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Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
—James Baldwin

Congratulations to our 2016 Traditional Plumsock Prize Winner

Kerry Moore, PhD

“Theatre of the Hole: Encounter and Its Psychic (K)nots”

 Did You Know?

  • The Guardian newspaper recently published a piece entitled “Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud” by Oliver Burkeman.  “Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?”  This very thoughtful and insightful piece on the ways that CBT has erroneously been established as superior to psychoanalysis quotes CFS member David Pollens as saying, “What happens in therapy is that people come in asking for help, and then the very next thing they do is they try to stop you helping them. . .How do we help a person when they’ve told you, in one way or another, ‘Don’t help me’? That’s what analytic treatment is about.” To read more and for the link to the Guardian article, click here. To view an interview with David Pollens on the article, click here
  • A recent study conducted by Peter Fonagy and his colleagues and published in the journal World Psychiatry compares patients with depression receiving long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with several forms of less intensive treatment, such as medication, CBT, supportive counseling (‘treatment as usual’).44% of the people who received long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy did not meet the criteria for depression 42 months after treatment ended. Only 10% of those who received the other forms of treatment had shown full remission of their depression at the 42-month follow up. For more information on this and other studies looking at the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatments, go to Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies in the Information Resources drop-down menu.
  • A 2016 study by Mikhail Rabinovich published in the American Journal of Psychology utilized sophisticated statistical methods to analyze multiple studies to show that the analytic treatment of anxiety incorporates a number of empirically supported techniques for amelioration of anxiety, including desensitization.  The author writes: “It is shown that despite the anti-research image of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, its foundations obey evidence-based principles.”  For more information and a link to the paper, go to our Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies section under the heading Comparison of Psychoanalytic with Other Forms of Treatment.

The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the CFS has its own website

Our Training Institute has its own dedicated website.  Training is offered in both NYC and in DC. Our trainees come from locations across the East Coast, including Baltimore, Miami, Connecticut, Norfolk and Charlottesville.  Training provides in-depth instruction in multiple theoretical perspectives, including Contemporary Freudian, Contemporary Kleinian, Bionian, Winnicottian and Kohutian.   For more information about training to become a psychoanalyst and other training opportunities, and to learn more about our current candidates and faculty, please visit

Upcoming Events

DC Professional Development Programs

Annual Ethics Conference
“When the Terror of 9/11 Invaded the Consulting Room – Ethical Issues”
Presenters: Dr. Harriet Basseches, Dr. Paula Ellman, and Dr. Nancy Goodman
Date: November 6, 2016

“Who or What is Being Killed in a Terrorist State of Mind?”
Presenter: Mr. Narendra Keval, London
Date: February 12, 2017
Registration coming soon

Annual Cultural Diversity Program
“Muslim Identity Development in the USA”

“Lost and Found in America”
Presenter: Dr. Farha Abbasi, Michigan State University
“Growing Up with Hatred: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspective”
Presenter: Dr. Marsha Levy-Warren, CFS
Date: March 9, 2017
Registration coming soon

“Beyond Pluralism: Psychoanalysis and the Workings of the Mind”
Presenter: Fred Pine, PhD
Date: April 8, 2017
More details to come

2nd Washington Conference on Trauma
“Listening to Trauma: Insights and Actions”
Co-sponsored by the CFS and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Presenters include: Dori Laub, Nancy Goodman, Jessica Stern and M. Gerard Fromm
Date: October 20-22, 2016

Annual Scientific Conference
“Differentiation Between Intersubjective, Interpersonal and Interpsychic: Theory and Practice”
Presenter: Stefano Bolognini, MD
Date: October 14-15, 2017
More details to come

NY Continuing Education Programs


Training at our Institute

Learn more about the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the CFS:

  • Advance your professional expertise.
  • Study with a renowned faculty.
  • Prepare for an exceptional practice.

For catalog with course listings and other information in each of our locations, click Washington DC or New York.

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