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2013 Annual Conference:
Countertransference, Regret, Aggression and Their Vicissitudes
Paper presentation: Countertransference, Regret and Aggression: Dramas and Free Associations in the Object Relations Therapy Group (Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler)
Discussion: Regret, Failure, and the Hidden Value of Crisis (Dr. Jeffrey Rubin)
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Date (in February 20113) & Location - TBA
Registration and coffee & muffins: 9:30-10:00 am; program begins @ 10am
Conference: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lunch: 12:00 -1:00 pm; Entertainment during lunch, a professional Argentine tango performances.
Fees and Registration:
____ Early Bird registration (before January 19th, 2013) - $95 regular/ $45 students
____ Pre-registration discount (January 19th – February 2nd, 2013) - $105 regular/ $55 students
____ Registration after February 2nd, 2013 - $115 regular/ $65 student
____ Registration at the door - $125 regular/ $75 students
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2012 Annual Conference:
Voyages Into the Internal World: Archetypes, Internal Objects, and Internal Saboteurs.
Three Ways of Looking at Self-sabotage (with Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives).
When: February 25th, 2012 (9:30am-4:30pm):
Where: Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Presenters: Dr. Michael Vannoy Adams – Jungian perspective
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler – Kleinian Perspective
Dr. Jack Schwartz – Fairbairnian perspective
Michael V. Adams Susan Kavaler-Adler Jack Schwartz Jeffrey Lewis
Karl Jung Melanie Klein Ronald Fairbairn
This conference proposes to offer three profound theoretical and clinical perspectives on the collisions, collusions, and polarizations in our internal psychic world, that impede personal and communal evolution and growth. Commonalities, overlaps, and differentiating diversities of the three overarching clinical and theoretical perspectives will be discussed by our three distinguished presenters, senior training analysts, supervisors, seasoned clinicians, and authors – Drs. Michael Adams, Susan Kavaler-Adler, and Jack Schwartz, with thought-provoking introductions by our conference moderator, Dr. Jeffrey Lewis. Grounding it all in the clinical and existential moment, will be the linking theme among the three avenues of thought, - the ever complex theme of self-sabotage that affects each and every one of us each day!
Our Presenters and Their Titles:
OPENING REMARKS - Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
"All three of the papers to be heard today, representing 3 major theoretical departures from the fixed and calcified Freudian drive theory, attempt to answer the aforementioned dilemma of how a supposedly pleasure-seeking, pain avoiding ego, results in such ubiquitous individual suffering and misery".
Bio: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD – psychoanalyst in full-time independent private practice, Ferenczi scholar, Editorial Board of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Faculty and Board Member of the Object Relations Institute, and Associate Clinical Professor in the doctoral program at St. John’s University.
THE ARCHETYPE OF THE SABOTEUR: SELF-SABOTAGE FROM A JUNGIAN PERSPECTIVE - Dr. Michael Adams
Are “objects” and “archetypes” just different names for the same thing? To answer this question, Jungian psychoanalyst Michael Vannoy Adams will analyze the function of sabotage in the psyche. He will define what object relations psychologists mean by the “internal saboteur,” discuss the saboteur as a “bad object,” and then interpret, from a Jungian perspective, a dream that explicitly features the archetype of the saboteur.
“There is no entry for “saboteur” in the index to the Collected Works of Jung (or, for that matter, in the index to the Standard Edition of Freud). I know of no occasion when Jung so much as mentions the saboteur. Sabotage is, however, a typical situation in life, and, in that respect, the saboteur is what Jung means by an archetype.
…There are important similarities between object relations psychoanalysis and Jungian psychoanalysis, and there are important differences. Some differences are theoretical and practical, while other differences are terminological. Object relations psychoanalysis emphasizes objects, while Jungian psychoanalysis emphasizes images. In a sense, what object relations psychoanalysis calls “objects,” Jungian psychoanalysis calls “images” – among them, “archetypal images.”
Bio: Michael Vannoy Adams, DPhil., LCSW is a Jungian psychoanalyst in New York City. He has been a faculty member and supervisor at the Object Relations Institute since 1993 and was a board member from 1997 to 2005. He is a clinical associate professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, a faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, and a faculty member at the New School, where he was previously associate provost. He is the author of three books – The Mythological Unconscious, The Fantasy Principle: Psychoanalysis of the Imagination, and The Multicultural Imagination: “Race,” Color, and the Unconscious, as well as more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. He is the recipient of three Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He has been a Marshall scholar in England and a Fulbright senior lecturer in India.
THE KLEINIAN PERSPECTIVE ON SELF-SABOTAGE: A LOOK AT THE INTERNAL WORLD AND ITS INTERNAL OBJECTS - Susan Kavaler-Adler
“In between the external world of interpersonal relations and the inchoate visceral and mental self we are born with, is the internal world of self and other enactments that are played out in our whole psychophysical being. These dynamic internal objects are often confused with external others who we project them onto, often reacting to our experience of others only through the internal dramas perpetuated from earliest infancy and childhood that are played out in our minds.
When we wake up from the subliminal confusion of projection and introjection, we become "interpreting subjects" (Ogden, 1986), who realize we are always subjectively creating meanings out of our reactions to others outside of us. These meanings we create become interwoven with our beliefs and assumptions from those who we live with inside ourselves as dynamic "phantasy" (Kleinian spelling) objects. I will be speaking of how we are all waking up from a coma to confront others in external reality, who we both long to connect with, but also fear at the same time.
Unlike Fairbairn who thought internal objects were merely internally designed replicas of our primal external mother and parents, and distinct from but harmonious with Jung, who addressed innate archetype personifications in our collective unconscious psyche, Melanie Klein brought us into the overlapping realm of innate predispositions to engaging with others that become “phantasy”- internal others, our internal objects, and the coloration of these internal phantasies by our external experiences with others, which become more related to the external reality of others with time and development. From a Kleinian perspective, just as our internal objects are colored by encountering external others, so too are external relationships perpetually colored by the subjective internal world of feelings. Such feelings emerge from instinctive impulses interpenetrating internal object s and their representations, and are always linked to our interpretations of our experience of those others outside, whom we encounter and gradually learn to love. We learn to love through awakening to distinctions between others outside our internal worlds and those dynamic phantoms within us, finding others separate from ourselves, who we discover are always interpreted by us through our internal object world, but who have an agency and vitality outside of that internal world. Eventually we also mourn loss and disappointment related to those we love, and thus we evolve the fabric and substance of our own authentic beings, distinct from personas or images with fallacious mystiques."
Dr. Kavaler-Adler will illustrate this with a clinical case vignette spoken out as a narrated story. She will then conclude with theoretical formulations, integrations, and intuitions.
Bio: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt is a Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute (www.orinyc.org)/ Psychologist/ Psychoanalyst/ Group Therapist/ Psychoanalytic Training Supervisor/ Psychotrauma, Developmental mourning, Grief, and Self-sabotage Specialist/ Psychoanalytic Author (of five books and 60 peer-reviewed articles) & Theorist. Visit www.KavalerAdler.com – for more information on upcoming events, groups, and consultations with Dr. Kavaler-Adler.
DYING TO BE SEEN: FAIRBAIRN'S ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM AND THE SELF-SABOTEUR - Dr.Jack Schwartz
Late Jeff Seinfeld once said to me that Fairbairn taught us that we as individuals have a need to be "seen" for who we are. Unlike Klein, Fairbairn made the radical departure from Freud's drive theory and placed the need to search and relate to others as the fundamental motivational drive. And in only the context of that interpersonal field do we establish internal object relational paradigms that organize our sense of self and capacity to engage the world, in both healthy and non-healthy ways. The case that will be mentioned involves a young man, tormented by inner saboteurs, internalized at a young age and later reinforced throughout his life, and through his search to be "seen" and related to at his most vulnerable level, enabled him to move his life forward beyond all expectation.
"Fairbairn developed a theory of endopsychic structure that completely reformulated psychoanalytic theory. In other words the outside experienced is internalized and structured into psychological affective constructs or components which in turn are then expressed within the context of a relational experience, and between the aspects of the components themselves. Thus, instead of seeing relationships as the result of drive discharge, tension reduction, his theory saw self-expression in the context of relational paradigms, specifically he postulated the inherent human drive is to form relationships, make connections, as the foundation of all psychic functioning..."
Bio: Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA graduated from the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis, where he is a faculty member, lecturer and control analyst. He is a NAAP Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He holds degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University Yeshiva University (where he received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award) and International University. He served as the Senior Forensic Psychologist in Passaic County New Jersey for over 15 years, specializing in criminal investigations, probation, child custody issues, and has regularly served the court as an expert witness. Dr. Schwartz maintains a full private practice in Northern New Jersey, working with children, adolescents, couples and adults. He frequently lectures on dream analysis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Resilience and other matters related to the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is a regular contributor to the New Jersey Institute Viewpoints newsletter, and is the editor for the NJ Clinical Social Worker highly regarded newsletter, the Forum. Dr. Schwartz has written both short fiction, and technical articles on Dream Analysis and Holocaust Survivors, and has published a psychoanalytic novel, Our Time is Up, available on Amazon, soon to be an e-book.
Invitation to the Voyages into the Internal World:
Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives on Self-Sabotage
By Inna Rozentsvit, ORI Press Editor
“For all of us there will be those irreconcilable injuries and
humiliations that persist and infiltrate into adult existence. They may
become the seeds for those monotonous repetitions of hurting others and
getting hurt ourselves,... or the leftover traumas can be incentives for
innovation and change,... the opportunity to rewrite the scripts,
introduce a few new characters, get rid of one or two, perhaps even
change the ending, and free the lover and jester inside us all. It
didn't take elaborate experiments to deduce that an infant would die
from want of food. But it took centuries to figure out that infants can
and do perish from want of love” (Louise Kaplan, 1984)
This is a report on a fascinating conference which took place on February 25th, 2012 at the Object Relations Institute, on the topic so modern and so ancient at the same time – the topic of self-sabotage. This report is compiled of the excerpts of all conference presentations, as it is intended to offer everyone the first-hand experience of this event.
Jeffrey Lewis, PhD (our conference host and moderator): Opening Remarks.
“I AM my own worst enemy… I can’t seem to get out of My Own way… I give great advice to others, but can’t do the same for Myself… How many times have you heard some variant of this (kerfuffle) expressed by a sincere yet perplexed patient confessing the hardest contest of all…the Golden Gloves boxing championship with oneself? This entire potentiality is mind-boggling - how can our psychological apparatus allow for the phenomenological experience of you harboring a stowaway, a stranger having gained access to your boat. A free-rider, not on the passenger registry, having passed security checks and now aboard in the cargo hold…ONLY, you are both the stowaway and the ship!”
Michael Vannoy Adams, DPhil., LCSW: The Archetype of the Self-Saboteur: Self-Sabotage from Jungian Perspective.
“… The internal saboteur is an internal aggressor and an internal persecutor. …For Fairbairn, the internal saboteur is not a “bad object” – or, in fact, any variety of object – but an anti-libidinal ego, the function of which is to attack the libidinal ego and, in the process, to repress objects. …It is the ego – or more specifically, one of three egos, an aggressive, persecutory ego – that, through repression, sabotages effective relations with objects. … In this respect, the internal saboteur is an exquisitely exact image that provides an eloquently precise description of the process by which the ego represses – or, more specifically, sabotages – what the unconscious attempts to express. The image “internal saboteur” is poetic. It is much more vivid, vital, and evocative than the concept “anti-libidinal ego,” which is prosaic. To me, the term “internal saboteur” is not just a rhetorical conceit. It is a superbly expressive term that enables psychoanalysts with a sensibility for subtleties, to visualize – and not just verbalize – the nuances of a process that is integral to the psyche.
Jung introduced into psychoanalytic discourse the terms “introversion” and “extraversion.” There is also, of course, “perversion.” Sabotage is “subversion.” To “subvert” means to “turn over from under.” Topographically, the unconscious is a subconscious. The unconscious is an “underconscious.” From under the ego, the unconscious attempts to overturn the ego. From the perspective of the ego, the unconscious is intrinsically subversive. No wonder the ego is so anxious and so defensive. Ultimately, the unconscious as such is a saboteur, for it attempts to sabotage – or to subvert – the partial, prejudicial attitude of the ego.
In the psyche, what sabotages what? Is it the ego that sabotages the unconscious, or is it the unconscious that sabotages the ego? To the extent that the ego is an internal saboteur, it sabotages the unconscious – that is, it represses what object relations psychoanalysts call “objects” or what Jungian psychoanalysts call “images.” Objects or images that emerge from the unconscious may also, however, sabotage the ego. To the anxious and defensive ego, objects or images may be internal saboteurs.”
Robinson Lilienthal, PhD: Many Shapes of the Self-saboteur – Philosophical Reflections.
“Over the time, the internal saboteurs take on many shapes. Early on, they disrupt our wishes, plans, and dreams. Then, they upset our lives, careers, relationships. Later, they keep us obstructed from our own true selves; they impede the development of what Freud called maturation, and what Jung called individuation. First as clues to our failures, they can later become the keys to unlocking the door to our final integral exfoliation, helping us in giving birth to the unique being each of us is.”
Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt: The Kleinian Perspective on Self-Sabotage – a Look at the Internal World and Its Internal Objects.
“In between the external world of interpersonal relations and the inchoate visceral and mental self we are born with, is the internal world of self and other enactments that are played out in our whole psychophysical being. These dynamic internal objects are often confused with external others who we project them onto, often reacting to our experience of others only through the internal dramas perpetuated from earliest infancy and childhood that are played out in our minds. When we wake up from the subliminal confusion of projection and introjection, we become “interpreting subjects” (Ogden, 1986) who realize we are always subjectively creating meanings out of our reactions to others outside of us. These meanings we create become interwoven with our beliefs and assumptions from those who we live with inside ourselves as dynamic “phantasy” objects.
…Unlike Fairbairn who thought internal objects were merely internally designed replicas of our primal external mother and parents, and distinct form but harmonious with Jung, who addressed innate archetype personifications in our collective unconscious psyche, Melanie Klein brought us into the overlapping realm of innate predispositions to engaging with others that become phantasy internal others—our internal objects—and the coloration of these internal phantasies by our external experiences with others, which become more related to the external reality of others with time and development. From a Kleinian perspective, just as our internal objects are colored by encountering external others, so too are external relationships perpetually colored by the subjective internal world of feelings. Such feelings emerge from instinctive impulses interpenetrating internal objects, and their representations, and are always linked to our interpretations of our experience of those others outside whom we encounter and gradually learn to love. We learn to love through awakening to distinctions between others outside our internal worlds and those dynamic phantoms within us, finding others separate from ourselves, who we discover are always interpreted by us through our internal object world, but who have an agency and vitality outside of that internal world.”
Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA: Dying to Be Seen – Fairbairnian Endoscopic System and the Self-Saboteur.
“Fairbairn developed a theory of endopsychic structure that completely reformulated psychoanalytic theory. In other words the outside experienced is internalized and structured into psychological affective constructs or components, which in turn are then expressed within the context of a relational experience and between the aspects of the components themselves. Thus, instead of seeing relationships as the result of drive discharge, tension reduction, his theory saw self-expression in the context of relational paradigms, specifically he postulated that the inherent human drive is to form relationships, make connections, as the foundation of all psychic functioning.
…It is in this place that the theology student, physician turned psychoanalyst Ronald W. Fairbairn begins - at the precipice of breaking the tie to the original object by reporting and recognizing what was happening in the consulting room... Historically, Fairbairn is mostly forgotten, repressed, and now resurrected and reconditioned into a myriad of other theories. It is in the spirit of Jeff Seinfeld, a modern champion of Fairbairn, that allows us revisit Fairbairn and to acknowledge his place at the table, as the transitional object of theoretical individuation that frees psychoanalysis from denial and antiquated systems.”
To request a copy of the full-conference film, please call 646-522-0387 or write to Admin@ORINYC.org.
2011 - ORI's
20th Anniversary Annual Conference
Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Object
When: Saturday, February 26th, 2011 (9:30am – 4:30pm)
Where: Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Presenter: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler
Discussants: Dr. Margaret Yard and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin
“Now mortality could begin to have its dialectic with immortality as the moment of experiencing opened up,
rather than being obviated by trenchant enactment.” (Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler)
Sometimes the analyst is called on unconsciously to open her breathing so that the analysand, lying on the couch, can
open her mind, her shame, and her tremendous need for intimate self-expression to another. Opening up her breathing,
she opens transitional space between herself and the patient, and this in turn opens the psychic inner interior space in
the patient’s psyche and internal world. Opening psychic space then consequently opens up time, so that bound time
of mortality, which we perceive with our left brains, transforms to time as infinite and eternal. We experience a sense
of immortality through our right brains, and this allows for polarized sadomasochistic enactments to be transformed into
dialectical conversations and interactions. Mortality transforms to immortality through the “eternal now” moments.
Projective identification transforms to Projection.
All these clinical phenomena can be seen mirrored in the dance of Argentine Tango where polarized sadomasochistic
duels transform in the current day to the art of dialectical exchange through “conversation” in the moment of mutual,
“It Takes Two to Tango,” expression. The follower heeds the caution of “non anticipation” just as the analyst needs
to surrender “memory and desire” in the clinical session and moment, allowing a natural and organic evolution of shared
experience to evolve in an inter-subjective flow that becomes the dance of psychoanalysis. Freud’s “free floating
attention” and Winnicott’s capacity for play are other perspectives on this phenomenon, where life is transformed
from contrived choreography to the moment-to-moment improvisation that gives life and evolving identity to all of us.
This conference will breathe life into the clinical work of all who attend and hear Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s paper on “Mortality
and Immortality…” and all who engage with the dialectical interchange that the distinguished discussants on the panel
will bring to the day, the unique day of the twentieth anniversary annual Object Relations Institute’s conference!
A special time will be dedicated to memories of Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld, deep object relations thinker, scholar, and theorist, who died unexpectedly on January 25th, 2011. He was a world-renowned author, a philosopher, great teacher and mentor, and a friend to everyone in his path. Dr. Seinfeld was a full professor of the NYU School of Social work and a scientific faculty member and great supporter of the Object Relations Institute since its birth 20 years ago. Dr. Seinfeld was full of life, energy, and ideas, as he was preparing to be a discussant at this conference.
Information about the conference panel:
BIO: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD - Ferenczi scholar, reviewer for the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Faculty & Board Member of the Object Relations Institute, and Faculty member at St. John’s University.
BIO: Susan Kavaler Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.LItt – Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has been in practice as a psychologist and psychoanalyst for 36 years. She is recognized as a diplomate in psychoanalysis and as an experienced training analyst. She also has an honorary Doctorate in literature, and a background in training as a dance therapist.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has published three books, and approximately 60 articles on object relations theory and psychoanalysis. She is well known for her books and articles on the creative process, well-known women artists and writers, the erotic transference, the developmental mourning process, and the critical transformation related to psychic regret within mourning, as well as for her studies of the demon lover complex, fear of success, envy, fathers and daughters, and on time as an object. She has explicated how mourning is a developmental and clinical process that is both implicit and explicit in psychoanalytic theory, from Freud through the British theorists.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has received 11 awards for her writing. In 2004, she received the National Gradiva Award for her book Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis, after its publication by Routledge in 2003. Her earlier books, The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers, and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity, were also published by Routledge in 1993 and 1996, respectively. These two books are currently being reprinted in newly edited and newly illustrated versions. Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s books have been translated into Korean by the Object Relations Institute in Seoul, South Korea, which was modeled on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s original plans and curriculum in founding the New York Object Relations Institute. In 2006, the Korean object relations institute had a three day conference on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s theories and clinical work, entitled “Developmental Mourning Versus the Demon Lover Complex.”
“Seduction, Date Rape, and Aborted Surrender” was Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s last published journal article, published in the International Forum of Psychoanalysis journal in 2010. Just prior, she had published an article on the modern movie “Phantom of the Opera,” and an article on “Pivotal Moments of Surrender to Mourning the Parental Internal Object,” which shows detailed case vignettes of psychological integration through a mourning process that allows for the psychic digestion of primal internal objects. Fuller and more in-depth case illustrations are seen in Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s books, especially in Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change, and in two other books to be published: Anatomy of Regret and Klein-Winnicott Dialectic.
In her clinical practice, Susan Kavaler-Adler has several specialties along with her general in-depth work as an individual object relations psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. She has a monthly four-hour intensive mourning and psychotherapy group that has been running for approximately 16 years, and she has a monthly one-and-a-half hour Friday supervision group, in which both case presentations and personal sharing are welcomed in an atmosphere of intense collegial intimacy. Dr. Kavaler-Adler uses psychic visualization to deepen the monthly therapy group process and the individual mourning process within it, and she uses role-playing in her supervision group, as well as in individual supervisory consultations.
Her background in dance therapy and her ongoing life as an Argentine Tango dancer also allows her to be especially sensitive to enacted preverbal and nonverbal experience in the treatment room or in the room with supervisory consultations. Acute attunement to the nonverbal allows Dr. Kavaler-Adler to help others process their internal world experiences from sensory and visceral levels while sitting with patients, often referred to as “processing projective identifications.” In March, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will be conducting a private seminar on Wednesday mornings, with readings and practice of understanding projective-identification and processing it. In addition, Dr. Kavaler-Adler is available for consultations on writing and creative process work, given her writing on the creative process, on artists and writers, and her own improvisational work in dance and writing. On Sunday, March 20th, 2011, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will conduct a theoretical and experiential workshop on “Time as an Object,” which relates to her concerns with the experience of our mortality, and which is the topic of her paper today, “Dialectics of Mortality versus Immortality: Time as a Persecutory Versus a Holding Object.” More information can be found on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s web site www.kavaleradler.com .
BIO: Margaret Yard, PhD, APRN, BC - Asst. Professor, Lehman College, CUNY, Faculty, Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, Alumni Program in International Trauma Studies, Columbia University, Alumni Adult Psychoanalytic Program and Analytic Group Therapy Programs, Post Graduate Center for Mental Health, Past President Post-Graduate Psychoanalytic Society, Co-Chair Educational and Training Programs, Faculty for Psychoanalytic Training, Object Relations Institute and Washington Square Institute. She is a faculty and training supervisor for Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association (CAPA) and teaches psychoanalysis in Beijing and Singapore. She is a Chair of the Province Review Board for Dominican Fathers and Brothers of the Affirming and Protecting Children and Young People Program as well as consultant for contemplative monastic communities for nuns in the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church.
In private practice in psychoanalysis, group practice, family practice, trauma and geriatrics, she was first responder on 9/11 at World Trade Center working with the American Red Cross. In geriatrics, she was guest lecturer on “How to Speak with Alzheimer’s” with The New York State Alzheimer’s Association, working with experiential groups with spouses and caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients. She developed and taught a series: “Helping the Helpers” with secondary trauma or compassion fatigue experienced by professionals and volunteers who work with trauma victims.
Dr Yard is a member of the longstanding Death Seminar at Columbia University and teaches Loss, Grief, Death and Dying to undergraduates and graduate university programs for nurses, administrators, social work and sociology students.
She is a Foundation Member of the New York Zen Contemplative Care Program and is a death vigil participant for Visiting Nurse Service of New York (NYVNS).
Her most recent article is “Cyberlife and the Colonization of Intersubjectivity” is published in Winter, 2010, Psychoanalytic Psychology.
At Lehman College, CUNY, she teaches a course: Real world and Cyberspace Relationships.” She writes on the effects of science and technology on human intersubjectivity and relations, and the phenomenon of death from a Humanist and contemplative perspective. She is currently working on an article entitled “The Role of Trauma in Religious Belief, a chapter “Inequality in Care,” and a book entitled “VITALITY.”
Recent presentations was at the Pulse of Death Now Conference at Columbia University include “Inequality in Death” 2010, and in 2008, “De-Civilization as response to Cultures of Death and Societal Trauma in the Second Millennium.”
Dr Yard is a published poet and lyricist. Her poetry may be found in “History of Silence”, 1998, and in 2010, “Death Steps” describes human struggle with illness from a social and psychoanalytical viewpoint.
She has authored book and lyrics on five operas written with composer Michael Sahl; these operas are produced and performed in New York City: “ Blood Ferry” (The Graduate Center, CUNY), “John Grace Ranter” (directed by Tom O’Horgan at Theater for the New City); “Sally Ann-Home Sweet Home” (was performed at Greenwich House and the Chelsea Theater Festival, Summer, 2005); “Katrina; Voices of the Lost” (its premiere was presented on April 24th, 2007 at the Spring Festival of the New York Arts Ensemble in Soho, and then - in New Orleans on this past anniversary of Hurricane Katrina). On November 13th, 2010, the premier of “Legacy: Our Time” was performed at the Greenwich House Music Institute. Legacy speaks of the terrible beauty and awful paradox of the 60’s- the dream of justice and love, and the reality of empire and violence. Her next piece in 2011 is entitled “The Death Class”.
BIO: Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. The author of Psychotherapy and Buddhism; The Good Life; and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time, Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities and psychoanalytic institutes including Union Theological Seminary, The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, The C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, The American Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Yeshiva University. A Dharma Holder in the White Plum Sangha and Red Thread Zen Circle and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, Dr. Rubin is considered one of the leading integrators of the Western psychotherapeutic and Eastern meditative traditions. He runs private study groups on dreams and meditation and meditation and psychotherapy and lectures around the country on two forthcoming books, The Art of Flourishing, and Psychotherapy and Meditation: Partners in Healing. Dr. Rubin is a training and supervising analyst at the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and can be contacted through his website (www.drjeffreyrubin.com ).
2010 Annual Conference
Psychoanalysis and Spirituality
When: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Where: Lafayette Grill, 54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013-4009
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis
Presenters: Dr. Lewis Aron and Dr. Jeffrey Rubin
Discussants: Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld and Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler
Dr. Lewis Aron: Going out to meet You, I found You coming toward me: Transformation in Jewish mysticism and contemporary psychoanalysis...
With its goal of enhancing and revitalizing human experience, and in its primary concern with felt meaning, significance, and purpose, contemporary psychoanalytic theory deconstructs the sharp division between religion and psychoanalysis. Freud’s Enlightenment ideal of science saw it as liberating the individual from the illusion of
religion. Psychoanalysis offered Truth as replacement for regressive fantasy. Religious belief was “a lost cause,” a “childhood neurosis,” and Freud paid homage only to “Our god Logos—Reason,” arguing that religion was the only worthy “enemy.” Both science and rationality on the one hand and religion and spirituality on the other are
more complex and multidimensional than Freud envisioned. In this presentation we will consider mysticism and psychoanalysis through the lens of a personal anecdote.
BIO: LEWIS ARON, Ph.D. is the Director of the New York University, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research, and is an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. Dr. Aron has received the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) Distinguished Service Award and the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Leadership Award. He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Aron is the author of “A Meeting of Minds: Mutuality in Psychoanalysis” (The Analytic Press, 1996). He is the Editor (with Adrienne Harris) of “The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi” (TAP, 1993), the Editor (with Frances Sommer Anderson) of “Relational Perspectives on the Body” (TAP, 1998), the Editor (with Stephen Mitchell) of “Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition” (TAP, 1999), the Editor (with Adrienne Harris) of “Relational Psychoanalysis II: Innovation and Expansion” (TAP, 2005), and the Editor (with Melanie Suchet and Adrienne Harris) of “Relational Psychoanalysis III: New Voices” (TAP, 2007). His most recent work, co-edited with Libby
Henik: “ Answering a Question With A Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought” is to be published this year by Academic Studies Press. He was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of “Psychoanalytic Dialogues,” and he is the series editor (with Adrienne Harris) of the “Relational Perspectives Book Series,” published by The Analytic Press. Dr. Aron is in private practice in New York City and in Port Washington, Long Island, N.Y.
Dr. Jeffrey Rubin: Psychoanalysis and Meditation: Partners in Healing.
We live in a universe in which psychoanalysts meditate and meditators—including Buddhist teachers—avail themselves of therapy; and there is a burgeoning interest in the potential interface between them. In this presentation we’ll explore why psychoanalysis and meditation need each other—how each not only supplements blind spots in the other, but makes it richer than if pursued alone—and how to integrate them. After exploring the way meditation cultivates heightened attentiveness, refines sensory clarity, lessens self-criticism, and increases affect tolerance; thereby deepening psychoanalytic listening; we’ll examine how psychoanalytic understandings of unconscious communication and meaning illuminates and transforms the near-sightedness of meditation. In the concluding section, Dr. Rubin will delineate meditative psychotherapy, his own integration of meditation and psychoanalysis. Meditative exercises and clinical material will illustrate his theoretical reflections.
BIO: Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. The author of Psychotherapy and Buddhism; The Good Life; and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time, Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities and psychoanalytic institutes including Union Theological Seminary, The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, The C. G. Jung Foundation of New York, The American Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Yeshiva University. A Dharma Holder in the White Plum Sangha and Red Thread Zen Circle and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, Dr. Rubin is considered one of the leading integrators of the Western psychotherapeutic and Eastern meditative traditions. He runs private study groups on dreams and meditation and meditation and psychotherapy and lectures around the country on two forthcoming books, The Art of Flourishing, and Psychotherapy and Meditation: Partners in Healing. Dr. Rubin is a training and
supervising analyst at the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and can be contacted through his website (www.drjeffreyrubin.com).
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis: Moderator
BIO: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD - Ferenczi scholar, reviewer for the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Faculty & Board Member of the Object Relations Institute, and Faculty member at St. John’s University.
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler will discuss Dr. Aron’s moving presentation, and will bring a lot of clinical examples from her book Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis, which was distinguished by the National Gradiva Award (2004) of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
BIO: Susan Kavaler Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.LItt -Founder, Executive Director, Senior Training Supervisor of the Object Relations Institute, Object Relations theorist in the British Object Relations tradition; author of The Compulsion to Create; The Creative Mystique; Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change, and over 50 articles and book chapters.
Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld will discuss Dr. Rubin's intriguing paper and clinical cases from the perspective of Shaolin Chan, Tai Chi, and object relations theory. He also will discuss the connection between therapeutic aspects of Buddhism and psychoanalysis, as described by Rubin.
BIO: Jeffrey Seinfeld, MSW, PhD is a Professor at The Silver School of Social Work, NYU; Author of The Bad Object; The Empty Core; Containing Terror, Rage & Despair: An Object Relations Approach to Psychotherapy; Interpreting & Holding: The Paternal and Maternal Functions of the Psychotherapist; A Primer on the Negative Therapeutic Reaction, and other books and articles. He is a Scientific Faculty member of the Object Relations Institute.
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