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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

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
—Rainer Maria Rilke

Did You Know?

  • The Guardian newspaper just 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.
  • Did Freud actually say, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar?”  Although this comment is often ascribed to Freud,  there is no evidence that he ever actually said it.  He definitely smoked cigars though. Click on Quote Investigator for the facts!
  • Congratulations to all of the CFS analysts and candidates who presented at the American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meetings in NYC in January. Many superb programs throughout the program! And, for once, not too cold in New York!

    Harriet Basseches presented on masochism, Talia Hatzor co-chaired with Christine Anzieu-Premmereur a discussion group on infant observation where IPA president Virginia Ungar presented, Irene Cairo coordinated a sold-out 2-day workshop on clinical Process and Technique, led a discussion group on Temporality in Analysis, and co-chaired a discussion group with Rogelio Sosnick on the profound ideas of Wilfried Bion, Phyllis Sloate chaired a discussion group on psychosomatic issues in analysis, Susan Finkelstein co-chaired a discussion group on Schizoid Modes in Narcissistic and Borderline States, Marie Murphy, Michael Krass, Debra Neumann, Janet Shaye and Jessica Brown co-led a discussion group on Impingements on the Analytic Container, Carmen Cepeda discussed a paper written by an analytic candidate from Italy at a discussion group sponsored by the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization, Karen Proner chaired a discussion group on Klieinian perspectives on The Difficult Child to Reach, Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick co-chaired their discussion group on Working with Parents, Gail Reed co-chaired a discussion group on French Psychoanalysis where new CFS member Howard Levine presented a talk on psychosomatics, Michael Krass and Joseph Collins co-chaired the discussion group on Working Analytically with Children and Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Alan Bass presented at a discussion group on Psychoanalytic Explorations and Jane Hall chaired her longstanding discussion group on Deepening the Treatment. For more information about the APsaA Meetings, see Psychoanalysis in the News in the General Information section of our Information Resources drop-down menu.

The CFS Psychoanalytic Training Institute 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

NEW Training Opportunity in DC

The Contemporary Freudian Society – DC Division is pleased to announce the start of our Academic Associates Program.

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.

Upcoming Events

DC Annual Scientific Conference
“The Courage to Fight Violence Against Women”
March 4-5, 2016

Click here to view Kimberly Kleinman’s interview with Paula Ellman on this upcoming conference

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DC Professional Development Program

Cultural Competency Program
“War Stories and Other Lullabies for Men”
Presenter: Donald Moss, MD
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Location: Founder’s Hall, American University SIS, Washington, DC
For more info and to register

NY Continuing Education Programs

“Bringing Meditation Practice to Life”
Presenter: Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD
Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: 130 West 97th Street, NYC
For more info and to register

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