Studying the Full Range of Human Emotion

Long Island Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Previous Offerings



   Conversations With Schrodinger's Cat: Life and Death in Art and Psychoanalysis

Discussion of chapters from Dr. Gilhooley's book describing his work with his patient, Al, who is grieving the loss of his young son.  Al's therapy involves him writing a science fiction novel that takes place at the boundary between life and death.  Topics such as telepathy, synchronicity, possession and ghosts were considered in terms of this case and the history of psychoanalysis.

Instructor:  Dan Gilhooley, PsyaD

                                                         Where's My Sanity?

Dr. Claudia Sheftel Luiz, a psychoanalyst in private practice in Massachusetts, and author of “Where’s My Sanity: Stories That Help”, gave a workshop in September that drew a sizable group of Modern analysts and other community health professionals. Although she has been working to bring psychoanalysis to self-help, in this workshop she turned things around by bringing self-help to psychoanalysts. She described three best-selling self-help ideas: 1) how to create more time; 2) more physical pace and 3)more feelings of abundance.  Dr. Luiz then addressed the question of how psychoanalysts can experience the benefits of these goals in their practice.  She suggested that more time can be attained by joining patients in their need to problem-solve  --until they are ready for analysis; more space by throwing out theoretical notions that prevent us from being with our patients in the moment, and feelings of abundance can be attained when character structure and defense systems reveal themselves.  

                                   Introductory Seminar in Modern Psychoanalysis

This three session seminar was well-suited for those new to the field. Using selected readings and experiential learning, it focused on the most central and unique principles operating in the Modern analytic treatment process:  engaging the new patient, promoting progressive communication, utilizing the contact function, joining techniques and the therapeutic use of emotional induction:  Instructor: Steven Padnick, Ph.D.

  The Psychoanalysis of Deja Vu: Uncanny Experiences of Time in the Unconscious

Freud proposed that time is experienced differently in the conscious and unconscious minds.  According to Freud, time serves as the basic organizing property of consciousness, but the unconscious is "timeless", a place where past, present and future can be condensed or reversed, where the logic of temporal sequence doesn't exist.  This course examined the strange way time appears in our clinical cases.  Instructor: Dan Gilhooley, PsyaD.

Thought Transference and Emotional Induction in Narcissistic Transference:  Their Role in Therapeutic Action

It dealt with the narcissistic transference state, and the way in which the patient experiences the analyst's mind as an extension of his own - and the analyst has a reciprocal response.  Instructor:  Dan Gilhooley, Psya.D.

Case Seminar in Modern Psychoanalysis

We examined the challenges faced by the psychoanalytic practitioner at each stage of the treatment process, and Modern Psychoanalytic clinical approaches.  Instructor:  Steven Padnick, Ph.D.

The ABC's of Couples Counseling

A tightly focused examination of approaches to marital counseling; and to evaluating the marital climate in therapeutic work with individuals and with couples.  Attendees described a number of complex resistances encountered in their clinical work.  Among them were relationship destructive behaviors, extramarital sexual acting out and revenge.  The leaders also discussed the complex intertwining of aggression and sexuality in the marital relationship.  Instructors:  Stanis Beck, LCSW and Michael Beck, Ph.D.

Inconvenient Feelings in Dreams and Other Hiding Places

Three workshops that sought to identify feelings of the prior day that weekignored or distanced by therapists and patients that can be discovered and put into words when they reappear in dreams or sub-standard behaviors.  Instructor:  Philip D. Merwin, NCPsyA.

Resolving Objective and Subjective Countertransference Resistance

The analyst's emotional reactions to the patient, rather than the patient's dynamics.  Instructor:  Evelyn Liegner, Ph.D.

Psychoanalysis of the Adoptee

Issues inherent in the psychoanalysis of the adoptee, including identity confusion, the split transference and the journey toward integration and authenticity.  Instructor:  Joan E. Hertz, Ph.D.

 Archival Freud Film Showing and Discussion

LICMPS reached out to a wider public with the showing of a cinematic study of Sigmund Freud, unbuttoned, as he met with friends, family and colleagues 85 years ago in Vienna.  Commentaryby the daughter of the filmmaker, Lynne Lehrman Weiner, sparked a lively discussion.  The event, held at Lexicon in Manhattan, benefitted the programs and services of LICMPS.