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)
Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler
Dr. Margaret Yard, Dr. Jeffrey Rubin, & Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld

“Now mortality could begin to have its dialectic with immortality as the moment of experiencing opened up,
 rather than being obviated by trenchant enactment.”
(Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler)

Sometimes the analyst is called on unconsciously to open her breathing so that the analysand, lying on the couch, can
open her mind, her shame, and her tremendous need for intimate self-expression to another. Opening up her breathing,
she opens transitional space between herself and the patient, and this in turn opens the psychic inner interior space in
the patient’s psyche and internal world. Opening psychic space then consequently opens up time, so that bound time
of mortality, which we perceive with our left brains, transforms to time as infinite and eternal. We experience a sense
of immortality through our right brains, and this allows for polarized sadomasochistic enactments to be transformed into
dialectical conversations and interactions. Mortality transforms to immortality through the “eternal now” moments.
Projective identification transforms to Projection.

All these clinical phenomena can be seen mirrored in the dance of Argentine Tango where polarized sadomasochistic
duels transform in the current day to the art of dialectical exchange through “conversation” in the moment of mutual,
“It Takes Two to Tango,” expression. The follower heeds the caution of “non anticipation” just as the analyst needs
to surrender “memory and desire” in the clinical session and moment, allowing a natural and organic evolution of shared
experience to evolve in an inter-subjective flow that becomes the dance of psychoanalysis. Freud’s “free floating
attention” and Winnicott’s capacity for play are other perspectives on this phenomenon, where life is transformed
from contrived choreography to the moment-to-moment improvisation that gives life and evolving identity to all of us.

This conference will breathe life into the clinical work of all who attend and hear Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s paper on “Mortality
and Immortality…” and all who engage with the dialectical interchange that the distinguished discussants on the panel
will bring to the day, the unique day of the twentieth anniversary annual Object Relations Institute’s conference!

Conference schedule

Registration and coffee & muffins: 9:30-10:00 am; program begins @ 10am
Conference: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lunch: 12:00 -1:00 pm; Entertainment during lunch, a Professional Argentine Tango performances

Registration fees

Early Bird registration (before January 15th, 2011) $95 regular/ $45 students
Pre-registration discount (January 16th – February 15th, 2011) $105 regular/ $55 students
Registration after February 15th, 2011 & at the door $115 regular/ $65 students

Please, send checks or money orders (paid to the Object Relations Institute) to:
Object Relations Institute/ c/o ORI Administrator
75-15 187 street, Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725

To Register: Call 646-522-0387 (ORI administrator) or (212) 674-5425 (Dr. Kavaler-Adler), E-mail:
or, or Fax @ (718) 785-3270.

New: Pre-register a friend/ a colleague, and each of you will receive $10 off your already discounted
Special scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students is available. Inquire by email
to or at 646-522-0387.

Cancellation Policy

Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before February 20th, 2011. Partial refund
is made up to the date of the conference (February 26th, 2011). No refunds for cancellations made after
February 26th, 2011.

Directions to the Lafayette Grill (located in Tribeca, at 54 Franklin Street, NY, NY 10013):
Please, take N, R, Q, 6, C and A trains to Canal Street OR #1 train to Franklin Street. Walk towards Broadway.
For Driving Directions, please use this link:

Continuing Education Information

This program is co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and the
Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological
Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and
its content.

Click here for the conference registration form.


2010 Annual Conference
For the Newsletter article (April 2010) about our 2010 Annual Conference, click HERE

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
Dr. Lewis Aron: Going out to meet You, I found You coming toward me: Transformation in Jewish mysticism and
contemporary psychoanalysis...

With its goal of enhancing and revitalizing human experience, and in its primary concern with felt meaning,
significance, and purpose, contemporary psychoanalytic theory deconstructs the sharp division between religion
and psychoanalysis. Freud’s Enlightenment ideal of science saw it as liberating the individual from the illusion of
religion. Psychoanalysis offered Truth as replacement for regressive fantasy. Religious belief was “a lost cause,”
a “childhood neurosis,” and Freud paid homage only to “Our god Logos—Reason,” arguing that religion was the
only worthy “enemy.” Both science and rationality on the one hand and religion and spirituality on the other are
more complex and multidimensional than Freud envisioned. In this presentation we will consider mysticism and
psychoanalysis through the lens of a personal anecdote.

BIO: LEWIS ARON, Ph.D. is the Director of the New York University, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and
Psychoanalysis. He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological
Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
(IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological
Association (NYSPA). He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for
Social Research, and is an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. Dr. Aron has
received the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) Distinguished Service Award and the Division
of Psychoanalysis (39) Leadership Award. He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of
Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy
of Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Aron is the author of “A Meeting of Minds: Mutuality in Psychoanalysis” (The Analytic Press, 1996). He is the
Editor (with Adrienne Harris) of “The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi” (TAP, 1993), the Editor (with Frances Sommer
Anderson) of “Relational Perspectives on the Body” (TAP, 1998), the Editor (with Stephen Mitchell) of “Relational
Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition” (TAP, 1999), the Editor (with Adrienne Harris) of “Relational
Psychoanalysis II: Innovation and Expansion” (TAP, 2005), and the Editor (with Melanie Suchet and Adrienne
Harris) of “Relational Psychoanalysis III: New Voices” (TAP, 2007). His most recent work, co-edited with Libby
Henik: “ Answering a Question With A Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought” is to be
published this year by Academic Studies Press. He was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of
“Psychoanalytic Dialogues,” and he is the series editor (with Adrienne Harris) of the “Relational Perspectives
Book Series,” published by The Analytic Press. Dr. Aron is in private practice in New York City and in Port
Washington, Long Island, N.Y.

Dr. Jeffrey Rubin: Psychoanalysis and Meditation: Partners in Healing.

We live in a universe in which psychoanalysts meditate and meditators—including Buddhist teachers—avail
themselves of therapy; and there is a burgeoning interest in the potential interface between them. In this
presentation we’ll explore why psychoanalysis and meditation need each other—how each not only supplements
blind spots in the other, but makes it richer than if pursued alone—and how to integrate them. After exploring
the way meditation cultivates heightened attentiveness, refines sensory clarity, lessens self-criticism, and
increases affect tolerance; thereby deepening psychoanalytic listening; we’ll examine how psychoanalytic
understandings of unconscious communication and meaning illuminates and transforms the near-sightedness
of meditation. In the concluding section, Dr. Rubin will delineate meditative psychotherapy, his own integration
of meditation and psychoanalysis. Meditative exercises and clinical material will illustrate his theoretical reflections.

BIO: Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy in New York
City and Bedford Hills, New York. The author of Psychotherapy and Buddhism; The Good Life; and A Psychoanalysis
for Our Time, Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities and psychoanalytic institutes including Union Theological
Seminary, The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, The C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, The American
Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Yeshiva University. A Dharma Holder in the White Plum Sangha and Red Thread
Zen Circle and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, Dr. Rubin is considered one of the leading integrators
of the Western psychotherapeutic and Eastern meditative traditions. He runs private study groups on dreams
and meditation and meditation and psychotherapy and lectures around the country on two forthcoming books,
The Art of Flourishing, and Psychotherapy and Meditation: Partners in Healing. Dr. Rubin is a training and
supervising analyst at the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and can
be contacted through his website (

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis: Moderator

BIO: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD - Ferenczi scholar, reviewer for the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Faculty & Board
Member of the Object Relations Institute, and Faculty member at St. John’s University.

Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler will discuss Dr. Aron’s moving presentation, and will bring a lot of clinical examples from her
book Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis, which was
distinguished by the National Gradiva Award (2004) of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

BIO: Susan Kavaler Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.LItt -Founder, Executive Director, Senior Training Supervisor of the
Object Relations Institute, Object Relations theorist in the British Object Relations tradition; author of The Compulsion
to Create; The Creative Mystique; Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change, and over 50 articles and book chapters.

Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld will discuss Dr. Rubin's intriguing paper and clinical cases from the perspective of Shaolin Chan,
Tai Chi, and object relations theory. He also will discuss the connection between therapeutic aspects of Buddhism
and psychoanalysis, as described by Rubin.

BIO: Jeffrey Seinfeld, MSW, PhD is a Professor at The Silver School of Social Work, NYU; Author of The Bad Object;
The Empty Core; Containing Terror, Rage & Despair: An Object Relations Approach to Psychotherapy; Interpreting &
Holding: The Paternal and Maternal Functions of the Psychotherapist; A Primer on the Negative Therapeutic Reaction,
and other books and articles. He is a Scientific Faculty member of the Object Relations Institute.



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