CENTER FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY PSYCHO ANALYTIC STUDIES

BPSI is committed to deepening our connections with other academic institutions that share our interests in psychoanalytic thinking. Our Division of Academic Affiliation and Research has brought together Affiliate and Silberger Scholars, along with other BPSI Members, to create COMPASS (Center for Multidisciplinary Psycho Analytic Studies), a locus for collaboration across disciplines and for the application of psychoanalytic ideas and concepts in the Arts and Sciences. The Center is available to our former and current scholars, interested BPSI Members and other colleagues and students curious about the world of psychoanalytic thinking.

The goal of COMPASS is to build bridges to undergraduate and graduate communities; enhance the teaching of psychoanalysis, both through its history and contemporary practice; foster multidisciplinary discussion; and serve as an umbrella for collaborative activities and cross-fertilization of ideas.

PROGRAMS OF INTEREST TO THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY

Silberger Paper Prize Award

Each year the Silberger Paper Prize Award is granted to the author of an outstanding paper reflecting an interdisciplinary consideration of psychoanalytic theories or concepts. The award committee welcomes submissions from neighboring fields, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, historical studies, arts and humanities.

The award recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium and opportunities for collaborative engagement with BPSI faculty and Members, leading toward presentation of the paper in the Fall of the next academic year.

Applications may come from current or former Affiliate Scholars, or members of the broader academic community in allied fields. Current Affiliate Scholars may apply and, if awarded the Silberger award, may continue an additional year of study with tuition waived, if they so desire.

Award recipients, if not current Affiliate Scholars, will be invited (but not required) to apply to the Affiliate Scholar program, via the Affiliate Scholar Admissions Committee, and, upon admission, have the opportunity for further study at BPSI. Affiliate Scholars have come from a diverse array of disciplines, including art history, archeology, law, social work, neuroscience, medicine, theology, journalism and the arts.

For more information, please contact Committee Chair, Murray Schwartz, PhD.

Click Here to Apply

Psyart.org

Psyart.org promotes the psychological study of the arts and humanities, operating an on-line discussion forum for the continuous exchange of ideas about the psychological study of literature, the arts, psychoanalysis and psychology.
Additionally The Psyart Foundation sponsors an annual interdisciplinary conference, “Psychology and the Arts.” More information at : www.psyart.org

Psyart operates a free, online, peer-reviewed journal featuring articles about psychological approaches to the arts: www.psyartjournal.com

Study with Us

BPSI offers several venues for multidisciplinary psychoanalytic studies:

  • Seminars on a range of topics, offered to the public, sponsored by our program, Explorations in Mind.
  • The Affiliate Scholar Program, a one- or two- year program of study joining our Psychoanalytic Candidates in select seminars and lectures.
  • The Silberger Award, described above.

We invite your participation. Please be in touch!

Contact us
Murray Schwartz, COMPASS coordinator
413 253-3848
Daniel Mollod, Co-Chair, Division of Academic Affiliation and Research
617 232-7300
Cathy Mitkus, Co-Chair, Division of Academic Affiliation and Research
617 492-3355

Upcoming COMPASS Events:
COMPASS programs are identified in the calendar by selecting “COMPASS” when viewing the agenda format, and they are listed in orange when viewing the calendar layout.

Dec
13
Wed
2017 Silberger Paper Prize Lecture @ Boston Psychoanalytic Institute
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Looking for a Place to Fall Apart – Merle Haggard’s Music

Presented by 2017 Silberger Paper Prize Award Recipient Richard Wheeler, PhD

Aged nine when his beloved father died, Merle Haggard quickly spun off into a life of truancy, delinquency, and crime, culminating in imprisonment in San Quentin at the age of nineteen. The psychological struggles of his youth never left him, but his music enabled him to use these conflicts in the service of mastering his art, honoring his deep and complex filial loyalties, and sustaining his ferociously guarded integrity. Erikson’s work on delinquency and Winnicott’s on selfhood can help illuminate both the nature of these conflicts and Haggard’s effort to survive them, use them, and explore them in him music.

 

About the Silberger Paper Prize Award

Each year the Silberger Paper Prize Award is granted to the author of an outstanding paper reflecting an interdisciplinary consideration of psychoanalytic theories or concepts. The award committee welcomes  submissions from neighboring fields, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, historical studies, arts and humanities.

 

Registration is required. Click here to register.

 

Speakers

Richard Wheeler, PhD (Presenter) — Richard Wheeler studied psychoanalytic criticism with C. L. Barber, Norman Holland, and Murray Schwartz at SUNY/Buffalo before joining the University of Illinois English faculty in 1969. He published psychoanalytically oriented criticism of Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama, D. H. Lawrence, and W. B. Yeats. His principle effort was to identify and clarify psychological patterns that shape Shakespeare’s art and to link patterns in the art to what is known of the life. He spent his entire academic career at Illinois, as faculty member, department head, graduate dean, vice provost, and interim provost, and is now a senior advisor for Academic Analytics.

Howard Katz, MD (Discussant) — Supervising and Training Analyst and former President at BPSI. He is on the faculty of the McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program.

Murray Schwartz, PhD (Panelist) — Professor Emeritus at Emerson College and Coordinator of BPSI’s Center for Multi-disciplinary Psychoanalytic Studies (COMPASS).

 

Registration is required. Click here to register.

 

 

Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org. For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels and event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

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