Past Events & Lectures


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SpringFest 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:00 PM

Please join us at NYPSI to honor Sander M. Abend, MD and to raise funds for our building. Enjoy cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres with colleagues and friends.

Non-members are welcome. Festive attire.

$250 - ticket per person
$50 - ticket per student
$75 - contribution only
$150 - contribution only
$350 - contribution only

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Advanced Seminar in Child and Adolescent Analysis

Child and Adolescent Anxiety Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Sabina Preter, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Preter will introduce the audience to the child and adolescent anxiety psychodynamic psychotherapy (CAPP) and talk about her experience of learning and applying the technique, during her analytic candidacy in particular. She will provide an overview of the treatment, address the manualized form and present the case of a young teen she treated with CAPP during the pilot study. She will also give examples of children in her private practice who could be suitable for and benefit from this treatment.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

No charge. Child and Adolescent Candidates are expected to attend.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Scientific Program Meeting

Is there an unconscious organization of the couple?

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenters: Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, MD and Peter Mezan, PhD
Discussants: Virginia Goldner, PhD and Eric Weitzner, MD

In this paper presentation, Drs. Abelin-Sas Rose and Mezan will discuss results of a collaborative study by two analysts working in two different modalities, individual and couple, with the same patients. Differences in the analysts’ perceptions of the patients, in the narratives presented by the patients, and in the transferences to the analysts and to the partner are considered. And the dynamics in the two settings, with the unconscious organization of the couple distinct from the unconscious organizations of the individuals, are discussed. The question of how, in the process of constituting the couple, the individual is transformed and acquires a new identity will constitute the primary focus of the presentation.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

$15 General Admission
$10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


The Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis

Remembering Jaak Panksepp

Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:00 AM

We have been very sad at the passing of our dear Jaak Panksepp last month. Many of us experienced first-hand his tremendous intellectual generosity, always being receptive to queries from all perspectives, and his supportive responses to students, young researchers, and clinicians. We also have integrated many of the central concepts of his work into the emerging foundations of neuropsychoanalysis.

Join us for a facilitated open-forum discussion to share reflections on how affective neuroscience impacted our thinking and/or clinical work, as well as personal remembrances of Jaak.

No charge. All are welcome.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


“Works in Progress” Seminar Series

Sex, text, ur-text: Freud’s Dora and the erotics of knowing

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Adele Tuter, M.D., Ph.D.

This presentation draws on the first of a series of three essays on the erotics of knowing. The textual preoccupations of Freud’s case history of Dora encourage the proposition of its intertexual relationships with a referenced literary source (Arthur Schnitzler’s Paracelsus) as well as an occult ur-text (Émile Zola’s Une page d’amour). These two texts anticipate, and, I propose, suggest two of Dora's interrelated subtextual themes: the erotics of knowing and the problematics of reality. These subtexts are condensed within the leitmotif of textual suggestion: a symbolic elaboration of the tension between the therapeutic potential of knowing at the heart of Freud’s project, and the corruptive suggestion and unleashed erotic desire that can undermine and destroy it.

No CME or CE credits offered.

No charge. All are welcome.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Scientific Program Meeting

Transgender Life: Social and Clinical Considerations

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
8:00 PM

Moderator: Wendy Olesker, Ph.D.
Panelists: Ken Corbett, Ph.D., Griffin Hansbury, M.A., L.M.S.W. and Avgi Saketopoulou, Psy.D.

The presenters will highlight, based on their experiences in working with transgender patients, the complex contribution of the changing social world and the role of gender regulation, from a psychoanalytic perspective. The focus is also on the clinical process, including ways to prevent misattunement and ruptures due to unrecognized countertransference.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

$15 - General Admission
$10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


"Dialogues on..." Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

Impact of Social Media on the Psychology of our Children and Teens

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Sarah Fox, M.D.

Dr. Fox will speak about the impact and influence of social media and smart phones on the development of our children and teens. How do smart phones and social media impact their communication skills and relationships? How do we handle and understand certain issues with psychological impact like cyber-bullying, sexting, multitasking and our inability to turn off our devices?

FREE. All are welcome.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


“Works in Progress” Seminar Series

Who was R.D. Laing?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Peter Mezan, Ph.D.

During the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and 70s, R.D. Laing was the most famous psychiatrist in the world -- and arguably the most controversial psychoanalytic thinker since Freud. Regarded as the father of the antipsychiatry movement, Laing challenged the basis of conventional psychiatric treatment, particularly with regard to schizophrenics. His ideas enraged the psychiatric establishment but caught the imagination of the public at large. Laing’s books – The Divided Self, Sanity, Madness, and the Family, and The Politics of Experience – sold millions of copies and cemented his status as a culture hero. But by the time Laing died in 1989, his influence had all but vanished. Dr. Mezan will give a portrait of the man and his ideas, based on his encounters and friendship with Laing and the world surrounding him.

No CME/CE credits offered.

FREE. All are welcome.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Scientific Program Meeting

Reflections on Klein's Radical Notion of Phantasy and its Implications for Analytic Practice

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Rachel Blass, Ph.D.

Analysts may incorporate many of Melanie Klein’s important contributions (e.g., on preoedipal dynamics, envy, and projective identification) without transforming their basic analytic approach. In this lecture Dr. Blass will argue that adopting the Kleinian notion of unconscious phantasy is transformative. This notion of phantasy is grounded in Freud’s thinking and draws out something that is essential to his work. At the same it involves a radical change that defines Kleinian thinking and practice and significantly impacts the analyst’s basic clinical approach. This impact and its technical implications in the analytic situation will be illustrated and discussed.

This event is supported by a grant from the IPA CAPSA Fund.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

$15 - General Admission
$10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Candidate Clinical Case Presentation and Discussion with Dr. Rachel Blass

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 AM

Presenter: Nicole Regent, M.D.
Discussant: Rachel Blass, Ph.D.

***For Candidates Only***

Dr. Regent will present analytic sessions of a treatment of a young man in the first 6 months of his analysis. A Kleinian perspective on how to listen, understand and interpret will be offered through close reading of the sessions.

No CME/CE credits offered.

This event is supported by a grant from the IPA CAPSA Fund.

NYPSI Boardroom (4th Floor)
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)


The Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis

The Scientific Standing of Psychoanalysis

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:00 AM

Presenter: Mark Solms, Ph.D.

This presentation will take stock of the current scientific standing of psychoanalysis, both in terms of its theoretical claims about the human mind and in terms of its clinical claims about the efficacy and mode of action of psychoanalytic treatments. The presentation will be aimed at informing and updating the general membership about these basic issues; it is not a specialist ‘research’ presentation.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

Free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated but not required; first come, first-seated

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Special Event

Oxford-Style Debate with Drs. Rachel Blass and Mark Solms

Friday, March 31, 2017
7:30 PM

Oxford-Style Debate with Rachel Blass, PhD and Mark Solms, PhD

The Motion:
"This house believes that neuroscience has nothing to contribute to the clinical practice of psychoanalysis."

In this Oxford-Style Debate, the audience will vote for or against the above motion before the presentations begin and then, again, afterward. Each speaker will present his/her case (about 20 mins each), respond to the other's case (about 10 mins each), and take questions from the floor (about 20 mins). The aim is to see who swayed the audience more in what will surely be an exciting and unpredictable debate.

Mark Solms will present first, Rachel Blass second, and Lois Oppenheim will moderate.

No CME or CE credits offered.

This event is supported by a grant from the IPA CAPSA Fund.

$30 - General Admission
$20 - NYPSI members
$15 - All Students with valid ID

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Advanced Seminar in Child and Adolescent Analysis

The Angry Child

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Ann G. Smolen, Ph.D.

This case presentation and open discussion will follow the analysis of a 4-year-old child who experienced medical trauma, exploring contemporary classical psychoanalytic framework for working with young children. Participating clinicians will gain practical insight into the impact of various types of childhood trauma on lifelong development. They will also learn specific psychoanalytic techniques for working with children who have experienced early trauma.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

FREE.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Scientific Program Meeting

Psychoanalytic Conversations on Diversity and Race: A Panel Discussion

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Thursday, March 23, 2017
8:00 PM

Moderator: Beverly Stoute, MD
Panelists: Anton Hart, PhD, Milton Hollar, MD and Kathy Pogue White, PhD

This will be an interactive presentation devoted to how we discuss our experiences of and resistances to thinking and talking about difference. How do we experience difference in the analytic dyad? How do we frame it? How ready are we to look inward? What are our resistances as individuals and as a field? How do we deal with a lack of openness to curiosity? What are the resistances to curiosity regarding difference? What is the reluctance to allowing curiosity to develop in analysis? Although the conversation about diversity and race has evolved in some quarters toward issues of "cultural competence" and knowledge, it is our position that a productive psychoanalytic frame would involve a persistent exploration of how we experience curiosity – or its inhibition – in approaching matters of race, difference, and otherness.

2 CME/CE credits offered.

$20 - General Admission
$15 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Friends of the Abraham A. Brill Library

Meet the Authors: Vivian Pender, MD, Alexander Kalogerakis, MD and Sargam Mona Jain, MD

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8:00 PM

Participants: Vivian Pender, M.D., Alexander Kalogerakis, M.D. and Sargam Mona Jain, M.D.

The Friends of the Brill Library invite you to an evening with the editor and several contributors to the recent publication The Status of Women: Violence, Identity and Activism (Karnac, 2016). Together they will discuss the book’s overall project and review their own individual contributions, to be followed by a discussion with the audience.

No CME or CE credits offered.

$10 - General Admission

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


"Dialogues on..." Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

The Impact of Divorce on Children (and Parents) at Different Developmental Phases

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Stephanie Brandt, M.D.

Dr. Brandt will discuss the varied responses and expected conflicts of children at different ages and how parents, therapists, and attorneys for children can help them navigate this transition.

No CME or CE credits offered.

FREE. All are welcome.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


The Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis

An Integrative Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 AM

Presenter: William Singletary, M.D.
Discussant: Maggie Zellner, Ph.D.

Recent convergences within neurobiology, and between neurobiology and psychoanalysis, allow us to view autism through a new lens, seeing biological risk factors that might operate through final common pathways to produce the ASD syndrome. This talk integrates and elaborate upon this confluence of findings, developing a working model of ASD that could parsimoniously account for central aspects of ASD, promote greater collaboration in research, and lead to more effective treatment. ASD can be seen as a potentially reversible neurodevelopmental disorder in which neurobiological factors – not poor parenting – interfere with the child–caregiver interaction. The infant then experiences deprivation of growth-promoting parental input, even though it is available. This model adds what seems to have been largely unrecognized in the field of autism: the child’s experience of social deprivation and isolation signals threat to the child, and may result in overwhelming stress ("allostatic overload") that damages the body and predisposes one to the development of disease. Critically, this model proposes that allostatic overload may amplify the neurobiological vulnerabilities thought to be involved with development of autism. The model also supports successful intervention that may promote the reversal of this process via adaptive coping and neuroplasticity, by providing an enriched environment, increasing social and emotional connection, and decreasing anxiety, stress, and allostatic load. Making sense of the child’s experience of isolation and threat helps the ASD child feel understood and less afraid. Clinical material will illustrate how, for some children on the higher end of the autism spectrum, recovery is made more likely by increasing the sense of connection and decreasing the experience of stress.

2 CME/ CE credits offered

Free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated but not required; first come, first-seated

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


“Works in Progress” Seminar Series

The Couple World--CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
8:00 PM

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER DATE.

Participants: Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D. and Peter Mezan, Ph.D.

In the course of sharing observations from the simultaneous treatment of couples and individual partners, Drs. Mezan and Abelin-Sas Rose concluded that two individuals, with their own stories and their own inner worlds, come together to create a third, powerfully meshed unconscious organization. Enriched by the two dissimilar individualities, this new entity, the couple, will in due time acquire its own distinctive features. They came to refer to this third psychic organization as the Couple World.

Their observation that intimacy involves a continuous dynamic relationship between a Couple World and the partners' individual worlds undermines the notion that there is a basic polarity to our lives, with autonomy, individuality and distance on one side and attachment, intimacy and closeness on the other, and that as partners in a relationship we are endlessly searching for a happy medium.

To the presenters' way of thinking, these binary pairs, typically located at the two ends of a linear continuum are not in fact opposites. Rather, autonomy and intimacy are two different types of experience within an intimate relationship, occurring in two different psychological worlds that we inhabit at the same time. In this presentation Drs. Mezan and Abelin-Sas Rose explore which aspect of one partner's personality contributes and may be reinforced by the other partner’s to interfere with the level of intimacy at different phases of their relationship.

No CME or CE credits offered.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Friends of the Abraham A. Brill Library

Meet the Author: Laurie Wilson

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
7:30 PM

Participant: Laurie Wilson

The Friends of the Brill Library invite you to an evening with Laurie Wilson, who will be presenting her recently published biography, Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow (Thames & Hudson, 2016).

Praise for Laurie Wilson’s biography of Louise Nevelson:

“Reads like at thriller with the hero, art, as savior . . . . This compelling biography examines Nevelson’s inner life, and portrays her as an artist, woman, and complex human being. It is fascinating to read how she cultivated her image and rose to prominence in what was the macho art world of her time with her evolved and original works. Wilson’s refreshing account also includes Nevelson’s inspirational friends—many of them women—from the movers and shakers of her era. “

--Jane McAdam Freud, Sculptor

No CME or CE credits offered

$10 - General Admission

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Special Event

THE GOLDWATER RULE: Clinical Diagnosis Outside the Consulting Room

Thursday, February 16, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Richard A. Friedman

Please join us for what promises to be a truly exceptional evening when Dr. Richard A. Friedman, who has written extensively on the Goldwater Rule, will informally discuss with the audience the potential consequences of hypothetical diagnoses of political figures.

No CME or CE credits offered

$25 - General Admission
$20 - NYPSI members
$15 - All Students with valid ID

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


Scientific Program Meeting

Reality is Real - It's Not All Fantasy

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Martin Silverman, MD
Discussant: Anna Balas, MD

Sigmund Freud could not believe what patients told him about sexual and other forms of abuse by family members. This, together with his observations about psychosexual development, led him to over-emphasize the role of fantasy in generating emotional problems. In this communication, extensive clinical material is provided to support the thesis that what patients report about past and present impingement upon them from the outside world is equally important and needs to be taken very seriously.

2 CME/CE credits offered

$15 - General Admission
$10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


“Works in Progress” Seminar Series

The Usage of Psychoanalytic Concepts to Inform Direct Intervention with an Avoidant Infant and her Parents

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Christine Anzieu, M.D., Ph.D.

How can some classical Freudian concepts such as defense, transference, infantile sexuality, the role of body ego and super ego in the first year of life be applied to help the analyst working with parent-infant dyads?

The case of a newborn that could not look at her mother, who didn’t feel empathy towards this child conceived from an egg donor, was understood using Winnicott’s notion of early superego and the lack of libidinal pleasure. The notion of defenses towards primitive anxiety and the role of the unconscious maternal functioning were helpful in helping the baby as well as the parents to regulate their interactions.

No CME or CE credits offered

FREE. All are welcome.

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


A SPECIAL "WORKS IN PROGRESS" SEMINAR

Clinical case discussion with distinguished visiting analyst David Bell

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
8:15 PM

Presenter: David Bell, M.D.
Discussants: Francis Baudry, M.D. and Nasir Ilahi

Dr. David Bell will discuss session material from his particular perspective as a leading Contemporary Kleinian analyst. Dr. Francis Baudry will moderate the event and Mr. Nasir Ilahi will provide some overall comments on the clinical discussion. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

No CME or CE credits offered

$15 - General Admission
$10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •