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Scientific Meetings

All scientific meetings start at 4 PM and are held at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, 225 Bradley St., New Haven unless noted. There is no fee for these programs. All are welcome, registration is not required.


April 10, 2010
Speaker: Lois Oppenheim, Ph.D.
Title: Disorders of the Imagination: Creativity, Friend and Foe
Discussant: Joan Wexler, L.C.S.W.

The primary objective of this paper is to uncover the relationship of imagination to the self as agent. The premise is that making art is analogous to psychoanalysis in externalizing emotion, desire, and conflict, conscious and unconscious, and allowing for a perception of self that liberates and furthers autonomy. Operative in the making of art, as in the psychoanalytic situation, is the objectification of subjective experience such that first- and third- person viewpoints are intertwined. In this paper I will discuss a form of creative “deal-making” that may be identified in a number of severely ill people that serves to take over where a diminished sense of self has left off. I will explore the strengthening of self that comes from the making of art (particularly that of Oskar Kokoschka) as from psychoanalysis. The aim being to show that, at their best, creative processes deepen one’s sense of identity and are thereby empowering.

May 15, 2010
Speaker: John Munder Ross, PhD
Title: Brothers, Sisters and a Return to Reality
Discussant: Rosemary H. Balsam, MD

The omission of siblings in psychoanalytic theory is bound up with its difficulty integrating the realities of family life into an overview of the peremptory force of unconscious fantasy in adult individuals. Three cases are presented in this paper, including Freud’s “A Phobia in a Five Year Old,” all of which demonstrate that what is experienced among siblings always involves a parent, most often as a successful or failed protector but also as the ultimate object of love and hate.

Special events

Skin Deep: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Body Modification

May 1, 2010
8:30 am to 12:45 pm
Yale Child Study Center
Donald J. Cohen Auditorium
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, Connecticut

The Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities

Yale University
Coordinator: Nancy Olson, MD

The Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities is a gathering of scholars and clinicians dedicated to exploring the various ways psychoanalysis and the humanities inform each other. We meet monthly during the academic year for a lecture and discussion. Trainees and students are welcome. Presentations are on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven.

For information or to join our e-mail list please contact Nancy Olson at 785-1898 or [email protected].

The New Haven Psychoanalytic Research Training Program

  • Key Elements of the Program
  • Individual consultations between fellows and faculty
  • Presentations by fellows of their clinical observations, beginning questions, research designs or intriguing early data
  • Presentations by faculty about their research and the challenges they encounter in their work
  • Clinical-research integration with practicing psychoanalysts as members of the training faculty
  • Post-training program follow-up through ongoing faculty and fellow consultation, joining a network of “RTP Graduates”
  • Submitting posters to the APsaA and other annual meetings, and regular fellow reunions

For further information please contact Linda Mayes at [email protected]

An event sponsored by The William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.

Dr. Antonino Ferro is Training and Supervising Analyst for the Italian Psychoanalytic Society and IPA. He has held supervisions, lectures and seminars at the psychoanalytic societies on many continents (Europe, North America, South America, Australia). Dr. Ferro has published several books which have been translated into many languages. Dr. Ferro’s latest publication is Mind Works, published by Routledge. In 2007 he was selected to be a recipient of the Mary S. Sigourney Award.

Dr. Ferro will be introduced by Drs. Sandra Buechler and Marco Conci.

    SCHEDULE: Saturday, January 16, 2010
  • 9:15am to 10:00am Coffee and pastries
  • 10:00am to 10:05am Introduction by Sandra Buechler, Ph.D.
  • 10:05am to 10:15am Introduction by Marco Conci, M.D.
  • 10:15am to 12:00pm Paper Presentation by Antonino Ferro, M.D.
  • 12:00pm to 1:30pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30pm to 3:00pm Case presentation and discussion by Deborah Fraser, Ph.D.
  • 3:00pm to 3:30pm Questions and comments

RSVP: CARLOS ACHA, (212) 873-0725 ext. 10 • [email protected] • Please register early to assure a seat

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