Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
401 Shady Ave
Suite B101
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: (412) 661-4224
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Explore our James T. McLaughlin Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy & Training Program in Psychoanalysis by attending a free Open Session!

Do you have an interest in working with clients in a new way, or desire to enhance your current practice?  Join Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center for a free open session to find out more about psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  Participate in the discussion of critical issues in treatment.  Open only to those in the mental health professions, or those currently in training to become mental health professionals.


Open Session Date:

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:00-9:00pm
PPC Library
The Kenmawr
401 Shady Ave.  Suite B-101
Pittsburgh, PA  15206
with Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Faculty Members, Catherine Maihoefer, MS, NCC, LPC and Paula Moreci, MSW, LCSW


To Register for Open Sessions, click on the link to Brown Paper Tickets below.

Questions?  Call us at 412-661-4224


What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Core Concepts in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:

1) The Internal World and Subjective Experience
Fantasies, dreams, hopes, impulses, self images, and perceptions of others are rich sources of information about the mind.
2) The Unconscious
Much of what we do is unconsciously motivated.  Mental contents are censored, repressed, and not easily brought into awareness.
3) Psychic Determinism
 Symptoms and behaviors are external manifestations of unconscious processes, although causes of behavior are complex (over determined) and multiple.
4) The Past
Experiences in infancy and childhood are crucial determinants of adult personality.
5) Transference
Past relationships are unconsciously reenacted in the present day, including the therapy situation, and a wealth of information is brought forth for the therapist.
6) Countertransference
The therapist's total reaction to the patient provides information about what the therapist might need to work on for him/herself and provides information about the patient.  Both need to be understood in order to further help the patient.
7) Resistance
The mind defends itself against painful feelings, knowledge and seemingly threatening or disruptive change through defense mechanisms.  Resistance is a type of defense which can be seen in treatment.

[Source: Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice by Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.]
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 An Analyst's Perspective
"Therapists are paid to talk to interesting people all day. In this regard, we are in a privileged profession. The pleasures are many: connecting with someone at a profound level of intimacy that is rare in other situations, learning about other cultural and psychological perspectives on matters of great importance to the human condition, and helping others enrich their lives and make changes for the better." -Glen Gabbard, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author, and editor
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-therapy/200812/seven-questions-glen-o-gabbard

 



For more information on PPC's training programs, visit:
http://www.pghpsa.org/training-in-psychodynamic-psychotherapy-part-time-training-in-psychoanalysis/


To register for the free Open Session, please click below:
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Enrolling Now For These 2016-2017 PPC Programs - Register Now, Space Is Limited!

Between Counterphobia and Cowardice: Some Reflections

on the Nature of Courage

 

Presented by: Salman Akhtar, M.D.

 

Friday, March 10, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
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Bigelow Conference Center
4338 Bigelow Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Cost: $80 2  CE / CME credits; $40 without credits

Suggested Audience: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and other Mental Health Professionals.

Salman Akhtar, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.  He has served on the editorial boards of all the three major psychoanalytic journals, namely, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  Dr. Akhtar has delivered many prestigious addresses and lectures including, most recently, the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010). Dr. Akhtar is the recipient of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association's  Best Paper of the Year Award (1995), the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize (1996), the American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians' Sigmund Freud Award (2000), the American College of Psychoanalysts' Laughlin Award (2003), the American Psychoanalytic Association's Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University's Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association's Kun Po Soo Award (2004), the Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005), and the Nancy Roeske Award (2012). Most recently, he received the Sigourney Award (2013), which is the most prestigious honor in the field of psychoanalysis.  Dr. Akhtar is an internationally-sought speaker and teacher, and his books have been translated in many languages, including German, Turkish, and Romanian.  His interests are wide and he has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.  He has published 8 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. His more than 300 publications include 85 books. 

          
This presentation will focus on the nature and developmental origins of courage.  Various forms of courage including physical, intellectual and moral courage will be highlighted.  Distinction will be made between primary fearlessness ('un-fear'), secondary fearlessness, and counterphobia on one hand, and courage on the other.  The implications of these ideas to the conduct of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis will be elucidated, especially as these pertain to the patient's courage and to the analyst's courage.  Illustrative vignettes from daily life and culture-at-large will be presented. 

 

Learning Objectives for Continuing Education:

  1. Enumerate various types of courage. .
  2. Distinguish between courage, fearlessness, and counterphobia.
  3. Identify two specific ways in which the concepts of courage, fearlessness and counterphobia apply in clinical work.

Continuing Medical Education Statement 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum number of (3)  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: 
None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

APA-American Psychological Association Statement:
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists.  Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  

This program is being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.
Participants must pay tuition fee, sign in, attend the entire seminar, and complete an evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion.  Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.

 

Purchase Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets: 

 

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Boundaries and Boundary
Violations in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis:
A Special Ethics Session for Mental Health Professionals


Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
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Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
401 Shady Avenue, Suite B101


Cost: $120 
3  CE / CME credits will be offered.  Fulfill your continuing education requirements in Ethics Training before the February 28 deadline!

Paula Moreci, M.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice.  She has been a member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center faculty since 2013 and is President-Elect of the Center's Board of Directors.     

Learning Objectives for Continuing Education:
  1. Explain the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations.
  2. Explain what puts clinicians at risk for boundary crossings and violations.
  3. Explain how boundaries in "cyberspace" present different challenges to clinicians.

Continuing Medical Education Statement 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum number of (3)  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: 
None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

APA-American Psychological Association Statement:
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists.  Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  

Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:
The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a)(6)(ix) of the regulations at the time of offering.

This program is being offered for 3.0 continuing education credits.
Participants must pay tuition fee, sign in, attend the entire seminar, and complete an evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion.  Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.

 

Purchase Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets: 

 

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A Comprehensive Survey of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud

Comprehensive Survey of the Complete Psychological Works Of Freud

Begins September 12, 2016

 

Although there is no requirement that participants have a background in mental health, the couse is designed for psychologists, social workers, other mental health professionals, and students in university mental health programs.

 

Throughout the course, you will be delving into:  Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Project for a Scientific Psychology, Studies on Hysteria, The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality, Totem and Taboo, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Analysis Terminable and Interminable, Civilization and Its Discontents, among many others.

 

From the writings of Freud:

"We see then the disappearance of the conscious personality, the predominance of the conscious personality, and the predominance of the unconscious personality, turning by means of suggestion and contagion of feelings and ideas in an identical direction, the tendency to immediately transform the suggest ideas into acts; these, we see are the principle characteristics of the individual forming part of a group." - Group Psychology

 

Format:  lecture and discussion

Number of Sessions:  20

Location:  PPC Library

401 Shady Avenue, Suite B101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Fee:  $600  Payment plan can be arranged

Continuing Education Credits available for psychologists, psychiatrists, and LPC, MSW, LCSWs

Dates:  Every other Monday, September 2016 - June 2017

9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19

Time:  7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

To register, download and fill out the application below and mail with $100 registration fee by September 1 to:

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

401 Shady Avenue, Suite B101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

 

Application:

Freud Sessions Application 2016-2017.doc
Microsoft Word document [84.0 KB]

 

Continuing Medical Education Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [40] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate

with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: 

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

 

APA --American Psychological Association Statement: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

 

Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: 

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) (ix) of the regulations at the time of offering. 

 

The accuracy and utility of the material presented has been reviewed by our Education Committee.  While the content of the workshop or course is intended for the further education of professionals in the field, it is by no means comprehensive training, and should not be considered such. Further reading, training and consultation may be required. No treatment should be undertaken outside the limitations of your skills and expertise.  Expressive forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy is contraindicated in the treatment of some mental illnesses and should not be used to treat all kinds of mental illness.

Self Psychology with Richard Geist, Ed.D. (Live Video Presentation in PPC Library) 

 

Dates: September 21 and October 5, 2016

Location: PPC Library via Live Video Presentation

401 Shady Ave, Suite B101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 per session including 2 CE/CME credits per session

$20 for general admission with no CE/CME credits

 

About the Event:

This session will focus on major clinical concepts from contemporary Self Psychology and, through the use of verbatim clinical dialogue, study their implications for conducting dynamic psychotherapy. Emphasizing patient centered rather than theory centered treatment, we will focus on implementing an empathic listening stance and understanding the basic theoretical concepts underlying self psychological treatment. 

 

About the Instructor:

Richard A. Geist, Ed.D. received his undergraduate degree and his doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University, and for 35 years was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He is a Founding Member of both MAPP and MIP, faculty, supervising analyst, and former member of the Board of Directors of MIP. In addition, Dr. Geist is on the Executive Board of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.  He has written numerous papers on clinical self psychology, many of which have emphasized the theme of connectedness in clinical practice.  He is currently working on a book entitled Connectedness: the clinical application of contemporary self psychological theory.  He maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Newton, MA where he sees children, adolescents, adults, and couples, in addition to doing private supervision.

 

Learning Objectives:

After the program the participants will be able to:

1.  Discuss the theoretical underpinnings of self psychology

2.  Discuss the use of defense analysis in analytic work

3.  Discuss how the theory alters our clinical perspective high level self disorders

 

TO REGISTER CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2595103

 

 

 Required Readings for September 21:

 

Do Words Still Matter.doc
Microsoft Word document [86.0 KB]
Terman oedipus complex.docx
Microsoft Word document [140.6 KB]

 

Required Readings for October 5:

Two analyses of Mr. Z..docx
Microsoft Word document [183.1 KB]
Bacal Optimal Responsiveness.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [187.2 KB]

 

Continuing Medical Education Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center . The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate

with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: 

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

 

APA --American Psychological Association Statement: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

 

Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: 

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering. 

 

The accuracy and utility of the material presented has been reviewed by our Education Committee.  While the content of the workshop or course is intended for the further education of professionals in the field, it is by no means comprehensive training, and should not be considered such. Further reading, training and consultation may be required. No treatment should be undertaken outside the limitations of your skills and expertise.  Expressive forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy is contraindicated in the treatment of some mental illnesses and should not be used to treat all kinds of mental illness.

New Sessions with renowned Lacanian Scholar Bruce Fink, Ph.D. - Lacan on Love

UPDATED Dates: December 7 and December 14, 2016

Location: PPC Library 

401 Shady Ave, Suite B101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 for both sessions including 2 CE/CME credits per session

Earlybird discount $80.00 if registered by November 15. This event is open to the public and mental health professionals.

 
About the Sessions:
 
Required Reading:  Plato's Symposium
available at: Amazon ($6.99)
Optional Reading: Lacan's Seminar VIII: Transference
available at: Amazon ($25.00 and up)
 
 

Course objectives on December 7:

By the end of the session participants will be able to: 

1) Discuss the major thrust of Lacan's thesis that "love is giving what you don't have"

2) Discuss Lacan's interpretation of certain parts of Plato's "Symposium"

3) Discuss the many facets of what we mean by the word "love"

 

Course Objectives on December 14:

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

1) Discuss why love involves loving the partner's "warts" (or flaws or defects)

2) Distinguish between love, desire, and jouissance

3) Analyze why Freud says it is impossible to "love thy neighbor"

 

About Our Presenter:
Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII (Saint-Denis). He served as Professor of Psychology from 1993 to 2013 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is currently an affiliated member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center.

Dr. Fink is the author of six books on Lacan (which have been translated into many different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Croatian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese):
• The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance (Princeton University Press, 1995)
• A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique (Harvard University Press, 1997)
• Lacan to the Letter: Reading Écrits Closely (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)
• Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners (W.W. Norton and Co., 2007)
• Against Understanding: Commentary, Cases, and Critique in a Lacanian Key, 2 volumes (London: Routledge, 2013-2014)

He has translated several of Lacan’s works, including:
• Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (New York: Norton, 2006), for which he received a nonfiction translation prize from the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation
• The Seminar, Book XX (1972-1973): Encore, On Feminine Sexuality: The Limits of Love and Knowledge (New York: Norton, 1998)
• On the Names-of-the-Father (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013)
• The Triumph of Religion (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013)

 

For interviews with Bruce Fink regarding this work follow these links:

 
and 
 
 
From Lacan, in a lecture he gave at Johns Hopkins in 1966:


When I began to teach something about Psychoanalysis I lost some of my audience, because I had perceived long before then the simple fact that if you open a book of Freud, and particularly those books which are properly about the unconscious, you can be absolutely sure — it is not a probability but a certitude — to fall on a page where it is not only a question of words — naturally in a book there are always words many printed words — but words which are the object through which one seeks for a way to handle the unconscious. Not even the meaning of the words, but words in their flesh, in their material aspect (fromLacan.com

 

RESERVE SPACE BY CLICKING ON THE TICKET ICON BELOW - please register for only one session, price includes both!

 

Continuing Medical Education Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements

and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

through joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center . The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited

by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a

maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should

claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the

activity.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the

planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial

relationships to disclose.

 

The accuracy and utility of the material presented has been reviewed by our Education Committee.  While the content of the workshop or course is intended for the further education of professionals in the field, it is by no means comprehensive training, and should not be considered such. Further reading, training and consultation may be required. No treatment should be undertaken outside the limitations of your skills and expertise.  Expressive forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy is contraindicated in the treatment of some mental illnesses and should not be used to treat all kinds of mental illness.

 

APA --American Psychological Association Statement: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

 

Social Workers, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapists: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

 

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering. 

Join us for our Fifth Year of Fiction with Freud offered by Mario Fischetti, Ph.D. at the  The Main Carnegie Library in Oakland

The PPC teams with the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland for the fifth year in a row, to provide a chance to really analyze fiction. PPC faculty member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice, will provide insight and analysis of popular fiction works in an informal discussion held at the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland. Sessions begin in March and will be held on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 2-3 p.m. Join us for a whole new series!

 

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017  2:00 p.m.  Disgrace by

J. M. Coetzee

 

An excerpt from Robert McCrum's review in the Guardian, October 4, 2003: First and last, JM Coetzee is the essential novelist of the new South Africa. Born in 1940, the son of a sheep farmer, he grew up with apartheid, absorbed its crimes into his consciousness and published his first book, Dusklands, paralleling America's role in Vietnam with the early Dutch settlers in South Africa, in 1974. He has always wrestled with the peculiar predicament of Africa's white tribe.

In 1980, with apartheid in its death throes and the confident, if brutal, prosperity of the previous generation reduced to a political wasteland, he published Waiting For the Barbarians, a disturbing allegory set in an unidentified country where the existing order is on the point of collapse.

Coetzee's desolate, pared-down prose was perfectly suited to his subject, and he was justly awarded the Booker Prize in 1983 for his next novel, The Life and Times of Michael K, in which a homeless, simple-minded man, like a character from a Beckett play who has stumbled into a Kafka novel, creeps aimlessly across an almost apocalyptic landscape.

At the time, Coetzee seemed to be the most gifted of a group of South African writers, including Andre Brink, whose work was inspired and defined by the cruelties and oppression of the society in which they lived.

When Nelson Mandela was released and South Africa embarked on its extraordinary and turbulent transformation, Coetzee seemed lost. His fiction had been a visceral assault on apartheid. On its demise, apparently, there was nothing to protest about.

Disgrace (1999) was a turning point, a novel that took its inspiration from social and political conflict but somehow transcended its time and place. The novel showed that Coetzee's gift was not simply to hold up a mirror to his society but also to ask awkward questions about the relations of blacks and whites, and men and women. Narrated with icy precision and fastidious understatement, Disgrace was a landmark book in another sense: Coetzee became the first novelist to win the Booker for the second time.

Coetzee's work will certainly be remembered, particularly for its overall vision. Kafka is one of Coetzee's literary heroes and, like Kafka, Coetzee exhibits a near biblical simplicity of prose and narrative, addressing the human condition while meditating on post-apartheid South Africa - a natural Nobel laureate.

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017 2:00 p.m.  The Nest by Cynthia D"Aprix Sweeney

KIRKUS REVIEW

Dysfunctional siblings in New York wig out when the eldest blows their shared inheritance.

In an arresting prologue to this generous, absorbing novel, Leo Plumb leaves his cousin’s wedding early, drunk and high, with one of the waitresses and has a car accident whose exact consequences are withheld for quite some time. To make his troubles go away, Leo pillages a $2 million account known as “The Nest,” left by his father for the four children to share after the youngest of them turns 40, though in a sweet running joke, everyone keeps forgetting exactly when that is. Leo’s siblings have been counting heavily on this money to resolve their financial troubles and are horrified to learn that their mother has let Leo burn almost all of it. A meeting is called at Grand Central Oyster Bar—one of many sharply observed New York settings—to discuss Leo’s plans to pay them back. Will Leo even show? Three days out of rehab, he barely makes it through Central Park. But he does appear and promises to make good, and despite his history of unreliability, the others remain enough under the spell of their charismatic brother to fall for it. The rest of the book is a wise, affectionate study of how expectations play out in our lives—not just financial ones, but those that control our closest relationships. Sweeney’s endearing characters are quirky New Yorkers all: Bea Plumb is a widowed writer who tanked after three stories that made her briefly one of “New York’s Newest Voices: Who You Should Be Reading.” Jack Plumb, known as “Leo Lite” in high school to his vast irritation, is a gay antiques dealer married to a lawyer; truly desperate for cash, he becomes involved in a shady deal involving a work of art stolen from the ruins of the World Trade Center. Melody, the youngest, lives in the suburbs in a house she’s about to lose and is obsessed with tracking her teenage twins using an app called Stalkerville. The insouciance with which they thwart her is another metaphor for the theme of this lively novel.

A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their hearts.

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23rd, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2016

 

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017 2:00 p.m.  The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Excerpt from a review by Amal El-Mohtar in NPR Books, March 15, 2014: Presented as an anthology of texts assembled by Professor I. V. Hess, The Blazing World tells the story of Harriet Burden, an installation artist who, disappointed in the lack of recognition her work receives, chooses a succession of three different men to be pseudonymous "masks" for her pieces over a five-year period, an experiment to determine whether her work is better received when attributed to men. She calls the whole project Maskings, and the story of its conception and development is told through excerpts from her private journals, written statements offered by friends and reviewers, fiction from her son, and edited transcripts of interviews with her daughter. The result is complex, astonishing, harrowing, and utterly, completely engrossing.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 2:00 p.m.  The Girls by Emma Cline

An Excerpt from Jean Zimmerman's review for NPR Books, June 16, 2016:

Emma Cline's thoroughly seductive debut novel, The Girls, re-imagines the world of Charles Manson's female followers, and does so with a particularly effective literary device. The concept of the male gaze is well established, but Cline employs what can only be termed the female gaze as an entry into the helter-skelter life of her protagonist.

 

Names and circumstances are changed, events are relocated from Los Angeles to the Bay area, but the reality bleeds through the fiction. Three young women gather like a coven of witches on the beautiful green lawn of a park in Northern California. They have a voyeur spying on them, 14-year-old Evie Boyd, yearning, during that long hot summer of 1969, to bust loose from her boring suburban life in Petaluma.

Evie follows her exotic new girl-crushes, sneaking behind them as they dumpster dive, watching them climb into a black-painted school bus. She is transfixed. Cline homes in on the ways women observe each other and are in turn observed. Evie's voyeuristic longing flips back upon itself: She desires to be really, truly seen by the other girls, especially by the raven-haired Suzanne. "Attuned to attention," Evie lusts for Suzanne and feels sheepish about her lust. The cult goddess displays "the gaudy, prickling tease that was almost the same thing as beauty." Then Cline adds the money shot: "And what had the girl seen when she looked at me?"

It was a potent pathology of the 1960s, the idea that the middle class life was soulless, empty, and worthy only of mockery, that all the groovy stuff was happening elsewhere, in the Haight, on Spahn ranch, somewhere, anywhere that was away from parents. Before she falls in with the girls, Evie's biggest thrill is licking batteries "to feel a metallic jolt on the tongue, rumored to be one-eighteenth of an orgasm." That changes when she follows Suzanne to a hot, dusty commune with a messianic leader, a "genius" in a leather shirt named Russell. She is not put off by the unsupervised toddlers running around with full diapers, or the skinny dogs, or the lurking bikers, or by the servile relationships the other women have with Russell.

The female acolytes make tasteless soup and switch places as Russell's bedmates. Evie, a virgin, inevitably has her turn. The others treat her like "their new toy." The new toy thrives on the attention.

 

And murder? We receive hints of what will happen later, as the adult narrator begins to use the word but doesn't yet describe the impending holocaust of blood. Cline delicately moves the 14-year-old protagonist offstage and out of the Family before the frenzy of killing. Though the long-withheld climax chilled me, the less physically violent sections of the novel disturbed me much more.   Readers will down Cline's spooky, twisted narrative in a gulp, and then they'll go off to bed with the lights on.

 

What you missed in 2015-2016:

The Work of Michael Eigen: Into the Heart of Psychoanalysis. Please join us for this presentation by Marlene Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Date: Friday, February 26, 2016                        

Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception /7-9 p.m. Presentation                           

Cost: $35                                              

Location: 401 Shady Ave., Community Room downstairs                                 Continuing Education Credits/CME: 2               

The Work of Michael Eigen, Into The Heart Of Psychoanalysis    

Presenter: Marlene Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Dr. Goldsmith will be presentating her chapter from the recently published book, Living Moments, On the Work of Michael Eigen. Eigen, an internationally renowned psychoanalyst, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (November 2015). The chapter concerns four central dimensions of his work: the boundless unknown, feeling, faith, and emotional transformation. Through an exploration of these dimensions, it will be shown how Eigen endows psychoanalysis with a heart both in its core subject matter (the heart of the matter) and in the passion, lifeblood, and humanity enlivening that subject matter (a heart of flesh). He develops this heart through a poetic style of writing, a unitary and dynamic, rather than atomistic, understanding of phenomena, and a paradoxical, multi-dimensional approach to phenomena.   Through endowing psychoanalysis with heart, Eigen transfigures how psyche itself is understood.

 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session participants will: 

1. Understand in detail four central dimensions of Eigen’s work: the    

boundless unknown, feeling, faith, and emotional transformation.

2. Understand the term heart and how it applies to Eigen’s work.

3. Recognize the modes through which Eigen develops the heart in psychoanalysis. 

4. Recognize how Eigen re-envisions the psychoanalytic 

 concept of psyche.

 

About Our Presenter 

Marlene Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning poet whose work has 

appeared both in the U.S.A. and abroad.  She is a published writer, researcher, and lecturer in the area of women and creativity. Her writings and presentations have focused on such artists as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, and Martha Graham. Her most recent publication is on the work of the internationally renowned psychoanalyst, Michael Eigen, and is included in the book, Living Moments, On the Work of Michael Eigen, edited by Stephen Bloch and Loray Daws.

Love, Hate and the Maternal Body          a presentation by Visiting Scholar           Jennifer Stuart Ph.D. 

Thank you to all who attended this wonderful evening!

 

This paper takes its inspiration from an unlikely source: Maleficent, a 2014 live-action version of Disney’s iconic, animated Sleeping Beauty (1959). As in the earlier film,Maleficent curses the infant Aurora to a spindle prick and deathlike sleep on her 16th birthday; and to avert this fate three good fairies spirit the princess away, to be raised in safety in the woods.  But in the 2014 film, the good fairies are a bumbling lot; they cannot even manage to feed the infant in their charge.  In an interesting turn on the problem of maternal ambivalence, Maleficent -- always hovering nearby -- finds that she cannot help but fall in love with the baby she has set out to hate.  It is her unseen hand that feeds the infant Aurora, her vigilance that protects the growing child.  Read from the perspective of recent work on the psychology of girls and women (B. Almond; R. Balsam; N. Kulish and D. Holtzman), the film illustrates the developmental importance of loving ties between mother and daughter that are strong enough -- and elastic enough -- to withstand their inevitable, mutual hatred.

 

About Our Presenter:

Dr. Jennifer Stuart is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (affiliated with NYU-Langone) Medical Center.  She currently serves as President of the Board of the Sigmund Freud Archives, and on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and 

Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 

 

Dr. Stuart has published on paid work and creativity, in relation to motherhood and in context of a decision not to have children; how Freud’s relationship with his mother may have influenced his analysis of “Little Hans”; clinical phenomena surrounding the therapist’s pregnancy in a psychoanalytic treatment; and what happens when an adult psychoanalytic patient brings an infant (actual, not imagined) into the consulting room.  

 

Dr. Stuart has been named the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA’s) Helen Meyers Traveling Psychoanalytic Scholar for 2015-16.  In 2006, she won the Karl Menninger Memorial Award for a paper presented at APsaA’s National Meeting.

 

Learning Objectives
After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the ordinary interplay of love and hate between mother and daughter, over the lifespan of each.
  • Identify expressions of conflict and compromise that are unique to mothers and daughters, and that implicate their shared bodily experience.
  • Detect unconscious motivations specific to female bodily experience, which may be obscured by automatic reference to the male body.  

 

General Audience $15

Colaborative Perspectives Series       (Final session will be on Mar. 3, 2016)

 
                       

Collaborative 
Perspectives 
Series


Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center will be offering a four-session collaborative series that will include Freudian, Jungian, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis perspectives presented by experienced clinicians who have specialized knowledge in that approach. Four sessions are offered for mental health professionals and academics in the mental health field. Each session will present fundamentals of theory and practice with professionals esteemed in the field.

 

PRICING (INCLUDES FOUR 2-HOUR SESSIONS):

FOR CREDIT

Includes 8 hours of Continuing Eduction credit for mental health professionals. (See details below). To qualify for Early Bird pricemust register by November 1, 2015.
$80 EARLY BIRD | $160


GENERAL ADMISSION
For mental health professionals who are not seeking continuing education credits.

$60

6:30 Reception

7-9 pm Presentation 

401 Shady Suite B101

Space limited must register to attend 

Gestalt 

NOV 19
With Tom Petrone, Ph.D.

Tom Petrone, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh will offer the first session. Tom is the founder of the Gestalt Institute, a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, and is the President and Clinical Director of the Psychological and Counseling Center, Inc. where he has provided psychotherapy, consultation and training for the past 30 years. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session participants will be able to:  

  • Summarize the core concepts of Gestalt theory  
  • Apply fundamental aspects of Gestalt theory to diagnosis and treatment planning with mental health clients  
  • Practice Gestalt intervention techniques and analyze their efficacy in applying them to specific clinical settings and populations
 

Freudian Psychoanalysis 

DEC 03
With Thomas Janoski, Ph.D.

President of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, Tom has been a faculty member for Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center for nearly a decade and is regularly a presenter on psychoanalytic topics in the Pittsburgh community.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session participants will be able to:  

  • Participants will explain (a) the role of sexual desire and its aggression in psychological difficulties and (b) how desire is revealed, appreciated and owned through dreams and transference.  
  • Participants will name and describe the various curative factors operative in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
 

Jung: Analysis in a Fenceless Field

 JAN 07
With Ronald G. Jalbert, Ph.D.

Ronald Jalbert, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst and a faculty member at Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. Ronald has presented numerous programs in the Pittsburgh community on Jungian analytic topics. Ronald brings a depth of knowledge and experience to his presentation. He has presented in several venues through out the United States as well as in Canada, France and Switzerland. His most recent publication was a review of La revue de la psychanalyse jungian, in the Journal of Analytical Psychology. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session participants will be able to:  

  • Participants will compare and contrast at least two elements of Jung’s and Freud’s approaches to dream analysis.  
  • Participants will explain two contributions that Jungian thought can make to the discussion of the nature of the analytic process.  
 

NOTE: DATE FOR SESSION ON TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS HAS CHANGED TO MARCH 3.  

 

Transactional Analysis 

MAR 03
With William Cornell, MA

William Cornell, MA, author of Explorations in Transactional Analysis: The Meech Lake Papers. Bill has presented workshops internationally on the topic. He is the founder of the KOWA group, and has offered Pittsburgh the opportunity to hear from contemporary voices in the field of psychoanalysis and artists in a Unique blend of programming that is intended to bring new vision to the work.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will be able to :

  •  Describe the basic theoretical differences between transactional analysis and psychoanalysis
  • Classify levels of psychological and psychopathological organization and relate to treatment choices

 

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Continuing Medical Education Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements

and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

through joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center . The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited

by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a

maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should

claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the

activity.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the

planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial

relationships to disclose.

 

The accuracy and utility of the material presented has been reviewed by our Education Committee.  While the content of the workshop or course is intended for the further education of professionals in the field, it is by no means comprehensive training, and should not be considered such. Further reading, training and consultation may be required. No treatment should be undertaken outside the limitations of your skills and expertise.  Expressive forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy is contraindicated in the treatment of some mental illnesses and should not be used to treat all kinds of mental illness.

 

APA --American Psychological Association Statement: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

 

Social Workers, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapists: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

 

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering. 

Investigating Murder:  A Detective Walks Through a Case and Two Psychiatrists Analyze the Whys

Date:  Friday, June 26th

Time:  6:30pm Reception, 7:00-9:00pm Discussion

Location:  Pittsburgh Athletic Association Library

                 4215 Fifth Avenue

                 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Price:  $25 General Public, $15 Students

 

 

About the Program:

Ron Freeman, Dr. Robert Wettstein, and Dr. Howard Foster will participate in a discussion on police work, psychology, and murder.

 

Ron Freeman worked 38 years with the Pittsburgh Police, 19 years as a Homicide Detective, and 14 years as Commander of Homicide.  He will discuss the investigation of Dr. Jeffery Farkas' death and include examples of police use of psychology.

Robert Wettstein, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and adult and forensic psychiatrist in private practice.  He has written and contributed to many articles, book chapters, and editorial pieces on psychiatry, criminology, and a variety of other topics. 

Howard Foster, M.D., psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice, spent time in the early '80s as a Psychiatric Consultant at Western Pennsylvania Correctional Institute and Allegheny County Behavior Clinic.  He also served as Director of the Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry Unit at Allegheny County Jail, where he set up a mental health program.

 

PPC & The Main Carnegie Library Collaborate Again for Fiction with Freud

Fiction With Freud is a series of free discussions open to the public held at the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland.

Featured books included:

The Interestings  

Want Not
At Night We Walk In Circles  
Everything I Never Told You 

Thank you to all who attended, and we hope you will join us again next year!

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center invited the public to enjoy a film viewed through the psychoanalytic lens. Discussion followed the film provided by Howard Foster, MD. Dr. Foster focused on how the director and screenwriter portrayed such themes as:  courage, patriotism and terrorism. There was focus on whether a psychoanalytic perspective helped in the understanding of the movie and issues such as courage, patriotism and terrorism. 

 

 


 

Thank you for attending Visiting Analyst Mark Levey, MD  "Interpretation: Why & When"

 About Our Visiting Analyst:             

Mark Levey, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst.  He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the  Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, at University of Illinois. He has been the distinguished recipient of numerous awards including:  Edwin Eissler Prize, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, the James Saft Award, and two time recipient of BestTeacher award from the Michael Reese Department of Psychiatry, 1986 & 1992

 
Some of his publications include: 

2012   An Operational Analysis of the Clinical Goals of Psychoanalytic Technique. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 60:3
 
2006   Questioning Authority: Essays In Psychoanalysis, 1970-1996. By Stanley A. Leavy. Victoria, British Columbia Trafford Publishing. 2005. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 54:1426-1431.
           
2002   Working Through. in The Freud Encyclopedia: Theory, Therapy, and Culture. ed. Erwin Rutledge Press, New York & London.       
 
2000   Psychological Aspects of Chronic Tonic and Clonic Stuttering: Suggested Therapeutic Approaches. American        Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 70:4 pp 465-473
 
1999   A Clinical Model for Selecting Psychotherapy or Pharmacotherapy. in Psychiatry in the New Millennium. ed. Weissman, Sabshin, & Eist. American Psychiatric Press,       Washington, D.C.     
 
 

What You Missed In 2013-2014

Thank you to all who attended

Friday, November 7th & Sunday, November 9th, 2014 

PPC, in partnership with Chatham University, Filmmakers, and Keeping Our Work Alive (KOWA), is offering a weekend filled with powerful film and intriguing discussion.

 

 

 

Friday, November 7th

Women, Psychoanalysis, and Film

Daughter Rite & Newer Works by Michelle Citron


Time: 6:30pm - 9:30 pm --Reception and Refreshments at 6pm--

Location: Sanger Hall (enter through Coolidge Hall) Chatham University

 

 

PPC and The Film & Digital Technology program at Chatham University are offering a night filled with captivating film and discussion with celebrated Filmmaker, Michelle Citron, Ph.D., Psychoanalyst Christine Fischetti, Ph.D., and Author and Professor of Film Studies Jane Feuer, Ph.D. looking at gender, identity, and the mother/daughter dyad.

 

Michelle Citron, Ph.D.film, video and multimedia artist, scholar and author will discuss her film, Daughter Rite, and it's many connections with feminism and psychoanalysis.  The film is compelling in it's portrayal of the lasting effects of mother-daughter relationships.  During the program, Michelle Citron, Ph.D. will present her expert viewpoints, while showing clips from Daughter Rite to illustrate these points further.  

This discussion will be followed by a response from Christine Fischetti, Ph.D., psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Pittsburgh.  She has longstanding interests in both women's issues and film and is delighted to find the intersection of both in the night's discussion.

"Film represents my personal and psychoanalytic First Amendment:  complete freedom to speak and play about matters normally protected in our analytic cloisters.  Character, history, conflict are openly explored on the screen and bring a lively dialogue to analytic work."

 

Jane Feuer, Ph.D. will also be discussing her insights into the films presented.  Jane is an author and professor of Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in the English and Communications departments.  She is a film and television studies scholar and one of the founders of Console-ing Passions, a biennial conference in feminism, television, video, and new media.  She is the author of The Hollywood Musical, Seeing Through the Eighties, and MTM: Quality Television.  She was a Fulbright Distinguished Professor at the University of Tubingen, Germany for the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

Review Summary of Daughter Rite
"Michelle Citron's breakthrough film is a classic feminist study of the nuclear family and its effect on women -- particularly the mother/daughter relationship and relationships between sisters. The film combines home-movie footage and fictional cinéma vérité scenes with a voice-over narration that adds psychological depth and political weight. Provocative but ultimately ambiguous, the film was hailed as a major accomplishment upon its release, and it has become a mainstay of women's studies and cinema studies curricula." ~ Sarah Welsh, Rovi, The New York Times

 

 

Sunday, November 9th

Incendies : A Turbulent Return to Beginnings in the Transgenerational Transmission of Destructive Aggression

 

Incendies is a horror movie, a love story and a mystery, each thread of which is so expertly interwoven into the larger narrative that it is impossible to separate any one strand from the other." - The Washington Post 

 

Location: Melwood Screening Room Part of the Three Rivers Film Festival Schedule 
477 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Time: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm 

The program includes a showing of the film, followed by discussion with Michelle Citron, Ph.D., film, video and multimedia artist, scholar and author and a discussion by Maurice Apprey, Ph.D., DM, FIPA,  Professor of Psychiatry and Dean of African American Affairs at the University of Virginia, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Contemporary Freudian Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association.
Michelle Citron, Ph.D. will offer her viewpoint as an accomplished and acclaimed filmmaker. Her discussion will focus on themes such as repetition, bodies, space versus time, images and metaphors, and circularity.  She will specifically focus on the way the aesthetics of the film fully reinforce the theme. 
Maurice Apprey, Ph.D. 
will offer his expertise from a psychoanalytic angle. He will present points from his paper, "A Pluperfect Errand: A Turbulent Return To Beginnings in the Transgenerational Transmission of Destructive Aggression."  He considers the way the characters feel obligated to carry out an "errand," the urgency they feel, and the way in which action moves from mandate to voluntary.
 

 

Fiction with Freud

June 7th: The Dinner by Herman Koch  

Thanks to all who participated in this lively discussion!

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

The PPC teamed with the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland for the third year in a row, to provide a chance to really analyze fiction. PPC faculty member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice, provided insight and analysis of popular fiction works in an informal discussion held at the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland. Join us next year for a whole new series!

 

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Program: A Dialogue Between Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy About Substance Use and Interfaces with Other Approaches

with Antoine Douaihy, M.D. and Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.

With Presentations by David Atkinson, M.D. and Laura LaPlante, M.D.

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

 

About the program:

Antoine Douaihy, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and he has extensive experience in clinical, research and training applications of motivational interviewing.

Mario Fischetti, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a member of the Faculty of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, for over 12 years.  He has specialized in helping individuals with substance use through the practice of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, and is currently working on a book on the phenomenon of cigarette smoking.

 

Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Attachment & Reflective Parenting

Thank you for attending, we hope to have you join us again!

 

Date: Sunday, April 6th

Program: Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Attachment & Reflective Parenting

Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Audience: Open to the Public/Mental Health and Family/Child/Early Education Professionals encouraged

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church in the Social Hall 

Entrance at: 116 S. Highland 

Program Content:

Overview of Attachment Theory and Examples of How Each Pattern of Attachment Might Appear To An Observer

Discussion of the Impact of Attachment on Brain/Mind Development and Future Function

Presentation of Information on The Concept of Reflective Parenting As An Extension of Psychoanalytic Theory and as a Technique to Facilitate Optimal Child and Parent/Caregiver Interaction

 

The program will be provided by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Faculty Members

Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D., Chair of the Child Analysis Committee of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
Miriam Winikoff, M.Ed. Psychoanalyst and Psychologist in Private Practice
Janet Mooney, L.C.S.W. Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in Private Practice

 

 

 

Analytic Flicks: Intouchables

Thank you to all who attended this wonderful night!

 

About the Film:

Based on a true story, Intouchables explores the unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his ex-con artist caretaker (Omar Sy). This inspiring comedy shows that although the two seem to have nothing in common, trust and human possibility can go a long way. 

 

About our presenter:

Howard K. Foster, M.D. is the President of the Psychoanalytic Center, and a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice. 

 

 

Thank you to those who attended the kick off a new series of events called Quantum on the Couch, the result of a collaboration with Quantum Theatre! It was a sold out crowd at Quantum Theatre's Parlour Song on Friday, November 15th.  The event included a discussion after the performance that looked at the psychology of the play by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center's faculty member and psychoanalyst David Orbison, Ph.D., who was joined by Quantum Artist Director Karla Boos. If you're curious about the play, see below. 

 

 

Edgy, funny, and occasionally sinister, Parlour Song explores the mysteries beneath the manicured surface of a suburban housing tract, where all is not well in the lives of two friendly couples. 

 

Reviews: 

 

"As staged and acted with a fluidity that never pushes ominous undertones but lets them float to the surface, "Parlour Song" casually locates the surreal, terrifying center of the common midlife crisis." 

   -NY Times

 

"And therein lies the affecting accomplishment of "Parlour Song." It peels its characters down to emotional nakedness without ever violating the mystery of people who remain mysteries even to themselves."

   -NY Times 

What You Missed In 2012-2013

Come to know Freud as few do.

 

For the first time Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center will offer an opportunity to audit our course entitled,"A Comprehensive Survey of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud." The course will be taught by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Faculty Member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., a winner of both national and local teaching awards. Dr. Fischetti has taught the course for many years and welcomes the opportunity to engage individuals with various academic backgrounds. There is no requirement that participants have a background in mental health.

You will be delving into Project for a Scientific Psychology, Studies on Hysteria, The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality, Totem and Taboo, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Analysis Terminable and Interminable, Civilization and Its Discontents, among many others.

 

The format of the seminar will be lecture and discussion.

Number of Sessions: 20
All Sessions will be held on Monday evenings.

8/26, 9/9, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 6/2, 6/16,6/30

Location: Shadyside or Lawrenceville location to be determined based on enrollment.

Fee: $600 collected by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
 

 

Maurice Apprey, Ph.D., DM, FIPA
Professor Psychiatry, School of Medicine;
Dean of African American Affairs, University of Virginia;
Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Contemporary Freudian Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association

 

Thank you to those who attended this event! Friday, September 6th 2013
6:30-9:30 pm
Room 105 College Hall
Duquesne University

 https://maps.google.com/maps?q=600+Forbes+Avenue+,+Pittsburgh,+PA

 

With introduction by William Cornell, M.A., and discussants Leswin Laubscher, Ph.D., Associate Professor Psychology, Duquesne University, and Thomas Janoski, Ph.D. Faculty Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

 

Sponsored by:
Duquesne University Department of Psychology
The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
With Special thanks to William Cornell, M.A. and the Keeping the Work Alive lecture series

 

Dr. Apprey is one of a select few individuals trained in London by Anna Freud at the Hampstead Clinic, now The Anna Freud Centre, where he graduated in 1979. Dr. Apprey then trained in adult psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Society, the institute in which he now serves as training and supervising analyst. Interested in the tension between description and interpretation, he continued his studies with Amedeo Giorgi at the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. It was from that Institute he received a Ph.D. in human science research. In addition he has a Doctor of Management from the Wetherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he studied social change management.

 

With his focus on interethnic conflict resolution, he was a member of the interdisciplinary team from the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction of the University of Virginia that managed the transition from Sovietization to the restoration of independence of Estonia in Eastern Europe from 1994 to 1999.

 

 

Thank you to those who attended this event! 

This paper presents ideas in progress about the development of an American Independent Tradition, which the author has tentatively called intersubjective ego psychology. The American Independent Tradition filters and develops ideas found originally in the writings of Hans Loewald. It constitutes a middle ground between egopsychology and relational psychoanalysis.

 

The tradition recognizes the analytic relationship but preserves the individuality and autonomy of each participant.The paper compares and contrasts the American Independent Tradition with the British Independent Tradition and wonders whether we can find independent traditions in other parts of the analytic world. This presentation of ideas in progress is meant to spark discussion and reflection about the trajectory of psychoanalysis in the United States, about the uses of theory,and about alternative ways of conceptualizing and using the relationship in clinical work.

 

Nancy J. Chodorow, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Geographic Regional Supervising Analyst, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center; and Faculty, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She is Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Clinical Faculty Emerita, University of California, Berkeley. Her books include The Reproduction of Mothering (1978, 2nd. ed., 1999); Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory (1989); Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (1994); The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999); and Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice (2012). She is author of numerous articles on comparative psychoanalytic theory and technique, Loewald and the Loewaldian tradition, sexuality, the psychology of women, and gender. She is recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and fellowships. Dr. Chodorow is in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

"Clinical Moment" Open Sessions For Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Join PPC for an evening exploring how an analyst works. If you would like to know more about deepening your work with your clients, or have been considering furthering your training these open sessions will provide you with an opportunity to explore psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy through "clinical moments" shared by analysts.

 

Thank you to those who attended this event!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 --Stacey Wettstein, Ph.D.

Monday, May 13, 2013--Paula Moreci, L.C.S.W. 

7-9 pm 

PPC Library

 

 



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"A Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis," A Discussion of his new book by Lewis Aron, Ph.D. Friday, February 1, 2013

How did psychoanalysis come to define itself as being different from psychotherapy? How have racism, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism converged in the creation of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis? Is psychoanalysis psychotherapy? Is psychoanalysis a "Jewish science"? 

 

In this presentation, Lewis Aron will provide an overview of his recent scholarship on the history of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and their implications for practice and education.  Inspired by  the progressive and humanistic origins of psychoanalysis, Lewis Aron and Karen Starr pursue Freud's call for psychoanalysis to be a "psychotherapy for the people."  The present a cultural history focusing on how psychoanalysis has always defined itself in relation to an "other."  At first, that other was hypnosis and suggestion; later it was psychotherapy. 

 

Thomas Janoski, Ph.D., a faculty member of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and a Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in private-practice will be the discussant. 

 

Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is the Director of the New York University Post doctoral program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, including A Meeting of Minds and the Relational Perspectives Book Series.  He was one of the co-founders of the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).  He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Sandor Ferenczi Centet of the New School for Social Research, and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.  He practices and leads numerous study groups in New York City and Port Washington, NY.  

 

This program was made possible through the support of William Cornell and the Keeping the Work Alive Series. We would like to express our appreciation for the opportunity. 

 

Analytic Flick: Bon Jour Monsieur Shlomi Friday, February 8, 2013

Bon Jour Monsieur Shlomi will be our next film in the Analytic Flicks series.  You won't want to miss the assortment of characters in this quirky, sweet, funny coming of age story that shows the power of untapped potential. 

 

Our featured guest speaker will be Assistant Superintendent, David May-Stein.  Prior to becoming Assistant Superintendent, Mr. May-Stein served in a variety of educational settings and roles. He started his career in Pittsburgh Public Schools and has worked for two decades to advance the educational system. He taught at Pittsburgh Langley, the Pioneer Education Center, the Secondary Education Center and Allegheny Middle School.  Mr. May-Stein then served as an administrator.  From 1996-2011, he served as the acting principal of the Alternative Education Center, the acting dean of students at Allegheny Middle School, the dean of students at Prospect Middle School and the principal at both Knoxville Elementary l and Pittsburgh Colfax K-8.  He will bring a wealth of knowledge from his experience to share with our audience.  

 

Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D., will provide the psychoanalytic perspective of the film. Dr. Irwin is a psychologist, a Child and Adult Psychoanalyst, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University ofPittsburgh. She is a past president of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, where she is on the faculty and Chair of the Child Analysis Committee. Dr. Irwin has made films and written extensively about children and their families in treatment and community settings. In addition to serving as a preschool consultant, she is a co-founder with Judith Rubin, Ph.D., of Expressive Media, Inc., a non-profit organization that makes teaching and training films in mental health.

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THIS EVENT! 

 

Thank you for attending  Footnote a film exploring the impact of ambition, rivalry and jealousy on the relationship between a father and a son.  The film, by Joseph Cedar, was well-received by critics.  Hannah Brown, of the Jerusalem Post, wrote, "Cedar uses dramatic cinematography, music and visual effects to signal that this is a film about an earth-shaking battle, at least in its protagonists hearts and minds." 

 

The discussion featured faculty member, David Orbison, Ph.D. Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in private practice, and Alan Meisel,JD, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Law at the University of Pittsburgh. 

 

 

 

 

Study of Smoke--Rust Colored by Claire Hardy

 

Smoke and Ephemera: A Discussion of Art will feature works of Claire Hardy and other artists on display at the Galerie Werner located in the historic Mansions on Fifth.  The discussion will be a free event for members, and will be open to the public. Due to the popularity of our last member event, we respectfully request that you let us know you are planning to attend so that we may comfortably accommodate everyone.

 

Join Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center faculty member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., for a discussion exploring the basic tenents of psychoanalytic theory and the contribution Freud made to mankind. This is a free member event, and is open to the public. 

 



The treatment of borderline and narcissistic patients is one of the most challenging areas in mental health. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is an evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy developed by Otto Kernberg, M.D., and colleagues that combines the depth of a psychodynamic approach with a structure that facilitates working with personality disordered patients. A growing body of clinical experience and research shows that TFP can help patients achieve character change, resulting in more stable, productive, and satisfying lives.

 

Two years ago Dr. Barry L. Stern came to Pittsburgh to present a day-long overview of TFP. This year Dr. Stern will return to the PPC to provide a more in-depth TFP training experience that will take place over 3 days and involve 3 independent components.

 

On Friday, Dr. Stern will provide a 3-hour introduction to TFP based on the 2010 training. The Friday component is open to individuals with no prior TFP training, as well as individuals who wish to attend for purpose of review. Saturday will be divided among three issues central to the conduct of TFP treatment: contracting; technical neutrality and countertransference management; and the treatment of narcissistic pathology.

 

The Saturday component is open to individuals who have some prior TFP training, which includes the 2010 PPC training, the Friday overview, or other TFP training.

 

Sunday will feature a peer consultation group lead by Dr. Stern, and modeled on those developed and lead by Drs. Kernberg & Yeomans at the Personality Disorders Institute in New York. This component is limited to 14 participants and will include the presentation and discussion of two cases drawn in advance from the group. Advanced registration is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to those who attended this event!

Friday, October 19th, 2012 7:00-9:00 pm

 

The Psychoanalytic Center (PPC) is delighted to present a Friday
evening lecture and Saturday workshop featuring Drs. Alexandra Harrison and Susan Sherkow, two prominent Analysts who are also accomplished researchers and teachers. They will present their
fascinating work with young children through the use of frame by frame analysis of videotaped play sessions. Drs. Harrison and Sherkow will illustrate their work with emotionally disturbed
youngsters, including those with ADD/ADHA and on the Autism spectrum. Their presentation offers vivid examples of the meaning-making that is possible when adult and child are empathically
attuned.

Microanalysis of the videotapes, taken by Drs. Harrison and Sherkow in
therapy sessions over time, clearly demonstrates the importance of reviewing what is often overlooked or forgotten in moments of intense interaction. Capturing the minute details of nonverbal and
verbal communication can enhance understanding of the deeper layers of meaning and their associated connections. Observing the vocalizations, gestures, glances, body movements and affect-laden play
interactions on tape, the fragments of communications that are ordinarily missed can help therapists to understand how to enhance the deepening of attunement between individuals.

Viewing the videotapes also demonstrates what may disrupt the process,
making repair more difficult and clinical interaction less effective. Moments of understanding and synchrony are created by capturing the child's signals, which can facilitate attachment. These
videotapes clearly illustrate how crucial it is to be attuned to the other's emotions, while attempting to match those feelings in timing and intensity. When the child's experience is communicated
accurately, true interactional sharing is possible, leading to understanding and change. This kind of interaction can be utilized in schools and homes, as well as in the treatment room with positive
results.

Although Drs. Harrison and Sherkow will demonstrate work with children,
the clinical skills they discuss apply to those who work with all ages. Empathic connection with another that can lead to emotional regulation and control is a skill that therapists, teachers and
parents can learn, replicating the hoped-for good mother/good child interaction that leads to healthy emotional and physical well-being.

 

Special thanks to Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health for support of our program!

Crumb explores the life of Robert (R.) Crumb, the underground cartoonist famous for developing the role of the antihero in comics and for his sharp satire of the 60's and 70's generations. Much of Crumb's work focuses on his own anxiety, depression, and sexual obsessions. Director, Terry Zwigoff, a long-time friend of Crumb's, is allowed an access to his subject that has no boundaries.

 

Critical Acclaim:
From the New York Times:
The art critic Robert Hughes calls Mr. Crumb "the Bruegel of the 20th century." That may be overstating it. But the film's many examples of Mr. Crumb's work present a vision of American life as a phantasmagoric gallery of grotesques that is as gripping as it is harshly funny.


From Rotten Tomatoes:
So well-regarded was the documentary Crumb (1994) that the failure of it and of the same year's equally acclaimed Hoop Dreams (1994) to result in Oscar nominations caused a media furor which forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revamp its documentary nomination process.

 

Discussant Matt Markon, LCSW, J.D., Psychotherapist in private practice and PPC Candidate
With guest presenter Joe Wos, Executive Director of the ToonSeum
Stacey Wettstein, PhD, Psychologist and Psychotherapist in private practice will moderate.

 

 

Come explore the origns of creativity and the way the shared experience of art...in a multi-media presentation of artworks of Magritte, Bacon, Freud and Kahlo.

 

 

Creativity and Aesthetic Experience:

A Psychoanalytic Approach

Presentation by Jean-Michel Quinodoz, Swiss Psychoanalyst and Author

Discussant, Judith A. Rubin, Art Therapist and Psychoanalyst

Emeritus Member of PPC

Friday, June 8, 2012

6:30-9:00 pm

Chatham University Eddy Theatre

Chatham University Department of Film Studies

Pittsburgh Association for Psychoanalytic Thought

With special thanks to Bill Cornell and the Keeping Our Work Alive series





Last Chance for Analytic Flicks: He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

Come experience another exciting film and discussion hosted by the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center!


He Loves Me He Loves Me Not is a 2002 French psychological thriller that follows the thoughts of artist/café worker/house sitter Angelique (Audrey Tautou) and married cardiologist Dr. Lorie Le Garrec (Samuel Le Bihan). Following the movie, stay for a discussion of erotomania, stalking and relationship violence.


Analytic Flicks
June 1, 2012, 6:30 PM
Bigelow Conference Center
4338 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland

Following the film, Kathleen George, PhD, noted Pittsburgh mystery writer and Pitt professor, and Matt Markon, LCSW, therapist in private practice and former lawyer and consultant to the Washington DC Police Department, will discuss the themes and content with Stacey Wettstein, PhD, psychologist and psychotherapist as moderator.

 

Analytic Flicks

 

Save the date for: Bill Cunningham New York

 

The next film in our series will inspire you to:

a. dress to impress

b. ride a bike

c. keep reinventing yourself into and beyond your eighties

d. ALL OF THE ABOVE

 

Come examine the life of contributor to the New York Times Fashion magazine, Bill Cunninham, who uses an almost analytic method to spot what is being expressed on the streets of New York through the lens of fashion. More information about the speakers and the topics that will be discussed will be posted soon.

 

 

Friday, April 13, 2012

6:30-9:30 PM

Bigelow Conference and Reception Center

4338 Bigelow Blvd. (See Map)

 

 



Analytic Flicks provides an opportunity to use film as a way of looking at the human experience through the analytic lens. Psychoanalysts and others in the mental health field will provide insight into the material presented in the films. The series is offered on Friday evenings at the beautiful Bigelow Conference and Reception Center at 4338 Bigelow Boulevard in the heart of Oakland, with convenient parking in Soldiers and Sailors Garage (The conference center is located next to the 20th Century Club -- some GPS systems may not correctly navigate to this address).

 

Visiting Analyst Weekend with Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber, M.D.

 The presentation will begin with a ten-minute showing of On Empathy,
Kohut’s last presentation (1981). It completes the circle in the spotlight he
shone, since 1959, on the concept of empathy and its fundamental nature
within psychoanalytic observation and data-gathering. My own pathway in
analytic training which I shall try to illustrate, molded particularly in
comparative supervisory encounters, led me to recognize the extraordinary
power in grappling with the implications in Freud’s groundbreaking
discovery, dening the domain of psychoanalysis: “psychic reality” – that is,
inner reality – “as the decisive kind.” e concept of empathy, understood
not as a theory-specic or technical stance, but as intrinsic to our mode of
listening and observation, may then be viewed as a central dimension
illuminating this intrapsychic domain, -- our psychoanalytic data base.
Clinical examples including citations from the work of Freud and Kohut,
commentary from the late Japanese psychoanalyst, Takeo Doi, and
observations from infant research illuminated by Louis Sander, will be
oered for further elaboration.

Educational Objectives:

1. To discern more subtly cues by which individual reality may be revealed in listening to and observing patients’ associations and behaviors,

2. to describe the distinctively analytic mode of observation of the workings of patients’ minds, and

3. to note added dimensions in the illuminative power in a stance of ongoing struggle to listen, and the rewards in capacity for discovery. 

 

Pittsburgh Association for Psychoanalytic Thought Presented My Name Was Sabina Spielrein...

From the My Name Was Sabina Spielrein Website:

 

Docudrama is a delicate genre especially when it is dealing with history. Many people fell into the temptation of mixing dry facts with colourful romantic images. The filmmaker Elisabeth Márton, who has already proven her ability to realize well thought out films (among others "Way of the Winds”, where she illustrates the life and work of the photographer Lütfi Özkök), finds from the very beginning a happy balance between sensationalism and contemplation, between emotion and knowledge. Márton and her team create an elegant and aesthetically challenging puzzle emplying conventionell methods like old diaries, yellowed photographs and crumpled papers. The short dramatic scenes appear like quickly hurrying shadows. They form and underline a spiritual condition and do not simply function as a dramatic device. That’s good, particularly in relation to the tragic end which shows how Sabina Spielrein and her family once again found themselves trapped between two unforgiving rulers: Stalin and Hitler. Her brothers became victims of Stalin’s terror. Sabina Spielrein was killed in 1942 in Rostov on Don by Nazi soldiers.

 

Helena Lindblad, Dagens Nyheter 14.10.02

 

Márton’s deft re-enactments and the actors’ dramatic readings of Spielrein’s own words tell a chilling story, bringing to light both the work of this pioneer and the dark side of psychoanalysis. Documentary and drama carry Spielrein’s life into the crosshairs of warring ideologies (Communism, National Socialism). With a rare gift for melding subjectivity with biographical facts, Márton brings Sabina Spielrein back to life, body and soul.

B. Ruby Rich, Toronto International Film Festival 2002

 

 

Presentation following the film:

Psychoanalysis: A Cure by Love Traversing the Edge of the Psyche and Body

Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.

Psychoanalyst and Psychologist in Private Practice

Volunteer Faculty Member Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

 

An Aborted Attempt At Coming Into Being: The Failure of Freud and Jung in the Case of Sabina Spielrein

Marlene Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist in private practice

Poet

 

Moderator

Prajna Parasher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Film Chatham University

Filmmaker

 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Technical and Psychoanalytic Perspectives in Treating People with Severe Communication Disabiliities

 

 

Bruce R. Baker, Ph.D. has turned his life long facination with linguistics into a passion for helping individuals wtih physical disabilities.  Dr. Baker, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, is founder and president of Semantic Compaction Systems.  His company, based in Castle Shannon, develops, translates, and licenses iconic interfaces for computers in a variety of languages.  He was compelled to develop Minspeak in 1980 after meeting intellegent people who were physically unale to write, talk,, or use hand signs.  He used his classic linguistic training to create a patented visual languats system based upon ancient heiroglyphics.

 

Joseph Hinchliffe, M.D., is a volunteer faculty person with Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. He will present on Silence, issues of treating people with severe communication disabilities, technical and psychoanalytic perspectives, and the Person Within: working with a non speaking individual, and communicating with non-speakers.

 

Jennifer Lowe is a Minspeak user and elloquent provider of the perspective of those individuals with severe communication disability. She is Executive Director of SHOUT and is featured in the film "Only God Can Hear Me."

 

PPC wishes to thank all the participants for their time and energy.

 Writing Your Life: A Journey In Self-Discovery

Inspired by the book, "Growing Old: A Journey of Self-Discovery," this new 'life writing' course was offered to all members of the community, young and old, as a time to reflect on your self-narrative and develop a more cohesive sense of self. Participants requested we offer another session.

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you at some of these events.

Required Continuing Education Information:

Continuing Medical Education Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements

and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

through joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center . The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited

by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a

maximum of [2] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should

claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the

activity.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the

planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial

relationships to disclose.

 

The accuracy and utility of the material presented has been reviewed by our Education Committee.  While the content of the workshop or course is intended for the further education of professionals in the field, it is by no means comprehensive training, and should not be considered such. Further reading, training and consultation may be required. No treatment should be undertaken outside the limitations of your skills and expertise.  Expressive forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy is contraindicated in the treatment of some mental illnesses and should not be used to treat all kinds of mental illness.

 

APA --American Psychological Association Statement: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

 

Social Workers, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapists: 

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

 

The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering. 

Grievance Procedure


PPC is committed to providing quality programs and experiences for our particpants. If you should have any grievance that you would like to bring to the attention of our Education Committee Chair, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We ask that you provide the following information to help us better to respond to your inquiry:

  • Name
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  • Email
  • Date of Program/Name of Program
  • Details of concern

All concerns should be addressed to Tom Janoski, Ph.D., Chair of Education Committee

They can be sent via email to: administration@pghpsa.org

or by mail to:

 

401 Shady Avenue Suite B101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

 

You are also invited to call and discuss the cocern wtih us at (412) 661-4224. 

 

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