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White Society Colloquium: Spyros Orfanos, Ph.D., ABPP

Date: Jan 23, 2013 8:00 pm

The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology cordially invites you to the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society 2012-2013 Colloquium Series:


Spyros Orfanos, Ph.D., ABPP: The Return of Athena: Mythology and the Psychoanalytic Imagination


Mythology narratives are designed to explain death, creativity and the unknowable. While in the 19th century the model for myth was science, with the advent of psychoanalysis the model for myth shifted to the dream. This interdisciplinary and multimedia presentation uses mythology, particularly the spirit and art of Greek mythology, to explore some of the uses and misuses of myths by innovative psychoanalysts. The background for this exploration will be the reason and morality of the Hebrews, Muslims and Christians. Central to the matter of mythology is how and why all human beings, male and female, suffer.


Speaker: Spyros D. Orfanos, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinic Director, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; President, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Board of Directors, Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies; Former President of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Psychoanalysis, American Board of Professional Psychology; Author of numerous publications on clinical process, creativity, and culture;  Independent practice in New York City and Montclair, New Jersey.


Discussant: Sarah Stemp, Ph.D., is a Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the William Alanson White Institute, and Supervisor at the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at The City University of New York.


Moderator: Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D. is a supervisor of psychotherapy at the W.A. White Institute, and is Associate Editor of the institute's journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is on the supervising faculty of the clinical psychology programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, and CUNY.  Dr. Mujica is Clinical Chair of the November 2012 International Conference in NYC. He served as President of NYSPA's Division of Psychoanalysis in 2010, and is Member-at-Large for APA's Division of Psychoanalysis.


Refreshments will be served at 7:30 PM and after the presentation. Presentation starts at 8:00 PM.


William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023


There is no charge for this evening but seating is limited. RSVP NOW to reserve a space!


Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this workshop:
1. The participant will be able to appreciate the role played by the use and misuse of mythology narrative in psychoanalytic theory and practice.
2. The participant will be able to explain the cultural treatment issues included in the reason and morality of Hebrews, Muslims and Christians.


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