Off the Couch:
Nov 21 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm


1hr 55mins // directed by: Martin McDonagh // featuring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage


Hosted by Ben Herbstman, MD, MHS


From the Academy Award winning director of In Bruges comes a darkly comedic drama set in America’s heartland. With months having passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Click here to read Ben Herbstman’s remarks from his last time hosting “Off the Couch”, when the movie of the month was La La Land.


Join us at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on the third Tuesday of every month for our renowned “Off the Couch” series. Each installment is hosted by a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute who will discuss the psychological themes of that evening’s feature film. Our members include doctors, psychiatrists, social workers and more, and last year’s screenings featured films like MoonlightLa La Land, and I Am Not Your NegroCome deepen your connection with cinema by learning more about the psychoanalytic aspects which drive the plots, characters, and even directors of today’s films.


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.


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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).


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Meet the Author – Nathan Kravis @ BPSI Library
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018, Nathan Kravis will visit BPSI to talk about his new book On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud  (MIT Press, 2017).

About the Author: Nathan Kravis is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is also Associate Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Time: Reception – 7:30pm, Discussion – 8:00pm, Book Signing – 9:15pm.

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2017 Adam Corneel Major Teachers of Psychotherapy Lecture: Otto Kernberg, MD @ Boston Psychoanalytic Institute
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented by Otto Kernberg, MD. More information to follow.

Spring Academic Lecture: Alfred Margulies, MD @ Boston Psychoanalytic Society
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More information to follow.

Meet the Author: Lawrence Brown, MD @ Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

More information TBA.