2022-2023 Courses

Sue Grand, PhD

September 23-25, 2022

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Dr Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; faculty, The Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; faculty, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies; Visiting Scholar, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; Fellow, The Institute of Psychology and the Other. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a board member of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. She has written extensively on the intersection of trauma, history, culture and politics. She has co-edited 2 books on the trans-generational transmission of trauma, as well as co-editing 2 volumes on relational theory. She is in private practice in Teaneck N.J.

Seminar title : Perpetrator Ghosts, Persecutory Objects: the inheritance of history

Seminar description In the trans-generational transmission of trauma, we have focused on the historic wounds we receive from our forebears. In this seminar, we consider the internalized persecutor ghost that can be transmitted by a victim and/or perpetrator heritage. This seminar explores the splitting, othering, and unconscious mandates for restitution and revenge that we can receive from this figure.  We will consider how this ghost manifests in the internal world,  in the therapeutic dyad and in politics and culture.

Selected Readings:

Grand, S 2018. The Other within:  White shame, Native American Genocide. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54:1, p 84-102

Guralnik, O. (2014). The Dead Baby. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24:2, p 129-145

Moss, D. (2010). War Stories. In: First Do No Harm: paradoxical encounters of Psychoanalysis, warmaking, and resistance. 2010. Eds: Harris, A. and Botticelli, S.. Routledge, New York pp 243-251.

Grand, S. (2010). Combat speaks II: Grief and Tragic Memory. Chapter 2 in The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. Routledge, New York.

Vaughans, K (2017). To Unchain Blood Memories: intergenerational trauma among African Americans. In: Wounds of History: repair and resilience in the trans-generational transmission of trauma. Eds: Salberg, J. and Grand, S. 2017. Routledge, New York, pp 226-243.

Symposium conversation between Roger Frie and Sue Grand:

Frie, R. (2019). History’s ethical demand: memor, denial and responsibility in the wake of the Holocaust. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29:2, p 122-142.

Grand, S. (2019). Excitations of Vengeance: the we-ness of history. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29:2, p 143-150.


Gail Hornstein, PhD

October 7-9, 2022

Dr. Hornestein is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College. Her research centers on the contemporary history and practices of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, and her articles and opinion pieces have appeared in many scholarly and popular publications. She is author of two books: To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, which questions standard assumptions about treatment through the story of a pioneering psychiatrist, and Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness, which shows how the insights of people diagnosed with psychosis can challenge fundamental assumptions about mental health, community, and human experience.  Her Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English, now in its 5th edition with more than 1,000 titles, is used internationally by educators, clinicians, and peer organizations. She directs the Hearing Voices Research Project (a national research and training effort supported by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care), and speaks widely about mental health issues across the US, UK, and Europe. www.gailhornstein.com

Seminar Title: Intensive psychotherapy as “mutual adventure”: Frieda Fromm-Reichmann’s pioneering approach

Seminar Description: Frieda Fromm-Reichmann became prominent for her clinical acumen – especially with seriously distressed patients – and her classic texts Principles of Intensive Psychotherapy (published 1950) and Selected Papers (published posthumously 1959) established her as an especially clear guide to navigating the complexities of psychological change. Her contributions to our understanding of the therapeutic relationship remain as relevant now as when first published, and her pragmatic optimism about the “mutual adventure” to which therapist and patient commit themselves continues to inspire clinicians from many backgrounds. This seminar will highlight key principles of Fromm-Reichmann’s approach, and apply them to case examples contributed by seminar participants.

Selected Readings:

Fromm-Reichmann, Frieda. (1950). Principles of intensive psychotherapy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bullard, Dexter (Ed.). (1959). Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy: Selected papers of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hornstein, Gail A. (2005). To redeem one person is to redeem the world: The life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. New York: Other Press.

Silver, Ann-Louise S. (Ed.). (1989). Psychoanalysis and psychosis. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.

Claude Barbre, PhD

December 2-4, 2022


David Lichtenstein, PhD

February 3-5, 2023

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 Aprรจs-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.

Joyce Slochower, PhD

March 3-5, 2023

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:

Chris Bonovitz, Psy.D

April 22-24, 2023

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:


Nancy McWilliams, PhD

May 12-14, 2023


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.


Alan Bass, PhD

June 7-9, 2023


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.

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