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November 2019
In This Issue:
On The Calendar

November 9 - Susan Vaughan, director of the Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, will conduct a workshop titled "Treating Trans Patients: Containing Complexity and Embracing Embodiment."  Co-sponsored by the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society, the workshop will explore “lessons learned” from Vaughan’s years in clinical practice during a period of transformation in psychoanalytic views of gender.  During the workshop, she will discuss the World Professional Association for Transgender Health  guidelines for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves. The seminar will end with a case presentation to further illustrate an affirming standard of care. Vaughan is the author of “Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality: Do We Need a New Theory?" and "Scrambled Eggs: Psychological Meanings of New Reproductive Choices for Lesbians."  The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute was one of two sites for this year's American Psychoanalytic Association (ApsaA) Traveling Woman Scholar award, which highlights the accomplishments of women in psychoanalysis.  The Institute will be hosting a weekend of educational activities with Vaughan. Register here for the Saturday morning seminar, which will be held at the Chicago Institute at 122 South Michigan Avenue. 

November 13 - Peter Shabad will participate as one of the expert panelists in the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy’s (IARPP) online colloquium in November.  The colloquium, which begins with three-day discussion among an international group of panelist and culminates in a community-wide forum, will focus on Mary Joan Gerson’s 2018 paper “Death of a Parent: Openings at an Ending.”   Access to the paper will be made available to all IARPP members via email one week prior to the colloquium’s start.  Join here.

December 7 - Celia Brickman will present a paper at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, along with Francisco González, a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, as part of a program entitled “Facets of Race in Psychoanalysis.”  Brickman’s presentation, entitled “The Question of Primitivity,” will explore the sources of racial bias within psychoanalytic theory, and will demonstrate the implications for Freudian metapsychology and for contemporary clinical practice.  González’s presentation, “First World Problems and Gates Communities of the Mind,” will consider the issue of the impact of the sociopolitical on current clinical practice, asking where we are to draw the line on what belongs inside or remains outside of analytic scrutiny, and how this question might help us imagine what psychoanalysis is and can be.  Brickman, who is the author of Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind, is interested in the intersection of issues of race and psychoanalysis.  She is an adjunct faculty member at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  González, who is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality, writes about the articulation of the social within psychic life. 

The Written Word

Flora Lazar’s paper “Learning from Brisbane: The Politics of Identity and the Promise of Empathy” has been published by Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  The paper, growing out a series of literary debates about who can understand and write about whom, raises clinical and theoretical questions like those that set the famed Brisbane festival ablaze not long ago.  It explores the historical reluctance of psychoanalysis to address issues of identity and otherness in theory and clinical practice, as well as the importance of the “relational turn,” especially self psychology, in overcoming these theoretical limitations.  Lazar is an historian-clinician with a longstanding interest in the relationship of psychoanalysis to the allied fields.  She edits this newsletter and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  

Peter Shabad had a paper published this summer in Psychoanalytic Dialogues entitled "Who Suffered More?  Rivalry For The Right To Be Loved."  The paper, which discusses Harvey Peskin's "Who Has The Right To Mourn?  Relational Deference and the Ranking of Grief," explores what it means to “have a right” and the impact this may have on the experience of grief.   Shabad, who is on the faculties of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and the Center for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, was recently named Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  

Brenda Solomon’s book review of Claudia Heilbrunn’s book What Happens When the Analyst Dies: Unexpected Terminations in Psychoanalysis will be published in Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  Solomon’s review explores a collection of personal essays that Solomon argues constitute an important addition to the sparse literature on analysts’ deaths and the resultant impact on patients.  Earlier this year, Solomon’s paper “Conundrums and Complexities: Treating the Dying Analyst” appeared in the same journal, published by the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.  She has been teaching ethics, including the impact of the dying or impaired analyst for many years.

Art Nielsen, author of the couple therapy textbook A Roadmap for Couple Therapy, just had a related, synthetic paper, “Projective Identification in Couples,” published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  The paper, based on the idea that projective identification can bridge the divide between individual psychodynamics and interpersonal systemic process, aims to clarify and demystify the concept, in part by deconstructing it into its components, distinguishing subtypes.  It discusses what is meant by identification, the importance of containment, how induction is often accomplished by inaction, and how he believes that projective identification can explain partner selection and polarization.

Dennis Shelby has a chapter entitled “Swipe, Woof, Flirt, and the Erotics of the Hand-held Device” in the new book Eroticism Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms. In this volume, fourteen authors explore human erotic life from developmental, cultural and clinical perspectives.  Shelby's chapter brings his 2002 article "About Cruising and Being Cruised" into the present-day world of dating and so called “hookup” apps.  Shelby, who directs the distance learning program of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and teaches psychoanalysis to Iranian and Chinese students, is the President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society. 

Carla Leone, who specializes in the application of self psychological theory to couples counseling, recently published two new papers, “When Couple Therapy Has Started But the Affair is Continuing:  Key Clinical Moments, Curative Factors and Lucky Breaks in a Self Psychological Couples Therapy and Its Context” and “Self Psychology-Informed Family Therapy: Increasing Selfobject Experience Between Family Members – An Important Component of Psychoanalytic Treatment of Children and Adolescents.”  The first paper, which includes a review of the literature and a case study, explores the chances of repairing and rebuilding the original relationship if one of the partners is still involved with or in love with an extramarital partner. The second paper applies basic tenets of contemporary self psychology to conjoint sessions with parents and children, applying the concepts of selfobject experience and needs to understanding what family members need and seek from each other.  The papers appear in the most recent two issues of the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  Leone, who founded and heads North Suburban Family Psychologists, recently began serving as the Secretary of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

In Case You Missed It

Greg Rizzolo discussed his recently-published book, The Critique of Regression, earlier this fall at the Kansas Psychoanalytic Institute, where he presented his  psychoanalytic model of irreversible lifespan development.  In the talk, Rizzolo argued that psychoanalysis works not by facilitating a regression to infantile fixation points, nor by reviving archaic developmental needs, but by addressing the complexity of the here-and-now.  Rizzolo is a faculty member at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.  In 2017, he was awarded the JAPA Prize for the best paper of the year in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

A recording of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society’s October scientific meeting featuring Peter Shabad’s talk "The Forward Edge of Resistance: Toward The Dignity of Human Agency" is now available online. The talk addressed the place of human will and agency in psychoanalysis, growing out of Shabad’s interest in the importance the field has traditionally attached to psychic determinism with regard to psychosexual fixations and developmental arrests.  Click here for a description of the talk and resources that informed it.  

Elizabeth Rottenberg is wrapping up her graduate course at DePaul University entitled "Joking Around, Seriously," which began with the question of why Freud’s 1927 essay “Humor” was his last word on the theory of jokes and the comic, and spent the bulk of its time on the question of jokes and laughter.  It included texts of Baudelaire, Bergson, Lacan, and Kofman.  Rottenberg’s new book, For the Love of Psychoanalysis: The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida, came out this summer.  She is a professor of philosophy and heads the comparative literature program at DePaul. She is one of six founding members of the Derrida Seminars Translation Project and a practicing psychoanalyst in Chicago.

Karen Bloomberg and Denise Davis presented “The Wisdom of Self Psychology,” an overview of self psychology as part of the Institute for Clinical Social Work’s “Summer in the City” series.  This year’s seven-part series focused on psycho-dynamic theory in a multicultural world.  Bloomberg’s and Davis’ talk provided a basic grounding in self psychology from child and adult perspectives and addressed issues of racism and language differences.  

Practice News

Clinical Consultation Group Opening - There are openings in Ann Kaplan's clinical consultation group “Work with Children, Adolescents and Families.”  Kaplan, a child, adolescent, and adult analyst, serves on the faculty at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, where she chairs the Child and Adolescent Analysis Program in the Psychoanalytic Education Program.  The group meets on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:15 pm at 122 South Michigan Ave.  To join the group, email Damita Wilson or call (312) 897-1411. 

Space available -  Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy has 15 furnished psychotherapy offices, most of which are large enough for group therapy as well as a conference room large enough for groups of 20 or more.  Two of the offices are currently available for rent full-time.  Other offices can be rented part-time, in six or eight-hour blocks during the day, evening or weekend. All professionals renting the offices are required to be fully licensed at the highest level in the State of Illinois and provide proof of malpractice insurance.   Click here for more information on rentals and to visit Lakeview’s offices, please call Kate Fiello at (773) 525-3322.

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

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