MSPP PROGRAMS 2003 ~ 2004
Neutrality, Anonymity, Abstinence, and Elective Self-Disclosure
Paper presentation by Merton A. Shill, Ph.D., LLM
proposals in the psychoanalytic literature concern new ways of understanding
analytic neutrality, anonymity, abstinence and self-disclosure. This paper
suggests that these new proposals ignore the fact that transference and
resistance analysis have from Freud onwards been accepted as minimal criteria
for a psychoanalysis; that the use of elective self-disclosure carries
metapsychological implications dismissing the entire notion of the motivation of
human behavior; that interpersonal relations are mental events so that the
ego’s ability to create intrapsychic representations of object relations is
not considered; and that elective self-disclosures within the extraordinarily
empathic parameters of the psychoanalytic situation are unreal in relation to
the reality of the patient’s life experience with other objects both outside
and after the analysis. Abstinence and neutrality as ideals facilitate the
maintenance of an internal holding environment or container for the analyst's
BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Merton A. Shill, Ph.D., LLM works with children, adolescents and adults in private practice in Farmington Hills and Ann Arbor. He is a candidate at the New York Freudian Society and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Abstractions - The Analyst's Escape From Analysis:
Ferenczi's "For Example"
Paper presentation by Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D.
Everyone's problems are
concrete and specific. But psychoanalytic work is difficult and painful
when specific. Psychoanalysts of every school escape into abstractions,
which may seem profound or metaphors which may seem clever, but which get away
from the reality of the patient's pain. Patients frequently talk in
abstractions, but analysts need to come back to the concrete realities of
feeling and experience, and the people in the patient's life that those feelings
and experiences concern, that the patient is both dealing with and avoiding.
It is not helpful when the analyst stays with the patient's abstractions, or
provides new abstractions that the patient can use as a defense, even if it
makes the analyst more comfortable.
BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Professor, Psychology, Michigan State University. Former President, Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of APA, and Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. Approximately 150 publications including the book (with G.R. VandenBos) Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: The Treatment of Choice, and the recent articles "The tragedy of schizophrenia without psychotherapy (2001 Fromm-Reichmann Memorial Lecture, Washington School of Psychiatry), and "Abstractions: The psychoanalyst's defense against psychoanalysis." He has received awards for clinical insights, research, and teaching from Division 39, IFPE, MPA, APA Graduate Students, and others.
Contribution of Mothering to the Lifelong Process of Individuation
Paper presentation by Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto Psy.D.
In this paper I
explore the notion that as children develop and individuate their mothers do so
in tandem. The ongoing individuating process that occurs in mothers as children
grow into adults can enrich and enhance the experience of mothering and a
woman’s development throughout the lifespan. Clinical and analytic case
studies, personal observation, and women writers’ experience will be used to
integrate the theoretical understanding of individuation with mothers’
experience of the process.
BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Dr. Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto is a psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice in East Lansing. She is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University in the College of Human Medicine where she teaches internal medicine residents and the Department of Psychology where she supervises clinical psychology doctoral students. She has had a long-term interest in children and adolescents' thinking, the Rorschach, parenting, and child/adolescent/adult psychoanalysis.
The Interplay Between Therapy and Supervision
presentation (from Division 39 program) of paper by Andrea Corn, Psy.D.
Discussants: Michael Shulman, Ph.D. and Linda J. Young, Ph.D.
This paper examines the relationship and interplay between therapy and supervision: and how the therapist who has particular similarities to the patient brings her own armamentarium of defenses as well as life problems into the therapeutic and supervisory space. The paper explores how unconscious factors from childhood become reenacted in the therapeutic space and produce emotions that affect both patient and therapist. The paper describes in detail an upward as well as downward parallel process acted out by the therapist and patient in the transference-countertransference encounter along with the supervisor’s conscious and unconscious role in the process. The paper concludes by offering recommendations to beginning analytic therapists. The discussants will each choose some of the many issues raised by this paper for elaboration.
Corn received her Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Corn
completed a two year post-doctoral program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
at the Southeast Florida Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology (SEFIPP) where
she currently is a candidate in psychoanalysis. She is active in SEFAPP a
local chapter of Division 39, was president of Section IV in 2001-2002 and
is now the Section IV representative to the Division 39 Board. She is the
Co-Chair of the 2004 Division Spring Meeting. Dr. Corn has publications in
psychoanalytic journals and one book chapter. She offers a bimonthly column in
the South Florida Parenting Magazine. She works with people of all ages in
Plantation, Florida and has a special interest in children and in adolescent
Frankenstein’s Genie-ology: The Magical Visionary Experience and the Associative Method
Paper presentation by Patrick B. Kavanaugh, Ph.D.
Frankenstein’s Genie-ology... is the autobiographical story of how he came to be as told over a five year period of time by an Afro-American man on the inpatient unit of an inner-city state hospital. It is a story that reflects the palpable experiences and inexplicable processes of psychic transformation in the very telling of his story to another via the associative method. In the context of process material, this essay considers a central organizing experience of this man’s life, e.g., his living life as the monstrous creature created by Victor Frankenstein. In this essay, the focus is descriptive and centers on the poetic-artistic perception of the magical visionary experience and its creative and inseparable role in the transformative processes and experiences of the analytic conversation; the emphasis is on the associative method as the primary mode of presencing, relating, and knowing.
STATEMENT: Dr. Kavanaugh is a former president of
the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE), the Academy
for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts , and the MSPP. He is an adjunct
professor of psychology at the Center for Humanistic Studies and a consultant at
the V.A. and Wyandotte General Hospital. He has presented and published on
psychoanalytic epistemology, theory, practice, ethics, and education. He is in
the private practice of psychoanalysis in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
SOUL'itude --An Inside Look at the Psychodynamic Experience of Self Development in the Later Years
Paper presentation by Lisa A. Kelly, Ph.D.
Come along for the ride on a 'phantasic' voyage! Join me in sharing a unique psychoanalytic understanding regarding the quest for peace as sought by the older adult facing his/her last years of life on earth. Consider a theoretical mindset that is different from the idea that the process of coming to know oneself toward the end of life is one that is either "successful," or "unsuccessful." Materials for our journey have been gathered from various novels, books on self-exploration, and traditional texts. Clinical examples attained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy sessions conducted with nursing home residents will provide the backdrop for supporting the thoughts shared.
BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Dr. Kelly studied at the University of Detroit where she completed a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1992. In 1994, she earned a post-doctoral fellowship at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute. Her interests are in working in milieu/inpatient environments with older adults and younger more 'difficult to treat' individuals. She served as the Clinical Director for two private corporations who send consultants to nursing homes: The Behavioral Healthcare Group, from 1999-2001, and, Sierra Behavioral Services from 2001-2002. Currently, she works as an independent staff psychologist through the Senior Wellness Company.
The Psychohistorical Roots Of Anti-Semitism
Paper Presentation by Sander J. Breiner, M.D., F.A.
Barry Dauphin, Ph.D.
This paper explores the
historical psychodynamics of anti-Semitism. The individual and group
psychodynamics, and the psychodynamics of Christianity lead to some different
insights into this most unique form of prejudice in the history of the world.
The analytic exploration by Ostow and other analysts of anti-Semitism is
examined as valuable insights, leading to newer additional conclusions.
Recommendations for resolution of this form of prejudice follow basic
Dr. Breiner is a
Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the
American Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians, Chairman of the Standards
Committee Of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis,
Supervising and Training Psychoanalyst of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council,
member of the Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Associate
Professor Psychiatry Michigan State University, Assistant Professor Psychiatry
Wayne State University, and a lecturer at many professional organizations
nationally and internationally. He has authored over 100 articles and book
chapters, and books.
The Psychoanalysis As Cultural Practice
Paper Presentation by Irvin Goldman, Ph.D.
paper is an investigation into cultural narcissism from a Q methodological
perspective. Lasch's analysis of culture and personality in many ways reflects
an intellectual tradition which integrates psychoanalysis into a Marxian
framework. The school of thought known as Critical theory emerged in the
U.S. in the late 1930s by way of a primarily Jewish/German refugee community
which shared a commitment to social change. The Frankfurt School (e.g. Erich
Fromm, Wilhelm Reich, and Herbert Marcuse) sought to humanize and historicize
Freudian theory, while reviving the dialectical tradition in early Marxism which
they believed had succumbed to positivism. Christopher Lasch builds on this
tradition, referencing the work of Kohut and Kernberg on narcissistic character
disorders. Narcissism, Lasch contends, is a valuable tool for understanding
American culture. Using Q methodology a case study is offered to illustrate
psychoanalytically informed cultural critique.
BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Dr. Irvin Goldman is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor where he teaches courses in communication theory, research methods and cultural studies. He has published in many journals including Political Psychology and The Canadian Journal of Communication and presented at numerous learned societies such as The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity and The North American Society for Psychotherapy Research. His education was at the University of Winnipeg, Purdue University and the University of Iowa.
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