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March 2021
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On The Calendar

March 12-May 21 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute will be sponsoring a Zoom-based clinical consultation group for psychodynamic psychotherapists, led by Institute faculty member Charles Jaffe.  The group will bring together participants from across the country to explore how to conceptualize clinical material and how to understand the change process.  Jaffe has taught courses in clinical practice, development, and theory.  His publications focus on psychoanalytic theory, adolescent development, the theory of therapeutic action, and the integration of clinical practice and research.  The group will meet every other Friday.  Seats are limited.  Click here to learn more and register.

March 20 - Peter Shabad will present a talk called "Divided Against Oneself: Shame, Inhibition, and Life's Aftermath" at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP).  In his talk, Shabad will discuss the genesis of shame as a reaction to the traumatic experience of ruptured relationships, and then describe how he believes the inhibiting aspects of shame lead to self-immobilization, self-pity, resentment, and entitlement.  He will also discuss the contrast between shame and guilt.  Click here to register.  

March 23 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Society announced its spring line-up of presentations.  The Society’s spring series will kick off with a March 23 talk by Griffin Hansbury, the first transgender clinician to present to the Society.  His talk is entitled “King Kong & Goldilocks: Imagining Transmasculinities Through the Trans-Trans Dyad.”  

April 9 - CCP will be offering a special event, where Stephen Anen will present his paper "Narcissistic States of White Privilege and the Constructive Role of Shame."  Anen, who practices in New Orleans, constructs a psychoanalytic conceptualization of privilege by capturing how alterations and limitations in awareness create a sense of narcissistic wholeness.  This presentation aims to consider how checking privilege is a process that can be supported through harnessing the constructive and creative elements of shame.  The paper will be discussed by Dorothy Evans Holmes and Kirkland Vaughans.  Anen serves as Program Chair of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39).  Holmes, whose scholarship has focused on race and gender, is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) Holmes Commission on Racial Equality.  Vaughans, a faculty member at Adelphi University and the National Institute of the Psychotherapies, is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents.  He is also a member of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality of APsaA.  Click here to register.

April 17 - Peter Shabad will present at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.  He will be one of two discussants (with Roger Frie) of a "live interview" with Robert Stolorow about Stolorow’s conceptualization of trauma and collective trauma.  Shabad is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University and on the faculty of CCP and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  He has a passion for classic American and foreign films and spent his early adolescent years in Moscow attending a Russian school while his father was stationed there as a New York Times correspondent.

April 23-June 11 - The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Social Work will present an eight-session Zoom seminar led by Joseph Palombo.  He will share his perspective on understanding the dynamics of treatment of patients with neuropsychological deficits.  Although the focus of the seminar is primarily on those patients, Palombo will apply his framework to a broader cohort whose endowment contributes to their unique development and their struggles with life tasks.  Palombo is Founding Dean and faculty member at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.  His publications include Neuropsychodynamic Treatment of Self-deficits: Searching for Complementarity and Learning Disorders and Disorders of the Self in Children and Adolescents.  To register for the seminar, click here.

April 27 - As part of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society's spring line-up of presentations, Yale psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Rosemary Balsam, an authority on female development, will speak on the topic “‘Child Woman’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ -- Psychoanalytic Misogyny.”  Access the Zoom link here.

June 4 - Depth Counseling’s March 5th live supervision Zoom event on race in the consulting room has been postponed and will be replaced by a live supervision Zoom event on immigration on June 4.  This new event, entitled “The Individuated 'Dividual' or What is Culture Good For,” is also part of the University of Chicago’s Weissbourd Seminars.  It is being co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Society of Fellows, and Yellowbrick.  Usha Tummala-Narra, one of the leading psychoanalytic scholars on immigration, will provide live supervision.  Tummala-Narra is Professor of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, and Director of Training in the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at Boston College.  Sean Dowdy, assistant collegiate professor at the University of Chicago and a member of Depth Counseling’s clinical staff, will present the case.  Register here.  There is no need to register if you already registered for the original March 5th event.

The Written Word

Carla Leone's newest paper, “The Application of Contemporary Self Psychology to Couple Therapy,” has been accepted for publication by the journal Couple and Family Psychoanalysis in the fall 2021 issue.  The paper will also be included in the edited volume More About Couples on the Couch: Approaching Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy from an Expanded Perspective, which is edited by Shelly Nathans and to be published by Routledge.  The paper is an updated version of Leone's 2008 paper on the application of self psychology to couple therapy and contains new case material.  Copies will be available upon request from the author by emailing

In Case You Missed It

Dennis Shelby, the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society’s President, co-chaired a discussion group on “Distance Psychoanalysis and Distance Education” at the American Psychoanalytic Association’s February meetings.  Katherine Williams, a Chicago Institute candidate and the Society’s former treasurer, also participated.  The presenters’ topics included developing international distance supervisors, recognizing the emotional component of online classroom instruction, an online candidate bill of rights, and the candidates’ perspective on online education.

Arthur Nielson gave a webinar in January for the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) entitled “Insights from Couple Therapy: Pathological Processes, Projective Identification, and Partner Selection.”  Nielson is the author of the textbook A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches, and a faculty member at the Family Institute at Northwestern University.  

Peter Shabad chaired two discussion groups at the American Psychoanalytic Association National Meeting in February.  In the “Shame Dynamics'' group, he presented his views on how magical thinking underlies shame and inhibits curiosity because thinking and knowing become too automatically and dangerously linked with real-life actions in the world.  In the “Embracing and Foreclosing Change'' discussion group, Shabad presented on the paradox of the personal and professional in clinical work and highlighted how the participatory (rather than dispassionate observing) use of the personal facilitates therapeutic action.  Shabad is the author of Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy and is working on a new book entitled Seizing The Vital Moment: Passion, Shame, and Mourning, to be published by Routledge. 

Gavin Mullen gave the Chicago Society’s February talk, in which she explored the analytic attitude and the stance taken by psychoanalysts and many psychoanalytic therapists.  The talk looked at how the analytic attitude involves focusing on psychic reality, maintaining a respectful, positive position with regard to patients, and avoiding either/or thinking.  She examined how the analytic attitude is used in specific situations with patients and how the circumstances that patients present force us to try to puzzle out just what the optimal analytic attitude is.  Mullen serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, where she is a faculty member.  She edited The Selected Papers of Arnold Goldberg and served two terms as Associate Editor of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  She is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in Northbrook.

In the Community

Dale Gody read her poem “Heartbroken” in January at “The Creative Salon: A Virtual Event, Experiences During the Coronavirus.”  The poem explores her experience as a grandmother unable to touch her grandchild due to Covid.  The salon was co-sponsored by the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.  Gody, a former Chicagoan, is on the faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.

Carla Leone is currently serving as Chair of the Online Education Committee of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP), where she coordinates quarterly online discussions of papers from issues of the organization's journal, Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  The next discussion will be held March 14-21 and will focus on a paper by former Chicagoan Steven Stern entitled “Analytic Adoption of the Psychically Homeless."  IAPSP membership is required for these informal discussions, but Leone reports that her committee is currently planning a series of webinars open to non-members as well. 

Practice News

Depth Counseling recently added two bilingual (Spanish-English) therapists as part of its effort to provide psychoanalytically-informed services to traditionally marginalized communities:  Francisco Verde trained in attachment theory in clinical practice at the Bowlby Center in London, also has experience in community mental health.  Francesca Duran, a supervisor and clinician, came to Depth from the Kedzie Center.  Both are currently accepting new clients.

Chicago Psychoanalytic Society News
Flora Lazar, Ph.D, LCSW - Editor
 Caroline Steelberg, Psy.D. -  Associate Editor

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