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
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Sharon Neuwald, Dr. PH.

October 21, 2017

What is it like to understand and relate to individuals who have experienced massive psychic trauma, a form which requires participation in ignoble acts to survive? What are the effects on their children in their engagement with parents, siblings and the larger environment? Is there a remedy to the guilt and shame that come with this form of survival? In this paper, Dr. Neuwald tackles these questions theoretically but goes further to personally imagine these circumstances. She uses a film, The Grey Zone, based on an essay by Primo Levi in his book “Drowned and Saved” to probe into these questions.

Using this backdrop, Dr. Neuwald incorporates research by various theorists and philosophers including Georgio Agamben, Joerg Bose, Ghislaine Boulanger, Anna Freud, Heinz Kohut, Emily Kuriloff, Henry Krystal, Robert Lifton, Nancy McWilliams, Harvey Peskin and others to vividly describe this form of trauma. She identifies the losses faced by individuals in this situation and coping strategies they deploy in the face of unbelievable horror.

Dr Neuwald then entertains this condition in her mind through the lens of her own immigrant family to discover and experience its impact. She confronts and thereby understands the emotional power contained in the intergenerational transmission of trauma. The second half of the paper suggests reparative actions again drawing on theory, the film, selective interviews as well as Dr. Neuwald’s own emotional engagement.

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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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Joseph Aguayo, Ph.D.

November 18, 2017

In this two-part presentation, Dr. Aguayo will discuss ‘A Lecture Tour of Wilfred Bion’s Complete Works,’ a review article that appeared in the February, 2017 issue of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. With the publication of W.R. Bion’s (Karnac, 2014) Complete Works, this 16-volume publication represents a milestone event insofar as we now have an up-to-date, accurately referenced set of Bion’s published and unpublished writings.

Dr. Aguayo takes up what Bion’s unpublished writings add to our knowledge of his clinical theories. He takes up what is distinctive and current about Bion’s World War I reminiscences, how Bion as an army psychiatrist worked with intra-group tensions, then translated his method to peacetime groups at the Tavistock Clinic after World War II. Aguayo covers Bion’s Kleinian period, the psychosis papers of the 1950s, which formed the basis of the epistemological monographs of the 1960s. He pays special attention to the controversial ‘late’ or ‘California’ period (1968-1979) during which time he distilled the clinical method of inquiry he had spent so many years evolving, especially as he gave his clinical seminars in all 3 IPA regions.

In the second half, Dr. Aguayo will contrast what makes the Kleinian understanding of disturbed states of mind different from the way in which D.W. Winnicott understood similar disturbances. Crucial differences, such as Bion’s marginalization of the patient’s early history vis-à-vis Winnicott’s insistence on a detailed early history of analytic patients will be discussed. Another crucial difference to be taken up is the difference between Bion’s concept of ‘container/contained’ and Winnicott’s emphasis on ‘holding.’ Lastly, Winnicott’s critique of the London Klein group is explicated in terms of how he thought that Klein (and by extension Bion) conflated what ailed the young child with what ailed babies as cared for by their mothers.

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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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