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2019-2020 Course Registration

    • 5 Oct 2019
    • (CDT)
    • 6 Jun 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • TBD

    Frank Summers, PhD

    Begins October 5, 2019

    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.

    • 8 Dec 2019
    • (CST)
    • 15 May 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • 180 N. Michigan, Suite 540, Chicago

    Peter Shabad, PhD

    Begins December 8, 2019

    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.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • TBD

    Nancy Burke, PhD

    April 25-26, 2020

    Nancy Burke, PhD, is the immediate past-president of CCP.  She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, is Vice-President of ISPS-US, and is a co-chair of the Psychotherapy Action Network.  She is on the boards of CCP, EMHS-US, Show Up Stand Up and Rainforest Relief.  Her essays have appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Psychoanalytic Review and Gender and Psychoanalysis, and she is the editor of Gender and Envy (Routledge).  

    Seminar Title

    Freud for Thinking Clinicians

    Seminar description
    In this case-based seminar, we will seek supervision from “Freud” himself, as we can glean his ideas from his clinical writings.  Following a Friday night introduction to some of Freud’s fundamental clinical concepts, we will use three of the four remaining 2.5-hour blocks of time to juxtapose a close reading of selected writings by Freud with a case presentation, aiming to articulate how the theory and the case discussion inform, enhance and challenge each other.  The course will end with a short workshop in which participants will at least begin to articulate the clinical theories that are implicit in their own work with patients.  In order to encourage theory-building in each person’s particular clinical idiom, we will contrast four versions of the same phenomenon by Freud, Winnicott, Bion and Lacan, to appreciate how differences in tone, emphasis and sensibility lead to new insights.


    We will read the clinical papers of Freud, plus selected other papers that discuss his ideas about dreams and parapraxes, the psychology of love, gender and death.  We will supplement this list by reference, on the last day of the class, to short readings by Bion, Freud, Winnicott and Lacan

    • 16 May 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 17 May 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • TBD

    Malka Hirsch-Napchan

    May 16-17, 2020

    Malka Hirsch-Napchan is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst at the British Psychoanalytic Society

    She works in the public sector and is also in private practice.

    She teaches and supervises in London, Israel, Russia, USA , Taiwan

    Seminar Title

    The Aesthetic Conflict and the Claustrum

     Exploring Donald Meltzer’s contribution to psychoanalysis

    Seminar Description

    The Aesthetic Conflict and the Claustrum can be considered complementary opposing aspects of the human mind, the first containing creativity and the search for beauty, the latter containing perverse and malignant split off parts. Both are based on Meltzer’s theory of an inner life space: the enigmatic inside or private space of the aesthetic object and the terrifying space of the claustrum. The Aesthetic Conflict is ‘the fire that ignites psychic life and development, and the Claustrum is an unconscious phantasy of the compartmentalised structure of the interior of the internal mother’s body. It constitutes a retreat from and an attack on the aesthetic experience. It is a core phantasy of what is enacted and acted out in internal and external reality, in character pathologies and socio-political structures.

    Meltzer (1922-2004) arrived from the USA specifically to be in analysis with Melanie Klein. He became a ground breaking disciple. We will discuss some chapters from The Apprehension of Beauty: The Role of Aesthetic Conflict in Development, Art, and Violence (1988) and some from The Claustrum: an Investigation of Claustrophobic Phenomena, (1992) side by side with some chapters from earlier books he wrote. His putting passion at the centre of the psychoanalytic endeavour helped mark the transition from the Freudian-Kleinian view point to the Post-Kleinian epistemology and aesthetics in psychoanalysis.


    Part I

    The Apprehension of Beauty: the Aesthetic Conflict and the conflict of identifications: their place in the development of sexual states of mind and identity; on aesthetic reciprocity and the combined object

    Basic Readings:

    Meltzer, D Sexual States of Mind, Ch 11, 12

    Meltzer D and Williams M H The Aesthetic Conflict, Ch 1, 2, 4 

    Part II

    The Claustrum: an Investigation of Claustrophobic Phenomena 1992

    The denial of dependence and intrusion into the compartments of the internal mother accompanied by anal masturbation; geographical and zonal confusions and claustrophobic- agoraphobic phenomena; denigration of parental functions; pseudo-maturity; the threshold of the depressive position

    Basic Readings 

    Meltzer D The Psychoanalytic Process, ch IV

    Meltzer D The Claustrum, Ch 2, 3, 4, 5

    For an introduction to Meltzer and his expansion of Freud’s metapsychology:

    Meltzer D (1981) The Kleinian expansion of Freud’s metapsychology International Journal of Psychoanalysis 62: 117-185 

    Also see  Introduction to Meltzer http://www.harris-meltzer-trust.org.uk/index.html

    General Bibliography

    Bion W R (1962) Learning from Experience

    Bion W R (1963) Elements of Psycho-analysis

    Bion W R (1970) Attention and Interpretation

    Harris Williams M (2010) A Meltzer Reader: Selections from the writings of Donald Meltzer London: Karnac

    Harris Williams M (2015) Teaching Meltzer London: Karnac

    Klein M (1946) Notes on some schizoid mechanisms In: The Writings of Melanie Klein   Vol. 3, Envy and Gratitude and Other Works. London: The Hogarth Press, 1975 

    Meltzer, D 1963 A Contribution to the Metapsychology of cyclothymic states, International J of Psychoanalysis, 44, 83-96

    Meltzer D (1973) Sexual States of Mind Perthshire: Clunie Press

    Meltzer D Bremner J Hoxter S Waddell, D & Wittenberg I (1975) Explorations in Autism. Perthshire: Clunie Press

    Meltzer D & Harris Williams M (1988) The Apprehension of Beauty. Perthshire: Clunie Press

    Meltzer D (1992) The Claustrum: an investigation of claustrophobic phenomena. Perthshire: Clunie Press

    Meltzer D (2002) Psychoanalytic work with Children and Adults London: Karnac Books

    Money-Kyrle R E (1968) Cognitive Development Inter Journal of Psycho-Anal, 49: 691-698, also with later Post script in: Do I dare Disturb the Universe? Ed: Grotstein J, 1981 Money-Kyrle R E (1971) The aim of psychoanalysis Inter Journal of Psycho-Anal., 52:103-107

    Money-Kyrle R  E (1979) Looking Backwards- And Forwards Inter R Psycho-Anal., 6:265-272 

    Sanders K (2001) Post-Kleinian Psychoanalysis: The Biella Seminars London: Karnac Books

    London May 2019

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 14 Jun 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • TBD

    Alan Bass, PhD

    June 12-14, 2020

    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

    Developments of Kleinian Thought

    Seminar Description

    The seminar will focus on some of the most important expansions of Kleinian theory and practice, including the work of Wilfred Bion, Hanna Segal, Betty Joseph, John Steiner, and Michael Feldman.

    Preliminary readings: 

    Bion: Learning from Experience.

    Segal: papers on symbolic equation and the death instinct.

    Joseph: selections from Psychic Equilibrium and Psychic Change.

    Steiner: selections from Psychic Retreats.

    Feldman: selections from Collected Papers.

    [More specific several months before the seminar]

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