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American Psychoanalytic Association 2020

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Freud’s “Beyond the Pleasure Principle”, in which he grimly tried to contend with the catastrophic trauma of his time, World War 1. And his conclusions were indeed grim— repetition compulsion, death drive. Grim, yes, but unfortunately also prescient. We are now living in the midst of our own catastrophic traumata, our own contact with the workings of the repetition compulsion and the death drive: millions fleeing with nowhere to go, the climate becoming what it has never been, nations and neighborhoods bunkering themselves into racist, xenophobic enclaves. On Saturday evening, at our Special Symposium we will explicitly address the issue of thinking psychoanalytically within this howling surround. Our two esteemed Plenarists, Robert Jay Lifton and Carol Gilligan, will be joined by Irma Brenman Pick, Lindsay Clarkson, Dorothy Holmes, Francisco Gonzalez, Luis Ripoll and Ann Pellegrini —representing five separate decades of analytic thinking—will engage in a structured conversation, providing their own points of view on how they are grappling generatively, in both clinical and extra-clinical work.

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Service Members and Veterans Initiative

Speakers: Harold Kudler, M.D.



Recent Studies on Affect & Trauma- Discussing “Little Women”

Speakers: Chair: Katie C. Lewis, Ph.D. Presenters: Ilana Larkin, M.A., Vera Békés, Ph.D.



The Peter Loewenberg Essay Prize in Psychoanalysis & Culture

Speakers: Chair: Murray M. Schwartz, Ph.D

The Peter Loewenberg Essay Prize (formerly the CORST Essay Prize) is awarded to a paper demonstrating outstanding psychoanalytically informed research and scholarship in the arts, humanities, or social and behavioral sciences. The Undergraduate Essay Prize and Courage to Dream Book Prize will also be awarded during this session.



Revisiting Group Psychology & the Analysis of the Ego

Speakers: Chair: Nellie L. Thompson, Ph.D. Presenters: Joseph Aguayo, Ph.D., Celia Brickman, Ph.D., Richard L. Munich, M.D.



DPE Research Education Dialogue: What Do We Mean By Corrective Emotional Experience – What is its Therapeutic Role?

Speakers: Chair: Linda S. Goodman, Ph.D. Co-chair: Morris N. Eagle, Ph.D., ABPP, Presenters: Christopher Christian, Ph.D. , Glen Gabbard, M.D., Mark Hilsenroth, Ph.D



Plenary Address: Dr. Robert Lifton: “Owning Reality – Reflections on Cultism & Zealotry”

Speakers: Dr. Robert Jay Lifton

This address connects Dr. Robert Jay Lifton’s past work on the psychology of zealotry with current observations on mental predators who claim to own reality. It draws upon examples from Chinese thought reform, the Aum Shinrikyō cult, Nazi genocide, and the solipsistic reality of Donald Trump. An alternative is the collective expression of a more open and resilient “protean self,” which can enable us to respond to these threats to the human future.



Research Symposium: Homeostasis, Feeling & Consciousness

Speakers: Chair: Charles P. Fisher, M.D. Presenter: Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.



Symposium I: Music, Sensory Communion and the Weaving of Collective Embodiment

Speakers: Chair & Presenter: Peter L. Goldberg, Ph.D. Discussants: Adam Blum, Psy.D., Michael Levin, Psy.D.



APsaA Public Advocacy on Capitol Hill: APsaA Leads in Mass Shootings

Speakers: Mark Smaller, Ph.D. Peggy Tighe, J.D.



Navigating the Paradox in the Language of Achievement & the Language of Substitution

Speakers: Chair: Dolan Power, Ph.D. Author: Afsaneh Alisobhani, Psy.D.



DPE Seminar: Thinking Critically About Psychoanalytic Education

Speakers: Chair: Britt-Marie Schiller, Ph.D. Presenters: Gail Glenn, M.A.Ed., Ellen Rees, M.D.



University Forum: Racism in America IV – Return of the Biological Race: Has the Old Become the New Again?

Speakers: Chair: Beverly J. Stoute, M.D., Evelynn Hammonds, Ph.D., Dorothy Roberts, J.D. Discussant: Dionne Powell, M.D.

In the fourth part of University Forum: Racism in America we expand our vital discussion of race to contrast how the categorization of race as a social construct versus racial difference as a biological entity impact theory formulation and practice in the biological and psychological sciences. Evelynn Hammonds, Ph.D., formerly Dean of Harvard College, who holds joint appointments in the Department of the History of Science and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard, will integrate the history of sociopolitical concepts of race, the history of disease, and public health, in the sciences and medicine, and present “The Return of Biological Race in the 21st Century?” Dorothy Roberts, J.D., an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, in the University Pennsylvania Law School and Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology, will review advances in scientific research that elucidate race-based genetic differences in the human genome, and propose an alternative model for studying race and racism in, “Racism, and the New Racial Science in the Genomic Age.”



The Efficacy of Psychoanalytic Therapy

Speakers: Lee Jaffee, Ph.D., Presenter: Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Shedler will describe the seven core features of contemporary psychoanalytic therapy in clear, jargon-free language. He will then discuss scientific evidence for its benefits and how it compares to other “evidencebased” treatments like CBT and antidepressant medication. Finally, Dr. Shedler will discuss how the active ingredients of all effective therapies draw on (generally unacknowledged) psychoanalytic principles such as enhancing self-knowledge, understanding problematic relationship patterns, and reworking these patterns in the “here and now” of the therapy relationship.



Plenary Address: Dr. Carol Gilligan: “Disrupting the Story: Enter Eve”

Speakers: Dr. Carol Gilligan

The historical association of a disruptive voice with a woman’s voice will be considered and the story of Eve will be revisited in light of contemporary insights. Educational methods will involve the presentation of research evidence and a new framework for understanding the function of disrupting a story that otherwise can appear natural or inevitable.



DPE Psychoanalytic Scholarship Forum: Should Free Association Still Be the Basic Method of Psychoanalytic Treatment? Implications for Education & Training

Speakers: Chair: Erik Gann, M.D. Presenters: Barnaby B. Barratt, Ph.D., D.H.S., Dominque Scarfone, M.D.



Empirical Research in Psychoanalytic Theory: Escaping Grünbaum’s Circularity Criticism

Speakers: Chair: Robert Galatzer-Levy, M.D., Presenter: Ariane Bazan, Ph.D.



Psychoanalysis & Neuroscience Symposium: A Case Report & Discussion

Speakers: Chair: Richard J. Kessler, D.O., Presenter: Charles P. Fisher, M.D. Discussant: Mark Solms, Ph.D.



The #MeToo Movement & Music Education

Speakers: Chair & Presenter: Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D. Presenters: Gary Ingle, D.M.A., Gilbert Kliman, M.D.



100 Years After “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” – Our Contemporary Traumatizing Surround: Racism, Climate Change & Migration: An Intergenerational Discussion

Speakers: Moderators: Donald B. Moss, M.D., Lynne Zeavin, Psy.D. , Presenters: Lindsay L. Clarkson, M.D., Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., Francisco Gonzalez, M.D. , Dorothy E. Holmes, Ph.D., ABPP , Robert Jay Lifton, M.D. Ann Pellegrini, Ph.D., Irma Brenman Pick, Luis H. Ripoll, M.D.

In a round-table discussion, eight participants addressed issues pertaining to the traumatizing surround common to them and to the audience— with a focus on climate change, racism, and migration. This discussion highlighted new ways of thinking about how to interpret the effects of that surround on ourselves and our patients. Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, perhaps the world’s foremost authority on these issues, was joined by a wide range of psychoanalytic thinkers—each of whom has thought deeply about the place of trauma inside and outside the consulting room.



Psychodynamic Treatments for Children & Parents: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial & a Hospital-Based Open Trial

Speakers: Chair: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Ph.D Presenters: Tracy A. Prout, Ph.D., Amanda Zayde, Psy.D.



“The Play’s the Thing”: From Nightmare World to Play Space in a Five-Year-Old

Speakers: Chair: James M. Herzog, M.D., Author: Mary Brady, Ph.D.



Current Findings in Neuropsychoanalysis

Speakers: Chair: Richard J. Kessler, D.O. Presenter: Margaret R. Zellner, Ph.D., L.P.

Modern neuroscience has allowed us to recognize more complex and dynamic organizing principals of brain functioning. This development has encouraged exploration of basic psychoanalytic principles within neuropsychoanalysis. Understanding the brain networks that process memory, fantasy, emotion and value has offered insights into the essentials of human motivation. New information challenges our understanding of the therapeutic process and at the same time reveals to us the nature and power of psychoanalysis to promote change.


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