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2020-2021 Course Registration

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 8 May 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Zoom
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    Frank Summers, PhD

    Begins September 12, 2020

    The Case Conference seminar is limited to eight participants, and priority is given to candidates who have a control case on a first come basis.


    • 2 Oct 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Zoom
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    Peter Shabad, PhD

    Begins October 2, 2020

    The Case Conference seminar is limited to eight participants, and priority is given to candidates who have a control case on a first come basis.


    • 20 Mar 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 21 Mar 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Peter Shabad, PhD

    March 20-21, 2021

    Peter Shabad, PhD is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. He is also on the Core Teaching and Supervising Faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) and Faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Shabad is co-editor of The Problem of Loss and Mourning: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (IUP, 1989) and is the author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy (Aronson, 2001). Dr. Shabad is currently working on a new book entitled Seizing The Vital Moment: Trauma, Shame, and Mourning to be published by Routledge. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on diverse topics such as the psychological implications of death, loss and mourning, giving and receiving, shame, parental envy, resentment, spite, and regret. Dr. Shabad has a private practice in Chicago in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy.


    Seminar Title: Trauma, Shame, and Mourning

    Seminar Description

    In this course we will explore how traumatic and chronically disillusioning experiences have profoundly inhibiting effects on the passion necessary to grow and change throughout life.  We will devote special attention to how human beings transform their traumatic experiences outside of their control into shameful failures, in which they “blame the victim” in themselves for being a victim.  After describing how the “intimate creation” of one’s unique constellation of symptoms is a means of both communicating and memorializing such traumatic experiences, we will examine how shame leads to character passivity and interrelated dynamics such as self-pity, resentment, entitlement, envy, perverse spite, and regret.  In the clinical section of the course, we will explore how the patient’s passivity and ambivalence towards therapeutic change is closely intertwined with his/her chronic struggle between the freedom to desire and obeying a tyranny of shoulds. In this regard, we will also highlight important clinical tensions between developmental determinism and freedom of will, and corresponding countertransference tensions of love versus respect in the analyst’s attitude toward the patient.  Finally, we will discuss how the mourning process of accepting and reintegrating one’s shamed desires paradoxically facilitates the generosity of relinquishing the necessity that those desires be fulfilled. In addition to analytic readings, we will also read Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground and Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych. 

    Selected Readings

    Dostoevsky, F. (1864).  Notes from the underground.  In The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky,  (D. Magarshack, Trans).  New York: Modern Library.

    Freud, S. (1917).  Mourning and melancholia.  Standard Edition: 243-258.

    Rank, O. (1936).   Illness and healing chapter, in Will Therapy. New York: Knopf. 

    Shabad, P. (2001).  Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in

    Psychotherapy.  Northvale, N.J: Jason Aronson. 

    Shabad, P. (2007).  Between determinism and self-blame:  The freedom to choose

    oneself.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 43(4), pp. 587-604.

    Shabad, P. (2010).  The suffering of passion.  Metamorphoses and the embrace of the

    stranger.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues 20: 710-729. 

    Tolstoy, L.  (1886). The death of Ivan Ilych.  New York: Signet.  1960.

    Winnicott, D.W. (1949).  Mind and its relation to the psyche-soma.  In Through

    Paediatrics to Psychoanalysis.  New York:  Basic Books. 1975.


    • 15 May 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 16 May 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Marilyn Charles, PhD

    May 15-16, 2020

    Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP is a staff psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Austen Riggs Center. Training and Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis; International Coordinator of the Psychoanalytic Track at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM); Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS); and contributing editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, she is actively engaged in mentoring, promoting community involvement and socially relevant research. Interests include creativity, psychosis, reflective function and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Marilyn is an artist, a poet, and a writer, publishing over 100 articles and book chapters and five books, including Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan and Psychoanalysis and Literature; and five edited volumes, including: Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering (with Michael O’Loughlin), Women and Psychosis and Women and the Psychosocial Construction of Madness (with Marie Brown), and The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education: (with Jill Bellinson).  (161)

    Seminar title: Aesthetic Sensibilities, Primary Process, and Metaphor

    Seminar Description

    Psychoanalysis had its origins in Freud's encounters with his own and his patients' unconscious processes that manifested in the forms of slips, symptoms, and dreams.  In his attempts to translate these more primary processes into verbal language, we were offered the term libido as the agent of motivation that marks a desire and intention based upon primary experience.  Over time, this concept came to have a sexualized connotation that spoke to aspects of our more primary drives but, from my perspective, occluded others.  Bion describes three vertices, or orientations, from which 'facts' might be perceived:  The scientific, the religious, and the aesthetic.  Some Bionian theorists have illuminated this aesthetic perspective, even going so far as to describe the aesthetic dimension of the mind.  I would go further, however, proposing that what Freud termed libido, in being a function and manifestation of the unconscious, is primarily aesthetic in form.  This aesthetic achieves meaning through patterned representations that break through conventional understanding to assert new, creative possibilities.  In this seminar, I will invite an exploration of primary process as a way of knowing self, other, and experience through a lens informed by the aesthetic sensibilities referred to by Freud in his descriptions, in particular, of the dream work, and then by Matte-Blanco, in his descriptions of symmetrical logic.  We will then use this lens to look at some ways in which psychoanalytic metaphors are informed by and refer directly to this aesthetic dimension of experience, the aesthetic sensibility that under-rides all human knowing and meaning-making.  (253)

    Selected Readings

    Bion, W. R. (1990). Brazilian Lectures, London & New York: Karnac.

    Charles, M. (under review). The Haunting of Hill House: Psyche, Soma, and Destiny, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society.

    Enckell, H. (2010). Reflection in psychoanalysis: On symbols and metaphors. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis 91:1093-1114.

    Harris Williams, M. (2005). The three vertices: Science, art and religion. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 21(3):429-441.

    Lacan, J. (1977). The Four Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis, A. Sheridan (Trans.)., New York: W.W. Norton.


    • 12 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 13 Jun 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Alan Bass, PhD

    June 12-13, 2021

    Alan Bass, Ph.D is a practicing analyst in New York City.  He is a training analyst and faculty member at IPTAR and the Contemporary Freudian Society, and on the graduate philosophy faculty of the New School for Social Research.  He is the author of three books (Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros; Interpretation and Difference: The Strangeness of Care; Fetishism, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: The Iridescent Thing), many articles; the translator of four book by Jacques Derrida; and the editor of the journal The Undecidable Unconscious.

    Seminar Title: Freud's Cases

    Seminar Description

    The seminar will review Freud's cases in order to see how he developed the theory and technique of psychoanalysis.   Basic topics such as transference, resistance, the structure of neurosis, dreams will be covered.  There will also be discussion of the many problematic areas of the cases.

    Selected Readings:

    Selections from Studies on Hysteria; selections from The Interpretation of Dreams, Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Dora), Schreber,   Rat Man, Wolf Man.


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