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September 2017 – May 2018, Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOANALYSIS
A 30-Session Certificate Program

This program is for those desiring to learn the basic principles and applications of psychoanalysis. This program will also help prepare those interested in applying to the four-year Psychoanalytic Training Program at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis who do not have training in psychoanalytic therapy.  Applications are due MAY 31,2017.

The program consists of weekly two-hour seminars covering the following topics:
Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Frame of Reference
Analytic Attitude Analytic Listening Character
Concepts of Development
Contemporary Perspectives on Psychopathology
Motivations and Drives Subjectivity and and The Self Object Relations
The Unconscious I: Primary Process and the Internal The Unconscious II: Dissociation and the Relational Concepts of Change
Empathy and Mentalization Transference Countertransference
Psychoanalytic Interventions

The final eight seminars will be devoted to case presentations and will be led by senior clinicians. Class members working in a psychoanalytically informed way will have the opportunity to present cases and clinical process will be discussed.

Calendar 2017 – 2018: Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at the University of Toronto (room TBA) from September 2017 through to May 2018.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,  TICP Presents: Working with the Third in Mind: Finding the Third Between Us
Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.
Innis Town Hall Theatre
University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5


 About the Day: This presentation will juxtapose the intrapsychic idea of reparation, first developed by Klein and based on understanding unconscious anxieties of harming the love object, with the intersubjective ideas of repairing rupture and restoring recognition. From an intersubjective perspective, the “Moral Third” can be defined as a representation of a lawful world in which repair of attachment is possible, in particular by acknowledging the inevitable violations of expected patterns. Acknowledgment of injury and misrecognition thus becom n essential element of repair, developmentally and therapeutically. When repair has failed historically, the need for acknowledgment may be imagined as destructive (destabilizing) to the needed other, who cannot tolerate failure to be good. Thus needing recognition of distress or being injured becomes conflated with injuring the other.  This reframing of Kleinian formulations of complementarity would see enactments as governed by mutual fear of harming. T moral third  might be a way to think about a position from which to metacommunicate about or step out of the fantasy involved in this deep complementary structure: the idea that only one can live

This event is accredited as a group  learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone

For more information please call TICP directly at 416.288.8060 or email info@ticp.on.ca or visit www.ticp.on.ca


Friday, February 2, 2018 – 7:30 PM, MITPP Presents:  SOME COMPLICATIONS IN TREATING BAD FATHERS

Working with fathers can be rewarding, fascinating, and challenging, particularly when they present as “bad fathers.”  Within the dynamic makeup of these patients, there are some common threads. They can present as abusive, authoritarian, and bullying while, at the same time, they experience a deep and pervasive need for tenderness, understanding and love.
Dr. Kahn will share his work with patients who fit this category.  He will discuss the challenges, and struggles with the clinical, transferential and counter-transferential dilemmas they present, such as: How can a therapist interact with these seemingly opposite characteristics?  How can the clinican maintain concern for the patient while being apprehensive about the patient’s loved and hated ones?  He will also discuss how the therapist can recognize and manage these same aspects in himself/herself without becoming a bully to the bully.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will: 1) Identify the transference/countertransference paradigms that arise in treatment with these patients, 2) learn ways to manage and use counter-transferential reactions in this type of treatment, and 3) consider how the losing & recovering of reasonableness in the face of emotional turmoil can serve to propel the treatment forward.
Asher Kahn, Ph.D. Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYU Postdoctoral Program. Faculty and Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Adult Program. Supervisor: Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Program; City University of New York.
The New York State Education Department has approved this meeting for 2 contact hours (CEUs) for LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs and LPs. A certificate will be emailed to those who sign the attendance sheet at the end of the meeting, complete an evaluation and pay an administrative fee of $15. There is no charge for those affiliated with MITPP, MCMH or MSPP.

No registration or fee required.  Refreshments served following the presentation.


Reidy Hall of Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue  (between 79th & 80th Streets)
New York, NY

For further information: email mitppnyc@aol.com, visit www.MITPP.org or phone (212) 496-2858

March 24, 2018, ORI's 2018 Annual Conference, NYC - Save the Date!


Sunday, April 15, 2018 * 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, IEA Open House Greenwich House * 27 Barrow Street, 4th Floor * New York, NY 10014
Faculty Speaker Bonnie Y. Allie, MPS, LCAT, NCPsyA

Hide and Seek: Therapist at Play A brief vignette from a young boy’s treatment will serve as a springboard for thought and dialogue about creativity and development. The story, “A Journey through Chaos to the Land of the Real” evolved in the playground of the treatment hour. Children use play and art to think, to show and tell how they experience life, and to expand and stretch their capacity for being. The playground existing in the mind of the therapist and the child becomes the soil for growth, a place for practicing, working out conflict, for pretending, and for trying on identities and acting them out. As clinicians we often find ourselves lost in the chaos of our work, the latest and greatest treatment method, and the ups and downs of our personal lives. In order to live in the challenging “Land of the Real” we too need playgrounds to refresh our thinking and unwind. Who we play with and where we play nurtures our capacity for creative thought. IEA and the people it attracts, starting with its founding father, Art Robbins, offers a unique playground for exploration with minds from many creative disciplines, some of whom you will have a chance to meet at the Open House. Bonnie will speak of her personal history and how IEA was instrumental in shaping her experience as a student, clinician, teacher, and therapist.

Bonnie is a Creative Arts Therapist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and child therapist in private practice in New York City and in New Rochelle. She has been working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples for over 30 years. She works collaboratively with parents and caregivers as well as with teachers and other professionals. For most of her personal and professional life she has been involved with children and adults on the autistic spectrum. She is a painter and is writing autobiographical fiction based on childhood memories and play. Faculty and supervisor at IEA and NYIPT.

 Student Speaker Althea Vasilas, BA, MA   Alethea incorporates her background in dance, cultural anthropology, and organic farming into her exploration of new relational possibilities that come about during therapeutic process.  She holds a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University, an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University, and is the Executive Director of Orkestai Farm, an Art Farm for people of All Abilities, including people with Autism.  She is currently training as a psychoanalyst at the Institute for Expressive Analysis.  Alethea’s talk is titled: Entering Psychoanalysis through the Barn Door:  How I came from the Field (both anthropological and agricultural) to train as a Psychoanalyst at IEA.

 Light refreshments will be served.  This event is free, but a RSVP is required.  Visit our website to reserve your space online, or email events@ieanyc.org.


May 3 - 6, 2018, 13th International Sándor Ferenczi Conference, Ferenczi in Our Time and A Renaissance of Psychoanalysis, Florence, Italy

May 30 - June 1st, 2018, Annual conference of the international psychohistorical association (sponsored by ori)

October 25 - 27, 2018, Save the Date! IFPE's 29th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: UNSILENCING, Mayflower Park Hotel, Seattle, Washington