Upcoming Events & Lectures


Friends of the Abraham A. Brill Library

Meet the Author: Nate Kravis

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:30 PM

The Friends of the Brill Library invite you to an evening with Nate Kravis, the author of On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud (MIT Press, September 2017).

The peculiar arrangement of the psychoanalyst’s office for an analytic session seems inexplicable. The analyst sits in a chair out of sight while the patient lies on a couch facing away. It has been this way since Freud, although, as Nathan Kravis points out in On the Couch, this practice is grounded more in the cultural history of reclining posture than in empirical research. Kravis, himself a practicing psychoanalyst, shows that the tradition of recumbent speech wasn’t dreamed up by Freud but can be traced back to ancient Greece, where guests reclined on couches at the symposion (a gathering for upper-class males to discuss philosophy and drink wine), and to the Roman convivium (a banquet at which men and women reclined together). From bed to bench to settee to chaise longue to sofa: Kravis tells how the couch became an icon of self-knowledge and self-reflection as well as a site for pleasure, privacy, transgression, and healing.

Kravis draws on sources that range from ancient funerary monuments to furniture history to early photography, as well as histories of medicine, fashion, and interior decoration, and he deploys an astonishing array of images: paintings, monuments, sculpture, photographs, illustrations, New Yorker cartoons, and advertisements.Kravis deftly shows that, despite the ambivalence of today’s psychoanalysts—some of whom regard it as “infantilizing”—the couch continues to be the emblem of a narrative of self-discovery. Recumbent speech represents the affirmation in the presence of another of having a mind of one’s own.

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


“Works in Progress” Seminar Series

Psychological Care of the Medically Ill: Understanding the Conceptual Framework of Psychosomatic Medicine

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: James J. Strain, M.D.

This presentation will define and expand on the concepts of enhanced psychological care of the medically ill. The history of psychosomatic medicine and its relationship with psychiatry and psychoanalysis will be reviewed. It will draw on the conceptual framework of psychoanalysis, the conception of the seven basic psychological stresses encountered from and during medical illness, alloplastic load on the body from mental stress and conflict, and the importance of understanding transference in the medical setting. In addition, the current “head wind” in medicine – Collaborative Care - will be presented and critiqued regarding its place in the developed and developing world. The World Health Organization declared in March of 2017 that depression is the leading cause of burden of health in the world. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. The interaction of depression with the illnesses of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and neurological disorders and the risk factors it presents in the medical setting will be described. Finally, an approach to improving mental health care in the medical setting by enhancing the training of physicians, will be presented.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

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


The Peter Blos Memorial Lecture

Marijuana and the Adolescent Process

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Rex McGehee, M.D.

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.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

No charge. All are welcome.

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


Academic Research/Referential Process Seminar

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenters: Wilma Bucci, You Zhou, Sean Murphy

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 605 sessions from 20 therapies, and representing several different therapeutic approaches. Sean Murphy will discuss the value of the data base as providing a set of norms for the measures, and its potential use in research design, and will demonstrate its application to a specific clinical question. Following this introductory meeting, subsequent meetings of the seminar will use the approach outlined here to focus on a single case; procedures for subsequent meetings will be discussed. The overall goal of the seminar is to develop interactive procedures through which clinicians and researchers can each benefit from the insights of the other.

No CME/CE credits offered.

No charge. All are welcome.

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


 

Special Event

Making us Great Again? A Psychoanalytic Discussion of Populism

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenters: Leon Hoffman, M.D. and Coline Covington, Ph.D., B.P.C.

The presenters will discuss the political dynamics of populism from a psychoanalytic perspective. They will stress the group’s sense of vulnerability and fear and the powerful role the populist leader plays for the group within this psychological state. A charismatic leader is chosen who promises to make the group powerful, perverting the truth by promoting “alt-facts” which fit into the fantasy life of the leader and group. Two approaches are discussed: (1) understanding how vulnerable groups attempt to deal with traumatic experiences by utilizing maladaptive defense mechanisms, such as denial and projection, in order to protect themselves from unbearable negative emotions and (2) understanding that when a large group’s survival and identity are under threat, individual mindfulness is dissolved in the service of defending against the experience of loss and trying to restore a sense of potency within the group.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

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

TBA

Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Miriam Steele, Ph.D.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

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


 

Scientific Program Meeting

Cognition and Social Cognition as a Therapeutic Target

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

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


 

Scientific Program Meeting

Redefining Unconscious Fantasy: Its Role in a Model of the Mind and a Possible Solution to the Problem of Theoretical Pluralism

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenter: Anne Erreich, Ph.D.
Discussant: Elizabeth Auchincloss, M.D.

2 CME/ CE credits offered.

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


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