CURRENT PERSPECTIVES IN
AMERICAN INTERPERSONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS
JUNE 7-12, 2009
THE WILLIAM ALANSON WHITE INSTITUTE
20 WEST 74TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10023
Sunday, June 7, 5:00-7:00
Welcoming Cocktail Party and Orientation
Lori Bohm, Ph.D., and others.
Monday, June 8, 10:00-12:00
Clinical Roots of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
Jay S. Kwawer, Ph.D.
Dr. Kwawer will locate the origins of interpersonal psychoanalysis in early debates
and dissensions within the Freudian circle, as these emerged from both clinical experience and basic conceptualizations of
psychoanalytic process. Clinical vignettes will highlight fundamental contrasts between interpersonal psychoanalytic
approaches and those of classical Freudian and object-relations theories.
Monday, June 8, 2:00-4:00
Productive and Unproductive Uses of Countertransference
Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D.
Most contemporary theorists from all major psychoanalytic traditions now believe that countertransference awareness
always has the potential to deepen analytic work. This seminar will address the
various ways that countertransference may, indeed, be used productively, while examining as well, how commonly we may fail
to use such awareness to promote analytic change.
Tuesday, June 9, 10:00-12:00
Contemporary Approaches to Dreams
Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D.
The seminar will examine contemporary approaches to dreams and dream theory.
We will consider the causes and functions of dreams and the many ways dreams can be
used in clinical psychoanalysis, including to clarify the patient's psychodynamics and the interaction between patient and
analyst. We will also consider the significance of the analyst's dreams about
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00-4:00
Working at the “Intimate Edge”
Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, Ph.D.
The exquisite tracking of the mutual vulnerability of analyst and patient can maximize
the transformative potential of the intersubjective moment. Attention will be paid to issues of being versus knowing in the
analytic encounter in the context of a focus on detailed clinical process. Participants
are encouraged to bring in their own clinical data for consideration if they would like to.
Wednesday, June 10, 10:00-12:00
The Interpersonal Impact on
Contemporary Freudian Analysts
Ruth R. Imber, Ph.D.
Today analysts trained in ego psychology and modern conflict theory are increasingly
aware that the interpersonal relationship between analyst and patient must be incorporated into theory and practice. We will
examine and discuss some of the ways interpersonal/relational thinking has influenced analysts from the classical tradition.
Wednesday, June 10, 2:00—4:00
Interpersonal and Relational Psychoanalysis
Jay Greenberg, Ph.D.
In this seminar we will explore the origins of relational psychoanalysis and ways
in which its sensibilities converge with and diverge from interpersonal thinking. The focus will be on the psychoanalytic
process, with special attention to the nature of the analyst's participation and the theory of the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis.
Thursday, June 11, 10:00-12:00
Dreams: Ancient Mind in the Modern World
Paul Lippmann, Ph.D.
To understand dreams requires a meaningful socio-cultural context: interpersonal,
historical, anthropological, religious, political, economic, poetic, and technological considerations. We will range from
the powerful role of dreams in ancient shamanistic healing to today’s post-modern transformation of the dreamworld into
electronic virtuality. Because the inner life is under attack, the psychoanalytic interest in dreams has radical and subversive
Thursday, June 11, 2:00—4:00
Dissociation and Enactment
Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D.
The breaching of mutual unconscious enactments between analyst and patient lies at
the heart of the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis. Events in the here and
now count most, and most significant are enactments. Breaching their mutual unconscious dissociation allows analyst and the
patient to develop new perceptions of one another. We will talk about these ideas, and I will present clinical material
to illustrate them.
Friday, June 12, 10:00—12:00
Sandra Buechler, Ph.D.
Analytic treatment requires both participants to have enough hope, curiosity, courage,
and sense of purpose to make the endeavor seem worthwhile. How do we inspire these feelings in our patients and maintain
them in ourselves?
Friday, June 12, 2:00-4:00
Interpersonal Psychoanalysis in the Age of the Mind
Edgar Levenson, M.D.
The presumptive “drive/relational” dichotomy has left us all struggling
to integrate an entirely artificial and arbitrary schism. I believe our current focus should be not on competing metapsychologies,
but rather on how mind works; how experience is processed and integrated. I will focus on the phenomenology of change, on
how the analyst’s interactive presence fosters flexibility and growth. The relationship between intersubjective worlds
and the still mysterious internal processes of change must be integrated.
Friday, June 12, 4:00-6:00
Closing Cocktail Party.
Faculty and participants.
The William Alanson White Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for Physicians.
The William Alanson White Institute designates this continuing medical education activity
for Category 1 of the Physicians Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.
The William Alanson White Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association
to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists.
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under the auspices of the Continuing Education Program of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social
The “Conflict of Interest Policy” of the William Alanson White Institute
requires that faculty participating in CME activity disclose to the audience any relationship with a pharmaceutical company
which might pose potential, apparent, or real conflict of interest with regard to his or her contribution to the program.
Lori Bohm, Ph.D.
Fellow, Supervising Analyst, Director, Center for Applied Psychoanalysis and
Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, William Alanson White Institute; Associate Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis;
Supervisor of Psychotherapy, City College of New York and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center.
Ph.D. Training and Supervising Analyst, W. A. White Institute (WAWI); Columbia University; Institute for Contemporary
Psychotherapy; National Institute of Psychotherapy; Author, Clinical Values: Emotions That Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment.
Mark J. Blechner,
Ph.D. Training and Supervising Analyst, WAWI; New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis (NYU Postdoc). Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary
Psychoanalysis; Editor, Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV; Author, The Dream Frontier.
Ehrenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Training and Supervising Analyst, WAWI; Supervising Analyst, NYU Postdoc; International Association
of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Author, The Intimate Edge: Extending The Reach Of Psychoanalytic Interaction.
Ph.D. Training and Supervising Analyst, WAWI; former Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Co-author with Stephen Mitchell,
Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory; Author: Oedipus and Beyond: A Clinical Theory.
Ph.D. Distinguished Visiting Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Faculty
and Supervisor, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; Professor of Psychology and Supervisor, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy
and Psychoanalysis, Adelphi University; Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Supervisor, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy
& Psychoanalysis, New York University
Ruth R. Imber,
Ph.D. Training and Supervising Analyst and Fellow, William Alanson White Institute; Editorial Board, Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Jay S. Kwawer,
Ph.D. Director , Fellow, Training & Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychology,
NYU Postdoc: Editorial Board, Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
M.D. Fellow Emeritus, Training and Supervising Analyst, WAWI; NYU; Hon. Fellow, Postgrad. Ctr. for Mental Health; Hon. Member,
Amer. Psa. Assoc.; Life Fellow, Amer. Academy of Psa.; Distinguished Life Fellow, Amer. Psychiatric Assoc.; Author, Fallacy
of Understanding, The Ambiguity of Change & The Purloined Self; 2006 Recipient, Mary S. Sigourney Award
for Significant Contribution to Psychoanalysis.
Ph.D. Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst, WAWI; NYU Postdoc; Stockbridge Dream Society; Author, Nocturnes: On Listening
to Dreams; pending: Canary in the Mind: On Dreams in the Modern World and A Psychoanalyst in Norman Rockwell
Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, WAWI; NYU Postdoc. Co-Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Editor, "Psychoanalysis
in a New Key" Book Series, Analytic Press; Author, Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis.