41st Annual Scientific Conference
Mark Solms, Ph.D.
Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Begins At 9:30 AM
4.5 CE hours for psychoanalysts, social workers, and psychologists
Morning Session: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Jane Birzin, MA
Gerd H. Fenchel, PH.D.
Repression, Repetition, Trauma, Transference and Interpretation
Mark Solms, Ph.D.
This presentation will focus on the brain mechanisms underlying repetition and change, with special emphasis on pathological forms of repetition, which centrally includes traumatic neuroses like PTSD. In doing so, the presentation will outline the brain mechanisms of (1) repression and its consequences and (2) the other defenses and their consequences, in order to compare and contrast these general mechanisms with the specific mechanisms of (3) traumatic neurosis.
At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to: (1) Identify and define the brain mechanisms of repression, and apply this knowledge in clinical work, (2) Identify and define the brain mechanisms of other defenses, both healthy and pathological, and apply this knowledge in clinical work, (3) Identify and define the specific mechanisms at work in PTSD, and contrast them with the more general mechanisms at work in other neuroses, and apply this knowledge in clinical work.
Lunch Break: 12:30 — 2:00 PM
Afternoon Session: 2:00 — 4:00 PM
Longing for Death
Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D.
What is the connection between trauma, death instinct and death fantasy? A case is described in which a successful middle aged woman executive suffers from fantasies of killing and being killed. The case is understood from the points of view of Freud, Melanie Klein, Sabina Spielrien, Carl Menninger and others who have written analytic theory on this subject.
At the conclusion of this talk, participants will be able to: (1) Differentiate between death instinct, death drive, and death fantasy, (2) understand how trauma is related to death fantasy, and (3) understand how wish, fear, and moral judgment contribute to the compromise formation of death fantasy.
Discussion with Q & A
Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy
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Bios in Order of Presentation
Gerd Fenchel, Ph.D. is one of the founders of Washington Square Institute. Dr. Fenchel is Co-Director/Dean, Training and Supervising Analyst, WSI; Fellow, Council of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, International Council of Psychologists; Member National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Licensed Psychologist: New York State, Pennsylvania.
Mark Solms, Ph.D. is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. Born in 1961, he was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He emigrated to London in 1988, where he worked academically at University College London (Psychology Department) and clinically at the Royal London Hospital (Neurosurgery Department), while he trained at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002. Currently he holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also currently Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1998 and the American College of Psychoanalysts in 2004. Other awards include the George Sarton Medal of the Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgium (1996), the Arnold Pfeffer Prize of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute (2008) and the Sigourney Prize of the American Psychoanalytical Association. He will be named Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2016. He founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000 and was Founding Editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis. He is on the editorial boards of several other major journals. He has published widely in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, including Cortex, Neuropsychologia, Trends in Cognitive Science and Behavioral & Brain Sciences. He is also frequently published in general-interest journals, such as Scientific American. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and 5 books. His second book, The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), was a landmark contribution to the field. His latest book (with Oliver Turnbull) is The Brain and the Inner World (2002) is a best-seller and has been translated into 12 languages. He is the authorised editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols), and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).
ARLENE KRAMER RICHARDS, ED.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society, Fellow of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and North American Representative to the Board of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She was past President of Division 39 section 1 of the American Psychological Association, and past member of the Board of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She has published psychoanalytic books including Listening to Understand, Myths of Mighty Women and Encounters With Loneliness: Only the Lonely. She is Professor of Psychology at Tongjji University Medical School in Wuhan, China.
Thanks to the Program Committee for their help with the conference: Jane Birzin, MA; Gerd H. Fenchel, PhD; Jane Genende, LCSW-R; Gene Guberman, MA, LP, NCPsyA; Natalie Riccio, PhD; Marilyn Tauber, MA, LP, NCPsyA.
Registration and payment:
(Advance registration is recommended due to limited seating.)
|Early Bird Special (thru March 15, 2017)||$125|
|Registration Received by April 1, 2017||$140|
|At the Door||$165|
|Students with ID, Early Bird Special (thru March 15, 2017)||$50|
|Students with ID, Registration Received by April 1, 2017||$60|
|Students with ID, At the Door||$65|
|WSI Faculty/Staff, Early Bird Special (thru March 15, 2017)||$120|
|WSI Faculty/Staff, registration received by April 1, 2017||$130|
|WSI Faculty/Staff, At the Door||$140|
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