The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry held its thirteenth joint meeting with the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani-Federazione e Registro (OPIFER) in Rome, November 12-13, 2011. The theme of the meeting was “Psychoanalytic Training Today. In the Footsteps of Silvano Arieti.” The OPIFER meetings are open to all members of the Academy, and to other psychiatrists from the USA and abroad.
The Keynote Speaker was Dr. John T. Walkup, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He spoke on “Challenges of Teaching Psychodynamics in Modern Psychiatry Training Programs.” Other outstanding speakers from the USA and Europe included: Dr. Erminia Scarcella, Academy Fellow and Trustee, faculty member of George Washington University Medical College and Designated Physician of the Embassy of Italy, and Dr. Nisba Husain, Psychiatric Member of the Academy and Sackler Fellow at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.
This was the first time the Joint Meeting has been held in Rome. November is an ideal time to visit the Eternal City; the weather is still good and there are fewer tourists. The meeting venue was the Centro di Formazione of the Polo Didattico, in the Piazza Oderico da Pordenone 3, 00145 Rome, easily reached by public transportation or taxi from central Rome.
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