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2018 ORI’s Annual Conference

Co-sponsored by St. John’s University’s Psychology Department and the Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs
Co-sponsored by NASW-NYS, CEU provider for NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts, Licensed Social Workers, Licenses Mental Health Counselors, & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

 

 

Topic: Is It the Wolf In the Man Or the Man In the Wolf? 

A Contemporary Object Relations View of Freud’s Wolf Man: Fragile Narcissism and Borderline Dynamics

 

Date & time: Saturday, March 24th, 2018 (9:15 am - 4:30 pm)

Location: St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place, NYC, 10003

VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION will be offered (for those who are not able to attend in person) - via Gotomeeting platform, with minimal technical requirements

 

Presenter: Harold P. Blum, M.D.

Discussants: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP and Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R, NCPsyA

Moderator: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt, NCPsyA

 

    

MORNING SESSION

KEYNOTE PAPER: Freud’s Wolf Man: A Contemporary Object Relations View of Fragile Narcissism and Borderline Dynamics   Presenter:  Harold P. Blum, M.D.   Contact hours: 2.5

    Abstract: Freud’s 1918 Wolf Man (der Wolfsmann) Case will be reconsidered from both an historical and a current psychoanalytic perspective.  The famous Wolf Man dream will be seen with new eyes, far beyond the symbolism of primal scene trauma.  Today we can understand that the Wolf Man had a severe personality disorder, in which developmental object relations issues highlight the reality perception, identity formation, and the fragile narcissism that promoted psychic arrest and an interminable treatment dilemma.  Both psychoanalysis and psychotherapy are taken to task, as the experts on the Wolf Man examine  the mind of the man, which fascinated Freud, but which left the patient with lifelong pathology, and which played itself out during the historical brewing of psychoanalysis, and in a social climate that did not yet have words for object relational dynamics.  Dr. Harold Blum was heir to the Rorschach test findings on the Wolf Man, after the Rorschach test was administered to the Wolf Man later in his life.  Through such testing, the formulations of developmental disorder and borderline personality were formulated.  Dr. Blum will discuss the complex relationships between the Wolf Man, Freud, and the psychoanalytic community in the context of contemporary psychoanalysis. 

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to:

1) Analyze the adult borderline personality and its complexities. 2) Discuss the treatment of the borderline with severe object relations disorder and narcissistic features that should  allow for a choice of  psychoanalysis, dynamic psychotherapy, or supportive  psychotherapy. 3) Analyze specific issues of termination of analytic treatment, which depends upon each patient's psychopathology as well as intact personality resources. 4) Discuss the therapist's  object relationship, counter-transference, and real feelings about the patient, which are vitally important to the treatment process and outcome.

Two senior psychoanalysts, faculty members of ORI, will present their commentary on Dr. Blum’s presentation. They will focus on intrapsychic object relations issues, as well as overt relational issues, from various theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on the theories of Wilfred Bion (Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R, NCPsyA) and the French intersubjectivists (Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP).

Working Lunch: Sergey Pankeyev: Psychohistory of Wolf-Man, the Man (photo-montage)

AFTERNOON SESSION

Discussant 1: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP  Contact hours: 1.5

 

    Abstract: In her discussion, Dr. Papiasvili will expand on specific configuration of psychic conflict, processes of trauma and posttraumatic development, with consequent alterations to affective-cognitive functioning in areas of memory, temporality, and constriction of symbolizing and representational capacity pertaining to borderline personality organization of the patient known to psychoanalytic community as the 'Wolf Man'. In this vein, developmental and clinical concepts of the French object relations 'Third Model' theorizing will be introduced as an additional viable perspective shedding light on and broadening our understanding of the complexities of the Wolf Man's (and borderline conditions with traumatic etiology in general) serious impediments. Vignettes from Dr. Papiasvili's clinical practice, e.g. the published case of 'Laura - The Wolf Girl' will be elaborated and discussed, to exemplify the  clinical viability of such an approach. 

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to:

1) Analyze and discuss non-traditional object relations perspective of the French 'Third Model' Intersubjective school of thought. 2) Apply the French 'Third Model' perspective to the development and clinical work with patients with borderline conditions and other serious personality disorders with traumatic etiology.

 

Discussant 2 Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R, NCPsyA  Contact hours: 1.5

 

   Abstract:

“The capacity for visual imagery, the capacity for hallucination, has its direction reserved and is used for the purpose of inserting into the analyst, through the analyst’s eyes, feelings which the patient wants the analyst to have. (W.R. Bion, 1967, p.101)”.

Stefanie Teitelbaum discuss the Wolf-man’s iconic drawing of the dream of the white wolves in the tree as such an image created within the time and space of his analysis with Freud as an effort to reach Freud’s mind through his eyes.  Sharing Dr. Blum’s conclusion about the Wolf-man’s borderline and developmental trauma, Ms. Teitelbaum will comment Dr. Blum’s journey through the lens of Kleinian and British Object Relations, as well as a Relational lens of the drawing as a co-creation representing the mis-attunement between Freud and his patient.

 

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to:

1) Discuss Kleinian and other British object relations theorists perspectives supporting Dr. Blum’s conclusions of the Wolf-man’s borderline and developmental symptoms. 2) Discuss possible meanings and clinical usage of images created in psychoanalytic treatment.

 

Short Bios:

 

Harold Blum, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with New York University School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Executive Director Emeritus of the Sigmund Freud Archives. He is also the President of the Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund. He is Past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In addition, Dr. Blum is now retired from his position as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry of the New York University School of Medicine; and he is the Past Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Dr. Blum is the author of more than one hundred and seventy psychoanalytic papers and several books. He is the recipient of numerous awards and lectureships, including the inaugural Sigourney Award, Mahler, Hartmann, and Loránd Prizes; S. Freud lectures in New York London, Vienna, and Frankfurt; A. Freud, Hartmann, Brill, Friend, and Sperling Lectures, two plenary addresses to the American Psychoanalytic Association; and Robert Walder Memorial Lecture (Philadelphia). Last but not least, Dr. Harold Blum has been the Chairperson of five symposia on Psychoanalysis and Art in Florence, Italy.

Eva D. Papiasvili, Ph.D., ABPP has been a Senior Clinical Faculty and Supervisor in the Doctoral program of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University in New York, for the past 30 years. She is the past Executive Director and Dean of the Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society where she has been a Training and Supervising Analyst since 1996; Teaching, Supervising and Training Analyst, Object Relations Institute; Founder and Chair of the Psychoanalysis, Art and Creativity, www.psychartcreativity.org, an Affiliate of the International Association for the Arts and Psychology; Editorial Board member of the International Journal for Group Psychotherapy; a Guest Contributing Editor and Reader for the International Forum for Psychoanalysis and for the Psychoanalytic Inquiry. In 2014, she has been appointed a Co-Chair for North America  (USA, Canada, Japan) of the IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis Task Force.

Stefanie Teitelbaum, MSW, B. Music – is the Supervising and Training Analyst, Faculty of NPAP, ORI, and IEA; also former IEA Education Director; former staff psychotherapist at the Lower East Side Service Center, Drug-Free Out-Patient Program. Currently, in private psychoanalytic practice in New York City. Papers published in the American Journal of Psycho-Analysis, Other/Wise (an on-line peer reviewed journal of IFPE) and The Psychoanalytic Review. Stefanie Teitelbaum is the former Opera Singer and Member of the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn.

 

 

  

This conference will be dedicated to late Audrey Ashendorf, who was a big part of ORI community and who served as the Admission Chair, Senior Supervisor, and a member of the Training Committee for many years. ORI is creating a special Audrey Ashendorf Scholarship Fund to help mental health practitioners in Belarus and other Eastern European countries striving for psychoanalytic object relations knowledge and training.

Conference schedule:

09:15 am – 09:45 am – Registration; coffee & breakfast

09:45 am – 10:00 – Introduction 

10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Morning session: Keynote speech and Q&A

12:30 – 01:30 pm – Working lunch

01:30 – 04:30 pm – Afternoon session: Discussions 1& 2 and Q&A

Fees and Registration:

____ Early Bird registration (before March 1st, 2017) - $120 regular/ $55 students

____ Pre-registration discount (March 1st – March 20th, 2017) - $130 regular/ $65 students

____ Registration after March 20th, 2017 - $140 regular/ $75 students

____ Registration at the door - $150 regular/ $85 students

Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired SW practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. Inquire by email to Admin@ORINYC.org or at 646-522-1056.

To register: fill out the registration from (follow the link to REGISTRATION) and send it to ORI Administrator; 75-15 187 Street; Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725

OR supply all the information about the registrant - full name, educational credentials, contact info, need for CEUs (and which profession) - via e-mail: admin@orinyc.org  or Fax @ (718) 785-3270; or call 646-522-1056 (Dr. Inna Rozentsvit, ORI administrator).

Please send your payment (mail only checks and money orders, paid to ORI) to: ORI Administrator; 75-15 187 Street; Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725. Cash is only accepted at the door. Credit cards / PayPal payments are accepted - see below.

You can pay via PayPal (www.paypal.com); our ID/ handle is: adminorinyc@gmail.com). To use the credit card, you also can just follow the link: Paypal.me/ORINYC.

For credit card payments other than PayPal system, please call the administrator with full credit card information.

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Cancellation Policy

Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before March 20th, 2018. No refunds for cancellations made on or after March 20th, 2018 (but credit can be applied for any of the workshops offered at ORI in 2018 or further on).

 

Continuing Education: Certificates for post-graduate training in psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytic psychotherapy (6.5 hrs) will be available, as per request. Please request them at the time of registration. Please note that you will be able to claim only actually attended hours, in person or virtually.

 

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts.

This activity is approved by the NASW-NYS for 6.5 contact Continuing Ed hours for the following professions:

        NYS Licensed Social Workers: Provider ID #0014
        NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts: Provider ID #P-0029
        NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Provider ID #MHC-0053
        NYS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Provider ID #MFT-0037

 

RE: CEUs for mental health professionals licensed in other states:

1. Please check with your licensing boards if the CEUs approved by NASW-NYS are accepted by them to fulfill the requirements for licensure renewal (if any).

2. Re: Contact hours for professional development (e.g., for educators and various psychotherapists and community & corporate organizations' leaders) -

FYI: Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Credits for post-graduate educational activities issued by the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis are accepted by most of professional and licensing institutions through USA and overseas. However, some specific continuing/ post-graduate education requirements can be determined by various licensing boards, and if you are planning to use the credits for your license renewal, please check with your licensing board.

 

 



2017 ORI’s Annual Conference

Co-sponsored by St. John’s University’s Psychology Department and the Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs

Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work
 

Topic: The Dark Side of Creativity: Compulsions, Blocks, and Creations

 

Date & time: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 (9:15 am - 4:30 pm)

 

Location: St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place, NYC, 10003

 

Presenter: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt, NCPsyA

 

Discussants: Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R, NCPsyA and Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW

 

Moderator: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP

 

Working Lunch: ORI Academic Press authors discuss the dark side of creativity featured in their books:

    Sandra Indig, LCSW-R, LP, ATCB: Talking colors: Seeing words/ Hearing images

    Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt, NCPsyA: The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity

*Morning session (contact 2.0 hrs; also approved for NYSCSW):

Keynote lecture: The Dark Side of Creativity: Compulsions, Blocks, and Creations. Speaker: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA

*Working lunch session (contact 1.5 hrs):

Presentation 1: Talking colors: Seeing words/ Hearing images. Embracing the Double-Edged Sword of Creativity: Interpenetration of the Word and the Image. Presenter: Sandra Indig, LCSW-R, LP, ATCB

Presentation 2: The Dark Side of Creativity in The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity. Presenter: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt.

*Afternoon session (3.0 contact hrs; also approved for NYS SW):

Discussion 1: W. R. Bion’s Alpha Function, Transformation, No-Things, and Nameless Dread: Creativity in Its Presence and Absence in Darkness and Light in Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler’s “The Dark Side of Creativity.” Discussant: Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NCPsyA

Discussion 2: Fixing a Hole, the Catalytic Effect of Trauma, Loss, Pain and Suffering in the Search for the Creative-Reparative Motif: A Discussion of Creativity in Its Presence and Absence, in Darkness and Light, in Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler’s “The Dark Side of Creativity.” Discussant: Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW, NCPsyA

Moderator: Eva D. Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP

All presentations are designed for the participants with graduate and post-graduate educational background and all levels of clinical experience.

CEU INFORMATION:

*For psychoanalysts/ psychotherapists: This full day educational activity is eligible for 6.5 contact hours in post-graduate psychoanalytic education / training.  ORI is a chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

*For social workers: This full day conference is approved for 5.0 contact hrs/ NYS CEUs by the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW (provider # 0056)

WHAT THIS CONFERENCE IS ABOUT?

The Dark Side of Creativity is a topic that addresses the compulsion to create in those who live perpetually in a haunted internal world, after suffering early pre-oedipal trauma that prevents them from mourning and healing in their work. Their self, and the creative process, which defines them, become victim to the demon lover complex, which can be explained, in object relations terms, as a pathological mourning state, in which one is addicted to eroticized bad objects due to the lack of sufficient good object internalization during the first three years of life (when the self is first forming).

The repetition of trauma (rather than the resolution of mourning) has detrimental effect, when it is contrasted with creative people who reach the oedipal stage without primal trauma. The other side of the Dark Side of Creativity is related to blocks to creativity that can also involve trauma, but where repression is a major factor, beyond the splitting and dissociation that are seen in cases of the compulsion to create

MORNING SESSION

KEYNOTE PAPER: The Dark Side of Creativity: Compulsions, Blocks, and Creations. Presenter: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt.  Contact hours: 2.0

Abstract: This paper presents the interplay of the compulsion to create and the demon lover complex in well-known women artists and writers who have suffered primal preoedipal trauma (such as Emily Dickinson, Edith Sitwell, Emily Bronte, and Sylvia Plath), and who manifest a developmental arrest that undermines a capacity to mourn primal loss without treatment.  This contrasts with those who have a free motivation to create, and a capacity to mourn and heal themselves within their creative work (such as Charlotte Bronte and Suzanne Farrell). Poetic and biographical material will be offered to describe this contrast.

On the other side of the dark side of creativity spectrum is the syndrome of writing blocks. The last part of this paper offers some case process from a four times a week psychoanalytic patient, who gradually resolves a major block to creative self-expression, in writing, through mourning trauma, primal losses, and disillusionments within the holding environment and “container” of an object relations psychoanalytic treatment process. The point is made that repression plays a dominant role in creative blocks, while splitting and dissociation play the main role in compulsions within the creative process, where addiction to an eroticized internal “bad” object is symptomatic of a pathological state, consequent to primal trauma.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to: 1) Identify the nature of trauma related to the compulsion to create; 2) Analyze and discuss the cases of those who can’t mourn in their creative work due to pre-Oedipal trauma; 3) Discuss and contrast the situations involving those with blocks to creativity, who can mourn in treatment, with those traumatized artists who create compulsively, but are unable to mourn.

Short Bio: Susan Kavaler-Alder, Ph.D., ABPP, D. Litt., NCPsyA) is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in practice in New York City for 40 years.  She is the founder and executive director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ORI), as well as the training analyst and senior supervisor and faculty at ORI. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author, with 5 published books and over 60 journal articles and edited book chapters.  She has won 15 awards for her writing in the field, including the Gradiva Award form NAAP in 2004. Her five books are: “The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers” (Routledge 1996, Other Press 2000, ORI Academic Press 2013); “The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity” (Routledge 1996, ORI Academic Press 2014); “Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis” (Routledge 2003); “The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies” (Karnac, 2013); “The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: New Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory” (Karnac 2014).  For more information, visit www.kavaleradler.com.

WORKING LUNCH – is dedicated to presentations, on the topic of the conference, by the authors of the books published by ORI Academic Press & MindMend Publishing: Sandra Indig and Susan Kavaler-Adler. Contact hours: 1.5

PRESENTATION 1: Talking colors: Seeing words/ Hearing images. Embracing the Double-Edged Sword of Creativity: Interpenetration of the Word and the Image. Presenter: Sandra Indig, LCSW-R, LP, ATCB 

Abstract: Why does one do anything? Why does the desire to create beauty and truth seem to demand an unmeasurable price, and sometimes endless suffering, crippling illness, addiction, and even one’s life? This presentation on the dark side of creativity discusses familiarity with struggle, conflict, and accepting responsibility for stepping outside of the acceptable and predictable norm of behavior, striving to create an alternative reality, which is often helpful in clinical work. In order to facilitate the projection of internalized bad objects, the book Talking Colors includes the use of free association and empathic listening; making that which had been unthought – thought and unlived – lived. The magical transformation from the silent, non-verbal, shamed, blocked person/ patient to more accessible self-representation facilitates a creative process capable of embracing the dark side of creativity and its vicissitudes: symptoms/ pain/ pathology. By recognizing and accepting the dark side of creativity and its vicissitudes, the use of words and images in treatment vs. compulsive investments in unproductive thinking and loyalty to “bad objects” result in an increased plasticity in behavior in both, patient and analyst/ artist.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to: 1. Analyze and discuss the equal value of visual mentalization and verbal expression in understanding of symbolic mental life; 2. Apply understanding of vicissitudes of creativity in clinical practice (symptoms, pain, and pathology).

Short Bio: Sandra Indig LCSW-R/LP, NCPsyA, ATCB is a psychoanalyst/ psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. She was trained at New York University (MSW) and at the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health (training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis). Sandra Indig is a contributing author to an edited book, Art, Creativity and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artists, Routledge, as well as the author of her own book of poems and paintings, Talking Colors: Seeing Words/ Hearing Images, published by MindMend Publishing, an imprint of the ORI Academic Press. Indig is an artist and an active member of many art societies (The American Alliance of Museums, American Art Therapy Assoc., NY Artists’ Circle); curated numerous exhibits (including three for the NYSSCSW); as well as serving as chair of the Committee for Creativity and Neurobiology, NYSSCSW.  Sandra was twice a nominee of NAAP Gradiva Award for contributions to art and psychoanalysis. For examples of her art work and writing go to www.sindig.com

PRESENTATION 2: The Dark Side of Creativity in The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity. Presenter: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt.

Abstract: These two books by Kavaler-Adler, The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity, speak about the dark side of creativity in very vivid terms, by offering the psychobiographical histories of well-known brilliant and prolific women writers and artists.

The Compulsion to Create contains in-depth studies of such authors as Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, Edith Sitwell, Charlotte Bronte (higher level contrast), Virginia Woolf, as well as shorter studies of Sylvia Plath and Anais Nin. A clinical case of a developmentally arrested artist, who moves into self-integration (and depressive position growth) through successful object relations treatment, can be seen at the end of this book.

The Creative Mystique offers the theory about the creative process and psychic health, in terms of the love-creativity dialectic. It also contains in-depth cases of many brilliant and well-known artists, followed by two clinical cases. The artists in this book are Camille Claudel (Rodin’s muse), Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Anna O., Anne Sexton, Diane Arbus, and Suzanne Farrell of the New York City Ballet, who had Balanchine as her demon lover, yet never succumbed to the demon lover complex due to her oedipal stage level of full self- and whole object development. Like Charlotte Bronte, Suzanne Farrell could mourn on her own, within her creative work. The others just repeated their primal trauma in brilliant new elaborations in their work, illustrating the pathological mourning arrest that drove the compulsion in their work, based on their demon lover addiction. The author’s theory of developmental mourning vs. the demon lover complex is demonstrated throughout the in-depth psychobiographical studies that are so rich in the literary and creative work of the women artists.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to: 1. Identify and discuss representations of primal trauma and pathological mourning vs. developmental mourning in creative work; 2. Discuss and apply the concepts of the demon lover addiction and love-creativity dialectic in clinical practice.

Short Bio: as above (keynote speaker).

AFTERNOON SESSION

DISCUSSION PAPER 1: W. R. Bion’s Alpha Function, Transformation, No-Things, and Nameless Dread: Creativity in Its Presence and Absence in Darkness and Light in Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler’s “The Dark Side of Creativity.” Discussant: Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NCPsyA     Contact hours: 1.5 

Abstract: My patient, a creative and creatively blocked woman, lives in a field horror in which she is unrelentingly conscious of a lack of creativity in her personal relationships, her life’s work and her thinking. I use Bion’s term nameless dread to refer to a state of horror when the thinker who thinks the thought is absent and unable to access the creative force of alpha-function to think and name emotional experience. 

“The individual who is able to transform such (an) emotional experience, by virtue of his alpha-function, into material that can be stored, communicated and finally published must belong to the category we loosely call ‘genius’.” W.R. Bion

The work of the negative, the creativity born in an encounter with absence of an object, depends on alpha function - an object itself - to name the dread. My patient is painfully aware that her dreams have lost their creativity. Perhaps within this quote of Bion lies a hint of her longing for and murderous envy of celebrity; an unconscious fantasy of feeding on the alpha function of talented others. This discussion will weave threads of Margot’s analysis, Bion’s theories and Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s presentation of the Dark Side of Creativity.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to: 1) Define and discuss Bion’s concepts of “alpha-function” and “transformation” as they relate to creativity; 2) Describe Bion’s concept of “no-thing” – as it relates to motivation to create – in their own clinical work; 3) Analyze Bion’s concept of “nameless dread” as it relates to an absence of capacity to create thought.

Short Bio: Stefanie Teitelbaum, MSW, B. Music – is the Supervising and Training Analyst, Faculty of NPAP, ORI, and IEA; also former IEA Education Director; former staff psychotherapist at the Lower East Side Service Center, Drug-Free Out-Patient Program. Currently, in private psychoanalytic practice in New York City. Papers published in the American Journal of Psycho-Analysis, Other/Wise (an on-line peer reviewed journal of IFPE) and The Psychoanalytic Review. Stefanie Teitelbaum is the former Opera Singer and Member of the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn.

DISCUSSION PAPER 2: Fixing a Hole, the Catalytic Effect of Trauma, Loss, Pain and Suffering in the Search for the Creative-Reparative Motif: A Discussion of Creativity in Its Presence and Absence, in Darkness and Light, in Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler’s “The Dark Side of Creativity.” Discussant: Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW, NCPsyA      Contact hours: 1.5

Abstract: The formative years of an individual are often fraught with a precarious quest toward the object attachment.  Early and prolonged impoverishment, deprivation and suffering can be at the core of most psychological disturbance but paradoxically the wellspring of creative endeavors.   Obsessions, compulsions and creativity are inexorably linked by the idea that all represent a form of search. The actualization of the search or at least the attempt at actualization of that search is the creative gesture, as seen in art, film, writing, music, painting and self-expression, especially in the realm of psychoanalysis. This presentation will expand on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s thesis of the dance between dark and light in the creative process.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, its participants will be able to: 1. Identify and discuss the dynamic of the link between psychic suffering and creativity; 2. Analyze the notion of reparative motif as seen in the creative artists/ intellectuals, such as Orson Wells, Hitchcock, Picasso, Freud, Shakespeare, and Springsteen; 3. Discuss a psychoanalytic object relations model and creativity as a both a quest and signifier of an attempt at object merger and integration.

Short Bio: Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW, NCPsyA – had graduated from the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis, where he is a Faculty Member, Lecturer, Control Analyst, and Membership Chair. He holds degrees from Farleigh Dickinson University, Yeshiva University (where he received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award), and International University. He served as the Senior Forensic Psychologist in Passaic County New Jersey for over 15 years, specializing in criminal investigations, expert witness, probation, and child custody issues. Dr. Schwartz maintains a full private practice in Northern New Jersey, working with children, adolescents, couples and adults. He regularly lectures at national conferences on Dream Analysis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Resilience, Pornography Addiction and other matters related to the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He was the senior editor and contributor to the highly regarded NJ Society of Clinical Social Work (NJSCSW) newsletter The Forum.  Dr. Schwartz has written a novel Our Time is Up, and a paper (published in the peer-reviewed publication, MindConsiliums) on Freud’s Irma Dream, that has led to a Gradiva nomination and a multi- media presentation on the origins of psychoanalysis.

Conference schedule:

09:15 am – 10:00 am – Registration; coffee & breakfast

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Introduction & Morning session

12:00 – 01:30 pm – Working lunch

01:30 – 04:30 pm – Afternoon session: Discussion and Q&A

Fees and Registration:

____ Early Bird registration (before March 7th, 2017) - $100 regular/ $55 students

____ Pre-registration discount (March 8th – March 14th, 2017) - $110 regular/ $65 students

____ Registration after March 14th, 2017 - $125 regular/ $75 students

____ Registration at the door - $135 regular/ $85 students

Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired SW practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. Inquire by email to Admin@ORINYC.org or at 646-522-1056.

To register: E-mail: admin@orinyc.org  or Fax your request @ (718) 785-3270;  Call 646-522-1056 (ORI administrator). Or, please, send your registration forms and payment (checks and money orders only) to: ORI Administrator; 75-15 187 Street; Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725. Cash is only accepted at the door. Credit cards / PayPal payments are accepted - see below.

 

Certificates for post-graduate training in psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytic psychotherapy (6.5 hrs) will be available, as per request. Please request them at the time of registration. FYI: Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Credits for post-graduate educational activities issued by the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis are accepted by most of professional licensing institutions through USA and overseas. However, some specific continuing/ post-graduate education requirements can be determined by various licensing boards, and if you are planning to use the credits for your license renewal, please check with your licensing board. ORI is not currently a NYS approved provider of CEUs for psychoanalysts.

Re: CEU certificates for NYS Social Workers: This activity is approved by the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW for 5.0 contact Continuing Ed hours for NYS SW. Provider # 0056.

Note for those who are requesting CEUs for SW:

NASW requires to have the sign-in lists for all parts of the conference that you'd like to claim CEUs for, plus to fill out and hand in the conference evaluation form by the end of the conference.


 

2016 ORI’s Annual Conference

Co-sponsored by St. John’s University’s Psychology Department and the Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs

Topic: Women's Voices in Psychoanalysis: Erased or Forgotten

Date & time: Saturday, March 19th, 2016 (9:15 am - 4:30 pm)

Presenters: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD and B. William Brennan, ThM, MA, LMHC

Discussant: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP

Moderator: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt
Location: St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place, NYC, 10003

For more information, follow the LINK HERE
 


    
2015 Annual Conference: On Guilt, Conscience, Regret, and Reparation

Date & time: Sunday, February 22, 2015 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Presenters: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler and Dr. Donald Carveth

Location: Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave (@ 9th Street), NY, NY

Earn 4.5 CE / post-graduate education credits

For more information, follow the Link HERE


2014 Annual Conference:

PSYCHOANALYSIS TODAY: OBJECTIFIED DIGITAL MINDS AND LOST HEARTS ON THE CYBERCOUCH

        
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location
: Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave (@ 9th Str.), NY, NY
Presenter
- Dr. Margaret Yard
Discussants
- Dr. Ruth Danon and Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Moderator
- Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler

For more information, follow the LINK HERE


  2013 Annual Conference: Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Keynote paper presentation by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler: Countertransference, Regret and Aggression: Dramas and Free Associations in the Object Relations Therapy Group
Discussion by Dr. Jeffrey Rubin: Regret, Failure, and the Hidden Value of Crisis

Conference Moderator: Dr. Margaret Yard

For more information, follow the LINK HERE


   2012 Annual Conference: Voyages Into the Internal World: Archetypes, Internal Objects, and Internal Saboteurs.  Three Ways of Looking at Self-sabotage (with Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives)

When: February 25th, 2012 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Where:
Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Moderator:
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Presenters:
Dr. Michael Vannoy Adams – Jungian perspective; Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler – Kleinian Perspective; Dr. Jack Schwartz – Fairbairnian perspective

For more information, follow the LINK HERE
 


2011 - ORI's 20th Anniversary Annual Conference

Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Object

When
: Saturday, February 26th, 2011 (9:30am – 4:30pm)
Where: Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Presenter: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler
Discussants: Dr. Margaret Yard and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin

For more information, follow the LINK HERE
 


2010 Annual Conference: Psychoanalysis and Spirituality

When: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Where: Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Presenters: Dr. Lewis Aron and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin
Discussants: Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld and Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler

For more information, follow the LINK HERE

 


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