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Sundays @CCP: The Place of Aesthetics in Psychoanalytic Work with a Psychotic Woman. (Charles Turk, MD)

  • 10 Mar 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
  • 20 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL (Kinzie Hotel) or via Zoom
  • 369


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Sundays @ CCP

Charles Turk, MD

(Chicago, Il)

Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Place of Aesthetics in Psychoanalytic Work with a Psychotic Woman.

Kinzie Hotel

20 W. Kinzie. Chicago, Il

Fort Dearborn Room,  6th floor



12-2pm (CST)

About the presentation: This is an account of 28 years work with a deeply disturbed woman conducted outside of a hospital setting.  Aesthetics enabled her to draw what she struggled to speak of but could not.  The progress of her analysis is compared with the course of people treated at a psychoanalytic treatment program for psychotic young adults in Quebec City known as “388” the street address of a mansion that houses it.  It has produced a 70% cure rate: the person’s delusion is dismantled and he/she enjoys productive and satisfying activity in the community he had isolated him/herself from.  The treatment structure and the meta-psychologic elaborations developed there that yield these results provides a framework for reconceptualizing transference, the mobilization of the unconscious, and the expressive aspects of enactments.

Charles Turk is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Chicago and obtained psychoanalytic training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Study in Chicago.  He continued his psycho-analytic studies at the Ecole Freudienne du Quebec, and is an analyst of GIFRIC.  He is Responsible for the Chicago Circle Association, a local group affiliated with the Ecole du Quebec.  

He is a faculty member and board member of the Chicago Center for  Psychoanalysis and a board member of Expanded Mental Health Services (i.e the organization that founded the Kedzie Center, the first  taxpayer funded community mental health center in Chicago).  He volunteers there as clinican and consultant, conducting a continous case seminar. 

He graduated from Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and was a resident at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of Illinois.  He has long pursued an interest in the treatment of psychotic and other severely ill people.  For twelve years he was medical director of a partial hospitalization program in the Kenneth Young Center, in suburban Chicago, for which he received an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1992.

 In 2004 he received a Local Educator award from the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education - where he makes frequent presentations on various aspects of his work with psychotic patients, including a recent presentation on Project 606 (i.e  an organization promoting treatment programs alternative to hospitalization for severely disturbed individuals). 

Learning objectives:

1 – Participants will be able to explain the effectiveness of psychoanalysitic work with psychotics, despite its being deemed contraindicated within our field.

2 – Participants will be able to identify enduring psychotic work as an “Interior alterity” that often goes unnoticed. 


CCP members: free with annual $195 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $40

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 March 9, 2024 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Alan Levy, PhD, Zak Mucha, LCSW

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