White Institute in the Community

A number of White Institute members are participating, as invited participants, in the program of the upcoming National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, next week.  As far as I am aware, this year's APsaA program includes more White Institute members than ever before:


Roger Frie, Ph.D., Psy.D., R-Psych is presenting in a discussion group on "Philosophy and Psychoanalysis" on Wednesday, January 16, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  He will address the philosophical context of our theory and clinical work as psychoanalysts. Freud's discovery of the unconscious drew on ideas about the unconscious in European philosophy. These philosophical ideas also form the basis for an alternative view of the unconscious developed by Freud's Swiss colleague, Ludwig Binswanger. Dr.Frie will examine how Binswanger and the traditions of phenomenology and hermeneutics have contributed to the development of contemporary theories of the unconscious. Interaction between psychoanalysis and European philosophy, with particular attention to the role of social and cultural contexts in shaping unconscious life will be discussed.  John C. Foehl, Ph.D. (Newton Centre, MA) and Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D. (New York, NY) will co-chair this discussion group.


Jay Greenberg, Ph.D. is presenting in an Oral History Workshop on "American Psychoanalytic Journals:  Origins and Evolution" on Thursday, January 17, from 9:30 am — 12:30 pm.  He will join with Steve Levy, M.D. (Atlanta, GA), Lou Rose, Ph.D. (Westerville, OH), Alan Barnett, Ph.D. (New York, NY), and Gina Atkinson, M.A. (Los Altos, CA) in reviewing the historical development of several American psychoanalytic journals. The focus of the group will consider how these journals and their editors influenced the development of psychoanalysis in the United States, and in turn how the journals have responded to the diverse strands of psychoanalytic thinking that characterize psychoanalysis today.


Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D. (Honorary Member, White Society) will present at a discussion group on "Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Dissociative Disorders," on Thursday, January 17, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, exploring the interface of psychoanalytic and dissociative disorders theory and practice in the study of dissociation and the dissociative disorders. The presentation of a patient with a dissociative disorder treated in analysis or analytic psychotherapy will be followed by the intense study and discussion of transcripts of a series of treatment sessions, allowing the group to track and explore the ongoing process of the therapeutic work, assess the impact of interventions upon dissociative defenses and processes, and follow the vicissitudes of memory, transference countertransference reenactments, and enactments across dissociated states. Richard P. Kluft, M.D. (Bala Cynwyd, PA) and Ira Brenner, M.D. (Bala Cynwyd, PA) will co-chair this discussion group.


Dodi Goldman, Ph.D. will present to a discussion group on "Fatherhood:  As Generations Speak" [co-chaired by Phillip Blumberg, Ph.D. and Wendy Katz, Ph.D. (New York, NY), who will also be a discussant, scheduled for Thursday, January 17, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm].  Dr. Goldman observes that generational differences entail oedipal struggle.  While each younger generation must learn to tolerate feelings of rivalry, exclusion and difference, each older generation too is transformed as it chooses whether to give way generatively or to respond with hostility and destructiveness. Generational dialogue, indispensable for both generations, is the process by which shifts in generational relations are unconsciously and mutually negotiated. At various points in individual development, doubts about the self rekindle a need for generational dialogue. Clinical examples illustrate the unconscious search for generational dialogue with father and how it might be engendered or thwarted in analytic work.


Darlene Ehrenberg, Ph.D. will participate in a discussion group on "Psychoanalysis and the Internet: Is Cyberspace Shifting Our Paradigms?," as the discussant of a paper by Saskia Hostetler-Lippy, M.D. (Portland, OR), on Thursday, January 17, from 2:00 — 4:00 pm.  Dr. Hostetler-Lippy notes that the Internet is transforming human experience in multiple spheres, ranging from the political to the personal.  So it goes with psychoanalysis, as "cyber-analysis" via Skype® or iChat becomes more common, e-mail exchanges more prevalent, and information about analysts and analysands is readily available in cyberspace. Along with these changes, telephone analysis has become more accepted. These new modalities challenge traditional psychoanalytic assumptions about analytic frame, anonymity, privacy, and the nature of the intersubjective experience in analysis. A clinical presentation will serve as a springboard for participants to explore the Internet's little understood influences on psychoanalytic practice — and theory.  Nancy C. Winters, M.D. (Portland, OR) and Scott M. Murray, M.D. (Portland, OR) will co-chair this discussion group.


Christopher Bonovitz, Psy.D. will present at a discussion group on "Conflicting Subjectivities and Self-Interests of the Patient and Analyst:  Analysts' Vulnerability and Conflict Surrounding the End of Analysis," on Thursday, January 17, from 4:30 — 6:30 pm.


Margaret Crastnopol, Ph.D. and Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D.  (Honorary Member, White Society) will be co-chairs.  This discussion group will focus on ways the analyst's character structure, preferred or comfortable ways of relating to others, life stresses, and theoretical allegiances have significant impact, for better and for worse, on all clinical engagement. Participants will draw on the growing body of literature on the interplay of the irreducible subjectivity of analytic participants as analysts face the cumulative effects of these complex and often subtle interactions between analyst and patient. Clinical material from the analytic work of the co-chairs and/or the presenter will attempt to illustrate the often enormous influence of the person of the analyst on the overall patient-therapist mesh.


Susan Frame, Ph.D. will participate in a discussion group on "Psychoanalysis and China: Psychoanalysis and Culture" on Thursday, January 17, from 7:00 — 9:00 pm.  She will be joined by:  Judith Eckman-Jadow, Ph.D. (New York, NY), Ralph E. Fishkin, D.O. (Philadelphia, PA), Elizabeth Kleber, Ph.D. (Haverford, PA), Kristina C. MacGaffin, M.S.W. (Tilgham, MD), and Elizabeth Ronis, LCSW, BCD (New York, NY)in noting that the influence of a patient's culture on his intrapsychic conflicts can be subtle and possibly unrecognized by the analyst. The participation of Western psychoanalysts in the Skype treatment program of mental health professionals in China creates an interface of two divergent cultures, which can afford opportunities for a deeper understanding of the interaction of culture and psychoanalytic processes. Several clinical vignettes will be presented by China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) members to illustrate cultural issues which have arisen in the course of their work. These analytic developments require careful and tactful responses on the part of the clinician. Such issues can be extrapolated to any analytic situation.  Elise W. Snyder, M.D. (New York, NY) and Lana P. Fishkin, M.D. (Bala Cynwyd, PA) will co-chair this discussion group.


Philip M. Bromberg, Ph.D. is the special invited guest at a "Meet-the-Author" Program event, to discuss his recently-published The Shadow of the Tsunami, on Saturday, January 19, from 2:00 — 5:00 pm.  Deepening his inquiry into the nature of what is therapeutic about the psychoanalytic relationship, he will explore the two interlocking rewards of successful treatment — healing and growth. By being an affectively alive partner who is simultaneously attentive to the dissociated impact of his own enacted participation, the analyst helps decrease the patient's mistrust of potentially traumatizing "otherness" and its dissociated dread of attachment rupture. This in turn leads to both greater confidence in relational affect regulation and a growing ability to safely contain the self-state negotiation of otherness inherent to the experience of internal conflict. In its essence, Bromberg's portrayal of therapeutic action restores self-state fluidity, liberating the patient's capacity for trust without vigilance and permitting life to be lived with greater creativity, love and spontaneity. Melinda Gellman, Ph.D.will chair this event, and Christine C. Kieffer, Ph.D. (Chicago, IL) will be the discussant.


Graduates of the various training programs at the White Institute are often called upon to present their ideas at conferences and in the media. Below are some of their recent intiatives. The names listed in the first column are graduates of our programs.

Sue Kolod, Anton Hart and Joe Newirth

Bucci, W.(Chair), Crisafulli, G., Hart, A., Hoffman, L., Kolod, S., Maskit, B., Newirth, J. (2011, January) Multiple Perspectives on the Treatment Process in a Nine Session Treatment. Panel presented at the Meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York City.


Sue Kolod, Anton Hart and Joe Newirth

Kolod, S., (Chair), Bucci, W.,Hart, A., Hoffman, L., Maskit, B., Newirth, J. (2011, April) Can research tell us which intervetions matter? Panel presented at the Division 39 Spring Meeting, New York City


Daniel Gensler

Gensler, D. (2011, April). Electronic and traditional ways of communicating and not communicating in adolescent psychotherapy. Paper presented at the Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York City.

Daniel Gensler

Gensler, D. (2011, April). Autism Spectrum Diagnosis: The Value of Certainty and Uncertainty. Paper presented at Division 39
(Psychoanalysis) meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York City.