As the new president, I have planned, what I believe, to be an excellent group of speakers, from both our local and national community.
Our theme this year is "Psychoanalysis in a New Key," reflecting the current trend of psychoanalysis playing the same song, but in a different, more contemporary arrangement. Psychoanalysis, founded by Sigmund Freud, has developed and expanded in the century-plus since his first writing. While much has stayed the same, as far as the core concepts of the importance of transference, countertransference, dreaming, focus on unconscious processes, and the importance of the analytic dyad, much has been expanded upon and developed in contemporary circles. This year, our speakers will discuss the developments in theories meant to elucidate Freud, in dreamwork, relational concepts, work in groups, use of spirituality, philosophical underpinnings of new/old psychoanalytic focus, and an integration of theory that demonstrates how psychoanalysts work with patients where they are in the moment they are encountered, session-by-session.
To start, our first meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Stephanie Swales will be presenting on the theories of Lacan, particularly emphasizing the ideas of human subjectivity, clinical diagnosis, and their implications on the direction of the treatment. Dr. Swales has written a book on Lacanian theory, entitled Perversion: A Lacanian Psychoanalytic Approach to the Subject. She is a current candidate with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis based in San Francisco. We are privileged to have someone so steeped in such important theory as a member of DSPP.
In October, we are honored to hear a discussion from Dr. Myrna Little on the subject of dreams. She will be discussing her current use of dreaming as the expression of psychic activity. Dr. Little is a clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst. Her discussion of dreamwork will elucidate both a Jungian and object relations perspective on the use of dreams in life and in psychotherapy.
On November 21, we welcome Drs. Lewis Aron and Galit Atlas. They will be giving a presentation entitled "The Pragmatic and the Enigmatic in Contemporary Clinical Practice." This daylong workshop will have two sections. Dr. Aron will explore the therapist's emotional experience, fluctuations of identity, and shifting self-states in the clinician and their clinical use. We will focus on the clinical contributions of Harold Searles, an innovative master clinician who was a forerunner of the current relational approach. We will discuss his articles and watch several videos of his famous or notorious clinical interviews. For the second section, based on her new book, Dr. Atlas will explore the relation between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomenon. The two clinical cases presented will be used to address difficulties around the modulation of excitement, as well as patterns of distress and regulation that are observed in current infant research. They will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including classic themes of overstimulation, seduction and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material and with the analyst's own sexual subjectivity. Lewis Aron, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a past President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) APA; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of NYSPA. He is co-founder of the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research; co-founder of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; and co-editor of the Relational Perspectives Book Series; author and editor of numerous articles and books. His next book, co-authored with Galit Atlas, is to be called Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice. Galit Atlas Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP, and IEA. She serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, is on the board of directors of the Division (39) of psychoanalysis, APA, and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Atlas writes essays elucidating psychoanalysis for the general public, published in the New York Times, Tablet and more. Her book "The Enigma of Desire- Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis" will be published in November. Her next book co-authored with Lewis Aron is to be called Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice.
While this only gives a glimpse of the entire year, I hope I have whet your appetite enough so you will join us for each of these presentations. We will be working to update the DSPP website in the coming days to reflect the upcoming program year. With this, we will be adding readings for each of these presentations, available to those who choose to be full members of DSPP.
Thanks for being a part of DSPP!