CIPS Fall 2017

Teleconference Study Groups

The Claustro-Agoraphobic Dilemma – Schizoid Mode of Being

Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW, FIPA

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In 1979 Henri Rey described the claustro-agoraphobic dilemma of patients unable to feel a sense of safety either inside of a relationship or without, alternating between severe claustrophobic fears of being trapped while inside and agoraphobic fears of disintegration when escaping to the outside.

Rey understood the internal damage and devastation inside his patients. He recognized that before being able to address their own psychic issues, some of his patients were first in need of bringing their damaged internal world into the treatment room for repair. He argued this as a necessary precursor to alleviate the burden of guilt and persecution that interfered in their capacity to work on themselves and live an accomplished life.

These patients pose particular difficulties for engagement in treatment, as there is ‘no place of safety’ internally or externally to be treated or depended on.  Rey’s techniques will be considered.

In this four week seminar we will carefully read several of Rey’s papers on the claustro-agoraphobic dilemma, their internal world, pseudo-repair, reparation proper, and the psychoanalytic history of recognizing and addressing the claustro-agoraphobic dilemma.  Clinical vignettes are welcome from all participants.

Excerpts from Mourning and Melancholia (Freud, Roth, Sodre), Melanie Klein, John Milton, John Steiner, Frances Tustin, Harry Guntrip and others may be included, as well as Herbert Rosenfeld, whom Rey acknowledged as greatly influencing his work.

Susan N. Finkelstein, LCSW, FIPA is a training and supervising analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) and a member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR).  She has published and presented on the topic of the claustro-agoraphobic dilemma in narcissisic, schizoid and borderline patients.  She co-chairs an annual workshop at the American Psychoanalytic Association on this topic.  This summer she is a participant on a panel on Claustro-Agoraphobia at the July, IPA 2017 Congress in Buenos Aires.  She also directs the Understanding Primitive Mental States Program in NYC, a study group dedicated to learning Freud, Klein and Bion.  She is in private practice in New York City.

DATES:  4 sessions on alternating Sundays, September 10 & 24; October 8 & 22, 2017.
TIME: 9:00 – 10:30 am (PDT); 12:00 – 1:30 pm (EDT)

The registration fee for the series is $80.00.

Deepening the Treatment

Jane S. Hall, LCSW, FIPA

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Many, if not most of our patients can benefit from intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Deepening the treatment helps them to explore ideas and feelings that lead to self-discovery and growth. How to engage these patients in deepening the treatment, as opposed to the once-a-week counseling they frequently ask for, is the topic of this seminar. One focus will be on strengthening the therapist’s conviction of the value of more intensive treatment and fostering his/her skill in allowing the patient to consider the commitment involved in such an endeavor. Another focus will include listening for transference/countertransference manifestations from the first telephone contact and using the transference as a prime tool as well as other techniques essential to successful treatment.  The roadblocks on the journey of psychotherapy, including the concept of the “frame” will also be discussed, along with shifting the treatment to psychoanalysis.

Jane S. Hall, LCSW, FIPA is a training and supervising analyst and past president of the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS), a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW).  She has taught, lectured and consulted on how to deepen psychoanalytic treatment for the past thirty plus years.  She is the author of Deepening the Treatment (1998) and Roadblocks on the Journey of Psychotherapy (2004), both published by Jason Aronson, as well as numerous articles published in various psychoanalytic journals.  She is in private practice in New York City.

DATES:  3 sessions on consecutive Sundays, November 5, 12 & 19, 2017
TIME:     2:00 – 3:30 pm (PST), 5:00 – 6:30 pm (EST)

The registration fee for the series is $60.00.


Nancy R. Goodman, PhD
Contemporary Freudian Society
Washington, D.C.

Enactments are compelling due to their intimate relationship to unconscious fantasy and the ‘here and now’ of transference and countertransference. This leads us to the living out with patients of unconscious fantasies and object relations configurations. For a long time psychoanalysis considered enactments something to be avoided. This group looks to discover more about the action and interaction sequences that accompany verbal dialogue between analyst and analysand.

The group meets monthly. It is currently closed. Ongoing members must update their status with payments of $20.00 per session by credit card.


Maxine K. Anderson, MD & Marianne Robinson, PhD, MSW
Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Seattle, Washington

This is an ongoing discussion group on the ideas and scholarship of Wilfred Bion, and his contributions to the field of psychoanalysis.

The group meets monthly. It is currently closed. Members must update their status with payments of $20.00 per session by credit card.

If you have questions about either of these courses, please contact Terrence McBride, Psy.D. directly at or 310-208-7274.