What is Psychoanalysis?
It is a treatment for problems that happen in life. One of the goals of this treatment is to help patients know themselves well so they can make conscious decisions about how to live their lives
to the fullest.

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Russell Koch, Ph.D.

January 20, 2018

This paper discusses psychoanalytic attitudes that are embodied in our psychoanalytic theories. The author considers relational attitudes including radical hope, collaboration, and dealing with conflicting attitudes between analyst and patient with clinical vignettes that illustrate each. By making psychoanalytic attitudes explicit, a positive integrative experience is likely to emerge. The story of Jacob and the Angel is used as a metaphor or engagement whereas each might have differing attitudes, the relationship can result in mutual benefits in the therapeutic alliance.

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Daniel Hill, Ph.D.

February 17, 2018

There are two affect regulating systems. Both develop in the attachment relationship. One develops early (3rd trimester of pregnancy - 18 months) and is foundational. It operates instantaneously and involuntarily; our gut reactions. The other develops later (2-6 years) and is a conscious, deliberate, verbal reflective system (mentalization). Affect regulation theory proposes that personality disorders and other developmental psychiatric disorders derive from early attachment trauma and its effects on the capacity to regulate affect. In this seminar Dr. Hill will provide the broad strokes of affect regulation theory with a focus on the primary affect regulating system.

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Marie Rudden, M.D.

March 17, 2018

Marie Rudden M.D .is a training and supervising analyst at BPI, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell School of Medicine. She is Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis in the Community for the American Psychoanalytic Association, and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Rudden has published widely on depression and panic disorder, including the book she co-authored with Fredrik N Busch and Theodore Shapiro, Psychodynamic Treatment of Depression, published by American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. in 2004. She has also been researching a measure of psychological change, Reflective Functioning, in various psychotherapies for panic disorder, using the Brief RF interview that she developed with Mary Target and Barbara Milrod, and the Symptom-Specific Reflective Functioning scale that she devised. She was part of the group that received the 2008 American Psychoanalytic Association’s Research Paper Prize for ”A randomized controlled trial of panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy for panic disorder”, and she received the 2009 Stuart Hauser Memorial Research Poster Prize for her work on Symptom Specific RF. Dr. Rudden also writes and lectures about regressive group processes and about cocoon fantasies that develop regarding certain ”safe” self-states.

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OSPS Membership Applications are up!

Applications are open for 2017-2018 memberships

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A Course in Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought 2017-18 (Foundations 1)

Beginning August 25, 2017

OSPS offers various educational opportunities including monthly seminars, study groups, and the Foundations in Psychoanalytic Thought course.  The Foundations course is an intensive survey course that aims to deepen understanding in three schools of thought in Psychoanalysis. This course will occur on a weekly basis, Fridays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, usually from September through May. Following the two introductory sessions, each week’s time will be divided equally between didactic presentation and case conference. The course work will be divided into four sections. The first section, Introduction to Psychoanalytic Models, will take place over the first two weeks and will provide an overview of the three overarching psychoanalytic models. The other three sections will include Conflict Theory, Object Relations Theory, and Relational Theory.  Each of the sections will feature major theories within these schools of thought, incorporating how these views translate into the clinical work between the therapist and client.  Students will be invited to present cases to be discussed from the various psychoanalytic models.  The Case Conference faculty orientation will roughly correspond to the section being presented.  Up to one hundred five hours of continuing education units are available for psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed alcohol and drug counselors.

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