Program Chair: Mary Ann Cohen, M.D.
CME Committee Chair: Silvia Olarte, M.D.
Chair of Scientific Program Committee: Eugenio Rothe, M.D.
Modern day psychiatry and medicine are under siege from disturbing internal and external pressures for productivity, efficiency, and cost containment. Some of these pressures result in less time for patients, defensive medicine, fragmentation of care, and dissatisfaction on the part of both physician and patient. Psychiatrists, psychodynamic psychiatrists, and their patients may be most exquisitely vulnerable to these pressures. Clinical challenges are magnified and care of patients compromised as productivity pressures mount. Suicide and other self-destructive behaviors are among the greatest challenges we face. In this meeting we hope to describe the nature of psychodynamic psychiatry using suicide as a paradigm.
We’ve invited submissions that explore and describe the psychodynamics of suicide, its impact, and its aftermath upon survivors, their families, and their psychiatrists and other clinicians. We’ve also welcomed submissions that describe the use of psychodynamics in a variety of complex clinical situations including physician-assisted suicide, responses to incest, other childhood and adulthood trauma, trauma of combat, and issues in cross-cultural psychiatry.
Our goal is to demonstrate the salience of psychodynamic psychiatry in the evaluation and care of patients, in maximizing life potentials, and in the prevention of suicide and other self-destructive behaviors. We hope to explore the impact of pressures for productivity on countertransference and clinician satisfaction as well as patient satisfaction. We plan to use film, symposia, workshops, and an emphasis on interactive participation of attendees to provide a frame of reference for understanding psychodynamics as an essential component of modern day education and practice of psychiatry and medicine.
The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry is an organization that works closely with the American Psychiatric Association, translating the applicability of the concepts of psychoanalysis and psychodynamics into the fields of neurobiology, psychopharmacology, cross-cultural psychiatry, creativity and the arts, and other related disciplines.
Psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychodynamic psychiatrists, psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, early career psychiatrists, trainees, residents, and students.
Members of the AAPDP will be asked to log in. Non members may complete the online form to register. We accept Visa and MasterCard for online payment.
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This form may be mailed or faxed to the AAPDP Executive Office at One Regency Drive, P.O. Box 30, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Fax: 860-286-0878.
Jungian Psychoanalyst Brian Feldman, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research (CPRinc) Conference on February 3, 2013 from 8:15 AM until 4:30 PM at the George Washington University Hospital Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Feldman is a training analyst for the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts and on the training faculties of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis. He is also a visiting professor at the State Academic University in Moscow (Russia) where he directs infant research and infant observation studies. His research is primarily in the area of Jungian Developmental Psychology and he will speak about Developing a Psychic Skin: Implications of Infant Observation Research for Clinical Care.
“Psychic skin” is a term that denotes the psychological boundary between inner and outer worlds. It demarcates a mental space in which an individual may place imagination, thought and desire. Developing a psychic skin is a task of early life. Dr. Feldman will share findings from both clinical and infant observation that shed light on the emergence of primary (healthy) and secondary (defensive) functions of the psychic skin, and show how these findings may inform effective clinical interventions. Using multicultural videos as well as artwork from the analysis of a young adult, he will correlate infant development with adult primitive mental states typically experienced in the clinical setting. Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, M.D., a British-trained psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, DC., will be discussing an infant video with Dr. Feldman. She is the founding chair of the Infant and Young Child Observation and Early Intervention Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
At the conclusion of the conference, the participant should be able to: present examples of the applicability of infant observation for psychotherapy with child, adolescent and adult patients; assess published infant observation studies for inter-rater reliability; relate the theory of primary and secondary functions of the skin to contemporary psychodynamic theories such as attachment theory and object relations approaches; and integrate the concepts of primary and secondary skin into his or her clinical work, particularly with patients who present with somatic disorders.
The conference is hosted by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. Please go to www.cprincdc.org to register. You will also find information about the conference and about cultural events in D.C. during your visit to the National Capital Area.
The Academy is holding its Fourteenth Joint Meeting with the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani Federazione e Registro (OPIFER) in Florence, October 20-21, 2012. The theme of the meeting is ”Multicultural Factors in Psychotherapy; In the Footsteps of Silvano Arieti.” The conference will take place at the former monastery, La Sala di Piazza della Neve, a short walk from Piazza Santa Croce. There will be many outstanding speakers from Europe and the States.
Program Chairs: Eugene Della Badia, D.O. & Kimberly Best, M.D.
CME Committee Chair: Silvia Olarte, M.D.
Chair of Scientific Program Committee: Eugenio Rothe, M.D.
In recent years with the explosion of information in the neurosciences, contemporary psychiatry has made tremendous advances, which has led to a better understanding of mental illness. This biological focus, however, has caused a shifting of attention away from psychological intervention and replaced it with the idea that biological treatment is sufficient to treat mental illness. This reductionism has caused a split between biologic psychiatrists and psychodynamic psychiatrists. This split hurts our patients and leads to less than optimal care.
If we look at the data, current research has shown that psychological interventions can have a marked measurable effect on the brain and can alter the responses of the brain to biochemical factors. We have seen how psychological interventions can improve the outcome of many physical problems. Much of this research is very exciting and underscores the synergistic effect of biology and psychology in our work with patients.
As psychodynamic psychiatrists we can make a unique contribution to psychiatry. Through psychodynamic understanding of our patients we can deal with transference and countertransference problems. We can use our skills to unearth unconscious conflicts that many times sabotage psychiatric treatment. We can teach residents and young psychiatrists to develop an understanding of their patients that will help them build therapeutic relationships that lead to better outcomes. We are challenged do this in a context backed by good clinical research and evidence based treatment.
In this meeting we will explore psychodynamic approaches to biological, social and psychological problems in psychiatry. We will also focus on how current research in neuroscience and genetics has impacted the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
The program for this meeting will strive to present psychodynamic understanding, through clinical material and research, which will lead to interventions in psychiatric difficulties. It will also look at complex problems where psychodynamic approaches in regard to social, cultural and psychological issues help manage difficult situation. Scientific research will be presented on the impact of neuroscience on psychodynamic psychotherapy. Our goal is to show how psychodynamic formulation and treatment are at the core of psychiatric practice. This cannot be done without demonstrating how biologic discoveries have influenced psychodynamic thinking.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, early career psychiatrists, residents, and students.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
98th Street and Madison Avenue
Loneliness is perhaps one of the most painful affective states a person can experience. It is a subjective experience that most of us have, at some point in our lives, had. It may be experienced as an intense emptiness or solitude, an isolation from others both internal and/or external. Or, it can be experienced as grief; a loneliness in the presence of others. It can be also be understood by its duration (e.g., temporary or chronic) or, as Sartre noted, an essential feature of the human condition. Sartre believed this condition arose from conflict between the need to create meaning in life and the awareness of isolation or nothingness in the universe.
Academy Member Dr. Douglas Ingram will be presenting on Panel III: Loneliness /Solitude in the Psychoanalytic Training Process. Drs. Matthew Tolchin and Sheila Hafter Gray are members of the Organizing Committee. The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry is a sponsor of this Symposium and encourages members to participate.
19th Annual Research Conference
Blind Men, Elephants, and Psychotherapy Effectiveness:
How Ignoring Severity of Impairment and Co-Morbidity Skews our View of Treatment Realities
J. Christopher Fowler, Ph.D.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd Street, NW
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc.
A group of eleven psychiatrists, which include eight AAPDP members, will be presenting Grand Rounds in Bangkok, Thailand, invited by the Department of Psychiatry of Chulalongkorn University Medical School. Eight AAPDP members: César Alfonso, Christina Kitt, Luis Garza, Elise Snyder, Silvia Olarte, Christopher Perry, Megan Marumoto, and Wendi Waits, will participate in a three day conference in Bangkok, January 25-27, 2012. The hosting committee includes: Lt. Gen. Vira Khuangsirikul, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Thailand; Siriluck Suppapitiporn, Director of Psychiatry at Chiulalongkorn University; Umaporn Trangkasombat, Director of the Child Psychiatry Program at Chulalongkorn University; Parichawan Chandarasiri, Child Psychiatrist at Chulalongkorn University and BNH Hospitals; and Puchorn Larujisawat, psychiatrist at Chulalongkorn University Hospital. This conference has been organized by AAPDP members Christina Kitt, M.D. and Luis Garza, M.D. Click the below link for the full program of events.
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.
For additional information, please follow the link below.
Psychodynamic Approaches to Treatment Resistance and Therapeutic Obstacles was the theme of the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP). This meeting was devoted to exploring how psychodynamic approaches can be used to elucidate and modify therapeutic obstacles and treatment resistance and to improving the methods by which such psychodynamic approaches can be taught.
Our Opening Session began with a presenation from Dr. Marianne Eckart, one of the Founding Members of the AAPDP. A video of her presentation is below and the transcript can be read by clicking here. Following her talk, our Opening Night Speaker, John McDermott, M.D., presented “The Evolution of Multicultural Identity in Hawaii: Implications for the Future” on Thursday, May 12, 2011.
Our Keynote Speaker, Carol Bernstein, M.D., presented “The Changing Face of Medicine: The Next Generation of Psychiatrists” on Friday, May 13, 2011. César Alfonso, M.D., President of the AAPDP, presented “Psychodynamic and Social Aspects of Altruism - Clinical Implications for Working Through Treatment Impasses and Enhancing the Practice of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Our Preliminary Program is listed below, detailing other exciting presentations throughout this event.
The meeting was held in beautiful Honolulu Hawaii, at the Sheraton Waikiki, May 12-14, 2011.
Click here to view the transcript of the above presentation.
with Phil Lebovitz, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Hosted by the G.W.U. Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
The George Washington University Hospital Auditorium
900 23rd Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20037
$75 general admission
$40 full-time students and active duty military
Morning coffee and pastry and box lunch included
6 CE units for Physicians, Psychologists & Social Workers
For additional information please view the Conference Brochure or visit: www.CPRincDC.org to register online today. The Academy is a joint sponsor of this annual conference - we hope that you will attend!