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March 2020
In This Issue:
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.

The Written Word

Neal Spira recently published “The Experience of Supervising Chinese Students” describing his experience of using distance learning technology to engage with students from China.  In the article, which appeared in Pychoanalytic Inquiry, Spira describes this experience from his perspective as dean of a major psychoanalytic institute and from his perspective as a supervisor trying to help Chinese students become psychoanalysts.  Spira concludes that despite seeming impossibility, it is possible to transcend obstacles posed by cultural differences and distance technology to establish a learning experience that is rewarding to students and educators. 

Several members of the Chicago Institute faculty collaborated on an article, “Therapeutic Holding,” which discusses the application of psychoanalytic thinking to working with dying patients.  Chicago co-authors included Linda Emanuel, Neal Spira, and Brenda Solomon.  The article, which appears in The Journal of Palliative Medicine, argues that therapeutic holding is uniquely critical in palliative care, but sees it as applying in varied forms throughout medicine.  The authors use theoretical concepts of psychodynamic therapy and its focus on the therapeutic relationship as its sole intervention to identify the elements of palliative care's therapeutic holding.  Their article developed from a Chicago- and Boston-based discussion group about psychodynamic cases involving serious illness. 

Santiago Delboy's paper "A Country of Two: Race and Social Class in an Immigrant Therapeutic Dyad” was published in the latest issue of Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  Incorporating some of his own experiences of identity and otherness, Delboy discusses, through the lens of his countertransference, how communicating with patients in their shared mother tongue allowed for access to early internal object relations.  It addresses unconscious threats to a sense of belonging, self-states defined by race and social class dynamics, and feelings of shame associated with some of these dissociated self-states rooted in historical oppression and trauma.  To request a copy of Delboy’s paper click here

Frank Summers’ paper “Process of Object Relations Therapy Based on Transference and Potential Space in Patients with Major Depressive Disorders” was published in the most recent issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology.  The paper reports on a qualitative investigation undertaken of his theory of therapeutic action elucidated in two of Summers’ books, Transcending the Self and Self Creation. Summers’ theory holds that therapeutic action consists of two components, an understanding dimension, which roughly corresponds to "transference space," and a phase of utilizing the insights gained for the creation of an alternative to the pathological pattern, roughly corresponding to Winnicott's concept of "potential space." Summers is also author of the award-winning book The Psychoanalytic Vision.

In Case You Missed It

Ronald Krasner, a former president of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society, died unexpectedly this past December.  He was a leader in psychiatric education, championed the psychoanalytic perspective and was a mentor to many younger analysts.  Read a eulogy presented by his colleague Neal Spira here.   

Tom Barrett is currently preparing to take the helm as president of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis (ACP).  His two-year term begins in May at the group’s annual meeting.  Barrett reports that the group will continue its ongoing efforts to make the association better known to analysts in training.  Many institutes, including the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, are moving toward "integrated training" so that coursework for adult training and child training are relatively intertwined.  The association is also attempting to align its efforts with the changing thinking about emerging adulthood.  Barrett is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Chicago.  He served as department chair of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, undertook post-graduate training in infant mental health with Selma Fraiberg, and completed child analytic training through the Hanna Perkins Center in Cleveland

Practice News

Position Available - Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy, a cooperative made up of psychotherapists from various disciplines, is looking for a BCBS PPO paneled psychiatrist to join its practice.  The community offers referrals, consultation, and collegiality.  Hours are flexible.  Contact Niquie Dworkin to find out more about this opportunity. 

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

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