40th Annual Conference of the International Psychohistorical Association

Co-sponsored by the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ORI)


When: May 31st June 2nd, 2017

Where: New York University Kimmel Center for University Life; 60 Washington Square South, 9th Floor NYC

2017th IPA Annual Conference is dedicated to “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural, Historical, and Societal Motivations” will bring together psychologists, historians, psychohistorians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social scientists, and more. For more information about the International Psychohistorical Association, visit http://www.psychohistory.us/

To register, please visit http://www.psychohistory.us/conference-and-membership.php

CEU information (in full- see below) - up to 20.75 CEUs for Social Workers (approved by AMEDCO); over 40 CE credits/ hours of psychoanalytic education (approved by ORI)


WEDNESDAY, MAY 31st, 2017

ROOM 914

8 am – 5 pm



9:00 – 9:50 am   Howard Stein, PhD (University of Oklahoma): ORGANIZATIONAL POETRY as a PORTAL to UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETY, & HISTORY. Prof. Stein publishes extensively on helping organizations function more effectively and cooperatively.  He has also published many books of poetry. His paper shows how poetry can aid organizations.   

9:55 – 10:50 am   Peter Kuznick, PhD (American University): TRUMP & FOREIGN POLICY. Prof. Kunzick will discuss President Trump’s foreign policy initiatives and will place them in the context of the history of American history.  He is the co-author (with Oliver Stone) of The Untold History of the United States.

10:50 – 11:00 am   BREAK

11:00 am – 12:15pm   Robin Stern, PhD (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) & Judith Logue, PhD (Private practice): GASLIGHTING – From the PERSONAL to the POLITICAL. Gaslighting is the manipulation of another’s reality with the unwitting cooperation of the victim. This presentation applies gaslighting to our social and political climate, including at the Presidential level.

12:15 – 1:25 pm   LUNCH:   HONORING HOWARD STEIN

1:30 –2:50 pm   PANEL: Elizabeth Lunbeck, PhD (Harvard University); Dagmar Herzog, PhD (The Graduate Center, CUNY); & Natasha Zaretsky, PhD (Southern Illinois University): The LEGACY of CHRISTOPHER LASCH’S The CULTURE of NARCISSISM. Three historians will each give papers on Christopher Lasch’s 1979 best-seller The Culture of Narcissism This will include: 1) Narcissism in the Age of Trump; 2) Christopher Lasch & His Critics: Narcissism in Historical Perspective;&3) Narcissism Post-Nazism.

2:55 –4:15 pm   Arnold Richards, MD (NY Psychoanalytic Society & Institute); Arthur Lynch, DSW (Columbia University); & Burt Seitler, PhD (JASPER): The POLITICS of EXCLUSION: DISCUSSION of DR. RICHARDS’S SELECTED PAPERS. Dr. Arnold Richards has long been an active member of the psychoanalytic community, including a decade as editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  His work illuminates many of the organizational and intellectual dilemmas of American psychoanalysis. The 2nd Vol. of Arnold Richards's Selected Papers will be discussed by Drs. Arnold Richards, Arthur Lynch, & Burt Seitler.

4:15 – 5:00 pm    GROUP PROCESS

THURSDAY, JUNE 1st, 2017

ROOM 914

9:00 – 10:25 am   PANEL: Paul Elovitz, PhD (Prof. & Founding Member, Ramapo College), Peter Petschauer, PhD.(Prof. Emeritus, Appalachian State University), & David Cifelli (Student, Ramapo College): The PSYCHOLOGY of TRUMP & the 2016 ELECTION: A PSYCHOHISTORY FORUM PANEL. This panel is sponsored by the Psychohistory Forum, &includes presentations on1) Trump’s Disruptive Personality and His Need for Conflict; 2) Trump’s Continuing Appeal; &3) The Past in the Present: Ordinary People and Authoritarian Regimes. 

10:30 – 11:55 am   PANEL: Ken Fuchsman, EdD (University of Connecticut) & Irene Javors, MEd, LMHC (Yeshiva University): NEW DIRECTIONS in PSYCHOHISTORY & PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY. Irene Javors will address how psychohistory needs to focus on multiculturalism, diversity, and the effects of institutionalized racism, sexism, homoprejudice, class bias, and ageism.  Ken Fuchsman will discuss the current condition and new agendas for the field of psychohistory.

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00 – 1:50 pm   KEYNOTE – Janice Gump, PhD: WE CAN'T KNOW the PRESENT ABSENT HISTORY of the PAST: The TRANSMISSION of SLAVERY'S TRAUMAS. This talk will show how the legacy of slavery has a significant impact on the present lives of African-Americans.

1:55 – 3:20 pm   PANEL: Paul Elovitz, PhD (Ramapo College); Peter Petschauer, PhD (Appalachian State University) ; & Denis O’Keefe, LCSW-R (New York University): The CONTRIBUTIONS of DAVID BEISEL to PSYCHOHISTORY  . This panel will discuss the works of David Beisel. Dr. Beisel is former editor of The Journal of Psychohistory and past President of this organization.  One paper will be on his work overall, another on his excellence as a professor, and the third on his book The Suicidal Embrace.

3:20- 3:30 pm   BREAK

3:30- 4:10 pm   Jay Einhorn, PhD: The ELECTION PIE CHART: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. We’ll ruthlessly analyze the political, social, economic, and psychological factors culminating in the 2016 election. Hadley Cantril’s psychological study of social movements, gender and political issues will contribute to our understanding of the 2016 election.

4:15 – 5:00 pm    GROUP PROCESS

ROOM 912

9:00 – 9:40 am   Sharon Kahn, PhD (Psychology Dept., Social Security Administration) : From CHIMNEY SWEEPING to SWAPPING TALES:  HOW the LAW of RECEPTION BEGOT MUTUAL ANALYSIS . Freudian analysis turned chimney sweeping from a patient-informed practice into an authoritarian one, limned by oedipal conflict.  Ferenczian analysis was mutual, based on tolerance and acceptance of  patients reality. 

9:45 – 10:25 am   Burt Seitler, Ph.D. (Founder & Editor-in-Chief of JASPER): CREATING a JOURNAL THAT MAKES MEANING of the MISUNDERSTOOD MENTATIONS of the MAD, SAD, SCARED: J.A.S.P.E.R. This journal provides a home for publishing detailed & systematic qualitative and quantitative research, and examines the individual in an historical, intergenerational, cultural and inter- and intrapsychic context.

10:30 – 11:10 am    Jamshid Marvasti, MD (University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine): SEX & SEXUALITY: The GOOD (NORMAL), the BAD (ABNORMAL), &the UGLY (PERVERTED): A PSYCHO-SOCIAL &HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. In this presentation the psychological and historical aspect of sexuality will be explored from ancient time to the present. A couple of the President’s sexual characteristics will be analyzed as reported by news media.

11:15 – 11:55 am    Denis O’Keefe, LCSW-R (New York University, GSSW): MORTALITY FEARS, POLITICAL MOTIVATION, & XENOPHOBIA: RESISTANCES to EFFECTIVE IMMIGRATION POLICY &MAINTENANCE of an AMERICAN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS in IMMIGRANT DETENTION. This paper highlights how non-rational, psychological and cultural/historical factors impact on social issues.  Immigrant sentiment and resistance to change in immigration policy will be used to explore how collective traumas, economic conditions and major demographic shifts reinforced xenophobic tendencies and polarized politics. 

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00 – 1:50 pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROOM 914

1:55 – 3:20 pm   PANEL: Sandra Indig, LCSW-R/LP, NCPsyA, ATR-CB & Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD (Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): BEHOLDER’S SHARE through the LENS of NEUROSCIENCE, ART, & PSYCHOHISTORY. The first presentation (by Inna Rozentsvit) will be based on the work of the Nobel laureate, neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel, who tried to tackle the issue of the beholder’s share – from the scientist’s and the art lover’s points of view. The second paper will present selections from Talking Colors: Seeing Words/Hearing Images, by Sandra Indig. Poems and paintings weave together threads of aesthetic, spiritual, scientific, and psychoanalytic concerns which bring the beholder to experience deeper levels of consciousness and greater depths of human understanding.

3:20 – 3:30 pm    BREAK

3:30 – 4:10 pm   Richard Morrock, BA (Independent Scholar): HOW AMERICA GOT TRUMPED. Trump rode to power on a wave of xenophobia, originally caused by 9/11, and exacerbated by the San Bernardino and Orlando massacres.  This paper will connect these violent acts to other historic events and place these instances in an international context. 

4:15 – 5:00 pm    GROUP PROCESS

ROOM 910

9:00 – 10:25 am    STUDENT PANEL: EXAMINING FAILURES & UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of SOCIAL POLICY. Chair: Denis O’Keefe, LCSW-R (New York University); Presenters: Andrea Greer (NYU GSSW, student):  De FACTO RACIAL, RELIGIOUS &SOCIOECONOMIC SEGREGATION:  The CASE of HR 610 & the PARADOX of SCHOOL CHOICE; Jesse A. Cordero (NYU GSSW, student): “The LIES&THEFTS JUST NEVER END”: The CASE of NATIVE AMERICAN LAND RIGHTS; Jean C. Nastasi (NYU GSSW, student): No SOLACE in SOLITARY:  The CULTURAL &PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCE of the RESURGENCE of SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in NEW YORK PRISONS. Panelists will focus primarily on the unspoken, non-conscious elements that influence the development, enactment and implementation of social policy across a range of social justice issues resulting in policy paradoxes. Such elements include underlying value systems, historical processes, and/or group processes that service the creation of outcomes deviating from stated purpose.

10:30 – 11:10 am    Claude Barbre, PhD (Chicago School of Professional Psychology): The IMPACT of WAR & CULTURAL TRAUMA on the PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORIES & THERAPEUTIC COLLABORATIONS of JOHN RICKMAN & WILFRED BION: PSYCHOHISTORICAL CORRESPONDENCES & INTERSECTIONS. This presentation will show how the collaboration between psychoanalysts John Rickman and Wilfred Bion led to numerous approaches to treat those exposed to cultural atrocities and the historical impact of war and post-war trauma.

11:15 – 11:55 am    David Lotto, PhD (Psychologist/Psychoanalyst & Co-editor of The Journal of Psychohistory): REFLECTIONS on the TRUMP PHENOMENON: AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM GONE WILD. This paper suggests that Trump’s campaign slogan Make America Great Again presents him as the symbolic leader who will restore the US to our rightful place in the world as the most powerful, richest, and most influential nation on this planet.

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00 – 1:50 pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROOM 914

1:55 – 3:20 pm   Robert Craddock, MA, ATR (American Art Therapy Association); Lan Ding Liu; Keisha Thompson, PhD (Kingsborough Community College), & Brian D'Agostino, PhD (International Psychohistorical Association): ARTISTS RETHINKING BLACK & ASIAN IDENTITY: IMMIGRATION, GLOBALIZATION, & INTERGENERATIONAL MEMORY. Along with new economic opportunities, immigrants have always encountered the opportunity and necessity to forge new identities. This panel explores such questions through the art of Robert Craddock, an African American art therapist and educator, and Lan Ding Liu, an immigrant from China whose painting, sculpture, and multi-media productions explore the themes of cultural dislocation, family, and inter-generational memory.

3:20- 3:30 pm   BREAK

3:30 – 4:10 pm   Guy Lord, MD (Child Psychiatrist, Milwaukee, WI): The EVOLUTION of DIAGNOSES RELATING to SEXUALITY in the DSM SERIES:  From OBJECT CHOICE to IDENTITY. The DSM series will be reviewed from the first DSM (1952) to DSM5 (2013) with regard to sections relating to sexual diagnoses. This paperwill note the recent phenomenon of clinics for children and adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria and the issue of stigmatization vs. access to treatment in diagnosing individuals with sexual disorders.

4:15 – 5:00 pm    GROUP PROCESS

ROOM 904

9:00 – 9:40 am    Herb Barry, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) : NEW FEDERAL TAX PROPOSAL PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD LOVE. This paper will discuss the Constitutional amendment to tax owners of land, exempting the value of buildings, which would benefit builders of hotels. The new tax on land would make more urban land available at lower prices, and most other taxpayers also would benefit.

9:45 – 10:25 am   Robinson Lilienthal, PhD(Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): NIETZSCHE &FREUD as PHYSICIANS Of CULTURE. The role of the psychologist as a physician of culture is a fundamental one, but so far little explored. This presentation explores the similarities and differences of their medical roles of physicians of culture, and their cultural impact in a variety of ways.

10:30 – 11:10 am   Keisha Thompson, PhD (Kingsborough Community College): STONY the ROAD WE TROD... CLINICIANS & CLIENTS of COLOR DEALING with RACIAL MICROAGGRESSIONS & RACIAL BATTLE FATIGUE. Covert acts of racism can oftentimes go undetected by both the perpetrators and the recipients. This presentation will focus on the racial micro aggression and the ensuing race related stress and racial battle fatigue felt by people of color in the United States which have seemingly peaked in recent months.

11:15 – 11:55 am   Brian D’Agostino, PhD: MILITARISM, MACHISMO, & the REGULATION of SELF-IMAGE. In 2015, we spent over 1.6 trillion dollars on war and war preparations. Militarist fantasies consume the Republican Party and President. This paper presents a comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding militarism, building on survey data, research on the effects of punitive parenting, and the application of control systems theory to human psychology.  

12:00 – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00 – 1:50 pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROOM 914

1:55 – 3:20 pm   PANEL: Alice Maher, MD (Psychoanalyst, in Private practice; Founder of Emotional ImprintTM), Sean Campbell (Student, Rutgers University School of Law),  Jimmy Fuchsman, MS(Quinnipiac University): The PROCESS of CHANGE: WHAT PROMOTES & WHAT RETARDS SOCIAL MOBILITY. The purpose of this panel is to show how the process of change can work. A moderate Republican law student and a young liberal Democrat will discuss the above issue. Psychiatrist Alice Maher will facilitate the discussion in the hope of reaching common ground.

3:20- 3:30 pm    BREAK

3:30 – 4:10 pm    Molly Castelloe, PhD (Metropolitan College of NY): REFLECTIONS on AMERICAN IDENTITY. This presentation on the subject of American identity will focus on the chosen trauma our Civil War.  The presentation will include video clips, from interviews conducted at Austen Riggs Center with Jerry Fromm and Vamik Volkan, and discuss how the Civil War trauma can be seen in racial tensions today.  

4:15 – 5:00 pm   GROUP PROCESS

FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2017

ROOM 914

9:00 – 10:25 am    PANEL: Ken Fuchsman, EdD & Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD: LOVE before the FIRST SIGHT, ATTACHMENT, & WHAT IT MEANS to BE HUMAN. This panel discussion will include the look at the parent-child bonds and attachment through the lens of neurobiology, and examine the meaning of attachment in human development, family, and society.

10:30 – 11:10 am    Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, NCPsyA, D. Litt. (Founder/Executive Director, Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): The PSYCHOHISTORICAL IMPACT of D. W. WINNICOTT’S MOTHER. Through the reading of a poem written by D. W. Winnicott, Dr Kavaler-Adler will speak about the subjective experience of Winnicott that led to his life-long pursuit of healing all the traumas of inadequate, not “good enough” mothering. 

11:15 – 12:05 am    Rachel Yehuda, PhD (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine): TRAUMA & ITS TREATMENT. Dr. Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Icahn School of Medicine, and the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda has authored more than 300 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD.  She will speak on treating PTSD. 

12:05 – 1:30 pm – LUNCH

1:30 – 2:55 pm   PANEL: Inna Rozentsvit, MD, PhD & Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA (Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): DUELING the DUALITY of the DEATH INSTINCT, and toward a NEW PARADIGM. This discussion starts with the psychohistorical excursion of the death instinct from Sigmund Freud to Karl Menninger. It pits approaches of basic biological determinism of the death drive with the psychological construct of the death instinct as a product of the failure of the social-environmental provision.

3:00 – 3:40pm    Katherine Jenness, PhD (Clinical Psychologist): The ANTITOTALITARIAN SELF: FREUD as COLD WAR HERO. This talk will explore the image of Freud in American life in the post WWII period, when psychoanalysis was at its peak of popularity and prestige.  I show how Freud’s representation was shaped by Cold War anxieties, namely the fear that human individuality was imperiled by mass social forces.

3:45 – 4:25 pm    Robinson Lilienthal, PhD (Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): PSYCHOANALYTIC READING of the BROTHERS KARAMAZOV: The INTERGENERATIONAL CONFLICT . The Brothers Karamazov has it all: compelling characters, intrigue, suspense, comedy, tragedy, love, hate, ambivalence, the murder mystery, sibling rivalry, ambition, greed, betrayal, suicide, patricide, a compelling courtroom drama, and much more. This presentation will explore this novel as a case study of inter-generational conflict.

4:30 – 5:00 pm     GROUP PROCESS

ROOM 912

9:00 – 9:40 am    Alan Mohl, PhD, LCSW: The RISE of ROBOTS & MACHINES & the THREAT of a JOBLESS FUTURE. As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. This paper will attempt to touch on these issues and look at what can be done about it in order to prevent catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity.

9:45 – 10:25 am   Claire Steinberger, EdD (Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): FROZEN TIME: TRAUMA in the TRI-PERSONAL FIELD; the FAMILIAR & the FOREIGN . This paper explores binary states of coupling in the unconscious and  paradoxical  search for the “familiar” and the “foreign”.  The clinical work introduces the notion of frozen time, suggesting an invisible role for psychic trauma in complementary forms of couple attraction – and aversion, an uncanny balance between mutual idealization and destruction, and enacting trauma-related self-fulfilling cycles of hope -- and dread.  

10:30 – 11:10 am    Marcie Newton, PhD (University of Albany): HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE a [COMMONER] SCORNED': BREXIT and the RISE of PLEBEITOCRACY. On June 24, 2016, a democratically-voted referendum result in favor of Britain exiting the European Union left nations in shock. Brexit signals the commoner's rise to power but, as this paper will illustrate, the vote itself was motivated by a narcissistic injury.

11:15 am – 12:05 pm  KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROOM 914

12:05 – 1:30 pm – LUNCH

1:30 – 2:10 pm    Krystyna Sanderson, PhD (Faculty, Psychoanalytic Training Program at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute): The CONCEPTS of TRUE SELF and FALSE SELF as EXEMPLIFIED by JEWS WHO SURVIVED on “ARYAN PAPERS” in NAZI-OCCUPIED POLAND: A HISTORICAL and PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVE. The lecture will describe ways in which some Jews survived on in Poland during the Nazi occupation and how “passing” psychologically influenced the psyche of survivors in terms of true self and false self. The presentation will also address the posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from fear of being discovered and executed.

2:15 – 2:55 pm    Gilda Graff, MA, LP (Vice President, International Psychohistorical Association): The NAME of the GAME is SHAME, Part II: 8 YEARS of OBAMA, & THEN WE ELECTED TRUMP. Our first black president has been followed by Donald Trump. Do white Americans understand the shame surrounding racial issues? Did the death of Michael Brown and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement stem from black rage, or was it from white rage? Or did it stem from the shame of both blacks and whites?  

3:00 – 3:40 pm    Floyd Rudmin, PhD (University of Tromso, Norway): NEAR-TERM HUMAN EXTINCTION: MASS POPULATION GRIEF REACTIONS as CLIMATE COLLAPSE ENDS ALL NARRATIVES.   Abrupt climate change can cause near-term human extinction.  Societal grief reactions include denial, isolation, anger, bargaining, and depression.  The end of all narratives about family, civilization, and history accelerates the collapse of civilization.

3:45 – 4:25 pm    Sandra Indig, LCSW-R/LP, NCPsyA, ATR-CB: LIFE TRANSFORMATIONS THROUGH CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE PROCESS. This presentation embraces the stories (cases) which trigger creativity and creative processes in both analyst/artist and patient. Its focus is on their capacities to love, be seduced, on their readiness to experience the joys and dangers of connection and on the willingness to withstand and survive pain and unbearable feelings of loss. 

4:30 – 5:00 pm     GROUP PROCESS

ROOM 910

9:00 – 9:40 am    Dorothea Leicher, LCSW, NCPsyA: The FIGHT for HUMAN VALUES in TWO GENERATIONS. The author develops parallels between her parents’ struggles to deal with (limited) awareness of the Holocaust and her own struggles to address climate change. Acknowledging the differences in risk regarding protest actions, the paper will describe the mourning necessary to abandon comforting ideologies and experiences from the author’s life-style changes.

9:45– 11:10 am    PANEL: Theresa Aiello, PhD (New York University), moderator; presenters: Natalie Medina Minton, LCSW (CUNY, Brooklyn College) & Rebecca Harrington, LCSW (Faculty, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center): 1) The OPPRESSED CHILD: A CRITICAL STANDPOINT PERSPECTIVE; 2) CHILDFREE by CHOICE. One of these presentations explores how children have been historically viewed by adult authority figures and how this has contributed to the need of incorporating children into a standpoint theory perspective today. The other - explores childlessness, which is rising in the USA as well. However, our pro-natalist society continues to commercialize and politicize reproduction and parenthood, often equating womanhood with motherhood. It includes clinical material and confronts current and historical psychoanalytic and societal notions of normativity.

11:15 am – 12:05 pm  KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROOM 914

12:05 – 1:30 pm – LUNCH

1:30 – 2:55 pm     PANEL: Arnold Richards, MD; Art Lynch, PhD; Arlene Richards, PhD; & Margaret Yard, PhD: TALKING with CHINA. After a seven year experience in teaching, supervising and treating people in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in China, our three presenters will discuss the cultural differences between Chinese and American students as they learn how to do psychotherapy. We will have graduated 480 students by the time of our presentation. In addition, we have lectured to very large audiences via electronic media. All of these experiences have yielded rich anecdotal material from which we have formulated hypotheses about how cross cultural teaching can work.

3:00 – 3:40 pm    Habibeh Rahim, PhD (St. John’s University) & Constance L. Benson, MDiv, MPhil (Dept. of Education): JERUSALEM: MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOHISTORY & HEALING. This presentation aims to provide historical and psychohistorical perspective through a review of some key events in Jerusalem’s pre-20th Century history. Bringing a multi-cultural viewpoint to bear on this material, we will examine both the annals of conflict and attempts at harmony.

3:45 – 4:20 pm     Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA (Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): The DANCE between the LATENT and the MANIFEST while INTERPRETING DREAMS: A PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE. From the beginning of psychoanalysis, an argument ensued as to what constitutes “deep work.”  The battle over introspection and projection will be revealed and brought together into a unified idea. Although dreams continue to hold a mystery, this discussion will demystify it, and enlighten its participants.

ROOM 904

9:00 – 9:40 am     Claude Barbre, MS, MDiv, PhD, LP (Full Professor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology): REHUMANIZING LIFE: HISTORICAL and PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERSECTIONS in the THEORETICAL and THERAPEUTIC CONTRIBUTIONS of MARGARET MORGAN LAWRENCE, MD. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, MD was the first African American psychoanalyst trained in the United States, the first African American female pediatrician certified by the American Board of Pediatricians, and the first African American resident at the New York Psychiatric Institute. We will explore the impact of historical and cultural forces on Dr. Lawrence’s theoretical innovations and therapeutic contributions to psychology, psychoanalysis, education, pastoral care, and medicine.

9:45 – 10:25 am    Juhani Ilanus, PhD (University of Helsinki): “TRUMPUTIN”: FUSION, CONFUSION, MIRRORING, and PARANOIA between DONALD J. TRUMP &VLADIMIR PUTIN. This presentation is a comparative evaluation of the personality aspects of Trump and Putin. Their converging and diverging developmental and psychopolitical trajectories and strategies, their conflicts, defenses, motives, aims, skills and relational constellations will be analyzed. 

10:30 – 11:10 am    Howard Covitz, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA (psychoanalyst &author of Oedipal Paradigms in Collision: A Centennial Emendtion of a Piece of Freudian Canon). The POLITICS of YOU & ME: WHAT'S MISSING in the PUBLIC TRUMP PERSONA. A World View needs to encompass a theory of the healthy individual and of the healthy polity. I will explore the difficulties that arise in a Republic when a leader arises who passes muster according to a monadic notion of health but fails that same Test of Fitness when centered on intersubjectivity.

11:15 am – 12:05 pm  KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROOM 914

12:05 – 1:30 pm – LUNCH

1:30 – 2:10 pm    Merle Molofsky, MFA (National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis & Harlem Family Institute): In a TIME of GROUP PROTEST, GROUP ACTION, EVERY SINGLE VOICE MATTERS: A SINGULAR VOICE. Today, social media activates activism.  Everywhere massive numbers of people demonstrate in opposition to Trump’s pseudo-policies. Each demonstrator is an individual. Here are one person’s Instagram photographs and poetry. Discover the power of individual voice; hear the sound of one hand clapping. 

2:15 – 2:55 pm   Jeffrey Lewis, PhD (Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis): BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: FROM THERAPEUTIC REGRESSION to DEPENDENCY as NECESSITY - PENDING. Beginning with the work of Ferenczi and Balint on therapeutic use of regression, this presentation is going to try not only to use Ferenczi and Balint as the beginning and the end, but to bring their theory and technique to the present. It will include the discussion on therapeutic relationship, from regression to dependency to individuation.

3:00 – 3:40 pm    Ruth Lijtmaer, PhD, CPPNJ (Private practice): RE-MAKING the HISTORY of PSYCHOLOGY & PSYCHOANALYSIS: AWAKENING the POLITICAL in the CONSULTING ROOM. After the 2016 election, therapists are struggling with patients' concerns about being deported, ethnic discrimination, being sexually abused, or not having health insurance. These are real situations in the outside world that affect the intrapsychic life of patients and therapists. Clinical examples will be provided.

3:45 – 4:25 pm   Iyad Alkhouri, MD (Psychiatrist): DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING: CHALLENGES of IMPLEMENTING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES in DISASTER AREAS. The fundamental aspect for the collective trauma in Syria is the preferential treatment of ethnic and political groups. This creates sub-communities that are in constant competition for “favoritism.” The “survivor” among those sub-communities will blame other groups for discord and violence. And, in that community, some survivors experience guilt, making them rebels within their groups.

4:30 – 5:00 pm     GROUP PROCESS

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