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 Typically, the speaker presents an unpublished paper or other original material on a topic that is at the cutting edge of modern psychoanalytic theory and technique.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.

Oct 3-5, 2019- The Kristeva Circle 2019 – Trajectories of Psychoanalysis

Date: October 3-5, 2019

Event: The Emory Psychoanalytic Studies Program presents: The Kristeva Circle 2019 – Trajectories of Psychoanalysis

This interdisciplinary three day conference on the work of philosopher and psychoanalyst, Julia Kristeva, features: Iskra Angelova (filmmaker), Emanuela Bianchi, PhD (philosopher), Jill Gentile, PhD (psychoanalyst), and an APS sponsored panel on clinical responses to Kristeva’s case-work with Yudit Jung, LCSW, PhD, Kareen Malone, LPC, PhD, and Stefanie Speanburg, LCSW, PhD.

Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Registration:

Registration includes breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday. Fees can be paid by check at the conference. To register, please send your name, address, and affiliation to Melinda Robb at melinda.robb@emory.edu and include “Kristeva Circle Registration” in the subject line.

Indicate whether you would like:

  • a one-day pass for October 4 or 5 for $130,
  • full conference registration for $250,
  • free graduate student registration (limited number available),
  • subsidized registration of $95 for Emory-affiliated faculty and staff (limited number available).

Dec 7, 2019- Psychoanalysis, Democracy and Human Rights at the Border: Clinical and Ethical Responsibilities by Maureen Katz, M.D. and Annual Holiday Party

Date:

December 7, 2019

Event:

Holiday Reception with a lecture by Maureen Katz, MD

Title:

Psychoanalysis, Democracy and Human Rights at the Border: Clinical and Ethical Responsibilities

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the psychological and social dynamics of the border experience for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
  2. Apply psychoanalytic intervention strategies to immigrants under oppressive social conditions.
  3. Identify three of the social and political traumas that drive immigrants to leave from the Northern Triangle countries.
  4. Describe a psychoanalytic approach to listening to children in detention facilities for evaluating trauma.

Abstract:

At a pivotal time in the history and politics of our country, Dr. Katz provides compelling insight and explores the social, political and historical roots of current migration, the effects on the children and families, and the nature of psychoanalytic ethics in a time of cruel and inhuman actions imposed by our government.

Bio:

Maureen Katz, MD, a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice of adult and adolescent psychoanalysis in Berkeley, California, has written on many topics of psychoanalysis, culture and society. In her writings she explores and conceptualizes the idea of the “ethnic other,” the responses to state terror,
anti- immigration and neo-fascist responses, and gender from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Location & Time:

Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
at 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cost:

Regular Cost-$25
APS Members- No charge
Students-No charge (with ID)
EUPI Candidates-No charge

Payment on site, check or cash only.

Feb 15, 2020- Brief Reactive Psychosis: Evaluation, Engagement, and Implications

Date:

February 15, 2020

Title:

Brief Reactive Psychosis: Evaluation, Engagement, and Implications

Learning Objectives:

  1. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to identify and describe brief reactive psychoses in comparison to other forms of psychoses.
  2. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to identify and explain the current tension between dialogic, psychoanalytic and pharmacologic forms of treatment for psychoses.
  3. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to explain and formulate the proposed response for working with individuals and their families with an acute onset of psychotic phenomenon.

Abstract:

In this presentation Dr. Cornelius will explore the phenomenon of brief reactive psychosis informed by the growing body of evidence that presents a counterpoint to the typical psychiatric conceptualization. Dr. Cornelius underscores the need to discern psychotic expression down to the level of the individual in context of their personal, family and social network to help direct the course of initial engagement.

Bio:

John Thor Cornelius, MD, a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice in Sacramento, trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Society. He teaches in the Department of Psychiatry at UC Davis, and is interested in the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience with the work of Bion, Winnicott, and contemporary field theorists. In his practice, Cornelius treats severe psychic distress, including psychotic disorders, from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Location & Time:

Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association Meeting at JW Marriott Atlanta
Buckhead, Atlanta, GA; Time TBA

Feb 15, 2020- Toward an Integrated Process Model of Psychosis

Date:

February 15, 2020

Title:

Toward an Integrated Process Model of Psychosis

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the evidence of the processing role of the hippocampus in mental functioning.
  2. Describe how the processing and firmware perspectives of psychosis fundamentally differ from hardware perspectives of the illness.
  3. Describe how the firmware perspective of psychosis supports the role of psychoanalysis in the treatment of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Abstract:

Dr. Cornelius explores the hypothesis that psychosis is as an information processing problem centered around the breakdown of neurologic processes that convert sensory input into symbolic memory. In this exploration he endeavors to demonstrate the benefit of the ongoing integration of neuroscience, psychoanalysis and other fields.

Bio:

John Thor Cornelius, MD, a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice in Sacramento, trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Society. He teaches in the Department of Psychiatry at UC Davis, and is interested in the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience with the work of Bion, Winnicott, and contemporary field theorists. In his practice, Cornelius treats severe psychic distress, including psychotic disorders, from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Location & Time:

Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 at 5:00 pm

Cost:

Regular Cost-$25
APS Members-$20
Students-$10
EUPI Candidates-No charge

Payment on site, check or cash only.

May 2, 2020- Lacan’s Objet a (Lacanian Object Relations)

Date:

May 2, 2020

Title (A. Vanier):

Lacan’s Objet a

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants should be able to articulate the implications of Lacan’s theory of desire on contemporary ethical practice as it relates to clinical work in the context of late capitalism insofar as the clinician may be faced with a different range of clinical symptoms.
  2. Participants will learn how language can be used clinically to help client’s gain insight into and transform their position relative to others, and to their objects. Through examples of how object a functions in clinical sessions, participants will learn.
  3. Participants will learn how understanding the place of object a in the transference will increase the skill set of the therapist in using the transference to generate new material for Saturday, May 2, 2020, 2:00 pm. Participants should be able to articulate the implications of Lacan’s theory of desire on contemporary ethical practice as it relates to clinical work in the context of late capitalism insofar as the clinician may be faced with a different range of clinical symptoms.

Abstract:

This presentation introduces a less well-known dimension of Lacan’s thinking in the United States: that of the object a. The function of the object a is critical clinically, in Lacan’s understanding of fantasy, in transference, with respect to the place of anxiety, affect, and late capitalism.

Bio:

Alain Vanier is a psychoanalyst practicing in Paris, a member and president of Espace Analytique. He is the author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture, most recently in English: « Winnicott and Lacan : A Missed Encounter ? », in The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, vol LXXXI, N° 2, New York, Juillet 2012 ; “The object between mother and child:
From Winnicott to Lacan,” in Between Winnicott and Lacan: A Clinical Engagement (Lewis A. Kirshner ed., New York – London, Routledge, 2011) ; « Fear, Paranoia and Politics », in The Psychoanalytic Review, vol 97, No 2, New York, Guilford, April 2010 and Lacan (trans. S. Fairfield, 2000) published by Other Press (New York). He is Emeritus Professor of psychopathology and Psychoanalysis and the Director of graduate studies at the University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7, where he was at the head of the Centre de Recherches Psychanalyse, Médecine et Société (C.R.P.M.S.). Title (C. Vanier): Premature Birth and the Role of the Psychoanalyst

Location & Time:

Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 at 11:00 am

Cost:

Regular Cost-$25
APS Members-$20
Students-$10
EUPI Candidates-No charge

Payment on site, check or cash only.

May 2, 2020- Premature Birth and the Role of the Psychoanalyst

Date:

May 2, 2020

Title:

Premature Birth and the Role of the Psychoanalyst by Catherine Vanier, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn psychodynamic strategies for reducing rate and severity of cognitive difficulties among premature infants.
  2. Participants will learn how work with neonatal units provides insight into fundamental issues of human behavior that can bring insight into treating adult clients.
  3. Participants will be exposed to concrete examples that they can use to develop interdisciplinary strategies in medical settings.

Abstract:

From her extensive clinical experience as a psychoanalyst working with medical staff and parents in a neonatal intensive care unit, Dr. Catherine Vanier discusses and demonstrates how a psychoanalytically informed approach can inform the work and understanding of the effects of premature birth on a baby and their family. To understand the psychological complications of neonatal resuscitation, we first have to try to see how a baby’s psyche is constituted. This leads to questions about the place of the child in the parental fantasy and about the effects of hospitalization on the child at the beginning of his life. Dr. Vanier demonstrates the invaluable power of psychoanalytic thinking as it informs our
understanding of a child’s experience from the beginning of life.

Bio:

Catherine Vanier is a psychoanalyst in Paris; member and past président of Espace Analytique, head L’École Expérimentale de Bonneuil-sur-Marne; faculty, Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association; author (as Catherine Mathelin), Lacanian Psychotherapy with Children: "The Broken Piano » Other Press 1999 New-York, and as Catherine Vanier  « Premature Birth »  Karnak books 2015, Londres.

Location & Time:

Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 at 2:00 pm

Cost:

Regular Cost-$25
APS Members-$20
Students-$10
EUPI Candidates-No charge

Payment on site, check or cash only.

Likened to a punk Restoration dark comedy, Yorgos Lanthimos’s film, The Favourite, features the triad familiar to psychoanalytic theory. But instead of the Oedipal triangle where the father holds the whip, here is a triangle of women acting out their sado-masochistic fantasies: Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough; Abigail, the Baroness Masham; and Anne, the Queen of three nations vying for their own resolutions, England, Scotland, and Ireland. From the music to the costumes, to the cinematography, the film overflows with envy, seduction, torment, and rivalry. But who is seducing whom? And is there any resolution to be had from this triangle?

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

All Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society Events will be held at

Emory Brain Health Center
12 Executive Park Drive
NE Atlanta, GA, 30329

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
melinda.robb@emory.edu.

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


A Screening of The Favourite with Discussion

Saturday, November 23rd, at 4 pm

Free Movie Screening and Discussion by Noelle McAfee: Disloyal Oppositions: Reflections on ‘The Favourite.’

Location

Goodrich C. White Hall
301 Dowman Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322

The location is wheelchair-accessible.

Parking

Recommended Parking:
Oxford Road Parking Deck
Fishburne Parking Deck

There is plenty of free parking available on campus after 5 pm.

More about White Hall
Questions

Stephanie Koziej
stephanie.koziej@emory.edu

Bio

Noëlle McAfee is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University. She has taught and published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis, political theory, feminist theory, and continental philosophy. Her books include Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis (Columbia 2019), Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Columbia 2008); Julia Kristeva (Routledge 2003); Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell 2000); and the co-edited anthology, Democratizing Deliberation. She is also the co-editor of the Kettering Review, published by the Kettering Foundation, and an editor of the feminist section of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Sponsored by
  • Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis, Inc.
  • Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute
  • Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society
  • Emory University Psychoanalytic Studies Program