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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Important Relocation Information: The Penelope S. Starr-Karlin Workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 17th has been moved to the auditorium of the OU College of Public Health, located at 801 NE 13th Street.

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Penelope S. Starr-Karlin, PsyD, LMFT

March 17, 2018

Mythology and dreams have most consistently been adopted for use by Jung’s analytical psychology but I will demonstrate their usefulness to contemporary psychoanalytic work by using a relational-systems approach called intersubjective-systems theory. The case involves an analysand whose analysis was abruptly terminated when her analyst ‘disappeared’ leaving her in a traumatized state. Our dialogic exploration of meaning in the myth brought dissociated experience into language and assisted with the integration of the trauma through imaginative use of mental images evoked by the stories.

More than a simple metaphor of self-renewal, the Phoenix myth has a richness of culturally elaborated sub-plots known as mythemes, that relate to the following existential moods and affects - loss of the absolutes of everyday life, a reduced sense of being, alienation, isolation, uncanniness, being-toward-death, traumatic temporality, resoluteness, and solicitude (Stolorow 2007, 2011). These will be described, along with the way mythemes and dreams can assist in the process of bringing dissociated or pre-verbal affect into language. I conclude that this ancient myth’s longevity (pre-dating the pharaohs of Egypt) may be due to a useful psychological function, that of facilitating survivors’ ability to integrate catastrophic loss, because its images can aid in the organizing of unformulated unconscious experience.

Important Relocation Information: The Penelope S. Starr-Karlin Workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 17th has been moved to the auditorium of the OU College of Public Health, located at 801 NE 13th Street.

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Danielle Knafo, Ph.D.

April 14, 2018

What is it that makes a doll the ideal woman in a man’s eyes? Why would a man prefer a doll to a real woman? The Pygmalion myth, in which a man creates the woman of his dreams, indicates that the appeal of a man-made woman reaches far back in time.

We are living in an age of unprecedented technological advances. These changes are influencing what it means to be human and how we relate to each other and to inanimate objects. The subculture of men whose desire is directed at high-end love dolls is discussed. Jack, who called himself an "iDollator," was living happily with his doll, Maya for 2 years. Eventually, he sought therapy. This lecture discusses how both he and Dr. Knafo changed in the process. It also raises questions regarding the future of relational life.

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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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