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The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity presents their 25th Anniversary Celebration: Join the Dialogue, on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 9-4pm 2015, at Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway NYC

Elliot Adler, Sandra Buechler, Lisa Bialkin, Ruth Burtman, JP Cheuvront, Shelley Doctors, Darlene Ehrenberg, Steve Ellman, James Fosshage, Jackie Gotthold, Hazel Ipp, Amy Joelson, Peter Kaufmann, Sandra Kiersky, Steven Knoblauch, Frank Lachmann, Donna Orange, Judith Rustin, Malcolm Slavin, and Dori Sorter.

Empathy: Understanding and Misunderstandings
On Therapeutic Action
Embracing the Other and Maintaining our Theoretical Identity: The Dilemma of Training the Analyst of the Future

Register on line:
$150 General Admission $140 preregistration $85 student rate
(Lunch and champagne toast included)
Phone: 917-727-3340
CE credits pending, State of New York Board of Social Work

The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in collaboration with The Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School presents a half day conference, (9:30am-1:00pm) Truth and Consequences in Psychoanalytic Treatment:The Analyst's Intimate Experience and the Patient's Mind, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th St., 5th floor, NYC

Paper presentations by Jill Gentile, Ph.D., and Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., ABPP, and panel discussions byJody Davies, Ph.D., and Shelley Doctors, Ph.D. Moderated by Peter Kaufmann, Ph.D.

In this panel Jill Gentile and Jonathan Slavin will undertake an assessment of some of the fundamental theoretical and clinical issues raised in Davies' now classic paper, "Love in the Afternoon," as reflected in the evolution of psychoanalytic issues in the subsequent nearly two decades.

Davies' original paper broke new ground about the nature of the developmental process as seen through the lens of relational psychoanalysis. Her clinical example raised profound and controversial questions that continue to be debated. Gentile and Slavin, in their own clinical and theoretical papers, build upon this work by exploring psychoanalysis as a dialogue of embodied desire, as a potential space for the reinjury or repair of the patient's psychic integrity, and as an arena for negotiating fantasy and reality - and truthfulness - especially in situations of conflict and impasse. Gentile and Slavin will be joined by a distinguished panel in exploring the boundary-setting, wounding, healing, and liberating function of truthfulness.

We invite participants to join our dialogue as we reflect and speak about that which is often silenced in our work. Please RSVP to IPSS: or 212-489-1534

The Training and Research Foundation in Self Psychology (TRISP)
TRISP is pleased to welcome 17 members of the Japanese Forum of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (JFPSP) to New York for a seminar on August 7, 2012 to August 9, 2012. It will feature presentations by Gordon Powell, Aviva Rohde, Richard Ulman, Harry Paul, Grete Laine and Doris Brothers. Topics will include hope and dread, the psychoanalytic diagnosis of depression and anxiety, addictions, and trauma. Members of the TRISP faculty will also respond to case presentations by the Japanese students.

TRISP, The Training and Research in Self Psychology Foundation, is planning a multi-disciplinary conference entitled "Bystanders No More: Psychotherapeutic Dialogues for the Politically Silenced." It will be help on May 13, 14, and 15, 2011 at the New York Academy of Medicine Conference Center, 1216 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street) in New York City.

The conference is dedicated to the belief that what we have learned in our consulting rooms about empathy, trust, forgiveness, and the intergenerational effects of trauma can be used to help those who have been politically silenced on account of race, class, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.

The keynote address by Donna Orange will address the plight of the undocumented. Invited speakers include Francoise Davoine, Jean-Max Gaudilliere, Janice Gump, Jane Hassinger, Anna Ornstein, Tessa Phillips, Steven Reisner, Charles Strozier and Shake' Topalian.

For further information and the Call for Papers please visit

The Institute for Advancement of Self Psychology (IASP), Toronto, Canada    IASP recently held a cutting-edge conference which brought together psychoanalytic therapists for children with psychoanalytic therapists for adults. Jacquie Gotthold and Hazel Ipp each presented magnificent case material illustrating outstanding psychoanalytic work with a child and with an adult respectively. Their presentations were compellingly discussed by Rosalind Kindler representing child therapists and Alan Kindler representing adult therapists. Audience participation provided an exhilarating dialogue among members of both communities who had much to learn from each other.

In the interests of bringing self psychology and psychoanalytic training to the broader community of mental health practitioners in the Toronto area, IASP has developed an exciting seminar series. Positioned to appeal to those who are seeking training in the practice of psychotherapy but are not ready or able to participate in formal psychoanalytic training, the seminar series includes an introduction to self psychology and intersubjectivity theory and a case consultation group. The inaugural series has had a most gratifying response.

IASP is also proud of the vibrant ongoing learning community that it provides for its own members through its highly subscribed study group and its "Clinical Dialogues/Works in Progress" evenings of stimulating clinical presentations and spirited discussion.

The Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology (TRISP) is offering its Fourth Annual Workshop Series, "Special Topics in Self Psychology." Aimed at introducing participants to fascinating applications of self psychology, four seminars will expand on key concepts of Heinz Kohut's theory and their implications in a range of settings. Seminars will be held in instructors' offices in order to facilitate group discussion. They include: "When Kohut Meets Buddha" by Gerti Schoen on Thursday, Mar 18, 7-8:30 PM (West 30s office); "Rockin' and Rollin' with Couples in the Land of Self Psychology" by Louisa Livingston on Friday, April 9, 6:30-8 PM (East 30s office); "Attachment in Self Psychological Psychotherapy" by Grete Laine on Friday, April 23, 5:30-7 PM (East 60s office); and "The Self Psychology of Despair" by Peter Zimmermann on Wednesday, May 12, 7:30-9 PM (West 80s office).

For more information: call (212-828-1042) or email ( or visit the TRISP website, Location details for workshops will be provided to registrants.

The TRISP Open House will be held on June 4th at 6 PM.



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