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February 2020
In This Issue:
On The Calendar

February 5 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute will be holding an open house for anyone interested in applying to its education programs.  Directors, faculty, and current students of their various programs will be available to engage in conversation.  Light refreshments will be served.  Click here for additional details and to register.   

February 13 - Celia Brickman, a newly-appointed adjunct faculty member at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, will be presenting a paper on “Revisiting Freud’s Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego" at the national meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  The following day, she will be giving a talk on “Primitivity in Psychoanalysis” at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  Brickman, a Chicago-based psychotherapist and author, wrote Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind and presents widely on the subject of race and psychoanalysis.  She served as Director of Education at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago.

February 18 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Society in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Social Work will present “Defending Psychotherapy: The Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) vs. Scientism.”  The three Co-Chairs of PsiAN, Nancy Burke, Linda Michaels, and Janice Muhr, will explain what they perceive to be the differences between psychological science and psychological scientism.  They will illustrate how they believe scientific method and its corresponding definition of evidence have been misinterpreted by current researchers in search of support for so-called evidence-based treatments.  They will present arguments for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of long-term psychotherapy and provide an outline of the steps PsiAN is taking to return the psyche to the center of clinical treatment.  Click here for more information about the event.  

February 28 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute will host a workshop titled "The Collaboration in Child Therapy: Therapists, Child, and Parent."  The workshop will be led by four therapists, Melissa Litwin, Renee Raap, Ruth Richman, and Celeste Soden, who work in the Institute's Child Grief Services Program.  This workshop will address questions that arise about professional collaboration when more than one therapist is called upon to see different members of the same family.  The presenters will provide theoretical and clinical examples in the areas of privacy, trust, and effective communication to increase therapists' competency in collaborative efforts.  Click here for more information and to register.   

February 29 - The Midwest Self Psychology Study Group will present the second in a series of three free clinical seminars at the Newberry Library.  Open to all interested mental health professionals, these seminars highlight various aspects of the self psychological understanding of the therapeutic process.  In this session, Jill Gardner, an experienced self psychological clinician who has headed the Adult Outpatient Department at Ravenswood Hospital’s Community Mental Health Center for nearly two decades and taught in the University of Chicago’s Advanced Psychodynamic Fellowship Program, will present a brief discussion of the self psychological concept of the "forward edge" or leading edgeCarla Leone, a leading authority on the application of self psychological theory to couples counseling, will present a clinical case in which the concept influenced her work.  For more information, click here.  To register, email here.  

March 6-7 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute will hold a two-day conference titled "Gender 2020: Psychoanalysis Adjusts its Vision" with presentations by two of the country’s leading authorities of psychoanalytic perspectives on gender and sexuality, 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, the impact of gender shaming and violence on personal identity, and the social mores and enhanced gender sensibility in the clinical situation.  Drescher, author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man, teaches at Columbia University.  Suchet, an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, is a New York City-based therapist, writer, and teacher who works across the disciplines of psychoanalysis, queer theory, critical race theory, and contemplative practices.  The conference will be held at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and at UIC John Marshall Law School.  Click here for more information and to register.       

September 2020 - The Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) have announced a new one-year certificate program in Integrative Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy beginning in the fall of 2020.  The training is designed to enhance the skills of couples therapists using an integrative psychoanalytic perspective and will focus on the treatment of couples who struggle with issues like affect regulation, narcissistic vulnerability, sequelae of trauma, and other issues.  Using psychoanalytic theory to focus on the deeper roots of such difficulties, therapists will learn to address these issues in dyadic relationships.  Carla Leone, program director, has published extensively on couples therapy as has core faculty member Arthur Nielsen, author of A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic and Behavioral ApproachesKaren Bloomberg, dean of students at ICSW and the third core faculty member, has taught courses on psychoanalytic couples therapy and presented widely on couples issues.  They will be joined by guest lecturers and couples therapists, who will provide case consultation for students.  Click here for more information. 

The Written Word

Molly Witten’s article “Assessment of Sensory Processing Disorder: The Interplay with Affect in the Context of Relationship” was recently published online by Oxford Handbooks Online.  The article, written with Lucy Jane Miller, Roianne Ahn, and Sarah Schoen, appears in the book The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment.

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat’s book chapter “A Phenomenological and Psychodynamic Reflection on Freedom and Oppression Following the Guiding Thread of Lewis R. Gordon's Existential Phenomenology of Oppression” was recently published in Black Existentialism: Essays on the Transformative Thought of Lewis R. Gordon.  The chapter contains discussions of psychoanalysis in the context of liberation struggles.  Nissim-Sabat applies the ideas of Lewis Gordon to challenge the still-influential frustration-aggression hypothesis formulated in the late 1930s by psychoanalytic social scientist John Dollard and colleagues who traced aggression to frustration and displacement.  In her chapter, Nissim-Sabat argues that Dollard and his associates excluded a range of options actually available and perceived to be available to social actors.  A self-described socialist, Nissim-Sabat has spent much of her life engaged in civil rights and anti-war struggles and splits her time between Chicago and New York City. 

In Case You Missed It

Jonathan Lear’s talk “What Would It Be to Mourn Gettysburg” was delivered at Washington and Lee University’s Mudd Center.  Lear, a psychoanalyst and member of the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, has long concerned himself with literature, philosophy, and psychology to explore the logic of the soul.  His talk concluded the Mudd Center’s year-long inquiry into the ethics of identity.  In July, Lear delivered a talk, "Alasdair MacIntyre and Therapeutic Method,” at a conference on “Narrative, Institutions, and Practices” at Notre Dame.  

In January, Karen Maroda and Neal Spira gave a presentation on “Why We Became Psychotherapists: How Early Experiences Mold Our Theory and Practice” at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society’s monthly scientific meeting, co-sponsored by the Institute for Clinical Social Work.  Their talk suggested that therapists build theories and treatment practices based on how they were shaped by their own early experiences.  Maroda, who teaches and maintains a private practice in Milwaukee, is the author of numerous works, among them Psychodynamic Techniques.  Spira, former dean of the Chicago Institute, is currently running for the presidency of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  He also blogs about current events from a psychoanalytic perspective. 

Fuller Disclosure

Molly Witten and several infant mental health colleagues received a two-year Policy, Advocacy, and Research Collaboration Award from Zero to Three to continue their efforts towards educating parents and other care providers about the importance of early relationships and the potential negative impact of digital-screen use related to distracted parenting in the first year of development.  The award will allow them to expand outreach to new parents and their infants under one year old.  They plan to create educational materials and investigate the efficacy of this public health education.

Retirement has permitted David Terman to add a range of activities that he did not feel he could undertake while working.   He continues to remain active in an interdisciplinary group, led by historian and clinician Chuck Strozier, which has worked to understand the sources of political conflict and peacemaking.  In addition to the usual round of writing, supervising, and teaching, he has been active with the political group Indivisible, which is registering and canvassing voters in Wisconsin, and also travels weekly to Milwaukee with some other volunteers to register voters, mostly from minority groups.  He also participates in periodic canvasses in Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin.  He also organizes postcard writing parties in targeted districts in Wisconsin and Illinois.  Terman, who led the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, reports that he still has time to work on his piano and harpsichord, and to play in a chamber group with which he works on the baroque repertoire.  Music helps him “preserve the embers of civilization at this time of increasing barbarism and the threat of a totalitarian transformation,” Terman says. 

Chicagoan Carla Leone recently helped launch the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology's (IAPSP) new Online Education Committee, which organizes online discussions, colloquia, and webinars for members.  Leone was recently elected Secretary of the organization, whose Membership Committee she has co-chaired for the last two years.  IAPSP recently lowered membership fees for graduate students and has added a new "reduced rate" membership category for candidates, academics, non-practicing members, and those with small practices.  For a list of member benefits or to join click here.  
Practice News

Flora Lazar has joined the full-time clinical staff of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists at Depth Counseling Services, where she will continue to work with adolescents and adults in Andersonville and in the Loop.  Lazar, an historian and clinician, has conducted extensive archival research on the history of psychoanalysis in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s.  Her recent writing explores clinical and ethical tensions in how we approach the "other" in our clinical work and in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to broader social-political problems. 

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

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