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The New York Times publishes obituary for Paul Ornstein

The piece, published January 31 2017, opens:
"Having barely survived the Holocaust, Paul and Anna Ornstein might have been among the least likely converts to an evolving psychoanalytical movement that views the world more positively than traditional Freudian analysis does.

Yet the couple, who met as teenagers in Hungary, transcended their own trauma. They were miraculously reunited after World War II, enrolled in medical school together, fled the Communist regime of postwar Hungary, and settled in the United States, where they became leading proponents of an emerging psychoanalytic theory, called self-psychology, founded by Prof. Heinz Kohut of Chicago."

Click here to read the full piece on the New York Times website.

Click here to read the letter of remembrance from IAPSP president Eldad Iddan and colleagues.


Early Career Professionals Program

The International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP) is pleased to announce our second year of opportunities for individuals in psychoanalytic and psychotherapy training as well as graduate students in Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing and other mental health disciplines as well as those who have competed graduate school or training programs within the past 5 years. Applicants should have a strong interest in Self Psychology and Intersubjective Systems Theory and wish to learn more about these psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic theories and to participate in their advancement and proliferation.


  1. complimentary registration at an IAPSP annual conference;
  2. $750.00 for expenses related to attending the conference*;
  3. a 1-year subscription to IAPSP's Journal, (the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology);
  4. Complimentary meetings (via phone or Skype) with an experienced IAPSP member during their Early Career Professional year;
  5. Early Career Professionals will become members of IAPSP for that scholarship year and will be entitled to participate in all "members only" activities.
* Early Career Professionals must attend the IAPSP conference.

Click here for more information and submission guidelines.


Between Us: A Psychotherapy Podcast - Finitude with Dr. Robert Stolorow

The Psychotherapy Podcast 'Between Us' has posted an audio conversation with Dr. Robert D. Stolorow as their tenth episode.

"For the finale of our first season, we are joined by renowned psychoanalyst and philosopher, Dr. Robert Stolorow. Dr. Stolorow's writing on intersubjectivity and emotional trauma has shaped the field of psychotherapy for forty years. In this conversation, our host John Totten and Dr. Stolorow discuss a wide range of topics- from his own experience of emotional trauma after losing his wife, to the role of delusion in American narcissism, and even how Harry Potter has helped shaped his concepts. Perhaps most notably, Dr. Stolorow makes his case for integration, especially of our own existential vulnerability."

Click here to listen to this episode in full, or visit:



The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

Program Co-Directors: Martha Stark, MD, and Andrea Celenza, PhD

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies @ WJC is an exciting new program specifically designed to enable licensed mental health professionals and other qualified individuals to pursue an innovative and rigorous course of study in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a distinguished national and international faculty. The focus will be on interweaving the most current theoretical advances in psychoanalytic thought with best practices in the clinical domain.

Two Core Courses -- using the latest models of pedagogy -- will be featured this academic year. Each Core Course, taught by a core faculty member, will be offered as a month-long online series of four one-hour video recorded lectures with corresponding readings available to students 24/7; in addition, each course will be accompanied by ongoing online "threaded discussions" facilitated by the Instructor and a final one-hour "live" webinar.

Interspersed between the Core Courses, will be eight Luminary Lectures - an exciting array of (individual) one-hour video recorded online lectures (with suggested readings) presented by several of our Distinguished Faculty. Our state-of-the-art training model will allow students from anywhere in the world and from the comfort of their own homes/offices to participate in these enriching and stimulating Continuing Education activities taught by our Distinguished Psychoanalytic Faculty.

Distinguished Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Salman Akhtar, MD, Lew Aron, PhD, Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Jessica Benjamin, PhD, Patrick Casement, MA, Andrea Celenza, PhD, Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, Glen O. Gabbard, MD, Jay R. Greenberg, PhD, Adrienne Harris, PhD, Edgar A. Levenson, MD, Joseph Lichtenberg, MD, Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD, Nancy McWilliams, PhD, Allan N. Schore, PhD, Evelyne A. Schwaber, MD, Martha Stark, MD, Donnel Stern, PhD, Drew Westen, PhD

Please visit www.williamjames.edu/ppp to learn more details about these unique opportunities.


Contemporary Approaches to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (CAPP)

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy + Psychoanalysis Introduces: A two-year clinical training program emphasizing a Self Psychological and Relational approach

  • Understand contemporary concepts in psychodynamic thinking
  • Implement theory into clinical practice
  • Integrate theory, personal growth & clinical work
  • Develop a personal perspective on what is curative in treatment
  • Expand your therapeutic effectiveness

ICP+P's CAPP program is specifically focused on clinical values, attitudes and perspectives of clinicians who operate from a Self Psychological and Relational orientation. The facilitation of self-reflection, personal growth and critical thinking are core components of the CAPP program. CAPP provides a training experience that captures the excitement, creativity, and diversity of contemporary psychodynamic thinking.

Wednesdays 5:00 - 9:45pm
For more information including curriculum, fees, and application, visit:

or contact
Janna Sandmeyer, PhD., Chair

202. 306.6500

Lauren Brandt,PhD., Co-Chair

703. 733.0380


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Journal Bloc SubscriptionsAs a member benefit, we are pleased to announce the offering of psychoanalytic journals at bloc subscription prices.
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