Scholarly spirit strong at Chicago Institute

Institute Class with Erika Schmidt teaching

At Saturday's 'Schools is Out' and other sessions, as well as the upcoming APsaA meeting and regular classes, Institute faculty and students are making their scholarly mark, writes President Erika Schmidt, far right. Photo, Toya Werner Martin

On Saturday I attended the stellar "Schools Is Out" presentation by Virginia Barry, Charles Jade, Josh Kellman, and Mark Levey.  

Their title, which takes some thinking, refers to the different schools of thought within psychoanalysis and suggests that we might approach psychoanalysis in a way that transcends any particular school. With verve and coherence, they discussed their own developing ideas about psychoanalytic theory and practice, influenced by neuroscience, their depth of clinical experience, their observations about what works and why change happens in psychotherapy and analysis. 

The 35 people in the room were fully engaged for 5 hours and everyone came away with the excitement of thinking together about a paradigm for understanding analytic ideas and clinical practice.  

It made me think about the contributions of scholars and practitioners from the Chicago Institute over the years and the ways many faculty and candidates continue to contribute to the development of psychoanalysis. It is a present moment and a history we can all be proud of.

In the spirit of recognizing this kind of scholarly activity, I'd like to let you know about the impressive roster of faculty and candidates from Chicago who will be presenting at the upcoming APsaA 2018 meeting in New York City: 

  • Denia Barrett, Presenter: The Analysis of Masturbatory Fantasies: Theory and Technique
  • Peter Shabad, Chair and Discussant: Embracing or Foreclosing Change: Deepening our Understanding
  • Peter Rudnytsky, Chair: History of Psychoanalysis: Psychoanalytic Case Histories
  • Katherine Williams, Presenter: Two-Day Clinical Workshop: Psychotherapy Process
  • Jonathan Lear, Co-Chair: The Critics of Psychoanalysis: Hans Loewald as a Bridge from Heidegger to Freud
  • Eva Lichtenberg and Arnold Tobin: Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge": Paternal Fatal Attraction
  • Christine Kieffer, Discussant: Educators and Analysts Working Together: Cutting the Silence
  • Robert Galatzer-Levy and Paul Holinger, Co-Chairs: Outcome in Child Analysis
  • Lucy Freund, Coordinator: Psychoanalysis with Twins
  • Jonathan Lear, Presenter: Presidential Forum-Psychoanalyst in the Public Domain: What is Ethical? What is Effective?
  • Robert Galatzer-Levy, Presenter: The Philosophy, Science and Practice of Negative Capability
  • Christine Kieffer, Discussant: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Children's Literature
  • Arthur Nielsen, Presenter: Meet the Author

Last but not least, I will be a presenter on Oral History Workshop: The Wolf-Man: Past and Present Encounters at the APsaA New York meeting. 

I know there is much additional work people are doing that is not acknowledged in this listing. To mention a few: Neal and Ruth Grant led a fascinating discussion of Ibsen's Enemy of the People as a way to think about people’s responses to wrongdoing, and the motivation for righteousness, complacency, collusion, or even courage. 

More continuing education

In March, therapists from the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy will have a panel discussing on-site clinical work in schools using a psychoanalytic frame. Another panel organized by the Child Analysis Committee will describe analytic work with children. And Kourosh Dini will be presenting his application of the concept of play to the problems people have with productivity and procrastination in a workshop in April.  

I do hope we can continue to support our colleagues with our interest in their work and think about ways the Institute can continue to be a facilitating environment for these endeavors.

-- Erika Schmidt, President

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