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Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

By Jon Mills
January 2012: 260pp.
Pb: 978-0-415-89885-0: $35.95

"This extraordinary work by one of the most scholarly psychoanalytic thinkers of our time is a welcome and much-needed reappraisal of the relational perspective in contemporary psychoanalysis. Mills brings his rich philosophical background to bear in this detailed and illuminating critique of both the pros and cons of relational psychoanalysis that will be invaluable to those who embrace the contemporary perspective as well as those who find some of its tenets wanting. This is by far the best and most original book of its kind. Essential reading!"

- M. Guy Thompson, Ph.D., Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and author, The Ethic of Honesty (Rodopi, 2003)

This is the first book of its kind to offer a sustained critique of contemporary psychoanalytic thought favoring relational, postmodern, and intersubjective perspectives, which largely define American psychoanalysis today. Conundrums turns an eye toward the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary theory; its theoretical relation to traditional psychoanalytic thought; clinical implications for therapeutic practice; political and ethical ramifications of contemporary praxis; and its intersection with points of consilience that emerge from these traditions.

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COPAT: Committee on Psychoanalysis and Addiction Treatment

Spring Lecture Series: Countertransferential Dilemmas with Our Addicted Patients

Secrets of the Hour: Countertransferential Roles in Working with Sexual Addiction, featuring Puja Hall, LCSW
Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Keeping Your Head When the Patient Is Still Using: Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and the Therapist's Countertransference, featuring Andrew Tatarsky, PhD
Saturday, March 24, 2012 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and see our website for location information.

This will be an excellent, informative program and we're eager for you to attend.

Contact PPSC or telephone them at (212) 633-9162.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center

Presents The Conference for Lifetime Achievement , honoring Frank Lachmann, PhD

Featured Discussants: Anne Eisenstein, LCSW; Frances LaBarre, PhD; and Susan B. Sherman, DSW
Moderator: Rebecca Harrington, LCSW
Award Presenter: Shake' Topalian MA, APRN, BC

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
NYU Kimmel Center, 9th Floor
60 Washington Square South (between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place)
New York City, NY

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Frank Lachmann has been a major contributor to Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology. In their joint work, Frank Lachmann and Beatrice Beebe enriched psychoanalysis by providing life-long principles of the organization of experience, derived from empirical infant studies, offering new ways of understanding and transforming the analyst-patient relationship. Dr. Lachmann has drawn on his love of music to uniquely inform the analytic process. Utilizing master classes taught by Isaac Stern, and the music of Wagner and Stravinsky, he discovered illustrations of cross-modal transfer and violations of expectations. As a writer, scholar, teacher, and supervisor, Frank Lachmann has continued to surpass our expectations with humor, complexity, a depth of tradition, and breadth of innovation.

Lachmann has authored over 100 publications and books written individually and collaboratively with Beatrice Beebe, Jim Fosshage, Joe Lichtenberg and Bob Stolorow. He is the author of Transforming Aggression: Psychotherapy with the Difficult-to-Treat Patient and Transforming Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations.

Dr. Lachmann will present two papers: "Chills, Thrills, Goosebumps and Therapeutic Action," a multi-media presentation on affective communication, and an autobiographical account, "How I Became Me."

Contact PPSC or telephone them at (212) 633-9162.

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