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2022-2023 Course Registration

    • 4 Sep 2022
    • (CDT)
    • 7 May 2023
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Zoom

    Margaret Fulton, PhD

    Begins September 4, 2022

    • 16 Oct 2022
    • (CDT)
    • 21 May 2023
    • (CDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Zoom

    Suzanne Rosenfeld, MD

    Begins October 16, 2022

    • 4 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM (CST)
    • 5 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • JCFS 216 W. Jackson Blvd & via Zoom

    David Lichtenstein, PhD

    February 4-5, 2023

    Kinzie Hotel (Wolf Point room

    20 West Kinzie Street

    & ZOOM

    Dr. Lichtenstein is is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC, working with both adults and children. He is the founding Editor of DIVISION/Review, Co-Founder of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association and Adjunct Faculty member at the NYU Post Doc. Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, CUNY Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and The New School University Dept of Philosophy, and has worked with Das Unbehagen (New York) and Le Cercle Freudien (Paris). He has written numerous articles and book chapters especially addressing psychoanalysis as influenced by the work of Jacques Lacan.  He is the co-editor of the recent book The Lacan Tradition (Routledge, 2018). He has led reading groups in New York for many years and is currently teaching Lacan for Clinicians a course for CE credit independently sponsored by the Fifth Floor Associates.

    Seminar Title: The Contemporary significance of Lacan’s Approach to Psychoanalysis: The DeathDrive Reconsidered

    Seminar description Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He led a seminar in Paris from 1953 to 1980 that had a profound influence on the history of psychoanalysis in France, and throughout Europe and the rest of the world. His work has been known here in the US since the 1960 s but has been taken up more by scholars in the Humanities than by clinical psychoanalysts.  

    The seminar will be an introduction to the clinical significance of Lacan s teaching and will place that significance in the contemporary context of psychoanalytic practice in the United States. In considering the importance that Lacan gave to speech and language in both the theory and the practice of analysis, we will link his views to current questions about the field and focus on intersubjectivity in psychoanalysis, the analytic relation and its third dimension, hermeneutics in psychoanalysis, translation and the function of unconscious signifiers, etc.

    Lacan also considered the psychic and symbolic function of death to be central to psychoanalytic praxis as well. He reinterpreted Freud s Death Drive, replacing the biological foundation with one located in the psychic formation of the divided subject. The seminar will address this idea and consider its importance for the clinical process of psychoanalysis.

    Selected Readings.

    Eissler,K. R. (1971) Death Drive, Ambivalence, and Narcissism. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child 26:25-78.

    Freud, S. (1920) Beyond the Pleasure Principle. SE 18:1-64.

    Lacan, J. (1979) The Neurotic s Individual Myth. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 48:405-425.

    Lichtenstein, D. (2022) Forthcoming Book Chapter – Death and the Use of Pleasure (PDF will be supplied).

    Nobus, D. (2021) Narcissism and the Pleasures of Extinction: For the Centenary of Beyond the         

    Pleasure Principle . European Journal of Psychoanalysis Vol 8, No.1.

    Segal, H. (1993) On the Clinical Usefulness of the Concept of Death Instinct. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 74:55-61.

    • 4 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM (CST)
    • 5 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • JCFS 216 W. Jackson Blvd, 7th floor & via Zoom

    Joyce Slochower, PhD

    March 4-5, 2023

    JCFS/216 W. Jackson/Suite #700



    Joyce Slochower Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Joyce is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the Steven Mitchell Center, the National Training Program of NIP (all in New York), Philadelphia Center for Relational Studies in Philadelphia and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco.  She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Ricerca Psicoanalitica and Psychoanalytic Perspectives and is on the Board of the IARPP.  Joyce has published over 100 articles on various aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique.  Second Editions of her two books, Holding and Psychoanalysis: A Relational Perspective (1996) and Psychoanalytic Collisions (2006), were released in 2014 by Routledge. She is co-Editor, with Lew Aron and Sue Grand, of “De-idealizing relational theory: a Critique from within” and “Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique (2018, Routledge).  She is in private practice in New York City where she sees individuals and couples, runs supervision and study groups.

    Seminar Title: Winnicott and a Relational Holding Model

    Seminar Description : This seminar will review Winnicott s contributions as they first altered our understanding of clinical work and ultimately informed the relational turn.  I then offer an expanded understanding of what holding can look like in the consulting room.  Arguing both for and against the clinical power of holding, I unpack her own understanding of its varied clinical impact in different kinds of therapeutic knots.”  If we have time, I hope to also address the underbelly of our analytic ideal and what I ve called relational excess. 

    Selected Readings:

    There is far more relevant reading than we can cover in a weeklong seminar; I’m including a list of recommended readings for those who are interested.  The Winnicott readings are background, but if you haven’t read them already, please try to familiarize yourselves with these three: 


    The aims of psychoanalytical treatment (Maturational Processes, 166-170)

    Dependence in infant care, in childcare, and in the psychoanalytic setting                         

    (Maturational processes, 249-260)

    The use of an object and relating through identifications (Playing and Reality 8694)

    Relational perspectives on clinical work

    Slochower, J. (2014) Holding and Psychoanalysis.  London: Routledge. Chapters 3,5,6 

    Slochower, J. (2014) Psychoanalytic Collisions. London: Routledge.  Chapters 4, 9, 10

    Going too far: relational heroines and relational excess.  In De-idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique from Within. L. Aron, S. Grand & J. Slochower (eds).  London: Routledge, pp.8-34.

    Recommended readings

    Winnicott, D.W. 

    The observation of infants in a set situation (Through Pediatrics, 52-69)

     Hate in the Countertransference (Through Pediatrics, 194-203)

    1989 Psychoanalytic Explorations. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. Press:

    The motherinfant experience of mutuality (pp. 251260)

    Fear of breakdown (8795)

    Winnicott, D.W. (1965) The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment

    Ego distortions in terms of true and false self (Maturational Processes, 140-152)

     A personal view of the Kleinian contribution (pp.171178)

    The development of the capacity for concern (pp. 7382)

    Winnicott, D.W. (1975) Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis.

    The antisocial tendency (pp.306315) 

    Winnicott, D.W.  (1975) Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis.

    Transitional objects & transitional phenomena (pp.229-242)

    Slochower, J. (2006) Chapter 3:  Creating inner space: the psychoanalytic writer.  In 

    Psychoanalytic Collisions, Hillsdale, N.J. pp. 43-64. 

    Winnicott, D.W. (1989) Psychoanalytic Explorations.

    Fear of breakdown (pp. 8795)

    Interpretation in psychoanalysis (pp. 207212)

    Bollas, C. (1987) The Shadow of the Object.

    Ordinary regression to dependence. (pp. 256274).

    Slochower, J. (1996). Holding and the fate of the analyst’s subjectivity.  Psychoanal. Dial., 6:323-353.

    Slochower, J. (2013). Psychoanalytic mommies and psychoanalytic babies: a long view.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 49:606-628.

    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 23 Apr 2023
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom

    Christopher Bonovitz, PsyD

    April 22-23, 2023

    Kinzie Hotel (Wolf Point room 

    20 West Kinzie Street

    & ZOOM

    Seminar Title: When the Action is in the Interaction; The Origins of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and its Recent Innovations

    Seminar Description: In this seminar I will lay out the foundations of interpersonal theory with an emphasis on the nature of anxiety, the use of countertransference, dissociation and enactment, and the interpersonal field. I will elaborate on the historical background to these concepts and more recent contributions in these areas. Detailed clinical examples will be provided along the way.

    Selected Readings:

    Bonovitz, C. (2007) Whose Who in the Psychoanalytic Situation: Subject, Object, and Enactment in the Relational and Contemporary Kleinian Traditions. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 17:411-437

    Bonovitz, C. (2010) The Interpersonalization of Fantasy: The Linking and De-Linking of Fantasy and Reality. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 20:627-641

    Davies, J. M. (2016) The Man Who Would Be Everything (To Everyone): The

    Unconscious Realities and Fantasies of Psychic Truth and Change.

    Psychoanalytic Quarterly 85:361-389.

    Hirsch I (1987). Varying modes of analytic participation. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn. 15:  205-22.

    Hoffman IZ (1998). Ritual and spontaneity in the psychoanalytic process: A dialectical constructivist view. Hillsdale, NJ:  Analytic Press.

    • 13 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 14 May 2023
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • JCFS 216 W. Jackson Blvd & via Zoom

    Nancy McWilliams, PhD

    May 12-14, 2023

    JCFS/216 W. Jackson/Suite #700




    Dr. McWilliams is a retired professor of clinical psychology at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and practices in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994, rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004) and Psychoanalytic Supervision (2021) and is associate editor of both editions of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, 2017). A former president of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she has been featured in three APA videos of master clinicians. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. Her books are available in 20 languages, and she has taught in 30 countries.

    Seminar title: Personality Differences and Their Implications for Psychotherapy

    Seminar Description: Many of us chose a vocation in psychotherapy because we were fascinated with individual differences. Research on psychotherapy supports this focus, in that personality and relationship variables are consistently found to have more influence on treatment outcome than type of treatment. This seminar will conceptualize personality differences as they have emerged from clinical experience and empirical research rather than according to the trait-based personality disorder categories in the DSM and other psychiatric classifications that have influenced contemporary paradigms for psychological treatment. It will emphasize subjective as well as objective means of appreciating patients’ individuality, including a disciplined attention to countertransference reactions, mutual enactments, cultural and subcultural differences, and context. The focus will be on the practical value of understanding clients’ personalities in depth whether or not a person’s personality itself is “disordered.” Dr. McWilliams will present material from her own practice and encourage the sharing of clinical vignettes from candidates.

    Selected Readings: Core Readings:

    Lingiardi, V., & McWilliams, N. (Eds.) (2917). Psychodynamic diagnostic manual, 2nd ed. (PDM-2). Adult P-Axis (Chapter 1: Personality Syndromes). New York: Guilford.

    McWilliams, N. (2012). Beyond traits: Personality as intersubjective themes. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94, 563-570.

    McWilliams, N., Grenyer, B., & Shedler, J. (2018). Personality in PDM-2: Controversial issues. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 35(3), 299-305.

    Recommended readings:

    Caligor, E., Kernberg, O. F., Clarkin, J. F., & Yeomans, F. E. (2018). Psychodynamic therapy for personality pathology: Treating self and interpersonal functioning, esp. chs. 1-3. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

    Diamond, D., Yeomans, F. E., Stern, B. L., & Kernberg, O. F. (2021). Treating pathological narcissism with transference-focused psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.

    Freud, S. (1916). Some character-types met with in psycho-analytic work. Standard Edition, 14, 311-333.

    McWilliams, N. (2011).  Psychoanalytic diagnosis: Understanding personality structure in the clinical process, rev. ed.  New York: Guilford.

    McWilliams, N. (2006). Some thoughts about schizoid dynamics. Psychoanalytic Rev., 93, 1-24.

    McWilliams, N. (1999).  Psychoanalytic case formulation.  New York: Guilford.

    Reich, W. (1933). Character analysis. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972.

    Shapiro, D. (1965).  Neurotic styles.  New York: Basic Books.

    Steiner, J. (1993). Psychic retreats: Pathological organizations in psychotic, neurotic, and borderline patients. London: Routledge.

    • 10 Jun 2023
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • 11 Jun 2023
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • JCFS 216 W. Jackson Blvd & via Zoom

    Alan Bass, PhD

    June 10-11, 2023

    JCFS/216 W. Jackson/Suite #700




    Dr. Bass is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, where he is a training analyst and faculty member of IPTAR (the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research).  He is also a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society, and is 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; and Fetishism, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy) and the translator of four books by Jacques Derrida.

    Seminar Title: Freud's Metapsychology

    Seminar Description: The seminar will explain why Freud developed the theory of mind he called metapsychology, and then will delve into its various aspects from the beginning to the end of Freud's writings.  The emphasis will be on why this is a living theory, with important clinical ramifications. 

    Selected Readings: All from the Standard Edition of Freud:

    -Project for a Scientific Psychology, S.E. 1.

    -"The Neuro-Psychoses of Defense," S.E. 3.

    -The Aetiology of Hysteria, S.E. 3.

    -The Interpretation of Dreams, Chap. 7.  S.E. 5

    -"Instincts and Their Vicissitudes," S.E. 14.

    -"Repression," S.E. 14.

    -"The Unconscious," S.E.14.

    -Beyond the Pleasure Principle, S.E. 18.

    -"Neurosis and Psychosis," and "The Loss of Reality in Neurosis and Psychosis," S.E. 19.

    -An Outline of Psychoanalysis, Chap. 8, S.E. 23.

Past Courses

3 Dec 2022 Seminar: Only That Breath Breathing Human Being: Psychoanalysis, Religious Ideation, and Spiritual Experience (Claude Barbre, PhD)
8 Oct 2022 Seminar: Intensive psychotherapy as “mutual adventure”: Frieda Fromm-Reichmann’s pioneering approach (Gail Hornstein, PhD)
24 Sep 2022 Seminar: Perpetrator Ghosts, Persecutory Objects: the inheritance of history (Sue Grand, PhD)
25 Jun 2022 Seminar: The psychoanalytic moment. Quantity, Affect, Representation, Time (Dominique Scarfone, MD)
7 May 2022 Seminar: Decolonizing the clinical space (Nina Thomas, PhD)
9 Apr 2022 Seminar: The Therapy Relationship: Countertransference, A Dialogue of Unconsciouses and the Uses of the Self (Anthony Bass, PhD)
12 Mar 2022 Seminar: Enhanced Couple Therapy: Integrating the Psychodynamic (Peter Reiner, PhD, LMFT)
19 Feb 2022 Seminar: Race, Social Class, and Culture in Psychoanalytic Therapy (Neil Altman, PhD)
29 Jan 2022 Seminar: Negative Impact and Radical Openness in the Psychoanalytic Process (Anton Hart, PhD, FABP, FIPA)
11 Dec 2021 Seminar: Psychoanalysis and Climate Justice (Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD)
13 Nov 2021 Seminar: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociative Processes (Richard Chefetz, MD)
2 Oct 2021 Case Conference with Frank Summers, PhD (2021-22)
19 Sep 2021 Case Conference with Margaret Fulton, PhD (2021-22)
12 Jun 2021 Freud's Cases (Alan Bass, PhD)
15 May 2021 Aesthetic Sensibilities, Primary Process, and Metaphor (Marilyn Charles,PhD)
20 Mar 2021 Trauma, Shame, and Mourning (Peter Shabad, PhD)
6 Feb 2021 Projective Identification, Enactment, Reverie And Interpretation (Joseph Newirth, PhD)
16 Jan 2021 Psychoanalysis and the Body: Conversion in Freud and Lacan (Jamieson Webster, PhD)
5 Dec 2020 Melanie Klein and The Contemporary Kleinians: Beginning Theory and Technique (Lynne Zeavin, PsyD)
7 Nov 2020 The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst, Enactment and Narrative: The Shift from Epistemology to Ontology in Psychoanalysis (Robert Grossmark, PhD)
17 Oct 2020 The emergent properties of the interpersonal field (Donnel Stern, PhD)
2 Oct 2020 Case Conference with Peter Shabad, PhD
12 Sep 2020 Case Conference with Frank Summers, PhD
13 Jun 2020 Developments of Kleinian Thought
16 May 2020 The Aesthetic Conflict and the Claustrum: Exploring Donald Meltzer’s Contribution to Psychoanalysis
25 Apr 2020 Freud for Thinking Clinicians
7 Mar 2020 Erotic Revelations: What Countertransferences Can Illuminate
8 Feb 2020 Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma
18 Jan 2020 Comparative Psychoanalytic Field Theory
8 Dec 2019 Case Conference with Peter Shabad, PhD
8 Nov 2019 Again and Anew: The Opening Phase of Psychoanalysis
5 Oct 2019 Case Conference with Frank Summers, PhD
25 Jan 2019 Seminar: The Phenomenology of the First Encounter (Suzanne Rosenfeld, MD)

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