Conferences including When Stress Causes Pain: Innovative Treatments for Psychophysiologic Disorders and a new book, Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

New York University Postdoctoral Program & Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) Present:

When Stress Causes Pain:
Innovative Treatments for Psychophysiologic Disorders

Saturday, October 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
New York Academy of Medicine (Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.)

Keynote Speaker: Raja Selvam, PhD

Lewis Aron, PhD, ABPP - Director of NYU Postdoc Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP - NYU Postdoc
Sharone Bergner, PhD - NYU Postdoc
David D. Clarke, MD - Oregon Health & Science University
Mary-Joan Gerson, PhD, ABPP - NYU Postdoc
Alan Gordon, LCSW - USC
Spyros Orfanos, PhD, ABPP - NYU Postdoc Clinic Director
Evelyn Rappaport, PsyD, SEP - NYU Postdoc
Forest S., MA, MS - Boston U.
Howard Schubiner, MD - Wayne State University
Eric Sherman, PsyD - NYU Postdoc
Peter Zafirides, MD - Ohio State University

Contact: Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD


The PPDA is dedicated to educating practitioners about the use of psychotherapy to relieve pain and other physical symptoms.

Images of Women: An International Conference

Presented by The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis of the International Psychoanalytical Association present:

Seattle, Wash.
October 5-6, 2012
(with an optional art salon on Friday evening at the Frye Museum)

Throughout history, women have been experienced as objects of adoration, attraction and horror. This conference brings together an internationally distinguished group of female psychoanalysts to examine iconic images of women in art and literature, as well as intrapsychic images of women in clinical material. We will explore what these images tell us about unconscious perceptions of women, and the powerful impact they have on how women experience themselves throughout the life cycle.

Information on the conference, pre-conference events, discounted conference hotel and registration. There is a substantial discount for early registration; register by August 5, 2012 for best rates.

Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

By Jon Mills

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, PhD, 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.

Order online to receive a 10 percent discount and free shipping on orders over $30.

The Conference for Lifetime Achievement

Presented by the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center

Saturday, May 5, 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

Honoring: Frank Lachmann, PhD

Featuring discussants: Anne Eisenstein, LCSW, Frances LaBarre, PhD, and Susan B. Sherman, DSW

Moderator: Rebecca Harrington, LCSW

Award Presenter: Shake' Topalian MA., APRN, BC

Registration (early registration discounts apply)

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."

Telephone: (212) 633-9162
PPSC website

Groups Offered to All Mental Health Professionals

Susan Kavler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt

  • Monthly Psychotherapy and Mourning Group, with Guided Psychic Visualizations
    First Saturday of the month, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; September - June, 115 E 9th St, 12P, New York City, $130 monthly, membership is limited, but openings are possible in Spetember 2012

  • Monthly Supervision Group with Role-playing and Teaching Clinical Theory
    In-person: First Friday of the month, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.; September - June; 115 E 9th St, 12P, New York City, $75 monhtly. On-going group, open to new members. All mental health practitioners are welcome.

  • Monthly Supervision Group
    Virtual: Via Internet or telephone, second Friday of the month, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; September - June, $75 monthly. On-going group, open to new members. All mentl health practitioners are welcome.

  • Individual Supervision
    Case-by-case, or on-going is available
    In-person or video/audio conferencing

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt is a skilled object relations clinician-psychoanalyst and psychotherapist with over 35 years of experience. She is a training amalyst and senior supervisor, as well as a seminal theoretician and writer. Herthree books and over 60 journal articles and edited book chapters are well known in the U.S. and internationally, as they are related to both theory and clinical work. Dr. Kavaler-Adler has integrated may aspects of British and American object relations theory in her own theory of "developing mourning" as a critical psychic change process.

Contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler at (202) 674-5425, or email.