2018-2019 Courses

Karen Martin, M.A., L.C.S.W 
October 14-28 & Nov 11, 2018

Karen Martin is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychoanalyst. She was awarded a Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago in 1972.  In 2003 she became certified as a psychoanalyst by the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  She is on the faculty of the Chicago Institute and has a private practice in Highland Park, Illinois. 

Seminar title 

Self-Psychology as Metapsychology and as Applied Practice Theory. 

Seminar description

This seminar will try to bridge metapsychology and practice theory.  The instructor believes that what is lacking in the education of clinicians of all ilks and Candidates in training to be psychoanalysts is immersion in how theories of development and pathology get manifested and utilized in “in the room” meetings between clinicians and their patients.  This seminar will familiarize participants with Kohut’s theory of Self Psychology and will highlight ways in which the theory guides and informs the clinician’s practice in the consulting room.

Required reading

The Restoration of the Self   International Universities Press, Inc.  New York 1977

Sarah Nettleton
Nov 2-4, 2018

Sarah Nettleton  a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. Originally she studied music, working for many years as a piano accompanist, and for her Masters dissertation at the Tavistock Clinic she wrote on the psychodynamics of musical giftedness. Her other writings include papers on Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, the effects of sound and voice in Beckett, and the relationship between voice, creativity and metaphor. For many years she has taught seminars on the British Independents for various psychotherapy institutes in London, and she specialises in the work of Bollas, giving lectures and seminars on his work in the UK, Norway, Israel, France, America, Turkey, Mexico and India.  Her book The Metapsychology of Christopher Bollas: an Introduction was published by Routledge in 2016.

Seminar title 

‘The British Independents: no idols, no certainties’

Seminar description

In this seminar we shall be exploring aspects of the rich and varied contribution of Independent theorists who have provided a counterpoint to Contemporary Freudian and Kleinian thinking within British psychoanalysis.  We shall consider their historical roots, their theoretical preoccupations, and their influence on the development of psychoanalytic technique.

General reading 

Sharpe E (1930) ‘The analyst’ from ‘The Technique of Psychoanalyis: seven lectures’. Collected Papers on Psycho-Analysis ( London: Hogarth, 1978)

Balint M (1968) Chapters 3,4 & 5 from The Basic Fault (London: Tavistock)

Khan M (1983) On lying fallow. Hidden Selves: Between Theory and Practice in Psychoanalysis. (New York: International Universities Press)

Symington N (1983) The analyst’s act of freedom as an agent of therapeutic change.

ed. Kohon  The British School of Psychoanalysis: the Independent Tradition (London: Free Association Books, 1986) 

Parsons M (1986) Suddenly finding it really matters. The Dove that Returns, the Dove that Vanishes (London: Routledge, 2000)

Bollas C (1987)  Ordinary regression to dependence. The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known (London: Free Association Books)

Limentani A  (1989)   Between Freud and Klein. Between Freud and Klein:

the Psychoanalytic Quest for Knowledge and Truth  (London: Free Association Books)

Bollas C  (1992) Being a character. Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience(London: Routledge)

Coltart N (1993) Slouching towards Bethlehem… or thinking the unthinkable in psychoanalysis. Slouching Towards Bethlehem…and Further Psychoanalytic Explorations (London: Free Association Books)

Balint E (1993) One analyst’s technique. Before I was I  (London: Free Assocation Books) 

Phillips A (1998) A stab at hinting. The Beast in the Nursery (London: Faber)

Todd Essig, PhD 
December 7-9, 2018

Todd Essig, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst and Faculty in the Adult Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. He has served on the editorial boards for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and JAPA and recently co-edited a special issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives on psychoanalysis and technology. For 16 years, until 2009, he was Director and Founder of The Psychoanalytic Connection (psychoanalysis.net), becoming widely known among colleagues as a pioneer in the innovative uses of information technologies for mental health professionals. In the aftermath of 9/11 he helped organize and served as Board Chair for the New York Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC). He currently writes “Managing Mental Wealth” for Forbes where he covers the intersection of technology, public life and private experience. His clinical practice is in New York City where he treats individuals and couples, almost all of whom come to his office.

Seminar Title

The Gains and Losses of Screen Relations: Clinical Considerations

Seminar description

Technologically-mediated simulations of traditional modes of physically co-present relationship experience, aka, “screen relations,” are everywhere, including psychoanalysis. The simple fact is that we live in an emerging technoculture of simulation and enhancement. One can no longer reasonably question whether screen relations will be part of one’s practice. They will. The relevant questions are all how: How do screen relations actually work? How to help patients who get into trouble with screen relations? How to use, or not use, screen relations to conduct a session, or even an entire treatment? How to integrate screen relations into one’s developing psychoanalytic identity and practice in a way consistent with one’s values and the available research? During this weekend seminar we will consider these questions keeping in mind that people are still people and all technologies have promise and peril, gains and losses.


(Note: I urge all participants to read not just the suggested chapters but the entirety of Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.)

Bayles, M. (2012). Is Physical Proximity Essential to the Psychoanalytic Process? An Exploration Through the Lens of Skype?. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(5), 569-585.

Billieux, J., Philippot, P., Schmid, C., Maurage, P., De Mol, J., & Van der Linden, M. (2015). Is dysfunctional use of the mobile phone a behavioural addiction? Confronting symptom‐based versus process‐based approaches. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 22(5), 460-468. 

Brahnam, S. (2017) Comparison of In-Person and Screen-Based Analysis Using Communication Models: A First Step Toward the Psychoanalysis of Telecommunications and Its Noise, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14:2, 138-158, DOI: 10.1080/1551806X.2017.1304112 

Cebulko, S. (2013). Internet pornography as a source of marital distress. In Scharff, J. S. (2013). Psychoanalysis online: Mental health, teletherapy, and training. Pages 37-47. Karnac Books. 

Essig, T. (2012). Psychoanalysis lost—and found—in our culture of simulation and enhancement. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 32(5), 438-453.

Essig, T. (2012). The addiction concept and technology: Diagnosis, metaphor, or something else? A psychodynamic point of view. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(11), 1175-1184. 

Essig, T. (2015). The gains and losses of screen relations: A clinical approach to simulation entrapment and simulation avoidance in a case of excessive internet pornography use. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 51(4), 680-703.

Essig T. & Russell, G. I. (2017) A Note From the Guest Editors, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14:2, 131-137, DOI: 10.1080/1551806X.2017.1304111 

Russell, G. I. (2015). Chapter 2, “Exploring the speculative non-fiction digital frontier” (pages 11-42). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Karnac Books.

Russell, G. I. (2015). Chapter 5, “From the First Laboratory: Neuroscience connections” (pages 79-99). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Karnac Books.

Russell, G. I. (2015). Chapter 6, “From the Second Laboratory: Technologicaly mediated Communication” (pages 100-120). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Karnac Books.

Russell, G. I. (2015). Chapter 8, “The Problem of Presence” (pages 134-149). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Karnac Books.

Russell, G. I. (2015). Chapter 11, “The toothpaste and the tube” (pages 169-176). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Karnac Books.

Russell, G. I. (2015). Chapter 12, “To be in the presence of someone” (pages 177-183). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Karnac Books.

Turkle, S.,  Essig, T.,  &  Russell, G.I.  (2017) Afterword: Reclaiming Psychoanalysis: Sherry Turkle in Conversation With the Editors, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14:2, 237-248, DOI: 10.1080/1551806X.2017.1304122

Wallwork, E. (2015). Thinking ethically about beginning online work. Scharff, J. S. (Ed.) Psychoanalysis Online 2: Impact of Technology on Development, Training, and Therapy. Karnac Books., 83.

Suzanne Rosenfeld, MD 
January 25-27, 2019

Dr. Suzanne Rosenfeld is a psychoanalyst in full-time analytic practice in Chicago.  Trained in psychiatry at the University of Chicago and at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, she later trained with members of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Pierre Marty Institut de Psychosomatique in Paris.  She teaches at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and supervises clinicians in private practice.  Her current research interests are psychoanalytical assessment, psychosomatics, and free association.

Seminar Title

The Phenomenology of the First Encounter

Seminar description

This course is an inquiry focused on the phenomena of the “opening scene” between analyst and patient during the initial psychoanalytical interviews.

We will be working in seminar format that includes discussion, one to three assigned readings, clinical material, and optional background texts.

We will examine micro and macro aspects of assessment as psychological events significant as distinctive entities and as part of a larger whole.  Specifically, this will include close attention to details of the encounter:  from the referral to the first contact with the patient by telephone, email, or, text; proceeding to the chief complaint and immediate unfolding of a transferential history; to making comments based on forms of unconscious perception including elements of the countertransference/transference matrix.

Listening with negative capability to clinical material, we will explore dreams by both patient and analyst as diagnostic tool, and, preliminary expressions of character and when to interpret them.  Similarly, we will study features of the psychoanalytic frame, the importance of early memory, the patient’s sexuality, and powerful forces of family dynamics.  Then we will begin to discuss how to develop a formulation, make a “literary”pitch for psychoanalysis, and the importance of ethics in your decision to accept a patient.

Ester Hadassa Sandler,MD and Paulo Cesar Sandler MD
March 29-31,2019

Ester Hadassa Sandler is a medical doctor, trained at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo, specialized in child psychiatry, taking care of children, adolescents and adults in private practice since 1975. She is a Training and Child Analyst at Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanalise de São Paulo (SBPSP); she also is a professor at the Instituto “Virginia Leone Bicudo” da SBPSP and other psychoanalytic institutions

Paulo Cesar Sandler is a medical doctor, trained at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo and a Psychiatrist at the Instituto de Medicina Fisica de Reabilitação do Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo; He is a Training Analyst, SBPSP and a professor at the Instituto “Virginia Leone Bicudo” da SBPSP

Seminar Title

An Introduction to W.R.Bion’s contributions to the psychoanalytical practice

Seminar Description

I. Some ideas on “Mentalities”: an approach to Bion’s work.

II. A Theory of Thinking

III. Elementals: basic facts and factors in scientific approaches of human nature and its sufferings

IV. Primitive, yet complex emotional development and obstacles to it

  1. Psychotic and Non-psychotic personalities
  2. 2.Transformations and Invariances: how to detect them in the psychoanalytic practice
  3. 3.Attention, Free Associations, Dream Work, Dealing with Oedipus: tolerance of paradoxes  


Experiences in Groups, 1961, London: Tavistock Publications (there are many reprints)

A Theory of Thinking, in Second Thoughts, London: Heinemann Medical Books (there are many reprints, by Karnac Books)

Learning from Experience, London: Heinemann Medical Books, 1962 (there are many reprints by Karnac Books)

The Long Week-End, volume I. Oxford: Fleetwood Press, 1982 (There is a reprint by Karnac Books)

The Language of Bion: a dictionary of concepts. London: Karnac Books, 2005

Dominique Scarfone, MD 
April 13-15, 2019

Dominique Scarfone, M.D. is honorary professor of psychology at the Université de Montréal (Canada), and a training and supervising analyst in the Institut psychanalytique de Montréal  (French branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Institute). Formerly an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, he is a member of the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. He has published extensively in national and international journals and authored many books and book chapters. His most recent books are  Laplanche: An Introduction and The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, both published in New York by The Unconscious in Translation.

Seminar title

The unconscious and time: theoretical and clinical explorations.

Seminar Description

In this seminar we will study a time-based model of the psychoanalytic access to the unconscious. We shall be revisiting Freud’s notion of a timeless unconscious and will examine the clinical implications of considering instead that there is a form of time related to unconscious processes, accounting, among other things, for the phenomenon of après-coup and f transference—both central features of the psychoanalytic process. These questions will be approached through the translational model of the psyche as introduced by Freud and expanded by Laplanche within the larger frame of his theory of generalized seduction that we will also explore in some detail.

Recommended readings


Laplanche, J.  (2016) New Foundations for Psychoanalysis, Translated by Jonathan House, New York, The Unconscious in Translation,

Scarfone, D. (2015) Laplanche. An Introduction.New York, The Unconscious in Translation.

Scarfone, D. (2015) The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, New York, The Unconscious in Translation.

Articles (those marked by a bullet will be provided in electronic form):

Freud, S. (1896) Letter of Dec. VI, 1896, in The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, J.M. Masson Ed., Cambridge, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985.

Freud, S. (1912) The Dynamics of Transference, in Standard Edition, Vol. XII.

Freud, S. (1914) Observations on Transference Love, in Standard Edition, Vol. XII.

Freud, S. (1915) The Unconscious, in Standard Edition, Vol. XIV.

•Scarfone, D. (2006) A Matter of Time. Actual Time and Production of the Past. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75(3), 807–834.

•Scarfone, D. (2011) Repetition: Between Meaning and Presence, Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/Revue canadienne de psychanalyse, vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2011, p. 70-86.

Optional supplementary readings:

•Scarfone, D. (2014) « The work of remembering and the revival of the psychoanalytic method », International Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol 95, 2014, p. 965–972.

•Scarfone, D. (2016) Enactive Cognition, the Unconscious, and Time, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 36:5, 388-397.

•Scarfone, D. (2016) The Time Before Us (The Unpast in W. S. Merwin, W. Benjamin, and V. Woolf), Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26:5, 513-520.

Stephen Seligman, PhD 
May 3-5, 2019

Stephen Seligman is the author of Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment (Routledge, 2018).  He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Clinical Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Seligman is also co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice.

Seminar title

Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment: Implications for Psychoanalysis

Seminar Description

Psychoanalytic approaches rely on their images of infancy to buttress their theories and clinical strategies.  This seminar will look at "different psychoanalytic babies," (Freud’s, Klein’s, Winnicott’s, the contemporary “intersubjective infant,” etc.) with an eye toward clarifying how they reflect different ways of thinking about how to work psychoanalytically, as well as about human nature, motivation, and how people change.  Yet, there are many pathways for integration.  The array of recent findings about the competent, social infant will be stressed: attachment, intersubjectivity, infant-parent interaction research, developmental neuroscience, trauma.  The different classical views will be considered, as time permits. 

We ask how looking at infants can help us think about the non-verbal, emotional and interactive realms, and keep the lived experience of the body in mind.  

An orientation to the history of developmental psychoanalysis will be in the background. 

-Dr Seligman's recent book, Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity and Attachment, will be the central text, but primary sources will also be considered.  

-Video illustrations will be included, and case material will be considered.  


Seligman, S. (2018).  Relationships in development: Infancy, intersubjectivity, and attachment.  London and New York: Routledge.

Bowlby, J. (19xx).  A secure base. New York: Basic Books.

Erikson, E.H. (1950/63).  Childhood and Society. New York: Norton.

Main, M. (2000).  The organized categories of infant, child, and adult attachment:  Flexible vs. inflexible attention under attachment related stress. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  48,4:1055-1097.

Mitchell, S. (1988).  “The metaphor of the baby,” In: Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis:  An Integration.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, pp.127-150. 

Sandler, J. (1960).  The background of safety.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis.  41:352-365.

Seligman, S. (2018).  Relationships in development: Infancy, intersubjectivity, and attachment.  London and New York: Routledge.

Candidate Seminar Grid

Registration Information

Your completed registration form must be received by August 1, 2018

Download, print, and complete the registration form at the end of this memo. Send email copies to Toula Kourliouros-Kalven at tkalven@ccpsa.org. Please include your annual membership dues of $150 with your registration.

Cert in Psychoanalysis Reg Form

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The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis 
PO Box 6095
Evanston IL 60204-6095

Please note carefully the following information:

Each year candidates must register for at least six elective seminars and the clinical case conference, to which they will be assigned. Candidates must register for the Case Conference each year, until the three-year requirement has been met.

Note that the Case Conference is not being offered this year. We are planning  to offer the Case Conference early next year. We recommend all beginning students register for Dr. Suzanne Rosenfeld’s course, “The Phenomenology of the First Encounter”which will prepare them for the Opening Phase course.

For the coming academic year, the tuition for all courses will be $800.

To fulfill the seminar component of the training, candidates must complete 30 elective seminars and three years of the ongoing clinical case conference (nine 3- hour meetings per year).

Before beginning a supervised case:

You are required to take a seminar on the opening phase of analysis. In addition, you must have completed at least one year of a personal analysis and one full academic year (a minimum of 6 seminars).

You may register for seminars for credit or audit or half-fee:

Registration for credit:

Once you submit the registration form, you will be considered committed to the seminars for which you register for full credit and at full fee. With good reason, you may later substitute another seminar for one you are unable to take, but this must take place within the current academic year. Any changes must be discussed with and approved by  Toula Kourliouros-Kalven (tkalven@ccpsa.org).

Registration for audit (active candidates only):

You are not committed to seminars which you plan to audit. You may audit a seminar– for no credit and for a reduced fee of $200 per course — if you are a current candidate and have not yet completed the required seminar component of the training, provided that you are registered for the minimum required number of seminars(three)and case conference per academic year. You may register to audit a course at any time during the academic year. If you decide to audit a seminar, please contact Toula Kourliouros-Kalven at tkalven@ccpsa.org.

Registration for half-fee:

If you have already completed the required 30 elective seminars and the clinical case conference requirement, and wish to take additional elective seminars and/or case conferences, you may do so at a reduced fee: one-half the tuition of a full credit seminar. You do not need to register in advance, but if you can, please do so. To register during the academic year, please contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven (tkalven@ccpsa.org).

CCP Graduates and board members may also take elective seminars for 1/2 the full fee.

Changes to registration:

After September 1, 2018 all schedule changes and additions to your full-fee, for-credit registration must be discussed with Toula Kourliouros-Kalven (tkalven@ccpsa.org)

Finally, please note that changes for seminar times and/or dates are occasionally required to meet the needs of individual instructors. In such cases, registrants will be notified in advance.

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