Division of Psychoanalysis: 37th Annual Spring Meeting

The Times, They Are A-Changin' How About Us?
Division of Psychoanalysis: 37th Annual Spring Meeting

April 26-30, 2017  
New York City


"Admit that the waters around you have grown ... accept that soon you'll be drenched to the bone ... if your time to you is worth saving ... then you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone."

When Bob Dylan wrote these words about political and social change in 1963, he could not have anticipated how much they would apply to the state of psychoanalysis in 2017. We invite you to "come gather 'round" for a conference that will explore the tensions between modern society and psychoanalysis. What do these tensions activate in us, and how will they move the field of psychoanalysis forward? How do developing conceptualizations of gender, race, sexuality, culture, class, and identity create disequilibrium in our work, and challenge us to make room for something new to emerge in our theories and in our clinical practice? How does psychoanalysis need to evolve, incorporating discoveries in neuroscience, new technology, the changing landscape of the health care system and current research findings, while remaining attached to the principles and clinical wisdom of the psychoanalytic tradition?

"There's a battle outside and it's ragin' ... it'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls."

Did Dylan foreshadow how psychoanalysts must "heed the call" by bringing our consultation into the community and by recognizing the presence of the community in our consultation rooms? How does this process of inter-penetration shed light on why psychoanalysis is flourishing in communities around the world? And what does psychoanalysis have to offer to mitigate the impact of current societal crises including mass migration, poverty, violence and rampant substance abuse?

"Come mothers and fathers throughout the land and don't criticize what you can't understand."

What must we learn from each generation of analysts ... younger from older and older from younger ... in order to effectively "lend a hand?" Just as in an individual psychoanalysis, we as a profession must explore the links and connections between old and new, incorporating the past while freeing ourselves for the future. What are the implications for re-engineering our training institutes in order to accommodate changing times and a changing world?

"Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen."

We are calling for proposals that will engage us in the expansion, liberation and enlivening of psychoanalysis through an examination of these dialectic processes. "For the times they are a changin'!"


Keynote Speakers

  • Allan Schore, PhD
    Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is author of four seminal volumes, most recently "The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy," as well as numerous articles and chapters. He is past editor of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 45 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines. He has received an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, honorary membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to child and adolescent mental health.

  • Cleonie White, PhD
    White is fellow, faculty and supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology. She is adjunct clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and is also faculty and supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. White is on the editorial board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is an associate board member of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Her interests and writing are in the areas of trauma and dissociation, race, class, culture and creativity in psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in New York City.

Steering Committee Invited Panels

  • Victims and Victimizers: An Intergenerational, International and Interracial Approach to the Quagmire.
  • Radical and Transgressive Sexualities: Dysregulating, Unbinding and the Re-translating of Enigma.
  • Fallen From Grace: Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Wisdom in the Work of Wilhelm Reich, Carl Jung and Masud Khan.
  • A Close Look at Violence: Challenges and Possibilities.
  • From Stonewall to Scruff: Four Generations of Gay Analysts Take On Modern Gay Sexuality.
  • The Body in the Technological World: Explorations of the Interplay Between Embodied and Disembodied Experiences. Race and Racism, Our Past And Our Present: Has Anything Changed?

Special Events

  • Lunchtime film viewing and discussion: "The Mourning After: War Veterans Contribute to Our Psychoanalytic Understanding of Catastrophic Loss and Mourning." 
  • Lunchtime film viewing and discussion: "Psychoanalysis in El Barrio."

Conference Chairs

  • Barry Cohen, PhD
  • Maria Lechich, PhD

Steering Committee Members

  • Eugenio Duarte, PhD
  • Jonathan Eger, PsyD
  • Tom Johnson, EdD
  • Alan Kintzer, PhD
  • Steven Kuchuck, LCSW
  • Emily Kuriloff, PsyD
  • Kevin Meehan, PhD
  • Liat Tsuman, PhD
  • Cleonie White, PhD


The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. is the site for our spring meeting. Conveniently located between Central Park and Times Square, the Sheraton's meeting space and renovations combine to make it the ideal spot for our keynotes, panels and deliberations. Take time to network with colleagues and friends and join us for several unique sessions and opportunities that only New York City offers.

The Sheraton is offering a special room rate of $289 per night single/double rooms, plus tax. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-627-7067. All reservations must be made on or before April 4, 2017. Reservations made after this date cannot be guaranteed at the same rate. Remember that New York in the spring is the start of hi-season when rates go up and room availability goes down.

Crash My Couch Program

This program matches graduate students and early career professionals (ECPs) traveling to the 2017 Div. 39 meeting in New York City with area professionals who are willing to host them in their homes. Guests agree to reimburse up to $100 for the stay to cover costs of incidentals (laundry, cleaning, etc.). If you are a graduate student/ECP looking for accommodations or a professional interested in participating by offering your couch, guest room, etc., email Crash My Couch. Please include the nights you need accommodations (if a student/ECP) or the nights you are willing to host (if a professional).