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The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology in association with The Institute for Clinical Social Work at Robert Morris Center & The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Presents our Annual Conference

The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology in association with The Institute for Clinical Social Work at Robert Morris Center & The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Presents our Annual Conference.


Revenge and forgiveness: Working through the pain and angerJoin us as we explore revenge and the process of working through it including wrestling with forgiveness and reconciliation. International psychoanalysts Tomas Bohm, MD and Suzanne Kaplan, PhD will discuss their research on revenge from a psychoanalytic viewpoint as it pertains to both extraordinary societal trauma, and intimate traumatic injuries such as infidelity. Their discussion includes an elucidation of "the revenge spiral" that makes revenge so potent in all contexts, and the ways this plays out in their work with the revenge and reconciliation dynamics involved in their treatment with couples.

Turning to the traumatic events in Laramie, Wyoming playwright Stephen Wangh, MFA and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Scott Pytluk, PhD will consider events and dynamics from a psychoanalytic perspective as local residents absorbed and worked through the aftermath of the brutal murder of a gay college student by two of their fellow townspeople,.  They will also look at the role of revenge and forgiveness for the LGBTQ communities, including implications for treatment with these groups.

Program Faculty

Tomas Bohm, MD, Training Analyst, Sweden
Suzanne Kaplan, PhD , Child & Training Analyst, Faculty, Uppsala University,Sweden
Stephen Wangh, MFA, Playwright, Co-author "The Laramie Project";Director, Teacher
Scott Pytluk, PhD University Fellow and Faculty, The Illinois School of Professional
Psychology, Analytic Candidate, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis

Program at a Glance

Stephen Wangh, MFA, & Scott Pytluk, PhD.  A Rush to Judgment: Revenge and Forgiveness in The Laramie Project and in Analysis

Suzanne Kaplan, PhD  About the Psychology of the Revenge Spiral
Tomas Bohm, MD   Psychological Aspects of Revenge in Society
Tomas Bohm, MD, & Suzanne Kaplan, PhD Everyday Revenge as  Expressed in Psychoanalysis and in  Couples Therapy Grand Discussion – All Speakers

With the generous support of The Center on Halsted, CAPP is sponsoring a free screening of HBO's production of he Laramie Project HBO production on January 25, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at The Center on Halsted.  

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