On The Calendar
March 6 - Andrea Celenza, a member of the faculties at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Harvard Medical School, will present a paper titled "The Erotic Field and the Fate of Feminine Signifiers" at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her talk addresses the dialectic between the life-enhancing and life-threatening dimensions of eros and the impact of the wish to know the other through a receptive and penetrating dialectic that can be both seductive and threatening in the analytic context. The talk will provide a case illustration of the ways in which the analytic journey transforms these threats and dreads into usable, potential space and expands psychic capacities. Celenza, an authority of sexual boundary violations in psychoanalysis, is the author of Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios and Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory, and Academic Contexts. This presentation, which will take place at 325 N. Wells Street, is sponsored by The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP). Onsite registration and refreshments are available. Advance registration is also possible through CCP's website.
March 6-7 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute (CPI) will hold a two-day conference entitled "Gender 2020: Psychoanalysis Adjusts its Vision" with invited speakers Jack Drescher and Melanie Suchet. The conference will address issues of fluency in gender terminology, the rethinking of the developmental process once gender is not destiny but fluid, the impact of gender shaming and violence on personal identity and social mores, and enhanced gender sensibility in the clinical situation. The symposium will kick off Friday night at the Institute with a talk by Drescher on “Queer Diagnoses: A History of Diagnosing Homosexuality and Gender Variance.” It will resume Saturday morning at John Marshall Law School with a talk by Suchet on “Exploring Trans Subjectivities: Entering the World of Gender Variance.” The conference will also include talks on “Explorations in the Complexity of (Trans)gender Development,” with CPI faculty member Robert Galatzer-Levy and CPI candidate Theo Pintzuk, as well as a talk titled “Gender, Language and Psychoanalytic Practice: Past, Present, Future?” with Drescher and CPI candidate Jane Reid. Drescher, a professor at Columbia University and media commentator on issues related to gender and sexuality, has served as an expert witness in legal cases dealing with LGBT rights. Suchet, a New York-based psychoanalyst and writer, is co-editor of the Psyche and Soul book series. She is interested in building bridges across the disciplines of psychoanalysis, queer theory, critical race theory, and contemplative practices. For more information about the conference and to register, click here.
March 16 - Jesse Viner will be presenting “How Neuroscience Informs Trauma Treatment” at the annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Trauma in San Francisco. This presentation integrates the evolving neurobiological research into a coherent model for treatment targeting brain systems deregulated in the wake of trauma with interventions that promote healing. The model focuses on centering the limbic system, activating the pre-frontal cortex, re-networking motivation and reward, and seeking secure attachment. Viner, medical director at the Evanston-based consultation and treatment center Yellowbrick, uses his knowledge of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in an approach that integrates developmental neurobiology with skill-based and in-depth psychotherapies. For more information about the conference and to register, click here.
March 20 - Celia Brickman will be serving as translator for human rights activist Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, the daughter of Frantz Fanon, when she appears as a plenary speaker at the conference of Division 39, the American Psychological Association’s Society of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology in New York. Brickman, a faculty member at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, has a long-standing interest in race and psychoanalysis and is the author of Race in Psychoanalysis. For more information, click here.
March 24 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Society in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Social Work will present “Celebrating not Pathologizing Sexuality: An Exploration of Marian Tolpin’s View and Beyond.” Suzanne Rosenfeld will moderate a panel of clinicians, including Thetis Cromie and David Garfield, influenced by Tolpin. They will discuss her paper “The Development of Sexuality and the Self.” Tolpin’s paper explores sexuality within the self-psychological context, addressing the emotional fulfillment of sexuality and considering the self-structure needed to carry out sexual and love relationships. The discussants will contend that Tolpin developed an egalitarian approach de-emphasizing the focus on sexual pathology they believe dominated psychoanalysis. Cromie is the author of “Supervision with Marian Tolpin: The Total Transference” and Garfield is the author of Unbearable Affect: A Guide to the Psychotherapy of Psychosis. The forum will take place at the University Club at 76 E. Monroe in Chicago. Click here for more information about the event. Click here to request a copy of Tolpin’s paper.
March 27 - Christina Biedermann will be presenting "In Transition: Change in a Transgender Patient" at the upcoming Society for Personality Assessment conference in San Diego. With her colleague Jeremy Ridenour, Biedermann will present an exploratory case study investigating changes in body representations in a transgender patient early in her transition. They will address the nature of such change and the utility of psychological testing to illuminate and describe such change. Biedermann, an expert in the field of psychological testing and assessment, has interests in intergenerational transmission of trauma, treatment resistance, and PTSD. Ridenour, the director of psychological testing at Austen Riggs Center, has previously presented on the topics of thought and personality disorders. For conference and registration information, click here.
April 15 - The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis will continue its Psychoanalytic Explorations Program with a small group seminar on “Relational Theory: Clinical Implications and Misunderstanding” led by Steven Vogelstein, a visiting faculty member who teaches at Loyola School of Social Work and the Institute for Clinical Social Work. The seminar, which will take place over a six-week period, will focus on the clinical implications and associated clinical assumptions with respect to transference, countertransference, therapeutic action, and therapeutic technique. Click here for more information and to register.