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Institute of CFS

Dear Candidate: Talking about Training

One Session Progam (2 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Theodore Jacobs, MD, Fredric Perlman, PhD, and Barbara Stimmel, PhD
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 2:00-4:00pm EST

Dear Candidate is a book comprised of letters from analysts around the world describing their experiences while candidates themselves, as well as offering advice to their younger colleagues currently in the midst of their psychoanalytic education. Three of those analysts and the editor will be in discussion with three candidates who will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.  This conversation among colleagues at different stages of their careers will expand to include all participants in the Zoom room!

Introduction:

Fred Busch, PhD

Editor, Dear Candidate:

Analysts From Around the World Offer Reflections

on Psychoanalytic Training, Education, and the Profession

Panel:

 Theodore Jacobs, MD, Fredric Perlman, PhD, and Barbara Stimmel, PhD

Contributors to Dear Candidate

Candidates:

James Curley-Egan, LP, Stefany Fortin, MSc, MScOT, LMSW, Margaret Laracy, PsyD

Moderator:

Michael Krass, PhD

Vice-President, President-Elect, Contemporary Freudian Society

Fred Busch, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Busch has published over 70 articles in the psychoanalytic literature, and five books, primarily on the method and theory of treatment. His work has been translated into ten languages, and he has been invited to present over 160 papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His last three books were: Creating a Psychoanalytic MindThe Analyst’s Reveries: Explorations in Bion’s Enigmatic Concept; and Dear Candidate: Analyst from Around the World Offer Personal Reflections on Psychoanalytic Training, Education, and the Profession. All published by Routledge. He has been on numerous editorial boards.

James Curley-Egan, LP is an advanced candidate at CFS, is a Licensed Psychoanalyst in New York State, and has a PhD in Comparative Literature.  He is broadly interested in questions of narrative, affect, and reading.

Stefany Fortin, MSc, MScOT, LMSW is a first-year Psychoanalytic candidate at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY). She worked as an occupational therapist in Montreal both in and out-patient adult psychiatry. She has been in NY since 2015 where she currently has a private practice with a special interest in the treatment of women pregnant after a pregnancy loss.

Theodore J. Jacobs, MD is the author of three books. The Year of Durocher, a comic, coming of age novel, and two books of essays on psychoanalysis: The Possible Profession; The Analytic Process of Change, and The Use of the Self: Countertransference and Communication in the Analytic Situation. He is also co-editor with Arnold Rothstein of On Beginning an Analysis, and over sixty papers on a variety of psychoanalytic topics. Theodore J. Jacobs, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Emeritus at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and training and supervising analyst at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute and The Institute for Psychoanalytic Education where he is also a child supervising analyst. He is a Life Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association, and a member of The American Psychoanalytic Association, and The Association for Child Psychoanalysis, and a Fellow of The American College of Psychoanalysts.  Dr. Jacobs is former President of The Association for Child Psychoanalysis and former member of the review board of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He is a member of the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors, Psychoanalytic Inquiry and The Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He has been the recipient of many honors, including being The Freud Anniversary Lecture at both the New York and IPE Institutes, the Brill Lecturer at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the Plenary Address at The American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Jacobs sees both children and adults in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.

Michael Krass, PhD is a supervising and training analyst with the CFS, where he is also a vice president and president-elect of the board.  He teaches in the CFS-Psychoanalytic Training Institute and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University. He has has been leading an ongoing APsaA discussion group and recently chaired a conference on the impact of the neurobiology of autism on unconscious fantasy, a topic about which he has presented many papers. He also co-leads an ongoing APsaA discussion group on impingements on the analytic container and writes about D.W. Winnicott, the psychodynamics of creativity and about the analyst’s use of reverie.  He has a practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, psychotherapy with children and supervision in Falls Church, VA and Washington, DC.

Margaret Laracy, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in practice in Bethesda, MD working with adults and adolescents. She is a fourth-year candidate with the Contemporary Freudian Society, DC.

Fredric Perlman, PhD, is a Graduate of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He is on the institute faculty of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, where he teaches foundation courses on the writings of Sigmund Freud. He previously taught psychoanalytic theory at the Postgraduate Center and at IPTAR, where he was a Training and Supervising Analyst. He is a past president of IPTAR, served two terms as the president of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, and has served on the executive bodies of the IPA, APsaA, and NAPsaC. He is the Series Editor for the CIPS Book Series on the Boundaries of Psychoanalysis.

Barbara Stimmel, PhD  Contemporary Freudian Society:Training and Supervising Analyst, Former President; Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, Faculty and Supervisor; International Psychoanalytical Association: Former Associate Secretary, North American Chair, Berlin Congress; Mt. Sinai School of Medicine,Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Assistant Professor.  Dr. Stimmel has published in the major psychoanalytic journals and her paper, “From Nothing to Something to Everything,” was nominated for the JAPA journal prize. She edited Martin Stein’s papers and has several chapters in various analytic texts. She has a chapter in: A Contemporary Approach to Clinical Supervision: The Supervisee Perspective. Routledge, Spring 2021.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Michael Krass, PhD at mlkrass@aol.com or 703-909-5118.  If you have any questions about registration, please contact Connie Stroboulis at connies3@aol.com or 732-446-4867.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare their own training experiences to those of experienced analysts and to recognize the ubiquity of the challenges entailed in psychoanalytic training.
  2. Describe different phases of analytic training and the characteristics of each phase.
  3. Identify the ways that analytic training fits within the larger framework of a profession as an analyst and as a mental health practitioner.

Who Should Attend: ​ The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors); those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications; and social scientists with an interest in the intersection of sociology and psychoanalysis.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

DC, MD and VA Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credit will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 2 CE credits.

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and the Contemporary Freudian Society. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. The Contemporary Freudian Society is authorized by MedChi to grant CMEs for this program.

Important Disclosure Information:

None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Institute of CFS

Life Inside the Claustrum

One Session Progam (1.5 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Susan Finkelstein, LCSW and Dr. Jamieson Webster
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 12:00-1:30pm EST

As we are all feeling claustro-agoraphobic in lockdown, perhaps a return to these classic themes will give new meaning to the palpable and primitive anxieties at the threat of having to emerge from the claustrum. In this talk, Susan Finkelstein will present the history of thinking related to claustrophobia, the maternal claustrum, fears of invading the mother’s body/being invaded by the mother, and subsequent sexual phobias.

“The phallic phase leads the child into a maze of ‘claustrum’ fantasies, in which some children…get hopelessly lost. They want to touch, enter and know the secrets of all interiors but are frightened of dark rooms and dream of jails and tombs” (Homburger, (1937). Psycho. Quarterly, pp. 171-172).

The presentation will conclude by discussing the 1942 Jacques Tourneau film Cat People, as well as an analytic case presented by Jamieson Webster where an intensification of claustro-agoraphobic anxieties surge during the resumption of in-person treatment, dreams by the patient showing themes around the dread of intercourse and fears of contamination, infection and the genocide of babies.

Registrants are encouraged to view the horror film Cat People (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur. This psychological horror film (1 hour 13 minute) is available on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW, is a Training and Supervising analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society and Fellow at IPTAR. She developed Understanding Primitive Mental States, a study group where she teaches The Internal World and Its Objects, The Claustro-agoraphobic Dilemma, Clinical Klein, Bion and Beckett: The Not-I Patient.  At the APsaA she co-chairs an annual winter discussion group with Nasir Ilahi on Schizoid Modes-Spatial Time Continuum. She is in private practice in NYC in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, couples therapy and clinical supervision.  She is an associate editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (2013). She has written for ArtForum, The Guardian, Playgirl, Spike Art Quarterly The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. She teaches at the New School for Social Research and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She is a member of IPTAR and Das Unbehagen.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:

1) Define bodily spatial dimensions in claustrophobia.

2) List 3 features of paranoid anxieties of entrapment inside the claustrum.

3) Explain the defense and phantasy of projective identification and its relationship to claustrophobia.

Who Should Attend: ​The instructional level of this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors); those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications; and social scientists with an interest in the intersection of sociology and psychoanalysis.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

DC, MD and VA Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credit will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 1.5 CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information:

None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

 

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Institute of CFS

The Intersection of Gender, Sexuality and Our Current Crises: The Psychological Impact of Race, Politics, Economics, and COVID

Two Session Program (8 Contact Hours)

Presenters: Claudia Rankine, Jhuma Basak, PhD, Margarita Cereijido, PhD, Paula Ellman, PhD, Leticia Glocer Fiorini, MD, Francisco Gonzalez, MD, Annie Lee Jones, PhD, Janice Lieberman, PhD, and Ann Pellegrini, PhD
Dates: Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021
Location: Live Online via Zoom
Time: 4:00-6:00pm EST and 11:00am-6:00pm EST

Claudia Rankine, MacArthur Fellow and award-winning poet, will offer a Friday keynote inspired by her recent book, Just Us: An American Conversation.  She will be joined by San Francisco analyst, Francisco Gonzalez. Saturday will be a day of presentations and study on the intersectionality of our current world crises and gender and sexuality.

Two panels of forward-thinking psychoanalysts, along with break-out groups for self-study will offer the enriching opportunity to think, synthesize and reflect on issues concerning race, class, health and politics and the place of gender and sexuality.

This conference is open to members of the mental health community, as well as anyone interested in exploring the psychological impact of the pandemic on social issues embedded in our global fabric.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 9, 2021

4:00-6:00pm

Introduction: Paula Ellman

Interlocuter:  Francisco Gonzalez

Keynote: Claudia Rankine - Just Us: An American Conversation

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

11:00am – Introduction: Paula Ellman

11:10-1:10am

First Panel: The Psychological Impact of Our Current Crisis Through the Lens of Race, Politics, Economics and Gender

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our global population in immeasurable ways.  This panel will explore the ways in which the psychological impact of the pandemic is affected by race, politics, economics and gender in the United States and abroad.  Diverse panelists Jhuma Basak, Annie Lee Jones, and Ann Pelligrini will each speak individually, and then converse together with the help of a facilitator, Hilli Dagony-Clark.  We will then open the conversation to the audience, inviting questions and comments in response to the panelist’s discussions.

Moderator: Hilli Dagony Clark

Presenters:

Jhuma BasakCOVID and Other Crises in Today’s India: An Appeal to Community Benevolence

Annie Lee JonesExperiencing the Other During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Racialized Projections of Contagion

Ann Pellegrini Neoliberal Necropolitics: Not Your Uncle Sigmund’s Death Drive

1:10-1:20pm – Break

1:20-1:50pm – Break-Out Groups

1:50-2:20pm - Lunch

2:20-4:20pm

Second Panel: The Impact of the Pandemic Crisis on Gender Dynamics: A Time of Transformation

Four women psychoanalysts-Margarita Cereijido, Janice Lieberman, Letitia Glocer Fiorini, and Paula Ellman- will present brief papers that address different aspects of the fallout of the pandemic that are relevant to women and gender-based issues.  Women around the world have been negatively affected by job loss and a regression to traditional gender roles. Many women have been victims of violence and search for safe spaces in which to recover.  Like any crisis, the pandemic also has created openings for change.  Following the presentations, the audience will be invited to join in an exchange.

Moderator: Victor Bonfillo

Presenters:

Margarita CereijidoThe Impact of the Pandemic Crisis on Gender Dynamics: From “Othering” to Openings for Change

Paula Ellman - Safe spaces, unsafe spaces and gendered spaces: psychoanalysis during the pandemic

Leticia Glocer Fiorini - Gender Violence in COVID Pandemic: Disciplined Bodies-Dissident Bodies

Janice LiebermanWomen in Freefall: The Pandemic’s Unveiling

4:20-4:30pm – Break

4:30-5:00pm – Break-Out Groups

5:00-6:00pm - Final Large Group Discussion

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

Rankine

  1. Describe how “…you cannot put the past behind you…it’s buried deep inside you; it’s turned your flesh into its own cupboard…not everything remembered is useful but it comes from the world to be stored in you.”
  2. Explain the statement that “If you admit to being a racist…that you are being driven by projections and stereotypes that were formed at the creation of our country.”
  3. Compare the work of psychoanalytic interpretation to the work of poetry…” So that the words…become a door to one’s own internal investigation…if the poem (or interpretation does its job, it just opens up.”

First Panel

  1. Analyze the intersection between the COVID-19 pandemic and race, politics, economics, and gender.
  2. Compare and contrast the ways in which cultural differences have exacerbated the toll of the pandemic on underprivileged minorities.
  3. Demonstrate increased sensitivity and awareness of the ways in which politics surrounding the pandemic have impacted racially and economically diverse minorities.

Second Panel

  1. Describe some of the individual developmental and intrapsychic factors that have resulted in the departure of so many women from the workforce during the pandemic.
  2. Identify why the fragility and vulnerability resulting from the pandemic have enabled some to play less stereotyped roles, while others have regressed into “othering” stereotyping and denigrating gender roles.
  3. Demonstrate how the multi-layered concept of “space” has been unveiled during the pandemic and how the pandemic has opened up social fractures with regard to race and gender.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

DC, MD and VA Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form.  No partial credit will be offered.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted 8 CE credits.

Who Should Attend: ​The instructional level of this activity is advanced.  This panel is open to members of the mental health community, as well as anyone interested in exploring the psychological impact of the pandemic on social issues embedded in our global fabric.

Important Disclosure Information:

None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Program Fee:

$160 for Clinicians

$85 Students/Candidates

$50 Unlicensed Attendees (includes non-clinicians and pre-license students), please email connies3@aol.com to make payment arrangements.

No refunds, unless in the case of a medical emergency

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