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Fridays @CCP:The drives and civilization (Dominique Scarfone, MD)

  • 24 Jun 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
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  • Non-CCP members who are students. (No Continuing Education credit provided.)

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Fridays @ CCP Lecture Series

Dominique Scarfone, MD

(Montreal ,Canada)

Friday, June 24, 2022

The drives and civilization

7-9pm: (CST): ZOOM Presentation & Discussion 

About the presentation: Freud's discoveries were not good news for humankind, but as these very views could predict, it is far from sure that we have heeded his teachings for what regards the human condition.

For this conference, I will revisit some of Freud's observations about the drives and will work my way towards formulating a new, possibly surprising approach to the issue of the sexual drives and their links to the destruction we are constantly witnessing in today's world.

Dominique Scarfone, M.D., recently retired from his practice of more than 40 years and from his role as training and supervising analyst in the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (Montreal French Branches). A former full professor at the Université de Montréal, he was for many years an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He is presently chairing the Executive committee of the International Journal’s College. 

The author of  numerous journal articles and book chapters, he also published a number books, among which Laplanche: An introduction and The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, both in 2015 in New York by UIT-The Unconscious in Translation. He co-edited with Howard B. Levine and Gail Reed. Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning (Karnac, 2013). A new two-volume book is in preparation, with the provisional title : The Reality of the Message. Seduction, trauma and transference (New York : UIT) .The first volume is expected in the Fall of 2021.

Learning Objectives 

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.Differentiate between sexuality and the sexual drives.

2.Explain the links between violence and the sexual drives.

3.Identify the role of the sexual drives in today's violent world.

4.Discuss the role played by narcissism in mediating between the drives and the world scene.

This is an All Level Presentation


CCP members: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.
Students:free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Fellows: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.
Non-CCP members, single admission: $50
Student non-members, single admission: $15

Continuing Education
This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by June 23, 2022 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Reading

Freud, S. (1912) On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love, SE (11) p. 177-190.

(1896) Letter to Fliess of Dec. 6, 1896, in Masson, J.M. (Ed.) The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 1985, p. 207-215.

Laplanche, J. (1987)New Foundations for Psychoanalysis, (Translated by Jonathan House) New York: The Unconscious in Translation, 2016.

Scarfone, D. (2015) The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious, New York, The Unconscious in Translation.

Scarfone, D. (2017) Ten Short Essays on How Trauma is Inextricably Woven Into Psychic Life, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume LXXXVI, Number 1, p. 21-43.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Alan Levy, PhD.

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