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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.

    • 8 Feb 2020
    • (CST)
    • 9 Feb 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • The Chicago School, 325 N. Wells St.

    Ghislaine Boulanger, PhD

    February 7-9, 2020

    Ghislaine Boulanger is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and a member of the Relational faculty at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  She is on the editorial board of the Division/Review and the International Journal for Applied Psychoanalysis.  Topics of particular interest to her include working psychodynamically with immigrants, psychoanalytic politics, and massive psychic trauma. Since the publication of Wounded by Reality:  Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma, Dr. Boulanger has taught and published extensively on the psychodynamic dilemmas facing adults who have survived violent and life threatening events, and the clinicians who work with them.  

    Seminar Title

    Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma

    Seminar description

    Psychoanalytic clinicians increasingly find themselves treating patients who have survived life threatening assaults individually or in groups; or witnessed sudden, untimely, and often violent deaths; or learned of the sudden, violent death or disappearance of a loved one.  Often this experience has led to profound and long lasting psychological symptoms; the survivor has exchanged the sense of a more or less continuous self or selves, for an unfamiliar mortal self for whom time stands still.  She has lost the capacity to experience a range of affects, of senses on which she could rely.  Her capacity both to reflect and to relate has been forfeited.  Until recently psychoanalysts had few ways of acknowledging these symptoms and incorporating adult onset trauma into their theory and practice, emphasizing instead the consequences of childhood trauma or stressing the importance of psychic reality and overlooking the role of historical reality in the etiology of these disorders.  In this course, we shall systematically explore the literature and phenomenology of catastrophic dissociation, drawing distinctions between childhood trauma and adult onset trauma, and consider the clinical consequences of this disorder. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences in working with these conditions.

    Subjectively and metapsychologically, adult onset trauma requires careful consideration in its own right.  If this position is not clearly understood, those who have survived catastrophic trauma in adulthood are in danger of being situated beyond the reach of effective psychoanalytic practice.


    Boulanger, Ghislaine (2007) Wounded by Reality:  Understanding and Treating Adult Onset Trauma. Routledge, New York & London

    Laub, D (2014) A Record That Has Yet to be Made. Part 1 pp 47-63.  In Caruth, C., Ed In Listening to Trauma:  Conversations with Leaders in the Theory and Treatment of Catastrophic Experiences, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.  

    I am assigning my own 2007 book on adult onset trauma.  Paperback copies are currently available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon, and I am attaching a pdf of the Laub interview listed above.   Laub and Caruth address many of the themes we shall examine in this class:  What is the place of massive psychic trauma in psychoanalytic theory and practice?  How do we understand the symptoms, how do we treat them clinically, and what are we asking of ourselves when we are confronted by such horrifying material?  Although Laub was renowned for his work with Holocaust survivors, his words apply to survivors of adult onset trauma in general and to the clinicians who work with them.  A complete syllabus and reading list will be forwarded by November 19.

    • 7 Mar 2020
    • (CST)
    • 8 Mar 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • The Chicago School, 325 N. Wells St.

    Andrea Celenza, PhD

    March 6-8, 2020

    Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty at the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She is Co-Director (with Martha Stark, MD) of a blended, online pr

    gram in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy sponsored by William James College.  As part of this program, she offers an on-line course, What, Where is Psychoanalysis? Classic Concepts, New Meanings, tracing a trajectory of psychoanalytic theorizing from the intrapsychic to the intersubjective.

    Dr. Celenza is the recipient of several awards and has authored two books.   Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts and Erotic Revelations:  Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.   

    Seminar Title

    Erotic Revelations:  What Countertransferences Can Illuminate

    Seminar description

    Some form of erotic transferences of whatever shape, should make their way into every analysis, yet our theories have become desexualized to an extent that fails to prepare clinicians with the necessary armamentarium to cope with the level of desire and erotic material likely to emerge. This workshop aims to address the deficiency in our literature and theories of technique and to encourage more open discussion about erotic transferences in all of their manifestations.  In particular, I will discuss the varieties and meanings of the analyst’s countertransference over the course of a psychoanalytic process.  I will discuss the analysis of a range of erotic transferences from the analyst’s point of view, and how these countertransference experiences aid the analyst in understanding unconscious factors in the patient’s experience. 


    Bolognini, S. (1994). Transference: Erotised, erotic, loving, affectionate.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75, 73-86.

    Celenza, A. (2014). Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios. NY: Routledge.

    Fonagy, P. (2008). A genuinely developmental theory of sexual enjoyment and its implications for psychoanalytic technique. Journal American Psychoanalytic Association, 56, 11-36.

    Stein, R. (1998). The poignant, the excessive and the enigmatic in sexuality. International Journal Psychoanalysis, 79, 253-268.

    • 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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