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September 2016

Changing Attitudes towards Sex: A Dual Inheritance Perspective

September 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert A. Paul, PhD Charles Howard Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emory University Training and Supervising Analyst, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute Director, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute   “Changing Attitudes towards Sex: A Dual Inheritance Perspective” Prevailing attitudes about sex, gender, and sexuality in many sectors of contemporary society have changed dramatically since Freud’s day. This paper examines the social and cultural circumstances that have enabled these changes and determined the form they have taken.  Dual Inheritance Theory, based…

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November 2016

The Trouble with Ethics in Psychoanalysis: The Analyst as Person and the Ethical Unknown

November 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, Room 331, 12 Executive Park Drive NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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Jane V. Kite, PhD Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute & Society Member and Supervising Analyst, Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis Geographic Rule Supervising Analyst, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute Member, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in private practice “The Trouble with Ethics in Psychoanalysis: The Analyst as Person and the Ethical Unknown” In this presentation, Dr. Kite will propose a different approach to formulating an ethics for psychoanalysis, one that shifts the focus from the analysand’s unconscious to…

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December 2016

Psychoanalysis and Executive Coaching

December 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Derek J. O’Brien, MD Faculty, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute Private Practice in Psychiatry “Psychoanalysis and Executive Coaching” What is executive coaching? What does it have to do, if anything, with psychoanalysis? In what essential ways are they similar? In what essential ways are they different? Can the psychoanalyst’s skills be applied to executive coaching? The purpose of this presentation is to raise these questions and facilitate an informed discussion in the Atlanta psychoanalytic community about executive coaching. Having explored this…

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February 2017

Screen Plots: Analyzing the Use of Pornography in Two Analyses

February 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, Room 331, 12 Executive Park Drive NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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Susan Vaughan, MD Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry – Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital Faculty, Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital Committee Chair, Committee on Gender and Sexuality, APsaA, 1997-2003 Ralph Roughton Award, Outstanding Paper on LGBT Issues, APsaA, 2003 “Screen Plots: Analyzing the Use of Pornography in Two Analyses” Though pornography has always been available, the advent of the Internet has made it easily available and ubiquitous.  Working…

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March 2017

Forgiveness, the Unforgiven, and the Unforgivable

March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Dr. NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States

Donald Moss, MD Faculty, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, NYU Medical Center Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Medical Center Founding member, “Second Story,” a Psychoanalytic Salon Psychoanalyst in private practice After the Offense: Thoughts on Forgiveness Forgiveness and revenge form a commonsense pairing. Each item seems the other's antonym and, as such, each seems to confer a clear meaning on the other, just as, say, black seems to confer a clear meaning on white. When we question this commonsensical pairing, though, neither…

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April 2017

My Conception of the Psychoanalytical Work with Couples

April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, Room 331, 12 Executive Park Drive NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States

Dr. Eric Smadja Member, Societe Psychanalytique de Paris Member, International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalyst in private practice, seeing couples and families Anthropologist, Associate Member of the American Anthropological Association, Member, Society for Psychological Anthropology “My Conception of the Psychoanalytical Work with Couples” Following my view of the couple and the personal introduction of the central concept of couple work, this paper retraces the course taken by suffering couples who finally decide to consult a specialist, a couple’s psychoanalyst. Dr. Smadja will…

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December 2017

George Hagman, LCSW – New Models of Bereavement Theory and Treatment: New Mourning

December 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Dr. NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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George Hagman discusses the multiple sources of the recent comprehensive reconsideration of psychoanalytic mourning theory. In particular Mr. Hagman will discuss his own experiences of bereavement and how as part of his recovery from these devastating losses, he was lead to challenge and revise many aspects of what his calls the Standard Model of Mourning which psychoanalysis has promoted for the past 100 years. In the second half of his presentation Mr. Hagman will lay out the framework of New…

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February 2018

Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D. – Screen-Based Treatments: Better Than Nothing? Routinely Good Enough? Functionally Equivalent?

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, Room 331, 12 Executive Park Drive NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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These critical questions about screen relations based treatments elicit controversial and polarizing answers. Emotions and desires, as well as organizational agendas and the power of personal experience, often overwhelm data and scholarship. Conviction undermines inquiry into what technologically mediated treatments offer, and cannot offer. Nevertheless, psychotherapists still need to make informed decisions about the best ways to use technology, as well as communicate that understanding to patients. This presentation will jump into these conflicts by discussing both emerging clinical and…

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March 2018

Elizabeth Wilson, PhD – A Silvan Tomkins Handbook: On Affect Theory and Psychoanalysis

March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Dr. NE, Room 331
Atlanta, GA 30329 United States
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Elizabeth Wilson is working with Adam Frank (University of British Columbia) on an introduction to the writings of Silvan Tomkins. Tomkins is best known as the author of a compelling, multi-volume theory of affect (Affect Imagery Consciousness, 1962-1992). While this theory has been influential in both academic and clinical literatures, it is not as well read and understood as perhaps it could be. This talk will preview parts of the Frank and Wilson handbook, focusing on Tomkins’ relationship to Freud…

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April 2018

Noelle McAfee, PhD – Politics and the Fear of Breakdown

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Noelle McAfee, PhD is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University. Her areas of research include Social and Political Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, Feminist Theory, and Ethics. She is the author of Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia University Press, 2008), Julia Kristeva (Routledge, 2003), and Habermas, Kristeva and Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2000). Her current book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and the Work of Mourning (Columbia University Press) is forthcoming.  

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