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Fridays @CCP: The Challenge of Loneliness: Lessons from Frieda Fromm-Reichmann’s Life and Work (Gail Hornstein, PhD)

  • 7 Oct 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
  • 326


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Fridays @CCP

Gail Hornstein, PhD

(North Hampton, MA)

Friday, October 7, 2022

The Challenge of Loneliness: Lessons from Frieda Fromm-Reichmann’s Life and Work

7-9pm (CST): ZOOM

About the presentation: Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (1889-1957) made pioneering contributions to psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and her legendary ability to reach even the most distressed or withdrawn patients enabled her to understand human relationships in subtle ways. This clinical work and her own experiences as a refugee from Nazi Europe gave Fromm-Reichmann a special interest in the phenomenology of loneliness, and her writings on this topic and her own struggles to cope with trauma, dislocation, and anti-Semitism offer important lessons for us today.

Gail A. Hornstein, PhD 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.

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Differentiate among types of loneliness, and identify those that present a problem

2. Develop strategies for cultivating a compassionate response to the loneliness of others, especially those seen as “outsiders”

This is an Introductory 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

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 October 6, 2022 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

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

Hornstein, Gail A. (2022). Landscapes of loneliness: Engaging with Frieda Fromm-Reichmann’s pioneering work. In Aleksandar Dimitrijević and Michael B. Buchholz (Eds.), From the abyss of loneliness to the bliss of solitude: Cultural, social and psychoanalytic perspectives. Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK: Phoenix Publishing House.

Fromm-Reichmann, Frieda (1959). Loneliness. Psychiatry: Journal for the Study of Interpersonal Processes, 22:1-15.

Buechler, Sandra (1998). The analyst’s experience of loneliness. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 34 (1), 91-113.

Alberti, Fay Bound (2019). A biography of loneliness: The history of an emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Presented by

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

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable organization, and expenses may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and your personal tax situation.

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