Families, Parents and Children: What can Psychodynamic-Psychoanalytic Treatment Offer?


Presented by Tina Marie Dale, LCSW. This course is intended for clinicians new to the therapeutic field or those with little to no exposure to the psychodynamic approach thus far in their professional careers. We will look at what the psychodynamic approach can offer to clinicians treating families, treating children, and/or working with parents. We […]

Shame, Self-Alienation and the Power of Self-Compassion


The concept of self-alienation is inextricably linked to shame. Working with adult children of traumatizing narcissists, and with others who experience narcissistic abuse, Shaw’s way of working with these clients shifted as he began to study and integrate concepts and techniques from some of the contemporary traumatologists. What he has learned has led Shaw to […]

Psychoanalysis in Transition: Exploring the Vista from Couch to Collective

Virtual Event

"As analysts have expanded their involvement outside of the consulting room, institutes around the world have increasingly recognized that learning about leadership, followership, membership, and social dynamics might need to be a fourth pillar in psychoanalytic training (alongside seminars, personal analysis, and supervision). In this conference, and working together over four days, the staff and […]

The Phone as a Subject: Understanding the Effects of smart phones and AI on the Mind


With Amy Levy, Psy.D. & Todd Essig, Ph.D. In her paper, “The Phone as a Subject,” Dr. Levy contests the commonly held assumptions that the smartphone is an object, susceptible to healthy or pathological employment and comparable to other objects used to ameliorate the pain of reality. Instead, she will argue that the phone is […]

Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Repair


This program begins with a talk on what a social psychoanalysis might look like in the clinic and draws on some earlier psychoanalysts’ concepts that have connected the social world and the psychic world without reducing one to the other. Exploring identity formation in cultural contexts and within various power hierarchies, Dr. Layton introduces the […]

Meet the Author: Andrea Celenza, PhD


Join Andrea Celenza, PhD, for our next Meet the Author event with Shari Thurer, Sc. D., and the online audience. We will be talking about Andrea's book, "Transference, Love, Being: Essential Essays from the Field".

Windows into Psychotherapy


Presented by Stuart Ozar, MD and Juliana Varela, MSW. For clinicians or mental health students who are curious about what it is that psychodynamic therapists actually do, we offer a “window” into the process and a chance to connect an introduction to theory with actual clinical material. Each class will begin with a brief theoretical […]

IPI Weekend Conference: Online Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Practice and Training in Times of Social Division, Pandemic and War


This weekend conference addresses teletreatment and teletraining under geopolitical conditions of pandemic, division between factions and countries, international tension with China and Russia, and war in Ukraine. We review APsA empirical studies on teleanalysis uptake, reconceptualize online teaching for challenged psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs in China and Russia, illustrate technology-mediated support for traumatized Russian/Ukrainian colleagues, […]

A Psychoanalytical View on Child & Adolescent Development in a Socio-Cultural Context: Generation Z in Kazakhstan


This presentation is aimed to enrich psychoanalytic theory by exploring how societal and historical factors shape generational experiences in different contexts. Each generation grows up in a specific cultural, social, and historical context, which influences their values, beliefs, and psychological challenges. In these regards generation Z in general has been characterized as an environmentally aware […]

Film and Mind Online: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.


Directed by Kelly Freeman Craig, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. (2023) is a film adaptation of the Judy Blume young-adult novel. Social, biological, and (to a much smaller extent) identity issues of puberty’s early edge are presented with charming verisimilitude (and earned a 99% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com). In our discussion we will […]

Cultural Competence Conference: Gender Diversity and Reproductive Justice: Connecting the Dots


Jack Drescher, MD: The history of psychoanalytic theorizing about homosexuality is more than a century old and has undergone numerous revisions. Early on, psychoanalytic attitudes toward homosexuality could be reasonably characterized as hostile. The presentation begins with Freud’s early views on homosexuality within the cultural context of his times. It then reviews later pathologizing psychoanalytic […]

Relational Identity & Erotic Orientation: Polyamory and Kink as Identity Constructs

St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute 7700 Clayton Rd Ste 200, Saint Louis, MO, United States

Presented by Gary Hirshberg, LCSW. This two session workshop will challenge clinicians to look at our own deeply held beliefs about sex and coupling, specifically what is ‘perversion’ and what is ‘healthy’ coupling. Most of us have come of age and been trained to still consider kink as deviant and as deriving from early childhood […]

Connections and Conversation with Ilene Philipson: The Radical Otherness of Masud Khan


Masud Khan was a brilliant psychoanalyst, Winnicott’s “principal disciple,” collaborator, editor, and analysand. He was chief editor of the International Psychoanalytical Library for 20 years, wrote four books, and served as training analyst for Christopher Bollas and Adam Phillips. Simultaneously, Masud Khan was an alcoholic, antisemitic, alcoholic, who repeatedly engaged in sexual relationships with patients […]

Study Group – Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development: An Attachment-Based and Trauma-Based Listening Perspective


This study group is based on a book authored by Carl Shubs, PhD, titled Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development: An Intersubjective, Object Relations Listening Perspective on Self, Attachment, Trauma, and Reality (Routledge, 2020). It describes a new conceptualization of trauma, so we can be better prepared to work with it. The book presents a psychoanalytic […]

Psychedelics and Psychoanalysis: Myths & Possibilities


This is a continuation of NCP's Manifest Mind Series. As psychedelic medicine moves toward wide clinical implementation, psychoanalysts are establishing a specialized set of roles and methods separate from other psychotherapists. The value of psychedelic medicine in psychodynamic care has been extensively documented in the past decade, corroborating published clinical experience in the earlier LSD […]

Against Transantagonism: A Metapsychology for the Flourishing of Trans Children


In this presentation, Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou urges psychoanalysts to let the debate about the validity of trans children take its place in the fossil record of analytic history. Encouraging us to stop squandering our energies sparring with colleagues who see trans existence as cause for alarm, she suggests it is time to move beyond transantagonism […]

Meet the Author – Working with Patients Who Had a Severely Disabled Sibling


Presented by Johanna Dobrich, LCSW-R Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis: Ability and Disability in Clinical Process explores a previously neglected area in the field of psychoanalysis, addressing undertheorized concepts on siblings, disabilities and psychic survivorship, and broadening our conceptualization of the enduring effects of lateral relations on human development. What happens to a person’s […]

ACP’s International Clinical Conversation Conference


Association for Child Psychoanalysis:  Presented by Denia Barrett and Peter Bruendl Clinical work performed in isolation or within only a small group of colleagues risks a narrowing of techniques. A continuing conversation between experienced clinicians, working together throughout the year and then sharing their discourse with the conference participants, allows for a detailed examination of […]

Sociocultural Shapers of Internalization and Identification: The kaleidoscopic experience in the consulting room


This CPI/AAPE webinar will focus on the concepts of internalization and identity, integrating the sociocultural with the intrapsychic. One thread of the discussion will involve the inevitable tensions between sociocultural determinants and individuality in the context of an individual psychoanalysis. Clinical vignettes will be interwoven with a review of the relevant literature.

Evening Presentation – Electra: An Early Case of Childhood Trauma


Presented by Jean Goodwin, MD Electra, like Oedipus, is a character from Greek mythology. The founders of psychoanalysis used their names to denote a psychosocial developmental phase. However, Electra’s story, like the biography of Oedipus, teaches us more about murderous violence than about internal conflict. Electra can also teach us something about recovery; she and […]

Conference – Boys Betrayed, Men Restored: Consequences of Male Sexual Victimization


Presented by Richard Gartner, PhD Research suggests that in the United States one in six boys is directly victimized sexually by age 16. It has also become increasingly apparent in recent years that adult men, like women, are subject to sexual abuse, harassment, and assault. In order to treat this population, it is crucial that […]

Supervision: A Psychoanalytic View

Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center 2460 Fairmount Blvd #312, Cleveland, OH, United States

Both the American Psychological and the American Psychiatric Associations have recently advocated specific courses in supervision for their trainees. Good supervision has been described in terms of specific competences or progressive skill sets, often measured via symptom reduction in the supervisee’s clients. Emphasis has also been put on adapting supervision, like treatment, to areas of […]

Connections and Conversation- with Ruth Lijtmaer, PhD: Silence, Ghosts, Secrets and Trauma


Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting. This conversation will explore the space between violence and trauma is dangerous silence. Time, space and history collides. Silence intensifies the impact of trauma, and trauma that goes unspoken, un-witnessed and unclaimed produces more trauma to self and others. Silence can be associated with a ghost, […]

Googling for Ghosts: Confessions of a Reluctant Psychoanalyst

In-person Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (& Virtual) 3810 Mt Pleasant Dr, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Sylvia Flescher, M.D., will join us in person on Friday, November 17th, and share with us excerpts from her memoir-in-progress. Her memoir describes the evolution of her identity as a clinician since her analytic training in the '80s. Dr. Flescher will talk about the origins and development of her ambivalence towards psychoanalysis, considering the role […]

Potential Space and Organizational Trauma


Presented by M. Gerard Fromm, PhD In January, 2002, an annual Group Relations Conference was held as it had been for many years, and one of its large-group events began ordinarily enough. But, four months after 9/11/2001, members could not stay in the room to do the work of that session. Even though the recent […]

Connections and Conversation with Miri Abramis, Ph.D.: Culture and the Texture of Experience: Multiple Systems Perspective from an Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Lens


Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting. From the first contact with our patients, we begin to engage the question: who is this person who has sought out our help? How do we understand their suffering? The maverick founders of interpersonal school of psychoanalysis, originally known as the cultural school, each in his/her […]

Core Principles of Treating the Suicidal Adult


Presenter: J. Christopher Fowler, PhD Description: We are acutely aware of the fear and dread of losing a patient to suicide. Unlike other medical crises, there are no biologic tests to accurately determine the level of suicide risk, nor metrics for determining when a suicidal crisis may occur (Fowler, 2012; Franklin et al., 2017). It […]

Connections and Conversation with George Bermudez, Ph.D.: Towards a Socio-centric Psychoanalysis Contributing to Deliberative Democracy: Social Dreaming, Community Psychoanalysis, & Reflective Citizenship


Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting. The core thesis, threading through several publications is that if contemporary psychoanalysis aspires to contribute to addressing our socio-political and ecological challenges, we must develop an enlarged repertoire of theory and practice. The distinguished Harvard Law School Professor, Lawrence Lessig has eloquently argued that repairing our […]

Radical Psychoanalysis

Hybrid (virtual and in-person)

Presented by Harold Braswell, PhD, MSW. The word “radical” is generally understood to mean a break from tradition. But, etymologically, the term also connotes a return to one’s roots. A “radical” psychoanalysis would, in this sense, seem paradoxical—but perhaps, in the process, faithful to the nature of the unconscious itself. This course explores this paradoxical […]

Expanding Psychoanalytic Passion: A Conference In Memory Of And Inspired By Christina Emanuel


Participants will explore challenging places of analytic work from different theoretical perspectives of working in the psychoanalytic field: Autism is the Treatment: Suturing the Rupture Between Body and Mind by Leon Brenner, Ph.D; Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Substance Use and Mis-use by D. Bradley Jones, Psy.D, LCSW; Placement, Displacement, Replacement: Where the Social and the Unconscious […]

The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Enactive Engagement and Psychoanalytic Companioning

This Scientific Meeting will address the challenges met when working with patients who cannot “work together” with an analyst, who are not sufficiently able to symbolize and mentalize. We will address both patients who suffer disturbances in the area of self-other definition, continuity and regulation of self, as well as patients who can appear to […]

The Therapeutic Importance of Screwing Up-and Owning It: Repair, Epistemic Trust and the Active Ingredients of Effective Therapy


Presenter: Efrain Bleiberg, MD Description: This presentation will discuss the acquisition of trust and social learning in normal development and in psychotherapy and success that such acquisition is facilitated by the therapist’s ability to model repair by taking responsibility for one’s inevitable mistakes and misattunements and the impact they have on the patient. Examples of […]

APsA’s 2024 National Meeting

New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, New York City New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, New York, NY, United States

Details forthcoming.

Oppression Monopoly

St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute 7700 Clayton Rd Ste 200, Saint Louis, MO, United States

Presented by Richard D. Harvey, PhD. The Oppression Monopoly experience is quickly becoming widely known as a fun, yet deeply impactful simulation of the dynamics of oppression. The overriding theme of the experience is that the lived experience of minorities is systemic and intersectional and requires systemic and intersectional solutions. The experience has many learning […]

Writing & Creativity: A Psychoanalytic Retreat

St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute 7700 Clayton Rd Ste 200, Saint Louis, MO, United States

Presented by Nikki Karalekas, PhD, MSW, LCSW and Harold Braswell, MSW, PhD. How do we write psychoanalytically? How does psychoanalysis inform and enhance our writing practice? What role does writing have in clinical work? What is the relationship between writing, revision, and free association? How might we develop a psychoanalytically-informed understanding of—and treatment for—“writer’s block?” […]

I Want it All and I Want it Now


Presenter: Denia Barrett, LCSW Description: This presentation will illustrate analytic work with a patient during late latency and prepuberty, followed by periods of psychotherapy in mid- and late- adolescence/emerging adulthood. Old problems find new solutions as development unfolds; exploring gender is one area that may lead to unpredicted outcomes.

Dreaming of an Inclusive Psychoanalysis


Presented in partnership with Casa de Salud’s Mental Health Collaborativewith Patricia Gherovici, PhD; Harold Braswell, MSW, PhD and Juliana Varela, LCSW. Patricia Gherovici will compare two films documenting actual cures that push the boundaries of traditional psychoanalysis with two maverick psychoanalysts: Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a 2013 French film by Arnaud Desplechin […]