Speaker Series

Each year, our speaker series includes nationally and internationally renowned psychoanalysts, some of whom are members of our own Society. Typically, the speaker presents an unpublished paper or other original material on a topic that is at the cutting edge of modern psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Movie Mania

For many years now, the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society and the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis have maintained an active community presence in the city of Atlanta by organizing movie screenings, followed by discussions with local psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically oriented community members.

Please check back.  More events will be posted soon.

Nov 14, 2020- Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes

Date:

November 14, 2020

Title:

Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes

Lynne Layton Ph.D, Psychoanalyst and Activist

Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis

Abstract:

Beginning with Fromm’s assertion of a “social unconscious” and vignettes from the 50s and 60s that illustrate how clinical interpretations can contribute to reproducing a sexist status quo and particular kinds of character, the presentation speaks to how unconscious psychosocial processes permeate identity formation and clinical work. Examples of racist, sexist, and classist enactments in the clinic and culture demonstrate the workings of normative unconscious processes that sustain cultural and power inequalities. Such enactments are not considered “mistakes,” but rather demonstrate the way identities of both patients and therapists are formed by cultural demands to split off and project ways of being human deemed not “proper” to occupying their given social position. The talk concludes with thoughts about contemporary social forces that contribute to white middle-class subject formation and white middle-class symptoms, focusing again on unconscious collusions that stem from both culture and clinic.

Clinicians, academics, and activists alike will find here a deeper understanding of the power of unconscious process, and are called on to envision and enact a progressive future in which vulnerability and interdependency are honored and systemic inequalities dismantled.

Location & Time:

TBD

Dec 12 & 13, 2020- On the Role of Preliminary Sessions in the Direction of the Cure

Date:

December 12 & 13, 2020

Paola Mieli Ph.D, Psychoanalyst

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association (President), New York

Title:

On the Role of Preliminary Sessions in the Direction of the Cure

Abstract:

Clinical understanding and the direction of the cure in psychoanalysis differ from that of all other clinical practices. They imply a particular way of listening within the framework of the transference. In this regard, preliminary sessions play an essential part: they have the specific function of recognizing the question underlying a person’s symptoms or malaise. It is important to identify the structural question that lies behind the so called “presenting problems” – psychosomatic symptoms, anxieties, inhibitions, compulsions, depression, and so on – and moves the subject towards treatment. Such identification permits the establishment of the appropriate frame or setting of the cure, laying out its possible direction, always unique and particular. The beginning of a cure may be decisive for its ending.

Location & Time:

TBD

Feb 20 & 21, 2021- Dionne Powell – Speaks on Psychoanalysis & Race

Date:

February 20th and 21st, 2021

Title:

TBD

Event:

2 lectures (GPPA and APS)

+ case conference

Abstract:

TBD

Location & Time:

TBD

May 1, 2021- The premature baby and the psychoanalyst

Date:

TBD; May 1, 2021

Catherine Vanier, Ph.D. Psychoanalyst

Espace Analytique, Director, L’École Expérimentale de Bonneuil sur-Marne (Paris)

Title:

The premature baby and the psychoanalyst

Abstract:

Starting from the clinical experience of a psychoanalyst in a child intensive care unit,   we will try to see how today we can psychoanalytically approach the effects of premature birth on the baby and his family. To understand the psychological complications of neonatal resuscitation, which is often a long and difficult process, we first he is constituted. What about the mother-child bond in those cases? Such questions lead to questions about the place of the child in the parental fantasy and about the effects of hospitalization have to try to see how a baby’s psyche on the child at the beginning of his life. Knowing the medical staff is deeply implicated in the life of the premature infant, the presentation examines how anxiety-producing those resuscitations are for all who are involved. The doctors also realize that each body, inscribed in a different speech, is different; that their knowledge, which concerns the organic/biological body in general, clashes against the truth of the particular body of each one of us. Technology here often encounters its own limits and in certain cases, the child’s reaction to treatment escapes all logic. However, doctor’s role is important because we will see how the caring gestures and words that accompany the baby can give him a sense of existence.

Location & Time:

TBD

May 1, 2021- The premature baby and the psychoanalyst

Date:

TBD; May 1, 2021

Alain Vanier M.D Ph.D. Psychoanalyst

Espace Analytique; Emeritus Professor, Université Paris 7 Diderot (Paris)

Title:

Object Relations in the Lacanian School:  Lacan’s objet a

Event:

Lecture + case conference

Abstract:

North American psychoanalysts often believe that the main innovation of Lacan is his emphasis on the significance of language in terms of the “divided” subject and in the direction of the treatment. Yet, this is hardly exhaustive. This presentation introduces a less well known dimension of Lacan’s thinking in the United States, elements of the conception of Lacan’s  “only invention” as he said, that of the object a. We may understand this “object, as the ‘object between the mother and child” which, like Winnicott’s transitional object, is so critical in orienting clinical practice. The function of the object a is foundational in Lacan’s understanding of fantasy, in how one functions within transference, and with respect to anxiety and affect.  Although a lost object, simply as a consequence of symbolization itself, its libidinal effects reveal the psychic space between subject and the investments that constitute the subject’s world.  Understanding Lacan’s invention, object a, will be discussed through clinical lenses and examples. But for Lacan and as is apparent today, the elusive object of desire is ever present in late capitalism, with its “contemporary discontents.”

Location & Time:

TBD

June, 2021- APS Dinner with candidate paper prize

Date:

TBD; June, 2021

Event:

APS Dinner with candidate paper prize

Location & Time:

TBD

Continuing Education Units

The American Psychoanalytic Association will grant CME credits for the listed educational activities.  Our activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACME to offer continuing medical education to physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CEU credits will be provided for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial interests to disclose.

More Information

While we continue to navigate the global pandemic, for the safety of our members and the community, we will meet through online teleconference via Zoom.

For questions about meeting dates, times, locations and CME credit, contact the Program Committee Chairs.  If you plan to attend an event, please send an email to Melinda Robb to RSVP.

Melinda Robb, M.S.W.
melinda.robb@emory.edu.

Kareen Ror Malone, PhD, LPC
kmalone@westga.edu