2019-2020 Courses

Margaret Fulton, PH.D., ABPP, LP

Nov 8-10, 2019

Margaret Fulton is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Minneapolis. Having trained at the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, (MICPS), Margaret served on the State Board of Psychology for five years and was on the faculty of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI) for fifteen years.  She is currently a member of the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC) and her interests include the use of language, poetry, and spirituality in psychoanalysis.  

Seminar title  

Again and Anew:  The Opening Phase of Psychoanalysis

Seminar description 

To quote Bion, “The sooner we can learn to make the best of a bad job the better; analysis has to be done in this real world, for good or ill.”

In this seminar we will be thinking about and exploring the many complexities, paradoxes, and tensions involved for both analysts and patients in beginning a psychoanalysis.  Concepts such as the psychoanalytic setting, contract, and frame; the gathering of the transference(s); the uses of reverie, play, and dreaming; the 3 R’s of regression, resistance, and remembering; as well as, the spectrum of early interpretive communication and action will be used to highlight challenging clinical encounters in deepening an existing treatment and/or beginning a psychoanalysis.  Participants will be asked to share clinical vignettes related to their concerns about initiating a psychoanalysis and the challenging conundrums and encounters of the opening phase.

Selected Readings

Bassen, C.  (1989). Transference-countertransference enactment in the recommendation to convert psychotherapy to psychoanalysis. International Review of Psychoanalysis, 16: 79-92.

Bleger, J.  (1967). Psycho-analysis of the psycho-analytic frame.  IJP, 48: 511-519.

Bollas, C.  (2013).  Catch Them Before They Fall: The Psychoanalysis of Breakdown.  New York:  Routledge. 

Ehrich, L.T.  (2013).  Analysis begins in the analyst’s mind: Conceptual and technical considerations on recommending analysis.  JAPA, 61 (6): 1077-1107. 

Ferro, A., & Nicoli, L.  (2017).  The New Analyst’s Guide to the Galaxy: Questions about Contemporary Psychoanalysis. London:  Karnac.

Gabbard, G.O., & Ogden, T. H.  (2009).  On becoming a psychoanalyst.  IJP, 90 (2): 311-327.

Glover, W. C.  (2000).  Where do analysands come from? A candidate’s experience in recommending analysis.  Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 9: 21-37.

Grotstein, J. S.  (2009).  “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king!” Psychoanalysis as a passion play.  In Ferro, A., & Basile, R. (Eds.).  The Analytic Field: A Clinical Concept. London: Karnac.

Levine, H.B.  (2010).  Creating analysts, creating analytic patients.  IJP, 91: 1385-1404.

Meltzer, D.  (1990).  Gathering the transference, pp. 1-13.  In The Psychoanalytic Process. Perthshire, Scotland: Clunie Press.

Modell, A. H.  (1989).  The psychoanalytic setting as a container of multiple levels of reality:  A perspective on the theory of psychoanalytic treatment.  Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 9 (1): 67-87.

Ogden, T. H.  (1992).  Comments on transference and counter-transference in the initial analytic meeting.  Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 12: 225-247.

Ogden, T. H.  (1996).  Reconsidering three aspects of psychoanalytic technique.  IJP, 77: 883-899.

Parsons, M. (2000).  Psychic reality, negation and the analytic setting. In The Dove That Returns, The Dove That Vanishes, (pp. 171-186). London:  Routledge.

Reith, R. , Lagerlof, S., Crick, P., Moller, M., & Skale, E. (Eds.) Initiating Psychoanalysis: Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Tylim, I., & Harris A.  (Eds.), Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis: Its Function and Structure in Psychoanalytic Theory. New York: Routledge

Montana Katz. X, M.A., L.C.S.W 

January 17-19, 2020

Montana Katz, Ph.D., LP is a psychoanalyst.  She is the author of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory: Stories, Dreams and Metaphor (Routledge, 2017), co-Editor of Advances in Psychoanalytic Field Theory (Routledge, 2017), author of Metaphor and Fields: Common Ground, Common Language, and the Future of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2013), author of the award winning Gender Bias Prevention Book (Jason Aronson, 1997), and co-author of the award winning book, Get Smart: What You Need To Know But Won't Learn In Class About Sexual Harassment And Sex Discrimination (The Feminist Press at C.U.N.Y., second edition 1993, German edition 1993). Montana Katz is a founding co-Director of the International Field Theory Association. She is currently the editor of the Routledge Psychoanalytic Field Theory Book Series and was editor of the Gender in Crisis book series for the Jason Aronson Publishing Company. She has published numerous articles about psychoanalysis and gender.

Seminar Title: 

Comparative psychoanalytic field theory

Seminar Description This seminar will describe and discuss the central contemporary approaches to psychoanalytic field theory.  Both underlying theoretical principles and clinical technique will be explored; clinical examples will be offered to illustrate both.


Baranger, M and Baranger, W. (2008) “The analytic situation as a dynamic field” IJP 89: 795-826.

Civitarese, G. and Ferro, A. (2013)”The meaning and use of metaphor in analytic field theory” PI 33: 190-209.

Ferro, A. (2009) “Transformations in dreaming and characters in the psychoanalytic field” IJP 90: 209-230.

Katz, S. M. (2017) Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory: Stories, Dreams, and Metaphor Routledge.

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.  

Andrea Celenza, PhD

March 6-8, 2020

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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.

Nancy Burke, PhD

April 25-26, 2020

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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

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

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Alan Bass, PhD

June 12-14, 2020

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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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