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THE 39TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION; Sponsored by NYU Silver School of Social Work and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and co-sponsored by Advanced Clinical Educational (ACE) Foundation of the NYSSCSW and NASW
When: June 1-3, 2016 (8:30 am - 5 pm)
Where: New York University Kimmel Center for University Life; 60 Washington Square South, 9th Floor New York, NY
CEU information (in full- see below) - up to 28.5 CEUs for Social Workers (approved by ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW or/ and NASW); over 40 CE credits/ hours of psychoanalytic education (approved by ORI)
2016th IPA Annual Conference is dedicated to “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural, Historical, and Societal Motivations” will bring together psychologists, historians, psychohistorians, social workers, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social scientists, and more. For more information, registration, and conference fees, please visit: http://www.psychohistory.us/conference-and-membership.php
Why psychohistory and how important is it for clinical psychotherapeutic practice, as well as for working with individuals and groups in various social service agencies, non-profit, and political/ social justice organizations?
– Psychohistory brings psychoanalysis and related knowledge to bear in understanding the role of unconscious motivations in history, the sources of these motivations in the history of childrearing, and the psychological effects of genocides, wars, and other large scale traumas on individuals and groups. Many of us are professional scholars in a range of disciplines including history, psychology, and the humanities while others are practitioners in applied fields such as psychotherapy and social work.
The psychohistory community includes students of all ages and anyone interested in the field and in using its insights to ameliorate human destructiveness. There are three areas of inter-related psychohistorical research: 1. History of Childhood. 2. Psychobiography. 3. Group Psychology. Read more at http://www.psychohistory.us/what-is-psychohistory.php
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Re: CEUs for clinicians:
ALL presentations are designed for the participants with post-graduate educational background and all levels of clinical experience.
Certificates for post-graduate training in psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytic psychotherapy (over 40.0 hrs) will be available, as per request. Please request them at the time of registration. FYI: Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Credits for post-graduate educational activities issued by the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis are accepted by most of professional licensing institutions through USA and overseas. However, some specific continuing/ post-graduate education requirements can be determined by various licensing boards, and if you are planning to use the credits for your license renewal, please check with your licensing board.
Re: CEU certificates for NYS Social Workers: This activity is approved by the ACE Foundation of the NYSSCSW for 22.5 contact CEUs and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for 6.0 CEUs for SW (Approval # 886726323-0). ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#0056).
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LIST OF INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS (in alphabetical order, by presenters’ last names)
1. Presenter: THERESA AIELLO, PhD Title: HOMESTEADING IN THE EAST VILLAGE: COMMUNAL NARRATIVES AND SENSE OF PLACE
2. Presenter: REV. FR. ANTHONY I. BATURE Title: WHITE ANXIETY, POLICE BRUTALITY AND THE 1967 RIOT IN DETROIT
3. *Presenter: CONSTANCE L. BENSON, M. Div, M.Phil. Title: PUNITIVE PARENTING and CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM
This presentation examines how religious ideas express psychological trauma in the lives of fundamentalist Christians. Individual psychology is examined in the social context of authoritarian religious subcultures and the larger historical context of Christian fundamentalism in the United States in recent decades. Special attention is given to role of punitive parenting in the construction of fundamentalist images of God and history.
4. *Presenter: KRISTINA J. BLAKE, LICSW Title: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SELF-DIFFERENTIATION and DEATH ANXIETY
This presentation presents data from an anonymous online survey of 300 participants on the effects of self-differentiation on death anxiety. The independent variable is scores on the Chabot Emotional Differentiation Scale and the dependent variable is scores on the Templer Death Anxiety scale. The presentation discusses theoretical explanations of the findings based on Murray Bowen’s concept of Differentiation of Self and Ernest Becker’s analysis of Death Anxiety. Implications of this research for clinical practice, including the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), will be discussed.
5. Presenter: MICHAEL BRITTON, EdD Title: PREDATORY INSTITUTIONS, CONSCIENCE AND THE POSSIBILITIES FOR CHANGE
6. *Presenter: GERARDO D. CANUL, PH.D. Title: THE PSYCHOHISTORICAL INTEGRATION of the YUCATEC MAYAN and SPANISH IMMIGRANTS: A CONTEMPORARY ANALYSIS
Visual ethnography is a source for understanding and studying the multidimensional factors related to the historical relationship with color, gender, and class. This study was conducted to integrate the personal memory, geopolitical history, and psychological history that influence an individual’s identity. The method used to examine these factors was an auto-visual ethnographic-psychological. Through the analysis of photographic documentation, field studies, archival research, and genealogical research the formation of culture and individual identities were investigated. The results were the uncovering of multiple sensory and emotional experiences. The discovery of psychological and spiritual layers that permeate the development of an individual’s history and identity are elements presented. This discovery unearthed long held emotional states and resulted in having to confront control and surrendering to reconciling joy and sorrow.
7. *Presenter: MOLLY CASTELLOE, PHD Title: VAMIK’S ROOM: THE MOVIE
This will be a showing and discussion of Molly Castelloe’s film, Vamik’s Room. Dr. Vamik Volkan has been faculty at the University of Virginia Medical School, and has specialized in bringing psychohistorical insights into negotiating understandings at various pressure points in the international arena, as well as dealing with conflict resolution and appreciation of various types of trauma in groups, and transgenerational trauma in individuals and large groups. Dr. Volkan has been nominated numerous times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Castelloe interviewed Volkan at various locations, as well as interviewed his colleagues. Earlier versions of the film in progress have been shown at the IPA, and the showing today is of the finished product.
8. *Presenter: HOWARD H. COVITZ, PHD, ABPP Title: AN ADDITION TO THE PSYCHOHISTORY OF THE PSYCHOANALYTIC POLITY
Since tensions arose in 1907 between especially Adler and Freud, the World of Psychoanalysis has gone through multiple schisms and paroxysms. “Curious,” as Ellen English once opined about such tensions between her husband and his once best friend, “considering they were analyzed and should have known better.” This presentation, following the re-release of its author’s suggested emendation of the Oedipal paradigm (Oedipal Paradigms in Collision, ORI Academic Press, 2016), offers up a suggestion that these schisms that have threatened the integrity of the psychoanalytic community may well be the result of Freud having restricted his view of Oedipal Triangularity to the vagaries of the Sexual and Aggressive Drives, thus ignoring the role that Attachment plays in both Oedipal Resolution and in the form that a resulting sense of The Good has in its wake.
9. Presenter: TED L. COX Title: OUR BEST FRIEND IS REALITY
10. *Presenter: BRIAN D’AGOSTINO, PH.D. Title: UNDERSTANDING MILITARISM: CHILDHOOD PUNISHMENT, MACHISMO, and DEATH ANXIETY
In this interactive presentation, we will examine the roles of childhood punishment and machismo in adult attitudes towards war and militarism. In addition to such individual differences in personality, reminders of death—such as media coverage of mass shootings—move the entire political spectrum in a militarist direction, consistent with the Terror Management literature. Dr. D’Agostino will make the case that punitive parenting and a gender caste system, which assigns infant care almost exclusively to females, produce the personality constructs that underpin militarism. This presentation will conclude with a social intervention that simultaneously can reform parenting practices and gender arrangements, thereby mitigating militarism at its psychological sources.
Presenter: PAUL ELOVITZ, PHD Title: THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOHISTORY
This presentation is concerned with the future of psychohistory, as well as with its importance for humanities and for the field of mental health practice. It grew out of two panels at last year’s psychohistory convention: (1)” Psychohistory at a Crossroads: Learning from the Past and Present,” and (2) “Psychohistory at a Crossroads: Enhancing the Present, Planning for the Future,” and out of extensive research into the origins and history of the field. The psychohistorical torch gives us a deeper/ multilayered knowledge of an individual and of human society, which in turn, offers a better understanding of human psyche, its unconscious motivations, and the capacities for better relationships and healing. The bright future of the field will be described, for as Barbara Tuchman said, “Every thoughtful historian is a psychohistorian.”
12. Presenter: HARRIET FRAAD, EdD Title: EXAMINING THE CASE OF CONJOINED AMERICAN TWINS– PERSONAL LIFE AND ECONOMIC POLICY
13. *Presenter: ANDREA J GREER, Esq., MA Title: ATTACHMENT THEORIES AND SHARED READING EXPERIENCES
The topic of “Attachment Theory and Shared Reading Experiences” is about how historically, illiterate communities are at a much greater risk of poverty and oppression. Then, how shared reading experiences in infancy and early childhood build attachment and simultaneously build literacy skills. To conclude, a key way to address poverty and oppression is to teach mothers to read and to model reading skills to their children. Presenter will address the theories that support the hypothesis, and the research that has been conducted prior to now. Then, she will state that it is not enough to teach children to read, and highlight the importance of teaching mothers to be an active part of the educational process, so that the children come into school with key skills that can best be learned with an attachment figure.
14. Presenter: IAN HANSEN, PHD Title: MINIMIZING DENIAL AFTER THE HOFFMAN REPORT: CAN WE LOOK DEEPLY INTO THE DARK SIDE OF THE PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSION?
15. *Presenter: ALI C. HÖCEK, AIA Title: PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY, THE SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL, AND RELATED ARCHITECTURE
When freedom is practiced in a closed circle, it fades into a dream, becomes a mere image of itself. The ambiance of play is by nature unstable. At any moment, “ordinary life” may prevail once again. The geographical limitation of play is even more striking than its temporal limitation. Every game takes place within the boundaries of its own spatial domain. (Debord)
The concept of psychogeography, as it was defined and used by the Situationist International (SI) during the 1950s and 60s will be the subject of this talk. For the SI, psychogeography is a study of the effects of the environment on the individual’s emotions and behavior, and the various artistic techniques SI used to document these effects. Within this context, psychogeography provides a critique of centralized urban planning, particularly as it prescribes the use of time and space within cities. This presentation will include related artistic and architectural investigations within the built environment from the period of the SI, as well as it will connect with psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic theories of play offered by D.W. Winnicott and W. Bion.
16. Presenter: LUDWIG JANUS, PhD Title: PSYCHODYNAMICS OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE HISTORICAL MODALITIES
17. *Presenter: CAROL M. JAXSON-JÄGER, PhD, NCC, LPC, DCC, CST Title: THE SACRED FIRE: SEX and RELIGION
Contemporary attitudes about sexual acts, whether in- or out- of relationships, are often formed based on one’s religious beliefs. Most of today’s religions - major or not - require believers to regulate their sexual activity. Also, religious beliefs impact individual and societal attitudes towards the sexual roles individuals must exhibit in order to be accepted participants in a particular religion and society. While the inborn drive for orgasm is a part of the sexual response cycle, the purpose of this drive /response cycle is seen by religions being designed for reproducing the species. The link between sex and religion was established by primitive human beings and their societies, and this link continues to be evident in today’s religions and societal behaviors. “The Sacred Fire, Sex in Religion” will review and discuss the relationship between sex, fertility, and religious beliefs, as it applies to any individual mental state/ operation, and to the place of one in the society.
18. *Presenter: SUSAN KAVALER-ADLER, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA Title: WHY THE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC TREATMENTS OF ANN SEXTON FAILED? MONOPOLY of the NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTIC in the ERA of 1950s -1960s.
This presentation would encompass a discussion of how New York Psychoanalytic Institute (the “medical establishment”) dominated the entire practice of psychoanalysis in America in 1950s-60s, and how this led to the rejection of all the rich pioneering work done in those years by British clinicians and theorists (who were not required to be physicians, and who were treating preoedipal, character, disorders). This will be presented in terms of the failed treatments of Ann Sexton, who had a borderline level narcissistic character disorder. It is based on Ann Sexton’s biographical research done by Dianne Middlebrook and on in-depth two case studies of Ann Sexton in Susan Kavaler-Adler’s book, The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge 1996, ORI Academic Press, 2014).
Presenter: DORIS LEICHER, LCSW, NCPsyA Title: AFFECT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF VULNERABILITY
20. *Presenter: ROBINSON LILIENTHAL, PHD Title: LAIUS AND OEDIPUS IN THE SHADOW OF MOLOCH (In Memoriam to Dr. Martin Bergmann)
We become human as a result of the complex interplay between nature (biology) and nurture (culture). We are the creators and products of cultural artifacts. We are not born human – rather, we become human over a lifetime of struggle towards our unique and human selfhood. At the center of this struggle and the first and ineluctable reality of our existence is the dialectic of intergenerational conflict. Laius, Jocasta, and Oedipus are the paradigmatic expression, myth, and model of this bedrock reality of our existence. This talk will explore the following four questions: 1) What does classical psychoanalytic theory and practice leave out and why? 2) What difference does this make? 3) What will a revised Oedipus complex theory look like? 4) How does the long history of child sacrifice support the revision of Oedipus complex? If Martin Bergmann’s pioneering work on challenging our traditional approach to intergenerational conflict is taken seriously, it inevitably will lead to a truly profound paradigm shift in psychoanalytic / clinical and psychohistorical theory and practice.
21. *Presenter: ROBINSON LILIENTHAL, PhD Title: ISAAC ASIMOV'S PIONEERING CONTRIBUTIONS TO PSYCHOHISTORY
Although Isaac Asimov never spelled out in any detail a content of laws governing this theory of science of psychohistory, this presenter offers to explore the many hints scattered throughout Asimov’s Foundation novels. The participants will be offered to look at Asimov’s use of the various social sciences, especially psychology, sociology, anthropology, and history, and his claims to both predict and guide human civilization development on a macro-level. This will be placed into the context of the profound impact of Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of Roman Empire; the post-WWII and cold war situation; the rich field of the philosophy of history, from Vico to Freud. Isaac Asimov wrestled fearlessly with variety of problems and issues: free will over determinism; the individual vs. the community; nature vs. nurture; technology vs. human dignity; understanding vs. control; human nature vs. animated robots, etc. While dismissed as Sci Fi entertainment in the 1950s, today we can (and perhaps we must) ask whether Isaac Asimov’s achievement is one of the most brilliant, profound, and prophetic work of the recent past; and rich and genuine source to remind by future psychohistory (and clinical) practitioners. Through his works, Asimov offers moral and intellectual balance, liberal affirmations of science and human dignity, ability to embrace both human diversity and universalism, the quest for freedom and yet the need for limits, and his intense passionate wrestling with ethical issues.
22. *Presenter: JOAN LIPTON, PhD Title: TRANSFORMING NARRATIVES IN THE LATER YEARS: AGING AND THE LIFE REVIEW
This presentation examines aging and the life review. We review our lives at all ages but it is a particularly significant process when we are older because it helps bring a coherent shape to our narratives as we approach the end of days. Also, realizing missed opportunities and limited time remaining to readdress these, we may need to revisit those dynamic issues so they no longer deter us from living our lives to the fullest. With mortality in mind, there is a need to be free of the hold of early traumatic experiences and the interpersonal distance they create. It is therefore not unusual for some to reveal family secrets before they die. These disclosures can be a final gift and reveal traumas that have been passed down through the generations. A clinical case will be presented that highlights the therapeutic work with a terminally ill patient. Although she knew she had little time remaining, she wanted to review her life in order to better understand some painful early experiences. This patient particularly wanted to repair her internalized relationship with her mother and to feel more securely attached before she died.
23. *Presenter: GUY R LORD, M.D. Title: PSYCHOANALYSIS, THE COMIC BOOK
In 1955, EC Comics published a short-lived title “Psychoanalysis.” It did not prove popular and lasted only four issues. It followed four patients in their highly condensed, dramatized treatment by “The Psychiatrist,” who is never named. While intended to be a positive view of psychoanalytic therapy, from today's perspective it is laughable and resembles more a police interrogation. This represented a common misconception about what psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has to offer. The history of EC Comics will be briefly reviewed, as will public concerns about the effect of comic books on America's youth in that era. The cases presented in the four issues have much similarity and depict contemporary concern about “being tough” and “masculine” vs. “artistic” young men. Examples of cover art will be presented. They illustrate a great tradition of American graphic art as well group fantasies of America in the 1950's.
24 *Presenter: DAVID LOTTO, PhD Title: TERRORISM: AN OVERVIEW
This paper argues that terrorism should be broadly defined as politically motivated acts of violence which harm civilian non-combatants. This definition quite deliberately includes acts of state terrorism. The paper goes on to briefly review the history of terrorism; and briefly examines the argument that it is primarily a political/military strategy or tactic employed by the relatively powerless (in conventional military strength) against their more powerful enemies and the position that it is a justifiable military option. It also focuses on the history and current status of “Islamic Terrorism.” The main topic of the paper is an exploration of the relationship between terrorism and the humiliation/revenge cycle which is seen as one of the primary drivers, as well as the main originator, of terrorism. A variety of Psychoanalytic and Social Psychology research on the topic of humiliation, the effects it has on its victims, and ways in which it is responded to is discussed. Kohut's ideas about narcissistic injury, narcissistic rage, and the desire for revenge along Kleinian inspired notion including splitting and the paranoid-schizoid position are used as they are the most helpful psychological models for the understanding of the psychodynamics of terrorism as well as the ways in which we respond to it. The paper concludes with some policy recommendations that follow from this way of understanding the origins and reinforcers of terrorism.
25. Presenter: ALICE MAHER, M.D. Title: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO NOT WALK AWAY? EMPATHY ACROSS MENTAL HEALTH DIVIDES
26. *Presenter: ALLAN S. MOHL, Ph.D., LCSW Title: LEONARDO DAVINCI’S DREAM INTERPRETED
The name of Leonardo DaVinci and the term Renaissance, the designation historians have given to the period during which Leonardo (1452-1519) lived, have become inextricably woven. Who has not heard Leonardo called the quintessential “Renaissance Man,” and who can pretend to even have a casual knowledge of the Italian Renaissance without knowing something of the accomplishments of Leonardo? The man and the time have maintained their hold on us. The seeds of technology germinated and flowered in the Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century. They were planted in the Italian Renaissance of the 15th Century, and no one sowed more of the seeds than Leonardo. This presentation will explore the life and times of Leonardo DaVinci. It will explore those variables that enabled him to become one of the great geniuses of the past millennium. This presentation will include an analysis of a dream which Leonardo recalled when he was a very young child; the analysis was done several centuries later by Sigmund Freud.
27. Presenter: RICHARD MORROCK, MA Title: THE PSYCHOPATHIC MIND
28. Presenter: SAM MYERS Title: WHITE ANXIETY, POLICE BRUTALITY AND THE 1967 RIOT IN DETROIT
29. Presenter: DAN OGILVIE, PhD Title: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CERTAINTY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DOUBT
30. *Presenter: DENIS J. O’KEEFE, LCSW Title: THE ROLE OF GROUP LEVEL THREATS AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAITS IN THE CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF AN AMERICAN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN IMMIGRANT DETENTION
Since the events of September 11, 2001, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented level of ambivalence toward immigrants in the U.S. including threat based biased perceptions. Rapid social and demographic change, economic uncertainty and persistent terrorist threat have created a context in which immigrants have become a specified target for individual and group level animosity, unjustified immigrant perception, and threat based policy. This paper will examine the role of these contextual and psychological factors as they are related to the development and maintenance of an immigrant detention system, and how these impact lives of individuals, groups, and families.
31. Presenter: PETER PETSCHAUER, PhD Title: FOUND IN TRANSLATION
32. Presenter: JERRY PIVEN, PhD Title: IN THE WAKE OF DEATH’S WORM: IMPLICATIONS OF TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE, CULTURE, AND HISTORY
33. Presenter: HABIBEH RAHIM, PhD Title: THE SOCIO-PHILOSOPHICAL CONSTRUCT OF WOMEN IN ISLAM: FROM KHADIJA TO SHIRIN
34. *Presenter: INNA ROZENTSVIT, M.D., PhD, MSciEd Title: NEURO-PSYCHOANALYSIS AND NEURO-HERMENEUTICS: INTEGRATIVE TRANSDISCIPLINARY METHODOLOGY OF MEANING MAKING
This presentation will introduce an idea of Neuropsychoanalysis and the usefulness of ‘Neuro-hermeneutics’, the main methodology of Neuro-psychoanalysis, to Humanities. Neuro-psychoanalysis brings material /organic/ brain based layer to psychoanalytic thinking and practice. In so doing, it transforms the main psychoanalytic methodology of making meaning by interpretation, hermeneutics, into ‘neuro-hermeneutics.’ Although Sigmund Freud had abandoned his Project for a Scientific Psychology, he believed that “psychology... shall be a natural science...” (Freud, 1895). He also believed that “all of our provisional ideas in psychology will presumably one day be based on an organic substructure” (Freud, 1914, On Narcissism). Moreover, we do not need to subscribe to Cartesian duality / rivalry of brain and mind anymore, but rather think in terms of connectomes and neural networks/ systems, as we have progressed from “I think, therefore I am” (Descartes), to “I link, therefore I am” (S. J. Singer, a biologist). In this interactive presentation, we will be involved in exploration — from Freud’s ideas of “the neuronal processes... to be regarded as unconscious [unbewusst] and ... to be inferred like other natural things,” to P. MacLean’s triune brain theory, to E. Kandel’s “reductionistic” approach to what is considered to be philosophical concepts, and his discovery of molecular mechanisms of memory and learning. It takes generations sometimes to cultivate new thinking, and to get to what T. Kuhn called, a “paradigm shift.” So, until a paradigm shift happens, people are thinking “inside the box“. When this “inside the box” thinking cannot explain most of the things that are being discovered, there will be more and more outliers who come up with new explanations. These outliers create a new “box” of thinking - until the next time. All this finds its explanation in the method of neuro-hermeneutics.
35. *Presenter: JACK SCHWARTZ, PsyD, LCSW, NCPsyA Title: THE NATURE OF NURTURE – SEARCHING BACKWARD AND LOOKING FORWARD: THE QUEST FOR A PSYCHOANALYTIC FOUNDATION
To appreciate how revolutionary Ronald Fairbairn’s theoretical / clinical contributions, we must first acknowledge that it was Freud, who opened the door to the existence of the unconscious, and a method, which amazingly is still largely intact today, to help us explore this vast canyon of ideas, and provide relief for many suffering people. Freud postulated the unconscious as primarily ruled by sexual and aggressive energies, the drives. Freud wanted to make his theory, like Darwin’s, connecting us to the inherent tendencies that motivate all mammals. Freud’s unequivocal emphasis of the drives, and the sequence of development, culminating with the Oedipus complex, occurring later in childhood, as it’s cornerstone, often neglected or relegated the relational world to a less than significant meaning in human development, although his postulate of the super ego- does suggest the presence of an internal object relational paradigm, the drive theory remained intact throughout his 28 Volumes of writing. 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; instead of seeing growth as synonymous with progressive structuralization, id ego super ego- it can be understood the structuring of the self as being a process of splitting and repression that was fundamentally pathological; and, most crucially, instead of a biological theory of the vicissitudes of the instincts, his theory provided a way of understanding both healthy development and psychopathology in terms of the history of early attachments, more specifically the failure of early attachments, which of course was appropriated by attachment theorists (Bowlby), the self psychologists (Kohut), and the relational school. Based on this radically different theory, Fairbairn developed strikingly original and astute ways to formulate the nature of schizophrenia and schizoid states as well as the dynamics that drive obsession, phobias, and paranoia, built around the construct of the internal saboteur, our focus of today’s discussion.
36. *Presenter: S. FAYE SNYDER, PsyD Title: THE FALSE MEMORY “DEBATE” REVISITED: THE CONTINUED SUPPRESSION OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
This presentation examines the ongoing political and legal conflict over the repression, retrieval, and reality of traumatic memories related to childhood sexual abuse. Freud’s seduction theory, which challenged centuries of culture protective of sexual abuse of children, created a backlash so violent that it has continued to cast a shadow over clinical practice in the United States, most recently through the advocacy of the False Memory Foundation. Topics include an analysis of the historical context and underlying forces driving the so-called False Memory debate, as well as an examination of the reality of childhood traumatic experience and its aftermath in ways that are relevant for anyone working with children and families, including psychologists, educators and legal professionals.
37. *Presenter: S. FAYE SNYDER, PsyD Title: DESIGNING RESEARCH TO PREDICT AND UNDERSTAND BEHAVIOR ACCORDING TO CRITICAL CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
This presentation will review the critical factors in predicting and understanding behavior. Participants will be involved in discussion about why some people have more fragile cores than others, and why others can handle the same experience with more resilience. Presenter will offer to consider how much weight to give child abuse and how to consider child’s age, and severity and frequency of the abuse. Participants will be offered the look at the most influential ingredients of family dynamics, which impact resilience and ethics. Finally, presenter will address genetics and its role in predicting behavior.
38. *Presenter: SHELDON SOLOMON, Ph.D. Title: THE WORM AT THE CORE: THE ROLE OF DEATH IN LIFE
Humans manage the terror of death by adhering to culturally constructed beliefs about reality that provide a sense that one is a person of value in a world of meaning, and thus eligible for either literal or symbolic immortality. The quest for immortality underlies some of humankind’s most noble achievements. However, it also engenders some of our most ignominious affectations, including: hostility and disdain for people with different beliefs; indifference to, or contempt for, the natural environment; and, the mindless pursuit of material possessions—which, if unchecked, may render humans the first form of life responsible for their own extinction. This presentation will present an overview of these ideas and empirical work that corroborates them, and then consider the implications of these notions for individual and social behavior, and clinical social work practice.
39. *Presenter: CHARLES B. STROZIER, Ph.D. Title: RAGE AND ITS MEANINGS IN AN AGE OF TERRORISM, WAR, AND GENOCIDE
In this presentation, Dr. Charles Strozier argues that rage and violence emerge in the context of a fragmenting self, that is, a self that is experiencing psychological disarray or breakdown. In this context, empathy is leeched out of the relationship with the other, who is experienced as the source of narcissistic injury in a psychological sequence that ends with the potential for violence. Understanding rage has relevance for treating individuals clinically, but it also deepens our grasp of the deeper meanings of war, genocide, terrorism, and other forms of societal violence.
40. Presenter: KEISHA THOMPSON, PhD Title: REVOLUTION AND IDENTITY—LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, TRINIDAD 1970
LIST OF PANELS:
1. Title: PSYCHOHISTORY TRAINING: OBJECTIVES AND VISION Presenters: Jacques Szaluta, PhD; Kenneth Fuchsman, PhD; Denis O’Keefe, LMSW; and Gilda Graff, MA, LP
2. Title: PSYCHOHISTORY AND POETRY Moderator: David Beisel, PhD; Presenters: Merle Molofsky, MFA; Irene Javors, M.Ed., LMHC, Peter Petschauer, PhD, and Howard F. Stein, PhD
3. Title: PSYCHOHISTORICAL INSIGHTS ON THE 2016 ELECTION Presenters: Paul Elovitz, PhD and Herbert Barry III, PhD.
4. Title: SCARS OF WAR: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA OF WAR AND THE POTENTIAL TO ITS HEALING Moderator: Brian D’Agostino, PhD; Presenters: 1. Jamshid Marvasti, M.D.: War Trauma, Moral Injury and Suicide in Returning Combat Veterans. 2. Iyad Alkhouri, M.D: Lessons from Syria: Limits of the Clinical Perspective. 3. Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD: War Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth
5. Title: MY FAVORITE FILM AS A PSYCHOHISTORICAL SOURCE Presenters: David Beisel, PhD; Ken Fuchsman, PhD, Irene Javors, M. Ed, LMHC
6. *Title: WOMEN’S VOICES IN PSYCHOANALYSIS: ERASED OR FORGOTTEN Presenters: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD (on Sabina Spielrein) & Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP (on Alice and Enid Balint)
7. *Title: THE JOY OF BEING VULNERABLE: NEUROBIOLOGY OF VULNERABILITY AND ITS FRINGE BENEFITS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE AND CREATIVE PROCESS. Presenters: Victoria Grinman, LCSW; Sandra Indig, LCSW-R, LP, ATCB; and Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD.
8. *Title: THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA OF SLAVERY Presenters: 1. Gilda Graff, MA, LP: The Intergenerational Trauma of Slavery and Its Aftereffects: The Question of Reparations. 2. Eddie Taylor, PhD: The Unconscious Influence of American Slavery Today.
9. *Title: THEY BORE WITNESS: ONE’S LIFE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDER (Dedicated to late Dr. Oliver Sacks) Presenters: 1. Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD – on late Dr. Oliver Sacks. 2. Dolores Brandon, author of The Root Is Bitter, The Root Is Sweet: In The Shadow Of Madness, A Memoir.
10. *TITLE: SUPERVISION: MELANIE KLEIN AND D.W. WINNICOTT (a role play) Presenters: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D. Litt and Jack Schwartz, LCSW, PsyD, NCPsyA
11. *Title: PSYCHOHISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGION Presenters: 1. Constance L. Benson, M.Div., M. Phil.: Unfinished Business: From Punitive to Humane Parenting in the History of Christianity. 2. Conrad Fischer, M.D.: America in Denial: The Life-Cycle of Religious Violence. 3. Habibeh Rahim, PhD: Discussant
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14. Title: TATTOOS AND TATTOOING: FASHIONING AN IDENTITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY Presenters: Linda Mayers, PhD and Sara Zarem, PhD
15. Title: WHAT CAN THE USA LEARN FROM THE HISTORY OF PORTUGUESE IMPERIAL POWER IN JAPAN AND IN BRAZIL? Presenters: Joaquim deCastro, PhD and Floyd Rudmin, PhD
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