Monday, September 25, 2023

Online Conference: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Practice and Training in Times of Social Division, Pandemic and War


Online Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Practice and Training in Times of Social Division, Pandemic and War

Weekend Conference October 13-15, 2023 will be offered Online. Open to any mental health professional or mental health professional-in-training.


limited scholarships monies are available, apply now

IPI welcomes all Clinicians, beginner to advanced, to attend this weekend event.

Program Date(s):

October 13, 2023 - October 15, 2023

Weekend Overview

This weekend conference addresses teletreatment and teletraining under geopolitical conditions of pandemic, division between factions and countries, international tension with China and Russia, and war in Ukraine.  We review APsaA empirical studies on teleanalysis uptake, reconceptualize online teaching for challenged psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs in China and Russia, illustrate technology-mediated support for traumatized Russian/Ukrainian colleagues, and explore the impact of technology on psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice and analytic process.

The course will use lecture, large group discussion, small group/GAM group discussion, case presentation and discussion and informal discussion to achieve the course objectives.

General weekend schedule

Friday 9:45am – 6:15 pm US ET

Saturday 9:45am – 6:15pm US ET

Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm US ET

Detailed schedules, reading lists, and educational objectives will be provided to registered participants.

Attendance at IPI’s October 2023 Weekend Conference offers you …

  • An international diverse learning community
  • Pros and cons of distance treatment, learning and supervision
  • Theory and best practice of technology-mediated treatment and training
  • Clinical examples of technology-mediated psychotherapy
  • Development of the clinician’s ethical stance in IPI’s group affective model in the GAM group
  • Effects of the internet and artificial intelligence on professional and personal development
  • Research on teletherapy and teleanalysis
  • Technology for geographic outreach training for therapists in countries under threat.


Todd Essig, Ph.D (NY, USA), is Faculty and Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute, member of the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) Advisory Board and of the International Psychoanalytic Association’s Task Force on Contemporary Education. From 1994 to 2009 he was founder and director of The Psychoanalytic Connection (aka Widely known as a pioneer, editor, and author in the innovative uses of mental health technologies, he publishes and lectures widely. He is a recipient of Distinguished Service awards by APsaA and the NY State Psychological Association.

Harold Kudler, MD (NC, USA) is an Associate Consulting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and the VA Medical Center where he specializes in the nature and action of trauma  and its intergenerational effects and in the identification and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  He conducts research and develops training programs on the dynamics of trauma and treatment of PTSD.

Mino Zanchi MD (Italy) specialist in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Psychosomatic Medicine; Member Italian Psychoanalytic Society and IPA; co-founder and member, Adriatic Psychoanalytic Center; Author/coauthor of scientific articles in national and international journals and scientific meetings; in practice in Fano and Senigallia, Italy.

Caroline M. Sehon, MD, FABP (MD, USA) Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) where she is a supervising child and adult psychoanalyst in its analytic training programs; Member ApsaA and IPA; author of articles and book chapters, including chapters on teletherapy and teleanalysis in Psychoanalysis Online 1, 2, 3, and 4;  past chair of IPI’s International Teleanalysis Working Group; in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Andi Pilecki Eliza-Christie LPC (PA, USA) licensed professional counselor and psychoanalyst in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working primarily with LGBTQ adolescents and adults and providing supervision and consultation;  Member ApsaA; national faculty member of IPI, and chair of its Diversity Committee; teaching analyst at the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT — IPI’s psychoanalytic training program) and a clinical case conference consultant with IPI China.

Michelle Kwintner PhD, LCSW-R (NY, USA) is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Ithaca, NY, USA.  She offers analytic treatment for adults as well as analytic consultation via zoom.She is a national faculty member at International Psychotherapy Institute, is chair of the curriculum committee for the analytic training program at IPI, and is a member of the Colleague Assistance Committee. She is a member of APsaA and IPA. Michelle is the author of a number of presentations and publications including articles on object relations theory and community-based mental health. Her latest publications are “Thucydides on the Ancient Athenian Epidemic: Body, Mind, Society, and Trauma” (2021) and “Psychoanalytic social work:  How to do things with words and how to say things with deeds” in the 2022 volume of Psychoanalytic Social Work in memory of William Meyer.

Yolanda Varela, PhD. (Panama, RP) Training analyst, member of the International Psychoanalytic Association; Member, APSaA; member, FEPAL; faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and supervising analyst at the International Institute of Psychoanalytic Training at IPI, Bethesda, Maryland; former Chair of IPI-Panama. Past Director of the Panamanian Psychoanalytic IPA Provisional Society.

Flora Barragan, MA, (Mexico) Psychoanalyst, associate faculty, Combined Child Analytic and Child Psychotherapy Program at IPI.  Practice of adult analysis and child psychotherapy with specialization in school consultation and the treatment of children and adolescents with school performance issues.

Jill Savege Scharff MD, FABP, (MD, USA) Co-founder of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) where she is a supervising child and adult psychoanalyst in its analytic and child training programs; Member APsaA and IPA; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Author, editor and series editor of books on object relations theory, psychoanalytic child, couple and family therapy, and psychoanalysis online; in private practice in Chevy Chase MD; a recipient of The Sigourney Award 2021. Latest book: Psychoanalysis Online volume 4.

Janine Wanlass, PhD (UT, USA) Psychoanalyst and psychologist practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah; Member, APsaA; past director of The International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Chevy Chase, Maryland and current chair of IPI’s Combined Program in Child Psychotherapy and Child Analysis; Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Westminster College for over 30 years; and Director of the online psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program at the International Psychotherapy School in Moscow, Russia.

David Scharff MD, FABP (MD, USA) Co-founder of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) where he is a supervising child and adult psychoanalyst in its analytic and child training programs and Chair of Overseas Programs in China; Director of online psychoanalytic couple and family psychotherapy training for the International Psychotherapy School, Russia; Member APsaA and IPA; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Author, editor and series editor of books on object relations theory, psychoanalytic child, couple and family therapy, and psychoanalysis in China; in private practice in Chevy Chase MD; a recipient of The Sigourney Award 2021. Latest book Couple and Family Life in Modern China.



Registration options:

  • Full Conference
    • $475 up to 21 days in advance; $525 thereafter
    • *Full members: $359
    • *Associate members: $410
    • Full time students: $175

  • Saturday All Day (morning and afternoon): $175

  • Saturday Morning only: $100

*Login to the website with your member information to access your discounted registration rate

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training: apply at least 2 weeks prior to conference start date.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Credit hours are based on 100% attendance at your chosen participation level. (schedules for each registration option are shown below)

Full Weekend Conference:

  • 14.5 CE/CME credits
  • Attendance is required at all large group lectures, small group discussions, plenary and closing dialogue to receive credit hours.

Saturday All Day:

  • 6 CE/CME credits
  • Attendance is required at both large group lectures, both small group discussions, and the plenary to receive credit hours.

Saturday Morning only:

  • 2.5 CE/CME credits
  • Attendance is required at the large group lecture and small group discussion to receive credit hours.

Psychology & the Other Conference October 6, 7, & 8, 2023 Hybrid Conference: Boston College Campus & Online



The Psychology & the Other Conference is a biennial convening that aims to revitalize psychology by bringing it into dialogue with philosophy, theology, and other humanities rich traditions. Since its inception in 2011, the Conference has served to gather under a single intellectual roof perspectives that had heretofore been largely isolated from one another. Attended by clinicians, academic psychologists, philosophers, theologians, historians, poets, anthropologists, and cultural theorists, this community attempts to foster new and emergent ways of speaking to human identity, suffering, and potential in order to better serve the call of the suffering Other.

One of the distinctive features of the conference is the intentional pairing of plenary speakers with persons from different disciplines to create a type of catalytic engagement that upsets the insularity and jargon-laden fixtures that often come to determine the currency of exchange at discipline-specific conferences.

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Keynote Speakers:

Arthur Kleinman
Arthur Kleinman
Harvard University
On Care in Mental Health: Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition
Patricia Gherovici
Patricia Gherovici
University of Pennsylvania
Gender Transition Between Life and Death

Plenary Speakers:

David Eng
David Eng
University of Pennsylvania
Reparations and the Human: Racial Rage, Racial Guilt
Francoise Davoine
Francoise Davoine
How to Build the Other from Scratch After Its Destruction? A Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Approach
Leswin Laubscher
Leswin Laubscher
Duquesne University
Whom Shall I Walk With? Reflections of a Black(ish) South African scholar in the North American Academy
Lewis Gordon
Lewis Gordon
University of Connecticut
Psychoanalysis as a Decolonial Practice
Miroslav Volf
Miroslav Volf
Yale University
Life Worth Living: What Matters Most?
Pamela Cooper-White
Pamela Cooper-White
Union Theological Seminary
The Psycholog(ies) of Christian Nationalism: What Draws People In, & Whether, When and How to Talk Across the Extremist Divide

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

"So, where are you from, Doc, really?" An analytic perspective on identity, race, and ethnicity in the dyad  

 September 23, 2023

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM


NYU Psychiatry Department

1 Park Avenue, 8th Floor

Presenter: Aneil Shirke, MD, PhD

Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Social Work & Psychology (CE) credit available

(1.5 credits)

About the Lecture:

Dr. Shirke conceptualizes racism and prejudice as the consequence of intergenerational transference of experiences and attitudes about the identities of self and of others. Two analytic theories of mind can be applied to grasp this intellectually, prior to integrating emotionally this sensibility.

From an object-relations point of view, our experiences of ourselves in relation to others are initially within our family of origin, and eventually are of ourselves (usually within the family unit) relating to the outside world. The speech and behavior of those around us regarding concrete aspects of identity, such as skin tone, class or perceived ethnicity (religion, race, culture, nation of origin), are internalized most often via non-verbal experiences, but also at times by explicit verbal instruction. These early experiences are transferred on top of current experiences. And analytically, we can understand that the template of our formative experiences were themselves transferred from what was experienced by people in previous generations.

From a self-psychological point of view, our subjective self-estimation is transferred from what was 'mirrored' to us by those around us, starting with parents and growing to include others in our community. This mirroring includes what we think is esteemed subjectively as good or bad by those others. Analytically, what is mirrored as valuable by those others is also transferred from what was mirrored as good or bad to them in previous generations.

A particular set of objective and subjective experiences of African-Americans is distinguishable from that of other people who have been targets of prejudice, such as voluntary immigrants. The fact of slavery, the relatively recent history of the ownership of a group of people as a form of capital in early industrial farming, has left an impression that can be better understood both from the object-relations point of view and also a self-psychological perspective.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Aneil M. Shirke, M.D., Ph.D, is on the faculty of PANY and NYU. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and graduate psychoanalyst. He has worked for the Visiting Nurse Service of NY, and has taught at Columbia University and Mt. Sinai. He has a private practice in the West Village. He enjoys conversing between different psychoanalytic theories of mind to understand better the experiences of patients and trainees alike. 
Learning Objectives:

1. Students should be able to describe a connection between a particular person's early experiences of identity and how that has become internalized into the way they relate to others.

2. Students should be able to describe a connection between a particular person's subjective sense of themselves and how that self-estimation is the result of what they sensed was subjectively valued by those in their developmental years.

3. Students should be able to discuss what, if anything, is analytically distinct about the African-American experience.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY). The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Money and Psychoanalysis: Economies of Care Two-day online conference by FREEPSY in collaboration with The Freud Museum London. Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October 2023.

ONLINE Money and Psychoanalysis: Economies of Care

 Organisers: Raluca Soreanu & Ivan Ward

Money and its circulation have a fantasy dimension. At the same time, money is an important aspect of how care can be offered and organised.

In this conference, we are guided by a series of questions about the paradoxes and opportunities of money. How do money and ideas circulate in our times? How can we make sense of alternative and anti-capitalist forms of circulation, and how do these appear in different fields of practice? What can psychoanalysis offer for understanding the issue of money? What does a psychosocial theory of value look like? What is the relationship between political economy and libidinal economy? Finally, are we traversing a crisis of care, and if so, what are some creative attempts to initiate new forms of circulation, amounting to economies of care?

We engage with these questions in an interdisciplinary conversation that brings together psychoanalysts, anthropologists, historians, and socio-political theorists to discuss the paradoxes of money and to explore ideas of value and circulation. Please visit the Freud Museum website for more information.

Speakers include: Giuseppe Cocco, Raluca Soreanu, Deivison Mendes Faustino, Dany Nobus, Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz, Tales Ab’Saber, Daniel Feldmann, Deanne Bell, Guilaine Kinouani, Ian Parker, Barry Watt, Ana Carolina Minozzo, Lizaveta van Munsteren, Ana Tomcic, Jordan Osserman, Francisco J. González.

If you would prefer to attend this conference in person, click here.


Online Ticket prices:

  • Solidarity £75 (£25 of this ticket goes directly to free clinics)
  • Standard £50
  • Freud Museum Members receive 20% off the Standard or Solidarity ticket (If you purchase a Solidarity ticket, £25 will go to free clinics)
  • Concessions (Students, Over-65s£30
  • A limited number of Busary tickets are available for those unable to attend without financial assistance. This is priced on a Pay What You Can basis. Visit for more info.

Your ticket is valid for livestream access to Friday and Saturday of the conference. Recording access will be sent after the event.

Monday, September 4, 2023

Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now - Vamik D. Volkan

 Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now

A new and updated exploration of large-group psychology from world-renowned psychoanalyst Dr Vamik D. Volkan. This timely book investigates the underlying psychology of the societal divisions occurring in the world and includes the author’s personal observations and experiences of racism as a ‘voluntary immigrant’ to the US over six decades ago. Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now is an immensely readable book, written in a beautifully clear and jargon-free prose.

More information HERE

Monday, August 21, 2023

New Book: The Psychology of Supremacy - Dwight Turner


The Psychology of Supremacy brings a developmental, philosophical and psychological lens to understanding the systems embedded within the socially constructed aspects of our intersectional identities. 

Offering a philosophical understanding of supremacy and its meaning within counselling and psychotherapy, the book examines just how and why supremacy exists, some of the psychology behind supremacy, and how it impacts clients, training, and practice. Chapters offer means and ways of observing and challenging systems of supremacy as they may appear within counselling and psychotherapy relationships. Featured psychotherapeutic case studies detail stories from participants who have endured the painful experience of being involved in the power structures of supremacy.

A must read for psychotherapists and counsellors, this book will also appeal to psychologists, social workers, qualitative and quantitative researchers, and anyone else interested in further deepening their understanding of supremacy, privilege, and otherness.

More info HERE

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Coming Soon! Black Men and Racial Trauma Impacts, Disparities, and Interventions By Yamonte Cooper


This volume comprehensively addresses racial trauma from a clinical lens, equipping mental health professionals across all disciplines to be culturally responsive when serving Black men. 

Written using a transdisciplinary approach, Yamonte Cooper presents a Unified Theory of Racism (UTR), Integrated Model of Racial Trauma (IMRT), Transgenerational Trauma Points (TTP), Plantation Politics, Black Male Negation (BMN), and Race-Based Shame (RBS) to fill a critical and urgent void in the mental health field and emerging scholarship on racial trauma. Chapters begin with specific definitions of racism before exploring specific challenges that Black men face, such as racial discrimination in health, trauma, criminalization, economic deprivation, anti-Black misandry, and culturally-specific stressors, emotions, such as shame and anger, and coping mechanisms that these men utilize. After articulating the racial trauma of Black men in a comprehensive manner, the book provides insight into what responsive care looks like as well as clinical interventions that can inform treatment approaches.

This book is invaluable reading for all established and training mental health clinicians that work with Black men, such as psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists.

Foreword by Tommy J. Curry  Introduction  

1. What is Racism

 2. Racial Discrimination and Health  

3. Racial Trauma  

4. The Carceral State and Black Men  

5. Starving the Black Beast Part I  

6. Starving the Black Beast Part II  

7. The Black Messiah Part I  

8. The Black Messiah Part II  

9. Coping Mechanisms and Interventions

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics Fatherlands in mothers' hands By Eszter Salgó - 2014


Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics: Fatherlands in mothers’ hands is a playful exploration of how people’s desires, fantasies, and emotions shape political events and social phenomena. It highlights the mythical sources of today’s political projects, the power of political imagination, and the function of symbolism in political thought. Eszter Salgó argues that the driving force for the formation of political communities is fantasy – ‘illusions’ in a Winnicottian sense, ‘phantasies’ in a Lacanian sense, ‘phantoms’ as described by Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, and ‘dreams’ as interpreted by Sándor Ferenczi. She introduces the metaphor of the ‘fantastic family’ as a symbolic representation of political communities, both to reflect on people’s deeply felt desire to find in public life the resolution, love, and wholeness of early childhood, and to unveil the political elite’s readiness to don the mask of the ‘ideal parent’.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book explores the theories of Donald Winnicott and Jacques Lacan: the matrimony on the stage of politics between the ‘good-enough mother’ and the Symbolic Father which inaugurates the story of democracy’s ‘fantastic family’. The second part presents the ‘fantastic families’ of selected countries such as Hungary, Italy, and the world community to explain the proliferation of cosmogony projects, and to document the failure of the political elites to offer a satisfactory performance of their maternal and paternal functions.

Psychoanalytic Reflections on Politics: Fatherlands in mothers’ hands presents a new way of considering the art of politics, based on the understanding that people perceive reality through imagination and unconscious fantasy. It will be of interest to psychoanalysts, and academics from across the disciplines of politics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, literature, and art.

Saturday, April 22, 2023


 FRIDAY, MAY 5th, 2023



Co-sponsored by the Sexuality and Gender Initiative

At the end of the 1980s, black feminist legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw wrestled with the problem of a female blackness lived as an invisible intersectionality. In her account, “mutually exclusive categories of experience and analysis,” prevented legal analysts from seeing “the compounded nature” and “multi-dimensionality of Black Women’s experiences.” However, Crenshaw’s goal went beyond identifying black female subjectivity as a complex, multi-dimensional unfolding of identity. At the same time, she also foregrounded and deployed a black feminist methodology that, over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, has made crucial interventions in understanding the dangers of a whiteness lived as a single-axis framework for subjectivity, and the alternative insights formed from living with difference as an embodied, enfleshed, black female subject. This presentation will introduce and explore some of the implications of this two-fold set of insights, especially for psychoanalytic conceptions of the gendered, sexed, and racialized subject.

MICHELLE STEPHENS  is a psychoanalyst, a Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, and the Founding and Executive Director of Rutgers’ Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ). Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in American Studies. She is the author of Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914 to 1962 (Duke University Press, 2005) and Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and The Black Male Performer (Duke University Press, 2014). Recently she has published articles on the intersections of race and psychoanalysis in such journals as JAPA, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. 


Time: 7:30-9:30PM
Location: Zoom

Free for MIP candidates (RSVP candidates only)

You will receive a zoom link after you register.

Continuing Education Hours: 2  
The Manhattan Institute is a NY State approved provider of continuing education hours for: LCSW, LMSW, LCAT, LMHC and Licensed Psychologists.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Psycho-social Explorations of Trauma, Exclusion and Violence Un-housed Minds and Inhospitable Environments By Christopher Scanlon, John Adlam


Book Description

The central theme of this book is the operation of intersecting discourses of power, privilege and positioning as they are revealed in fraught encounters between in-groups and out-groups in our deeply fractured world. The authors offer a unique perspective on inter-group dynamics and structural violence at local, societal, cultural and global levels, dissecting processes of toxic ‘othering’ and psychosocial (re-)traumatisation.

The book offers the Diogenes Paradigm as a unique conceptual tool with which to analyse the ways in which those of us who come to be located outside or on the margins of dominant social structures are, in one way or another, the inheritors of the legacies of centuries of oppression and exclusion. This analysis offers a distinctive psycho-social redefinition of trauma that foregrounds the relationship between the inhospitable environments we generate and the experiences of un-housedness that we thereby perpetuate.

Written in an engaging and accessible style, Psycho-social Explorations of Trauma, Exclusion and Violence directly addresses pressing global issues of racial trauma, human mobility and climate disaster, and offers a manifesto for the creative re-imagining of the places and spaces in which conversations about restructuring and reparation can become sustainable. This is an essential and compelling book for anyone committed to social justice, especially for all practitioners working in health, social care and community justice settings, and researchers and academics across the behavioural and social sciences.

More information HERE