Sep
18
Tue
Off The Couch @ The Coolidge Corner Theatre
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Each 3rd Tuesday of the month, September through May, BPSI members take psychoanalysis off the couch and into the movie theatre. Join us for invigorating discussions about the psychological aspects that motivate plot, character, and even the directors of today’s films. Presented in partnership with The Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Off the Couch: The Wife @ Coolidge Corner Theatre
Sep 18 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
PSYCHOANALYSIS GOES TO THE MOVIES:
BPSI’S OFF THE COUCH PRESENTS The Wife
WITH Rodrigo Barahona, PsyaD
at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife.
Sep
22
Sat
Thinking Psychoanalytically (and Historically) about the State of the Nation: 1938, 2018 with Elizabeth Lunbeck, PhD (The 2018 S. Joseph Nemetz Memorial Lecture) @ BPSI
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
2
Tue
Meet the Author – Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, PhD @ BPSI
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, PhD, will discuss her new book Driven to Survive: Selected Papers on Psychoanalysis (IP Books, 2018). “This is a sharp, courageous, innovative and highly documented exploration of one of the most problematic, unsolved and disputed areas inside freud’s theory: preservative drives, in between life and death drives. Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau develops here a revolutionary approach to the topic, involving an unexpected, substantive metapsychological revision, a subsequent remarkable change of clinical perspective, and a further reconsideration of many cultural assumptions which are connected with this new vision. A convincing proposal about a theoretical “shibboleth” that played for decades and still plays a divisive role in the psychoanalytic community” ~ Stefano Bolognini, IPA Past President.

About the Author: Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, PhD, studied literature, philosophy and psychology in Heidelberg and Zürich, where she worked as a university professor for clinical psychology. She is a training and supervising analyst at the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society and at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her areas of expertise are metapsychology, in particular drive theory, its clinical application, and applied psychoanalysis of creative processes. She is the author of two books and over 40 articles, published in many languages, and edited a Freud Reader and two collections of Short Stories. Currently she is the Chair of the IPA in Culture Committee. She works in private practice in Chestnut Hill.

Time:  7:00pm – special Lora Tessman’s reception, 8:00pm – discussion, 9:00 – book signing. Click here to register.

PLEASE NOTE: the reception on Oct 2 will also celebrate Lora Tessman’s 90th birthday. Dr. Tessman is a renowned psychoanalyst with a long standing interest in comparing nuances of intrapsychic dynamics in the treatment process with different populations. Her books The Analyst’s Analyst Within (2013) and Children of Parting Parents (1978) remain most popular among our readers.

Oct
3
Wed
Applying Systems Psychodynamics: Enhancing Role Effectiveness in Organizations @ BPSI
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
15
Mon
A Beholder’s Share: The Pleasures and Perils of Imagination with Dodi Goldman, PhD (Rescheduled from March 2018) @ BPSI
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

 

 

A Beholder’s Share: The Pleasures and Perils of Imagination

A secularly educated woman with no history of mental illness claims to have deeply meaningful experiences of “feeling God’s presence.” How might we understand her experience? Can we even describe it without foisting beliefs upon it?

In this talk, Dodi Goldman presents a sample of psychoanalytic work to ask: What happens when there are serious clashes of belief between patient and analyst? Exploring the pleasures and perils of imagination, he suggests that reality and imagination, though usually thought of as opposites, make necessary, if uneasy, bedfellows. Building on Winnicott’s view of psyche as “arising out of the imaginative elaboration of body functioning,” he wonders if our sense of reality might be evoked in the unpredictable space between imagination and adaptation. While fantasy creates versions of what is already known, imagination allows what seems familiar to be seen afresh.

 

Registration information will be forthcoming.

 

Speakers

Dodi Goldman, PhD (Presenter) is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and former Book Review Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is the author of In Search of the Real: The Origins and Originality of D.W. Winnicott. His most recent collection of essays, A Beholder’s Share was published last year by Routledge. Dodi has a private practice in Manhattan and Great Neck, New York.

Karen Melikian, PhD (Moderator) is on the Faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Armenian Psychological Association.  She is a supervising social worker at the McLean Hospital Children’s Programs and the 2017 recipient of the Arthur R. Kravitz Award for Community Action and Humanitarian Contributions.

 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the place of imagination in psychoanalytic theory.
  2. Discuss the complex relationship between apperception, perception and imagination.
  3. Explain the difference between fantasy and imagination.
  4. Apply two approaches to dealing with clashes of belief between clinician and patient in psychoanalytic treatment.

 

References

Goldman, D. (2017). A Beholder’s Share: Essays on Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Imagination. New York: Routledge. [Available upon request from the library.]
Kandel, E. (2012). The Age of Insight: The quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind and brain. New York: Random House.
Abram, J. (Ed.). (2013). Donald Winnicott Today. New York, Routledge. [Available upon request from the library.]
Ogden, B. & Ogden, T. (2013). The Analyst’s Ear and the Critic’s Eye: Rethinking psychoanalysis and literature. New York: Routledge. [Available upon request from the library.]

 

Schedule
8:00pm-8:10pm: Welcome and Introductions; 8:10pm-9:00pm: Paper presentation by Dodi Goldman; 9:00pm – 9:30pm: Audience Q&A and Discussion moderated by Karen Melikian.

 

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.
Your gift to BPSI helps us continue offering educational programming.  
To support BPSI, please visit www.bpsi.org.

 

This program will be of interest to the general public, graduate students in the areas of psychology, social work, and the humanities, and mental health clinicians at all levels of training.
Continuing Education
Information about Continuing Education credits will be posted as that information becomes available.

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.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.

Oct
16
Tue
Mourning in America: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Climate Change @ BPSI
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Off The Couch @ The Coolidge Corner Theatre
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Each 3rd Tuesday of the month, September through May, BPSI members take psychoanalysis off the couch and into the movie theatre. Join us for invigorating discussions about the psychological aspects that motivate plot, character, and even the directors of today’s films. Presented in partnership with The Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Oct
17
Wed
Applying Systems Psychodynamics: Enhancing Role Effectiveness in Organizations @ BPSI
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
23
Tue
Mourning in America: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Climate Change @ BPSI
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm