The theme of the meeting is “Psychotherapy with Challenging Patients: Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Silvano Arieti’s Birth”. The OPIFER meetings are open to all members of the Academy, and to other psychiatrists from the USA and abroad. The meeting will be held at the Scuola Normale Superiore. The Scuola was founded in 1810 by a Napoleonic decree. It is located in the center of Pisa, on the Piazza del Castelletto.
Dr. Arieti (6/26/14 - 8/7/81) was a President of the Academy and an Editor of its Journal. He was born in Pisa and attended medical school there, but had to flee Italy because of the Nazis. During his lifetime, he was regarded as one of the foremost authorities on schizophrenia and published extensively. His book, “Interpretation of Schizophrenia,” won the 1975 National Book Award in Science.
Dr. Arieti was also known both here and in Italy as a gifted clinician and teacher. There is a street in Pisa named after him. Academy President Dr. Michael Blumenfield wrote a letter to the Italian authorities in support of the Associazione Arieti’s efforts to have a stamp issued to commemorate the centenary of Arieti’s birth and the Italian government has just announced that it is issuing the stamp in 2014.
Pisa is a beautiful city, rich in art and architecture, and a gateway to Tuscany. October is a lovely time to visit the city: the weather is good, the tourists, few. Below is a list of local hotels.
1) Royal Victoria Hotel Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 12
2) Hotel Alessandro della Spina Via Alessandro della Spina, 5-7-9
3) Bologna Hotel Pisa Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 57
You are urged to register as soon as possible because space will be limited. Since these are uncertain times, the Academy will be flexible regarding cancellations and only a nominal administrative fee charged in the event of a cancellation.