Letter from the President

Terrence McBride, CIPS President


Dear Dear CIPS Members,

First, Vice President Andrea Kahn and I would like to welcome you to the latest issue of the CIPS NewsBriefs now in the capable hands of our new editor, Carol Mason-Straughan. Carol is a member of PINC and lives and works in Oklahoma. Since coming on board, Carol has been familiarizing herself with CIPS and the NewsBriefs requirements in consultation with me, Caron Harrang and Claudia Espenazi, former and associate editors. I am impressed with Carol’s astute and thorough effort in preparation for the NewsBriefs, and I am looking forward to working with her on future issues.

Since my last letter, there have been some changes on the Board of Directors. CFS Directors Paula Ellman and Judith Felton have left the Board.. Ann Rudovsky from New York and Debra Zatz from Washington, DC are now representing CFS on the Board. I wish Paula and Judith a fond farewell and welcome Ann and Debra to the Board. Caron Harrang will also be stepping down from the Board as a NPSI director. Caron has been a member of the Board since 2008, including a term as Recording Secretary. She also did an excellent job as the first editor of the CIPS NewsBriefs. I thank her for her commitment and service to CIPS and wish her well. Adriana Prengler is taking her place as an NPSI director, and Joan Hoffenberg has joined the board as the new director from IPTAR. I heartily welcome them both.

I also want to welcome CFS Washington, DC member, Maurine Kelly, as Chair of the CIPS Public Policy Committee. Maurine has a long history with CIPS, having been co-chair of the Clinical Conference Committee which planned one of the Palm Springs conferences some years ago. In her new position as our public policy representative, Maurine brings that same level of commitment to monitoring and advocating on our behalf, issues of confidentiality, professional standards and legal issues that affect us all as psychoanalysts and mental health professionals. Maurine will also be the official CIPS representative, along with myself as President, to the Psychoanalytic Consortium. The Consortium membership is composed of The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, the American Psychoanalytic Association, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association and CIPS. The Consortium was instrumental in the establishment of the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education, Inc. (ACPE), which is moving toward becoming our official accrediting body through the U.S. Department of Education. Maurine will be a worthy representative.

To date, CIPS has conducted three rounds of board certification. Our thanks go to Board of Certification Co-chairs Charles Spezzano (PINC) and Jeanette Gadt (PCC), and to board members Joann Turo (CFS), Danielle Knafo (IPTAR), Michael Diamond (LAISPS), and Robert Oelsner (NPSI). So far, we have 169 board certified members. Another period for certification applications will be scheduled in the Fall, 2018. Watch for an announcement for anyone who wishes to apply.

I’m happy to announce that the membership Roster on the CIPS website is in the process of being completed. Check it out to make sure your information is correct and let me know if it is not. I also urge you to look at the other features on the website to familiarize yourself with its format and content. The website address is www.cipsusa.org. There is a wealth of information contained on the website which you will find to be very helpful.

One of the features under Scholarly Life tab on the website is the teleconference seminars. At present, we are offering two courses in the Fall:

“Beyond Certainty: Psychoanalytic Interactions with Patients who Identify as Transgender and/or Gender Non-Binary,” to be taught by IPTAR members Brian Kloppenberg and Yukari Yanagino.

“Construction of the Frame: a Discussion of Psychosis in the Analytic Situation,” with CFS members Debra Gill and Nancy Cromer-Grayson.

You will receive an email blast soon announcing the exact dates, Both courses are concerned with contemporary issues and offer original and creative course content.

The CIPS Book Series, The Boundaries of Psychoanalysis, has recently published two books through Karnac:
Stalker, Hacker, Voyeur, Spy: A Psychoanalytic Study of Erotomania, Voyeurism, Surveillance and Invasion of Privacy, by Helen K. Gediman. Helen’s book has just received a favorable review in the most recent issue of JAPA.

Critical Flicker Fusion: Psychoanalysis at the Movies, by William Fried.

These books, as well as other previous publications, are available for purchase on the CIPS website. Incidentally, for your information, KARNAC has been bought out by Routledge. Routledge will continue to publish CIPS books under our existing contract, but certain details of the contract still need to be worked out.

The biennial CIPS Clinical Conference was postponed this year due to scheduling conflicts. The next conference will be held in New York City in May, 2019. IPTAR’s Randi Wirth is doing her usual masterful job of planning and coordinating the conference. The theme of the conference, the invited panel and the dates will be forthcoming and you will be notified in plenty of time to register.

Finally, the nominations and election of a President-elect and Vice President-elect is now in process. These are for the 2019 – 2021 terms, scheduled to begin on June 30, 2019. When you receive your ballot, please vote and support the new officers in their roles as leading representatives of CIPS, our component societies and the entire membership.

As I complete my first year of the Presidency, I want to thank all of the members of the board for their help and support, and to wish everyone a very enjoyable summer. See you in the Fall.

With my warmest regards,
Terrence McBride


Letter from the Editor                                               

Carol Mason-Straughan Managing Editor

Claudia Eskenazi
Associate Editor









Dear CIPS Members,

Welcome to our June 2018 News Brief!

Having just completed my first experience editing our newsletter, I find myself very proud to be a member of CIPS and associated with a wide array of members who are engaged in such generative, thoughtful, and creative work. I hope you will enjoy reading about your colleagues’ contributions to our field as much as I enjoyed compiling their descriptions.

Please make special note of the Committee on Women in Psychoanalysis (COWAP) conference, scheduled for November in LA and detailed below, as well as our next CIPS conference, referenced in our President’s letter and slated for May 2019 in New York. Both will be special opportunities to gather with many of the people highlighted in this News Brief and to participate in discussions about relevant and intriguing ideas.

I want to thank our President Terry McBride, my associate editor Claudia Eskenazi, and former editor Caron Harrang for giving me a very warm welcome as well as generous portions of their time and expertise while I worked to get acclimated to this role.  My sincere appreciation also to our CIPS reporters: Fred Busch (Direct Member), Joe Davis (LAISPS), Lee Jaffe (NAPsaC), Susan Mitchell (PCC), David Parnes (NPSI), Drew Tillotson (PINC) and Randi Wirth (IPTAR).  All gave of their time and energy to keep us informed and connected with reports of the many activities in their orbits. I am grateful and look forward to working with them on future editions. Many thanks also to our special contributors for this issue. Steven Ellman, Bill Fried, Andrea Kahn, Soni Sonal and Leigh Tobias have all added important and much-appreciated information. If others have additions for our next News Brief, please feel free to contact me at the email listed below.

Wishing each of you a safe and lovely summer,

Carol Mason-Straughan




Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR)
Randi Wirth reporting


Alan Bass’ new book, Fetishism, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy: The Iridescent Thing has been published by Routledge. In November he will give the keynote address at a conference on psychoanalysis and political theory in Mexico City.

Carolyn Ellman
Chapter: “Curiosity didn’t kill the cat (how I became a psychoanalyst)” In The Voice of the Analyst, (Editors) Linda Hillman & Theresa Rosenblatt (Routledge 2018)

Discussant for Dr. Bohleber’s paper: ” Embodied memories in dreams of severely traumatized, chronic depressed patients and its changes during psychoanalysis: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber” 26th Annual Day in Psychoanalysis: Dreams, Unconscious Fantasy and Analytic Change” Saturday April 22, 2017 Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall: who’s the fairest of us all?”  Comments on Janice Lieberman’s case. In Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (Routledge, 2017)

Steve Ellman
Presented the Norbert Freedman Memorial Lecture
Presented Two days in Mexico City to the two IPA Societies, Sept 6 and 7
Presented to the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society
Published Review of Holt-Rapaport Letters in TAP
Chapter in the Book Conflict, Edited by Christopher Christian

Geoff Goodman moderated a scientific panel on May 19th at IPTAR titled, “From Practice To Research: Psychotherapy Research Enters the Psychoanalytic Clinic”.
Presenters:  Jacques P. Barber, “What Do We Know About the Efficacy of Psychodynamic Therapy for Specific Disorders?” and J. Christopher Muran, “Plurality and Contextualism in a Psychotherapy Research Program: Redux 2018.”

Janice Lieberman, Author of “Clinical Evolutions on the Superego, Body and Gender in Psychoanalysis” publication date 8/31/18 London: Routledge
Review of Riccardo Lombardi “Body -Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development after Bion” June, 2018   JAPA

Neil Vorus

Recent Publications:

Vorus, N. (2018). Theory of mind and therapeutic action: A contemporary Freudian integration. In Bonovitz, C. and Harlem, A. (eds.) Developmental Perspectives in Child Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge.

Vorus, N. (2017). Kleinian and post-Kleinian perspectives on conflict. In Christian, C., Eagle, M., and Wolitzky, D. (eds.) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict. New York: Routledge.

Vorus, N. (2017). Review of The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (by Susan Kavaler-Adler). Psychoanalytic Psychology 34(2), 239-241.


Discussion of Ronald Britton’s paper, “Post-Klein: Non-catastrophic change,” presented at the conference Revolutions in Technique: On Klein’s R/evolution in Psychoanalysis. IPTAR, May 5, 2018.

New Editorial Position

Book Review Editor, Psychoanalytic Psychology

Randi Wirth served as discussant for the panel “Dependence, Selfobject, and Oceanic Feeling” at the IPA Asia-Pacific Conference in Tokyo.

From IPTAR Member Soni Sonal


Room:  A Sketchbook for Analytic Action is an on-line magazine which was conceived in the immediate wake of the 2016 US election to be an agent of community- building and transformation. Room exists on the interface between the public and the private spheres.  It sheds new light on the effect political reality has on our inner world and the effect our psychic world has on our politics. Like the psychoanalytic process, Room is co-constructed and organic to itself. We don’t know where the next issue of Room will take us anymore that we can know where a single psychoanalytic hour might lead, but as it is with psychoanalysis, our hope is that Room might help us find new ground together. We welcome submissions from the CIPS community. Send  essays, poetry, artwork, photos, cartoons, activities, letters, and thoughts to Roominiptar@gmail.com

Download and subscribe today.  https://www.analytic-room.com/

ROOM 6.18 will published June 2018.


From IPTAR Member William Fried


Dr. William Fried, IPTAR and CIPS member, is the author of a book titled Critical Flicker Fusion: Psychoanalysis at the Movies. It was published by Karnac in November of last year and has received enthusiastic reviews.

The premise of this book is that films, like other works of the imagination, may be elucidated by applying methods derived from psychoanalysis, and that doing so will result in a deeper and richer appreciation of the film’s meaning. The book explores a number of feature films that lend themselves particularly well to this process. Both in his introduction and throughout the text, the author comments on the method and discusses continuities, similarities and differences among the films.

The book is structured according to the central themes of the films, including time and death, love and lust, secrets, and human identity. Some of the films are relevant to more than one of these thematic elements. The introductory essay explores the themes, their representation in the films, and the ways in which they may be elucidated by a psychoanalytically informed critique. Brief paragraphs between the sections of the book facilitate the transitions.

In an appendix, there are three essays titled ‘Mise-en-scene,’ ‘Whatever Flames Upon the Night,’ and ‘Mad Doctors.’ They are relevant to the similarities among movies, dreams and clinical psychoanalysis. From divergent perspectives, they discuss the ways in which acts of representation are fundamentally transgressive and thereby affect alterations in consciousness for those who witness them.

A party celebrating the publication of the book, as well as that of Dr. Helen Gediman, titled Stalker, Hacker, Voyeur, Spy, also in the CIPS series, and published by Karnac, will be held in Encino, CA, on June 16th, 2018, which, coincidentally, is Bloomsday, the 24-hour period in which James Joyce’s Ulysses takes place. There will be good food and drink as well as conversation and readings about film, psychoanalysis, imaginative literature, the creative process, and the characters and events in Joyce’s epic. All members of CIPS and other west coast psychoanalytic communities are invited. The formal invitation will be sent by email.

Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS)
Joe Davis reporting


LAISPS is pleased to announce that Joseph Bobrow, PhD, has joined the institute as a full member. Dr. Bobrow was a faculty member and Training and Supervising Analyst at PINC in San Francisco. He recently relocated to Los Angeles and has already taught LAISPS extension courses, led a study group, and will be teaching candidates next year. His books include Zen and Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation (2010), with comments by Thich Nhat Hanh, Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations (2015), with a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and After Midnight : Selected Poems (2016).

Joseph is also a Zen teacher and the founding director of Deep Streams Zen Institute which offers Zen practice, interdisciplinary education, and peace-building programs. Coming Home Project is a non-denominational service of Deep Streams that, from 2006-2016, helped alleviate the unseen injuries of war endured by thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families and caregivers with evidence-based integrative retreats. Coming Home continues to serve veterans and families with free confidential counseling in the Bay Area, and now offers consultation and training to create environments for transforming collective and individual trauma and foster social change.

In May 2018 Jill Barth, PhD presented her paper “Countertransference Enactments: and Then There Were Three” (2018) at the 13th International Sándor Ferenczi Conference in Florence, Italy. Dr. Barth also published “Countertransference Enactments: Three Times Over” (2018) in L.S Kuttnauer & R. Tuch, (Eds), Conundrums and Predicaments in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. London: Routledge.

Michael J. Diamond has recently published a “fathering trilogy” on the father and father function in psychoanalysis. The three articles are:

“When Fathering Fails: Violence, Narcissism, and The Father Function in Ancient Tales and Clinical Analysis.” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2018), 66: 7-40.

“The Missing Father Function in Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique: The Analyst’s Internal Couple and Maturing Intimacy.” Psychoanalytic Quarterly (2017), 86: 861-887.

“Recovering the Father in Mind and Flesh: History, Triadic Functioning, and Developmental Implications.” Psychoanalytic Quarterly (2017), 86: 297-334.

Two other papers also recently authored by Michael include:

“The Vibrant Challenges of Clinically Effective Psychoanalytic Mindedness.” PsychoanalyticQuarterly (2017), 86: 627-643.

“The Elusiveness of Masculinity: Primordial Vulnerability, Lack, and the Challenges of Male Development.” In H-G.Metzger, ed., Männlichkeit, Sexualität, Aggression:Zur Psychoanalyse Männlicher Identität und VaterschaPftt  (2017). Berlin: Germany, Psychosozial-Verlag Publishing, pp. 35-90.

In June 2018, Craig Wagner, PhD, makes a case presentation, “The Impossible Dream: Freedom from the Bad Internal Mother,” in fulfillment of his application for membership.

In October 2018, Elizabeth Berlese, PhD, FIPA, and member of LAISPS, will be presenting a paper titled “The Ego-Orgasm and the Body Without Desire” at the Twelfth International Evolving British Object Relations Conference in Seattle.

In April 2018 LAISPS hosted a reception to honor candidate, David Hayes, MFT, winner of the 2017 Michael Diamond Writing Award for his paper “Reflective Humanism and Psychoanalysis: Exploring Post-Cartesian Conflicts in Clinical Method, Theory and Epistemology.” The award honors the value and importance of psychoanalytic writing in the development of a psychoanalytic mind. Thomas Helscher, PhD, FIPA introduced the paper.

In January 2018 Joe Davis, PhD presented a clinical training, based on a control case, for interns at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills titled, “Attacks on the Therapeutic Frame.”

During the past academic year the LAISPS Program Committee presented a lively and diverse series of programs designed to explore new developments in analytic thinking.

In November 2017 Aikaterini Fotopoulou, PhD, of University College London, presented “The Embodied Social Self,” a workshop based on her extensive research at the intersection of psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, and neuropsychoanalysis. Dr. Fotopoulou explored how even the most minimal aspects of selfhood – the feeling qualities associated with being an embodied subject – are fundamentally shaped by embodied interactions with other people in early infancy and beyond.

In January 2018 Philip Ringstrom, PhD, of the Institutes of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, presented “A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Therapy,” based on his 2014 Goethe-award winning book. Dr. Ringstrom offered his original model for doing relational psychoanalytic couples therapy which involves a grounded framework for addressing the complex psychodynamics of couples in highly practical ways.

In April 2018 Lesley Caldwell, PhD, editor of The Collected Works of D.W.Winnicott, presented the workshop “Winnicott Today,” which discussed Winnicott’s place in the psychoanalytic tradition, his ongoing importance to clinical work and theory, and her reading of Winnicott in our time.

In May 2018 Marjorie Schuman, PhD, of LAISPS, presented “Mindfulness-Informed Relational Analysis,” based on her work at the intersection of two worlds – clinical psychoanalysis and a Buddhist practice grounded in mindfulness. Dr Schuman shared her understanding of how these two realms overlap and can inform each other as well as deepen one’s clinical work and engagement with the world.

Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI)
Dave Parnes reporting


EBOR 2018, NPSI’s Twelfth International Evolving British Object Relations Conference, titled, “The Body as Psychoanalytic Object: Clinical Applications from Winnicott to Bion and Beyond” will be held on October 12-14, 2018 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Seattle. Plenary presenters for the conference will be Lesley Caldwell, MA, PhD, FIPA and Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA. More information on the conference can be found at our website: npsi.us.com.

Caron Harrang, LICS, FIPA visited Oslo, Norway this past summer and was invited to have dinner in the home of Erik Stänicke, President of the Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society, and his wife Line Stanicke, who is a candidate in training. In addition to a very warm welcome extended by her hosts, Caron found it interesting to learn of the influence British object relations analysts have had in Norway beginning with Klein, Winnicott, Bion, Meltzer, Joseph, Britton, Steiner and others, many of whom traveled to Oslo to teach after WWII.

Adriana Prengler, LMHC, FIPA is chairing a new committee, the IPA Professional Observatory Committee, which was recently created by the IPA Board at the end of Stefano Bolognini’s administration and supported by the new administration of Virginia Ungar. The goal of this committee is to help IPA members and candidates who emigrated or moved and are trying to get reinserted professionally in their adopted countries. The committee’s goals are to examine the transferability and recognition of educational and professional qualifications, monitor professional working conditions in different countries, and offer an overview of internal regulations of psychoanalytic societies regarding the admission and membership of IPA colleagues coming from other countries or from IPA societies with different training models. Adriana noted that “the committee is now consulting with all the IPA institutions to create a list of all those IPA analysts and candidates from the three IPA regions, so we can find out about their experiences trying to re-accommodate to their new societies and new work situations. We will then organize the information so it can be used by all immigrating IPA members and candidates to facilitate a smoother transition. We are also investigating the rules for admission of candidates and members who are emigrating from other countries or moving from other cities. We hope that this committee will help to reduce the number of members who lose their IPA membership and candidates who stop their psychoanalytic training because they needed to emigrate or relocate and didn’t know how to get reestablished and re-inserted into a new society/institute.”

Ladson Hinton, MA, MD has written a chapter for a forthcoming book, entitled, Philosophizing Jung, edited by Jon Mills, to be published by Routledge. The title of his chapter is, “Jung, Time & Ethics.

Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA served as one of three discussants at the NAPsaC Clinical Workshop (Saturday, February 17, 2018; 2-4 pm) during APsaA’s Annual Winter Meeting in New York, NY. Drew Tillotson, PhD, FIPA (PINC) chaired the workshop and Randi Wirth, PhD, FIPA (IPTAR) served as clinical material reader. The other two discussants were NAPsaC’s current President Lee Jaffe, PhD, FIPA (APsaA) and Louis Brunet PhD, FIPA (Canadian Psychoanalytic Society).

In October, Jeff Eaton, LMHC, FIPA was the Visiting Guest Lecturer for the Australian Psychoanalytic Society in Melbourne. He worked with the analysts and candidates over a week, presenting seven papers including a tribute to Neville Symington, who was honored at age 80 for his contributions. Jeff also spent a day doing clinical seminars for the Gunawirra Foundation in Sydney on the treatment of at-risk children.

Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA and Barbara Sewell, MA, MFC, MDIV, MRE, MIPA were the presenters for the October 18th NPSI Scientific Meeting. They presented the film, “Observation Observed”, a BBC’s documentary recording of the teaching process of Infant Observation at the Tavistock Clinic in London. The film follows the lives of infants and their observers over a two year period.

Connie Sais, MA, LMHC received this year’s NPSI Outstanding Community Member Service Award, for her work as Recording Secretary for the Education Committee. The purpose of this annual service award founded in 2013 is to recognize and honor an individual who has demonstrated professionalism, dedication, creativity, and leadership in donating their time and services to the organization.

On March 21st, Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA presented a paper entitled, “When the Body is a Clinical Fact.” His presentation was part of a series of presentations being offered by NPSI, in preparation for our EBOR 2018 Conference on “The Body as Psychoanalytic Object: Clinical Applications from Winnicott to Bion and Beyond” (October 12-14, 2018). In his presentation, Robert suggested that a skilled and detailed observation of the totality of the patient’s presentation in the analytic hour may enable both analyst and patient to gain insight into the underlying psycho-somatic dramas, transference and countertransference being the medium in which unconscious meaning emerges. The unveiling of hidden or barely formed representations, Robert argued, frees up the body from the burden of symptoms and furthers the development of the thinking mind.

On April 18th, Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA facilitated a discussion of two pivotal papers by Donald Winnicott: “Mind and its relation to Psyche-Soma” (1954) and “Dependence in Infant-Care, in Child-Care and in the Psycho-Analytic Setting” (1963). Her presentation was part of a series of presentations being offered by NPSI, in preparation for our EBOR 2018 Conference on “The Body as Psychoanalytic Object: Clinical Applications from Winnicott to Bion and Beyond” (October 12-14, 2018).

Robert Oelsner, MD, FIPA was the discussant for a paper presented by Daniel Brown, MA, LMHC titled, “The Destructive Power of Psychotic Features.” This April 21st presentation, offered by Seattle’s Center for Object Relations (COR), focused on the ongoing clinical work with a patient who has fluctuating homicidal and suicidal ideation, command hallucinations and powerful paranoia, and emphasized the development of the capacity to understand and work with psychotic experiences that are hidden from both patient and therapist by using transference/counter-transference dynamics.

Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC)
Susan Mitchell reporting


PCC welcomed five candidates to the core training program; Erin Amini, LMFT, Natalie Hansen, PhD, Yana Sercarz, LMFT, Jason Snyder, LMFT and Joseph Turner, PsyD.

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program has nine members this year and is currently taking applications for the 2018-2019 year. Please contact the PCC office for more information.

PCC held it’s Open House on March 11, 2018 at the PCC Conference Center. Leigh Tobias, PhD, FIPA, PCC President, presented, “The Door to the Unconscious World: Verbal and Non-Verbal Unconscious in Psychoanalysis.”

In June PCC will welcome the new leadership of David Brooks, PhD, FIPA as Dean and Jennifer Langham, PhD, FIPA President.

David Brooks, PhD, FIPA also advanced to Senior Faculty.

Briar Flicker-Grossman, PsyD, FIPA and David Goldstein, PhD, FIPA have completed training and advanced to member status.

On February 24, 2018, the 8th Annual Bion Conference took place at the PCC Conference Center from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. The conference featured Israeli Psychoanalyst, Ofra Eshel, PsyD, FIPA. She presented two papers, “The Vanished Last Scream” and “From Extension to Revolutionary Change in Clinical Psychoanalysis: The Radical Influence of Bion and Winnicott.”

In the afternoon Dr. Eshel supervised PCC Member, David Brooks, PhD, FIPA, in a Master Class for PCC members and candidates.

A Faculty dinner to honor Ofra Eshel, PsyD, FIPA was held in the evening following the conference.

ICAPP (Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Program) held a series of talks at the PCC Classroom throughout the year. In October 2017, post seminar candidate, Patricia O’Brien, PhD, presented her analytic work with a 3½ year-old child who incurred catastrophic trauma in her first years of life. On January 16, 2018, Lee Herzog, PsyD, FIPA presented a psychoanalytic psychotherapy case with a 17 year-old high functioning “autistic” female who suffered early life trauma. On May 15, 2018 Persila Conversano, PsyD, FIPA, presented her psychoanalytic psychotherapy work with a 2½ year-old boy who had severe temper tantrums, eating and sleeping difficulties.

Albert Mason, MB, BS, PsyD, FIPA, on December 2-3, 2017, participated in the Anxiety, Dread and Fear Conference at University College in London, England. The title of his presentation was “The Internal World of Terror.”

Albert Mason, MB, BS, PsyD, FIPA, contributed significant material to the chapter titled, “Withstanding the Patient’s Demand for Answers” in the recently published book, Conundrums and Predicaments in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, edited by   Richard Tuch, MD, FIPA, and published by Routledge.

David Brooks, PhD, FIPA, contributed the chapter titled, “The Barbed-Wire Hole of Despair: Retreat for Aesthetic Conflict” in the forthcoming book, Aesthetic Conflict and It’s Clinical Relevance” edited by Meg Harris Williams. The book will be coming out in June, 2018.

Patty Antin, PhD, FIPA and David Brooks, PhD, FIPA, will be co-presenting their paper “Clinical Impasse, the Infant Body and the Gathering of a Soul” at the 12th Annual Evolving British Object Relations Conference in October, 2018, in Seattle, Washington.

PCC candidate Philip Lance, PhD, is co-host of a podcast named “New Books in Psychoanalysis.” He recently interviewed PCC member Richard Tuch, MD, FIPA about his new book, Psychoanalytic Method in Action.

A Clinical Café was held at the PCC classroom on April 28th, 2018 featuring PCC member, Julie McCaig, PhD, FIPA. The talk titled, “Somatic and Preverbal Experience: From Perinatal States of Mind to Object Relations,” discussed Dr. McCaig’s clinical work with a non-verbal adult and the ways in which infant observation informed her.

On May 20th, 2018, PCC and the New Center co-hosted a book launch for PCC member Desy Safan-Gerard, PhD, FIPA, celebrating her two new books, Layers Within and Chaos and Control: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Unfolding Creative Minds.

On June 2, 2018 the 29th Annual Melanie Klein Conference, On Adolescence: Inside Stories, will feature British Psychoanalyst Margot Waddell, PhD, FIPA. Dr. Waddell will present two papers, “A Mind of One’s Own” and “The Psychodynamics of Bullying.” The conference will be held at the PCC Conference Center from 9:00 am to 4pm.

On June 3, 2018 Margot Waddell, PhD, FIPA, will supervise David Goldstein, PhD, FIPA, in a Master Class for members. She will also supervise Helaine Ross, MFT, in a Master Class for candidates.

A dinner honoring Margot Waddell, PhD, FIPA, will take place Saturday following the conference.

On November 9, 2018, PCC, LAISPS, NCP and the Committee on Women in Psychoanalysis will present COWAP LA 2018, a conference entitled Psychic Survival in the Face of Misogyny: The Dialectic Between the Internal and External Glass Ceiling. PCC member, Andrea Kahn, PhD, FIPA, will chair the conference that will be held at the Luxe Hotel in West Los Angeles. Virginia Unger, MD, FIPA, the first female president of the IPA will be the keynote speaker. She will be joined by executive producer, Susan Zirinsky, Adrienne Harris, PhD, FIPA, and former MTV president, Stephen Friedman, to explore misogyny and focus a lens on the glass ceiling. Maureen Murphy, PhD, FIPA from PINC, will lead the Friday evening panel.

Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)
Drew Tillotson reporting


Second Friday series with Jed Sekoff, PhD and Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW
True Detectives:  Television, Crime Stories and the Psychoanalytic Imagination
This program applies a psychoanalytic lens to the genre of ‘detective narratives’ in order to investigate the clash of malevolent upheaval with the forces of rationality and order.

Visiting Scholar Jack Foehl, PhD
Psychoanalytic Process as a Field of Experience:  Sensory Transformations in the Clinical Hour
Dr. Foehl lays out the implications of a phenomenological perspective where mind/subject and world are “given at one stroke,” part of the same emergent field, where change takes place through transformations in experience.

Neuropsychoanalysis with Stephen Kosslyn, PhD, Charles Fisher, MD and Maggie Zellner, PhD
Beyond Words:  The Creation and Power of Mental Images
Using seminal research and clinical examples, this program examines mental images from two perspectives: objectively, as neuroscientists study their creation in the brain, and subjectively, as they are experienced in the therapeutic hour.

Neuropsychoanalysis with Maggie Zellner, PhD
Exploring the Neuropsychoanalytic Foundations of Attachment
This ten-week seminar studies the neural mechanisms underlying secure attachment in the first years of life, and the dysregulations that correlate with insecure attachments. Topics include the neurophysiology involved in the development of a sense of safety, the origins of theory of mind, and the early roots of object relations.

PINC Symposium with Renee Lertzman, PhD
Environmental Melancholia:  Psychoanalysis for a Warming Planet
Bridging psychoanalytic research and environmental work, Dr. Lertzman presents her pioneering ideas regarding the role that both psychoanalytic thought and its practitioners have in meeting our most severe ecological crises.

South Bay Monthly Reading Group
This on-going reading group does close readings and some discussion of key papers in the contemporary psychoanalytic literature which focus on both theory and technique as illustrated through case material in the readings.

Second Friday Series with Victor Bonfilio, JD, PhD and Scott Perna, PsyD
Black Mirror:  The Entire History of You
In this program, we screen a provocative episode of the series Black Mirror and explore themes such as:  the corroding effects of jealousy; the need to forget; the concretization of our mental states; as well as the influence of technology on our emotional and cultural lives.

Focus On with Cynthia Colvin, PhD and Zara Zimbardo
Putting Whiteness on the Couch
In this four-week class, we set out to explore issues of whiteness as it is produced and maintained historically, personally, socially and historically. This course engages multiple processes to make whiteness more conscious, visible and a site of critical inquiry for knowledge and change.

South Bay Community for Psychoanalytic Studies with Dennis Facchino, PhD
Group Relations Seminar
Using the model developed by Bion and expanded upon by the London Tavistock Institute, this three-week seminar seeks to understand the process within groups that focuses on the individual only through consideration of what the person might be holding on behalf of the group.

Candidate Graduation Papers:
When Half Becomes Whole:  Mixed Race and Revitalizing the Self through Destruction
Addiction and Loss:  Saying Goodbye to your Analyst

PINC Symposium:
A Psychoanalyst for the 21st Century:  Candidates in Conversation about Analytic Identity in a Rapidly Changing World
This roundtable discussion of PINC candidates addresses issues facing current analysts-in-training including marginalization, development of unique analytic identity, shame, and a necessary de-idealization of the field in confronting the history of exclusionism, elitism, and narcissism in psychoanalysis.

Second Friday series with Irina Paperno, PhD and Deborah Melman, PhD
When Thinking Gets in the Way of Thinking – or – How to get Lost in Literature
This program explores the phenomenon of “getting lost in a story” and how our view of the literary text is impacted by our theoretical ideas, our unconscious, our thoughts, cultural signifiers and our desire to see beyond what is there.

PINC Symposium: Mary Tennes, PhD, Charles Dithrich, PhD and Karen Peoples, PhD
Fate, Brokenness and Beauty:  Unconscious Psychoanalytic Themes
Freud wrestled with the territory of the ineffable and the inexplicable. This program takes up some of the unconscious themes within psychoanalytic thought – questions of fate, surrender, transience, brokenness, and beauty – and explore the reasons for Freud’s trepidation, seen not only as his personal resistance to the “oceanic” but as a reflection of our collective difficulty opening to the other, the “not-I”, the feared, and the longed for.

Visiting Scholar:  Jeanne Wolff-Bernstein, PhD
The Foreign that Resides Inside
Reviewing Freud’s and Lacan’s writings, this program explores the foreigner or foreignness that resides on the inside. The seminar explores the different renderings that lead us to that unconscious that governs us like an, “internal foreign country,” but one that we are consistently compelled to project outside of us.

International Visiting Scholar Week:  Michael Parsons
Psychoanalysis, Art and the Vale of Soul-making with Michael Parsons
This program explores the analytic project of finding an attentive stillness in the analyst’s mind in order to facilitate the patient’s associative process. Using images of artistic masterworks, Dr. Parsons explores the quality of “presence” that underlies the mental freedom and psychic complexity that supports the analytic process.

Mental Freedom and Psychic Growth with Michael Parsons
In this day-long event, Dr. Parsons describes the internal analytic setting and elaborates Bion’s concepts of analytic reverie and dream-work, helping to extend the reach of analytic work into diverse settings and populations. In keeping with the Independent Tradition, he takes us into the core of what it means to be truly present in the therapeutic encounter.

Candidate Graduation paper:
Finding Freedom:  Exploring the Relationship with Agency, Motility and Aggression


From Direct Member Fred Busch



Busch, F. (2017) Discussion of the case of Bento. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 98:1423-1431

Busch, F. (2018) Searching for Reverie.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis. (In Press).


Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Spring 2017, Busch, F. Visiting Professor

“The Joy of Finding out Really Awful and Terrible Things about Oneself”. Presentation to:  University of Michigan’s Psychiatry Department; Grand Rounds at Henry Ford Hospital and Michigan State University Residency program.

“The Memory Keeper”, Birmingham Clinic.

“Transforming the Countertransference into Useable Form”. Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.

Meetings of the International Psychoanalytic Association. Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 2017.

Busch, F. Moderator:  Panel on “The Role of Intimacy in Clinical Situations” with V. Ungar, S. Bolognini, and C. Eizirik.

Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.  November 2017

Busch, F. “The Search for Reverie”.

Meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  February 2018.

Busch, F.  “Conversation with a Distinguished Analyst”.


North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC)
Lee Jaffe reporting


The mission of NAPsaC continues to be to promote cooperation amongst all the North American IPA societies, and until there is an Asian IPA region, several Asian IPA societies are included as well. The current Executive Committee of NAPsaC includes Drew Tillotson (PINC) as Vice President, Caron Harrang (NPSI) as Secretary and Sandra Borden (APsaA) as Treasurer, in addition to myself being the NAPsaC President for the American Psychoanalytic Association or APsaA (based on a rotation amongst the component groups of NAPsaC).  In June, when I become President of APsaA, with the support of the NAPsaC Board and ExCom, Robin Deutsch from San Francisco will complete my APsaA appointment as NAPsaC President, as I will become the ex officio APsaA representative to NAPsaC Board.

The NAPsaC website is currently being redesigned with new links to: all member organizations (societies), bylaws, Board meeting minutes, NAPsaC history, the find an analyst directory, outreach efforts, and an IPA centennial film where you can hear Freud speaking (in English!).  Work is also under way to maintain a calendar of current and upcoming psychoanalytic meetings.  The old website can still be viewed at: https://napsac.info/

Due to nominal yearly dues ($5 per member) and funding, the NAPsaC Program Committee is continuing to offer Clinical Workshops to other psychoanalytic organizations for inclusion in their professional meetings.  For example, at the recent meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association there was a NAPsaC Clinical Workshop on Saturday, February 17 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Chair: Drew Tillotson, PsyD (San Francisco, CA), Presenter: Louis Brunet, PhD  (Montreal, Canada), Discussants: Caron Harrang, LICSW  (Seattle, WA), Nancy Winters, MD (Portland, OR) and Reader: Randi E Wirth, PhD (New York, NY).  Similar workshops were included in the recent IPA Congress.  These workshops create an opportunity to look at the functioning of our analytic minds in real time with clinical material not previously reviewed by the discussants or audience.

NAPsaC will continue to advance a mission of coordination and cooperation in North America. In the IPA, NAPsaC is now getting recognition alongside the regional associations of Europe and Latin America.  To this end, NAPsaC was included in the IPA Congress meetings in Argentina this past July, ending with an opportunity for me to speak along with the other regional presidents as NAPsaC President during the closing ceremony of the Congress, which was a great opportunity to let everyone know who we are.

At this time, to advance NAPsaC I have formed a Task Force to explore intra-regional collaboration, to develop our ways of working together in our region for the future of psychoanalysis.  North America is a unique region having APsaA with 39 societies and 32 institutes, the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society or CPS with 7 branches, and the 6 separate independent direct IPA societies that comprise CIPS (although in NAPsaC they are represented individually).  This TF is coming up with creative ways for NAPsaC to collaborate as a regional organization.

We will also have a change in leadership at the end of June this year.  As I will be the incoming president of APsaA and will remain on the NAPsaC Board in that position, Robin Deutsch will be taking over my position in NAPsaC.  She has a long history of leadership with IPSO, the IPA, and locally in San Francisco, and she is already involved with NAPsaC.  We expect a smooth transition and feel fortunate to have her on board.

One last word; please let us know if you are interested in getting involved in NAPsaC.  There is too much work to rely solely on the ExCom and the Board of Directors. More importantly, there are opportunities to work with your colleagues in the North American region and around the world. Interested individuals are invited to contact Lee at lsjaffe@gmail.com.

Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS)


Unfortunately, a report from Contemporary Freudian Society was not available for this issue.  We have been advised that one will be forthcoming in time for our next issue, so we look forward to including CFS news at that time.

Committee on Women in Psychoanalysis (COWAP) LA
November 9-10, 2018
Andrea Kahn reporting


#MeToo. #TimesUp. Two trending topics that demonstrate misogyny have never been more relevant or addressed so directly in history. In every corner of society, in every industry from Hollywood to corporate America, on social media and in the mouths of our politicians, celebrities and activists—the way women are treated has risen to the forefront. But an underexplored aspect of this national moment has been the psychological effects of misogyny, and how it contributes to the phenomenon of the internal glass ceiling.

This November, a consortium of psychoanalytic institutes will unite for a conference addressing this extremely relevant topic: “Psychic Survival in the Face of Misogyny: The dialectic between the internal & external glass ceiling.” Attendees will be treated to an incredible panel of guest speakers, including Virginia Ungar, the first female president of the IPA; legendary television producer Susan Zirinsky; revered psychoanalyst Adrienne Harris; and former president of MTV Stephen Friedman. Maureen Murphy (PINC) will direct the Friday evening panel.

The mounting committee is led by CIPS Vice President Andrea Kahn (COWAP Committee on Women in Psychoanalysis member), in coordination with Leigh Tobias (PCC), Lisa Halotek and Beth Kalish (LAISPS), Maureen Murphy (PINC), Randi Wirth (IPTAR) and Susan Donner and Michele Gomes (NCP – APSaA). The committee enthusiastically invites all CIPS members to participate in this fascinating COWAP LA conference, November 9th-10th at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Please reach out to info@cowapla.com with any questions and feel free to share with your colleagues and friends in the psychology and psychoanalytic communities!

Tickets: https://cowapla.eventbrite.com

In Memory of Dr. Albert Mason
From Leigh Tobias (PCC)

May 18, 2018

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Dr. Albert Mason died unexpectedly in hospital after a brief illness on Wednesday, May 16th.

Dr. Mason has been one of the pillars of our world-wide psychoanalytic community.  He was a tireless teacher, supervisor, analyst and mentor to hundreds in our field, specializing particularly in Kleinian thought.  He helped bring British Object Relations to Los Angeles, and helped to establish the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC).  He also helped to extend British Object Relations from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and beyond. He was a sought-after teacher; he wrote numerous articles and has two books awaiting publication.  His vigor and insight was palpable and clear, making this sudden loss especially difficult to digest.  We will miss him dearly and will honor his memory always.


Leigh Tobias, PhD, FIPA
President, the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Los Angeles.

In Memory of Dr. Albert Mason
From Steven Ellman (IPTAR)

My note about Albert Mason is a personal one and I share all that Leigh Tobias wrote about Albert.

I called Albert last Wednesday. I wondered why he had not returned my call and learned from Jim Gooch that he had died.   As I am sure is true of anyone who knew Albert his passing is a profound loss. Albert was a wonderful friend and we were part of the group that began CIPS. Bert Freedman and Jean Sanville were the first co-chairs of CIPS and then Albert and I followed as co-chairs of CIPS. We were known affectionately as the odd couple and we were a couple on the House of Delegates and then the IPA Board. He was an incredible friend, always supportive while at the same time providing honest critiques that were inevitably helpful. We were developing an identity in the IPA (for CIPS) and his humor and eloquence helped us gain respect for our new organization. I was the first President of CIPS and Albert and Jim Gooch were always there when I needed help or advice. I of course have left out for the last, the fact that everyone I knew wanted to have dinner with Albert. He was the supreme raconteur. He was terribly funny and he was wonderful for any diet that I was on, for when we had dinner I rarely finished my food I was laughing too hard–Psychoanalysis was extremely fortunate to have had Albert, PCC was equally fortunate and we were all quite lucky to have known him. You can see some of what I am alluding to by looking at the video that Randy Wirth has included in her e-mail. Our heart-felt sorrow goes out to all of the PCC, his passing is difficult to assimilate and even to believe, since he had an eternal presence.

Steve Ellman, Past President of CIPS, Fellow of IPTARIn Memory of Dr. Albert Mason