CIPS NewsBriefs - Winter 2023

PCC: Publications, Awards, Important Speaking Engagements

Reporter: Susan Mitchell, PhD, FIPA

In December, The Psychoanalytic Center of California relocated to the campus of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services at 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90034. Our Administrative Office will be located in the Myer Building of the Reiss-Davis Graduate School.

PCC will hold its annual Open House to welcome potential applicants to both the Core and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programs on Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. The event will be held both in-person at our new Vista Del Mar campus and via Zoom. Child and adult psychoanalyst Joshua Durban, FIPA will be the featured speaker, discussing “Encountering the Primitive Mind: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of our Beginnings.” A panel of current candidates from both the Core and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programs will discuss their experience at PCC.

In honor of Dr. Yvonne Hansen, The Infant Observation Committee at PCC is hosting a conference via zoom on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 9:00AM-12:30PM PST: The conference is titled, Moving Forward Between Obscurities and Revelations: Post Pandemic Reflections On The Infantile in Infant Observation. The conference features Janine Sternberg, PhD, reading her paper, “What Prevents Us From Learning? How The Experience Of Infant Observation Can Engender and Develop Capacities Needed by A Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist And Times When This Doesn’t Happen.” It also features PCC member, Persila Conversano, PsyD, FIPA, reading her paper, “An Exploratory Account of the Nature of Infant Observation as a Psychoanalytic Method to Develop Insentient Layers of the Mind.”

On September 17, 2022, PCC hosted a conference on zoom featuring British Fellow and Training Analyst, M. Fakhry Davids, MSc, FIPA, reading his very thoughtful paper, “Reflections on Early Infantile Separation and the Termination of an Analysis.” The paper was followed by a stimulating discussion.

Lisa Hilger, PsyD, FIPA advanced to senior faculty.

Eliane Hary, PhD, FIPA advanced to Training and Supervising Analyst.

Douglas Browne, Emalia Chawa, Roxanne Cohanim, Sasha Ginsburg, Alisa Land, Kristen Leishman, Laura Ruaro, Miriam Saidian and David Solomon were welcomed to the first year of the PCC Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.

Students, Marcella Haro, Amanda Smith Hunt, Kerri Karlsen and Marcia Nimmer continued their learning in the second year Psychoanalytic Program.

A two-volume publication edited by PCC president and training analyst Jennifer Langham, PhD, FIPA is forthcoming in late January from the Phoenix Publishing House. London Kleinians in Los Angeles is a fascinating account of the early days of psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and Contemporary Object Relations in Los Angeles presents the work of current PCC analysts who have carried forward the Kleinian tradition in a variety of ways. The contributors to this volume are Joseph Aguayo, PhD, FIPA, Persila Conversano, PsyD, FIPA, Gregory Gorski, MD, FIPA, Jennifer Kunst, PhD, FIPA, Barnet Malin, MD, FIPA, Chris Minnick, MD, FIPA, Michael Paul, MD, FIPA, Annie Reiner, PhD, FIPA, Jon Tabakin, PhD, FIPA and Frederick Vaquer, MD, FIPA.

PCC Training and Supervising Analyst, Joseph Aguayo, PhD, FIPA has successfully submitted a manuscript to the Routledge Bion Series: Introducing W.R. Bion’s Clinical Work. This book represents part of a ‘new wave’ in Bion studies, one that attempts to integrate Bion’s well-known theories with his actual clinical and supervisorial work, especially in light of much new clinical material recently published on Bion’s international seminars in the 1960’s and 70’s. This book is scheduled to appear in print by the middle of 2023.

PCC Training and Supervising Analyst, Annie Reiner, PhD, FIPA will be teaching a seven-week course for a yearlong seminar in Palo Alto, through PINC and SBCPS (South Bay Community for Psychoanalytic Study). The year long seminar is entitled, Perspectives on Manifestations of the Mind in Turbulent Times: Psychoanalytic Authors Present Their Writings. Dr. Reiner’s course is “The Infinite Mind: Bion’s Concept of O in Theory and Practice.”

Also, Annie Reiner, PhD, FIPA has a new book that came out November 15, 2022. The book is titled, W.R. Bion’s Theories of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge publishes the book in its series “Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis.” To celebrate and discuss the book, Israeli psychoanalysts, Aner Govrin and Sharon Ziv-Beiman will host a discussion and book launch with Dr. Reiner on January 29, 2023 on zoom, 8:30 pm to 10:15 Israel time. In addition Annie Reiner, PhD, FIPA will discuss her new book and original look at Bion on the podcast, ”New Books in Psychoanalysis” with PCC member Philip Lance, PsyD, FIPA.

PCC member and Training and Supervising Analyst, Patricia Antin, PhD, FIPA and David Brooks, PhD, FIPA contributed chapter nine in the book, Body As Psychoanalytic Object. The chapter is titled, “Clinical Impasse: the infant body and the gathering of a soul.” The chapter explores patient misses and reception and the analyst’s capacity to bare the patient’s emotional disturbance.

PCC member and Training and Supervising analyst, Richard Tuch, MD, FIPA served as a discussant to a panel held at the meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in May of 2022 in Boston that discussed new findings in the burgeoning area of Spontaneous Thought. Dr. Tuch spoke about the relevance of such research to our reliance on free association as the cornerstone of analytic technique.

In September, Richard Tuch, MD, FIPA delivered the Scientific Meeting at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. He discussed his paper titled, “The Riddle of God’s Existence: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Faith, Believing, and Disbelieving.” The paper addresses the phenomenon of faith in the broadest sense of the term-something accepted as “true” in the absence of hard evidence to back the claim.

Richard Tuch, MD, FIPA authored a book review of Fred Busch’s book of collected papers, which is slated to be included in an upcoming edition of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

Sharon Neuwald, DPH, FIPA, was a consultant to the Oklahoma University College of Public Health in the work involved in preparing the Achieving a Healthy Oklahoma report, which evaluated Oklahoma’s Pandemic Response. She played a lead role in conducting key informant interviews and listening sessions and writing up results.

The Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Program (ICAPP) of PCC along with the PCC Infant Observation Program are hosting a series of talks via zoom. The series is titled Working Analytically with Young People From Early Childhood to Adolescence and Understanding the Earliest Development of Primitive States of Psyche-Soma. In October, PCC Training and Supervising Analyst, Leigh Tobias, PhD, FIPA kicked off the series with a stimulating discussion titled “Infant Observation and Countertransference.” On February 7, 2023, Child and adult psychoanalyst Joshua Durban, FIPA will discuss “Muteness and Silence in Autistic States” and on May 2, 2023, Seattle Psychoanalyst, Jeffrey Eaton, MA, FIPA will discuss “A Felt-Self: Aspects of Symbolization in Child Psychotherapy.” You can register for these talks on the PCC website.