks, an implicit commitment to a social contract.


Psychopharmacology for Psychotherapists with Jeffrey Rubin at AIP

Friday, October 6th, 2017


CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM: The American Institute for Psychoanalysis, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #0338. 329 East 62nd Street — New York, NY 10065 — (212) 838-8044 Web: — Email: Psychopharmacology for Psychotherapists

Presenter: Jeffrey Rubin, MD, Contact Hours: 6 Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (40 min lunch break at noon & two 10 min coffee breaks)
Location: American Institute for Psychoanalysis, 329 E 62nd St, Rm: Auditorium, Ground Floor
Cost: $165.00

As psychiatric medications have come more and more into everyday use, psychotherapists need to have an understanding of the basic principles of psychopharmacology and the uses and problems associated with the more commonly prescribed medications. The goals of this workshop are twofold: to increase the comfort level of LMSW and LCSW practitioners in working collaboratively with psychiatrists regarding medication management; and to help them guide their clients through the referral, consultation and medication management process. Psychodynamic and practical issues related to the collaborative treatment process and the giving and receiving of psychiatric medications will be integral to the course. A combination of lectures and sharing of clinical experiences will be used to achieve these goals. (more…)

Some Thoughts on Self Disclosure with Arnold Richards at MTPP

Friday, October 6th, 2017

2 CEU’s Will Be Available For Attending This Presentation for LMSW’S, LCSW’S, LP’s, LMFT’S, LMHC’S
Speaker: Arnold Richards, M.D., “SOME THOUGHTS ON SELF DISCLOSURE” Date: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19TH, 2017 Time: 1:30 to 3:30 P.M.
( Note: There Will Be A Buffet Lunch Before The Presentation at 12:45 p.m. No Food Will Be Available During The Presentation.)
Location: 120 East 34th Street Suite 11G New York, NY 10016


This presentation deepens a discussion of the riveting and central issues of technique that Dr. Richards explores in his paper on self-disclosure and self-revelation. When is a self-disclosure or self-revelation an appropriate intervention? What are the historical leanings toward abstinence or toward self-disclosure? How did Freud practice—where did he stand in his formal writing, and where did he venture in his own practice? Attendees are asked to think about examples from their own practice when they have been faced with technical questions about disclosure, and to be prepared if they wish to discuss such an example. All participants are asked to read Dr. Richards’ paper prior to the presentation; it will be emailed to them once an RSVP is received. Space is limited so please RSVP only if you are able to physically attend, and 2 CEU’s are available upon completion of the event. (more…)

Navagating Boundaries and Countertransference When Working with Children, and Adolescents and Their Parents with Shelly Petnov-Sherman at MITPP

Friday, October 6th, 2017

The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists

Invite you to a Scientific Meeting: Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:30 PM

Treating children and adolescents can be extremely fulfilling and fun, as well as complex and difficult. Navigating the engagement of parents while maintaining confidentiality and boundaries can feel like “walking on a tightrope without a safety net.” This presentation will help facilitate and may challenge your understanding and knowledge of the dynamics involved in working with children and adolescents and their parents. Shelly Petnov-Sherman will use clinical material to illustrate these dynamics. She will also discuss her countertransference with this group of patients and how it has impacted and informed the treatment. This presentation will include how she came to this work and the trials she has endured, as well as how her ways of working have evolved over time.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will: 1) discuss how transference and countertransference can facilitate or make for impasses in working with children, adolescents and their parents/caregivers, 2) identify nuances of confidentiality and the impact of treatment with this population, and 3) discuss the importance of acknowledging, respecting and working with racial and ethnic values with children, adolescents and their families. (more…)

Cultural Competence Conference: Changing Notions of Pathology at Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis: 2017 Cultural Competence Conference: Changing Notions of Pathology
Sunday, November 5th, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00

The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus 2100 Foxhall Road, NW West Hall B- 108 Washington, DC 20007
Introduction: Margarita Cereijido, PhD


Rosemary Balsam, MD: “From ‘The Child Woman’ to ‘Wonder Woman’: Progress and Misogyny in Psychoanalytic Theory and Clinical Work”
Dr. Balsam is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and a staff psychiatrist at Yale University; and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her special interests are gender developments, young adulthood, the place of the body in psychic life, the work of Hans Loewald and teaching. She has written award winning papers and books, lectured here and abroad. She was a National Woman Traveling Psychoanalytic Scholar for APsaA. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Imago, and JAPA. Her most recent book is: Women’s Bodies in Psychoanalysis (2012, Routledge).

Janice Lieberman, PhD: “Be Careful What You Wish For: A Psychoanalyst Reacts to the Liberation of Aggression in Women”
Dr. Lieberman is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York, where she maintains a private practice. She served on the Editorial Board of JAPA and other journals for many years and is the author of Body Talk: Looking and Being (more…)

AAPCSW – Call for papers – 2019 conference

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

March 28-31 2019 Durham Marriott City Center/Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC
CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline March 10, 2018

Intrigue, Insight, Inquiry: Through Today’s Psychoanalytic Lens

In these multilayered and challenging professional times, how can we sustain excellence in clinical theory and practice? Our challenge is in safeguarding core values — individual dignity, respect for diversity, social justice advocacy — as we embrace innovations in psychoanalytic knowledge. Holding this complexity in mind, the conference aims to provide a space to explore the human condition in health and illness. We will view these ideas in relation to clinical experience, based on understanding the intersection of the inner and outer world. We will also continue to build our legacy for the next generation. Join us in our efforts at facing our challenges, and promoting depth and breadth in our insights about contemporary clinical practice.

Click Here to Read:   The Full Message

Making us Great Again? A Psychoanalytic Discussion of Populism Leon Hoffman, M.D. and Coline Covington, Ph.D., B.P at NYPSI

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Program Committee of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute: presents a very special Scientific Program: Hand putting voting paper in the ballot box on USA flag background. Concept of US Presidential election. Vintage engraving stylized drawing.

Making us Great Again? A Psychoanalytic Discussion of Populism Leon Hoffman, M.D. and Coline Covington, Ph.D., B.P.C.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8 pm New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street, NYC (btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves)  (more…)

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

October 2017 News & Events

The Riggs Blog

Check out these popular articles from the Riggs Blog:

The Opioid Epidemic

We recently wrapped up a four-part series on the opioid epidemic. You can find links to all four pieces below:
The Opioid Epidemic blog series

Something for the Pain

The Opioid Epidemic: A Clinical Perspective

The Opioid Epidemic: A Local Perspective

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions . . . and with the Influence of Big Pharma



We’re All Students Here

Pottery Instructor Michael McCarthy writes about his role as a teacher in the Activities Program at the Austen Riggs Center in an article for Studio Potter journal.
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In Our Times, Psychoanalysis Celebrating Thirty Years of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association at Après-Coup

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents

In Our Times, Psychoanalysis Celebrating Thirty Years of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association October 6–8, 2017 The School of Visual Arts 136 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011

Friday, October 6, 5:30 pm Registration, 6:00 pm Opening Remarks: Ona Nierenberg, Paola Mieli, 6:30 pm On the Discourse of Science

Liliana Donzis, Escuela Freudiana de Buenos Aires, The Desire of the Analyst and the Medicalization of Childhood

Peter Gillespie, Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association, Capturing the Desire of the Worker: From Scientific Management to the Psychoanalytic Clinic (more…)

Quantum Physics and Psychoanlaysis with Gerald J. Gargiulo at WCSPP

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Scientific Meeting 2 CE Hours available for LCSW’s, LP’s, LMFT’s, LMHC’s and LCAT’s
Live, in-person presenter: Gerald J. Gargiulo, Ph.D. Friday, October 6, 2017 8:00 p.m. Suggested contribution: $20 Admission with CE: $30
Community Unitarian Church 468 Rosedale Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 RSVP to Ken Barish

This talk will present the interface between some of the primary findings of quantum physics and the clinical practice of dynamic psychotherapy. Quantum physics models can be useful for many different therapeutic approaches. They have particular benefit for validating the findings of relational psychoanalysis. Quantum physics models also provide a wider framework for understanding clinical practice than do Newtonian models, which rely on cause and effect, determinism, and accept the bifurcation of conscious and unconscious. Clinical vignettes will be offered for each of the models discussed.

Gerald J. Gargiulo is a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in practice in Stamford, CT and New York City. He is on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalytic Psychology & Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies. He is a former President of the NPAP Psychoanalytic Training Institute and a former President and founding member of The International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education. He has authored numerous professional articles as well as three texts, the latest of which is Quantum Psychoanalysis: Essays on Physics, Mind and Analysis Today. (more…)

CFS Fall 2017 Fellowship Program

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The “Present” in Couples Therapy with Mary-Joan Gerson at WCSPP

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Couples Therapy Workshop 3 CE Hours for NYS LCSW’s, LMSW’s, LP’s and LMFT’s
THE “PRESENT” IN COUPLES THERAPY: MOMENTS OF TRANSFORMATION Speaker: Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D. Discussant: Mark Finn, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Admission (before Oct.16): $40, Admission with 3 CE Hours (before Oct.16): $50, Admission (after Oct.16 or at the door): $50, Admission with 3 CE Hours (after Oct.16 or at the door): $60

Community Unitarian Church 468 Rosedale Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 Continental breakfast included
* Please make your check payable to WCSPP and send to: WCSPP, 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Refunds: Admission, minus a $20 administrative fee, will be refunded with 48-hours’ notice to Jennifer Sestok at 914-997-7500 or

This presentation offers a view of couples therapy focused on crucial “moments” of engagement and transformation. From an integrated psychoanalytic, systemic and attachment theory perspective, and drawing on the work of the Boston Change Process Group, specific “moments” in couples therapy will be highlighted. Issues of therapeutic participation, transference and countertransference will be addressed from this triadic theoretical perspective. (more…)

Continuation of the Referential Process Seminar with Wilma Bucci, You Zhou, Sean Murphy at NYPSI

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Continuation of the Referential Process Seminar: Introduction of the New Treatment Data Base Including Multi-level Process and Outcome Measures

Presenters: Wilma Bucci, You Zhou, Sean Murphy, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 8 pm, New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, 247 East 82nd Street, NYC (btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves), No charge. All are welcome.  Register HERE, visit or call 212.879.6900

Referential Process Seminar: Introduction of the New Treatment Data Base Including Multi-level Process and Outcome Measures
The seminar will continue the examination of the therapy process from multiple perspectives including the participating clinician, other clinicians looking at videos and reading transcripts, and researchers applying computerized measures. Wilma Bucci will briefly outline the theory of the referential process as a common factor in psychotherapy, and review the computerized measures of the phases of the process. You Zhou will describe the data base including these measures applied to (more…)

Winnicott’s Revolution in Psychoanalysis with Jan Abram at IPTAR

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Meet our Local Authors at the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Psychoanalysis in Seattle: Meet our Local Authors November 18, 2017

– Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Please join us for this special event!

We are pleased to invite the mental health community of Seattle and the surrounding area, to get together to meet ten of our local “mental health authors” and celebrate their writings and creativity!

This will be a place where professionals subscribing to different psychoanalytic theories will come together to learn about some of the excellent books that have been written right here in the Seattle area. Ten authors from Seattle have been invited by NPSI to present brief descriptions of their published books, giving us the unique opportunity to hear directly from each author and engage them with our questions and comments.

We will finish the event with wine, snacks and a toast to our local authors, their productivity and the joy of gathering together to grow our mental health community and our friendships within it.

Copies of the books will be available for purchase and author signings.

Our participating authors will be:

1. Maxine Anderson: “The Wisdom of Lived Experience: Views from Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Metaphysics” (2016)

2. Daniel Benveniste: “The Interwoven Lives of Sigmund, Anna and W. Ernest Freud: Three Generations of Psychoanalysis” (2015)

3. Robert Bergman: “Mindless Psychoanalysis, Selfless Self Psychology: and Further Explorations” (2008)

4. Dana Blue & Caron Harrang (editors): “From Reverie to Interpretation: Transforming Thought into the Action of Psychoanalysis” (2016)

5. Margaret Crasnopol: “Micro-trauma: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury” (2015) (more…)

Marijuana and the Adolescent Process with Rex McGehee, M.D.  at NYPSI

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute presents the Third Peter J. Blos Memorial Lecture
Marijuana and the Adolescent Process with Rex McGehee, M.D.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium
247 East 82nd Street, NYC

Marijuana is a large and growing factor in current adolescent culture. Recent moves legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes add to both the availability and legitimization of the usage of marijuana products. Building on current research and clinical experience, this paper will look at the effects of marijuana usage during adolescence on the adolescent developmental process. Using clinical vignettes and one case in detail we will think together about the complex and sometimes permanent consequences to the adolescent, which then alter adult functioning. Implications of this information for treatment will be discussed.

No charge. All are welcome. To reserve seats, click HERE, visit or call 212.879.6900 (more…)