Sherlock Holmes, Sir Lancelot and the Wizard of Oz represent central elements of psychoanalysis’ past, present and future. These metaphors provide a way of understanding the evolving nature of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Sherlock Holmes represents a 19th century search for hidden truths; Sir Lancelot exemplifies contemporary approaches with their focus on relational experiences; and the Wizard of Oz symbolizes the emerging transformational models in psychoanalysis. Dr. Newirth will use four moments from an extended psychoanalytic treatment to illustrate a transformational model of psychoanalysis and the process of progressive symbolization. Additional clinical material will be used to illustrate the three psychoanalytic approaches.
Joseph Newirth, PhD earned his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute and is a Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University. Dr. Newirth has published articles on comparative psychoanalytic theory, dreams and unconscious processes and the uses of humor and language in psychoanalysis. In 2004, Dr. Newirth received the Gradiva Award for his book, Between Emotion and Cognition: The Generative Unconscious. 2003: Other Press.
The program will be held at the Petite Auberge restaurant and begins at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and the featured speaker addresses attendees beginning at 7:30 pm, with discussion following the talk.