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The American Psychoanalytic Association gathered over 1,500 people to their national conference to examine issues ranging from climate change denial to modern views of masculinity. Presenters also shared their expertise in addressing social injustices such as the current immigration crisis, gun violence and bullying. Hot Topics also included a seminar on Racism in America addressing our unconscious racial biases and the collective resistance to discussing race in clinical settings as well as a panel on Narcissism & it's Discontents.

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Full Set of all Conference Recordings

27 Sessions as individual Mp3 audio files available as digital downloads or on USB stick (playable on any computer or other electronic listening devices. USB stick delivered via Priority Mail, 15% shipping & handling will be applied upon checkout.




Service Members and Veterans Initiative

Speakers: Harold Kudler, M.D.



Research Seminar: Basics of Epigenetics- The Science of How Early Experience Changes the Way That Genes are Expressed

Speakers: Jennifer Dwyer, M.D., Ph.D. , Hannah Zeavin, Ph.D



DPE Child Congress - Panel on Technology & Screens in the Treatment of Children & Adolescents



Oral History: D.W. Winnicott’s Visits to America in the 1960's

Speakers: Joseph Aguayo, Ph.D., Peter L. Goldberg, Ph.D., Karen Melikian, Ph.D., Nirav Soni, Ph.D.



The Peter Loewenberg Essay Prize Winner in Psychoanalysis and Culture

Speakers: Daniel G. Butler, L.M.F.T.* “Resignation Syndrome and the Psychopolitics of Petrification”



DPE Research Education Dialogue: Another Look at Therapeutic Action and Implications for Psychoanalytic Training and Education

Speakers: John Clarkin, Ph.D, Leon Hoffman, M.D., John H. Porcerelli, Ph.D.



Professional Development: Overcoming Resistance to Identifying As a Psychoanalyst

Speakers: Leon Hoffman, M.D., Aimee Martinez, Psy.D, Susan D. Kolod, Ph.D



Plenary Address: Dr. Anne Alvarez "The Problem of Empty States of Mind and the Uninteresting Internal Object"

Speakers: Anne Alvarez, Ph.D., London, England



Presidential Symposium: Making a Difference in a Troubled World

Speakers: Lee Jaffee, Ph.D., Gilbert Kliman, M.D., Mark Smaller, Ph.D.,

For practitioners troubled by what is going on in the world and in our country today, this session shows how to mobilize your voice in public mental health crises and social mental health advocacy.



Symposium I: The Early Years after Analytic Training: An Adult Developmental Phase?

Speakers: Sabrina Cherry, M.D., Pamela Meersand, Ph.D., Elizabeth Auchincloss, M.D.



APSAA Public Advocacy on Capitol Hill: Civility & it's Discontent

Speakers: Mark Smaller, Ph.D. Peggy Tighe, J.D

Incivility in the political discourse of our government today has increased. In this political climate gun violence, racism, sexism and Antisemitism continue to grow. Presenters will discuss strategies based on psychoanalytic expertise to contribute to federal policy in a productive way.



The Female Gaze in/on the Female Body in Art and Psychoanalysis: The Case of Paula Modersohn-Becker and Epistemic Injustice

Speakers: Sandra G. Hershberg, M.D., Rosemary H. Balsam, M.D.



University Forum: Racism in America III

Speakers: Beverly J. Stoute, M.D., Saidiya Hartman, Ph.D., Christina Sharpe, Ph.D., Carolyn Roberts, Ph.D, Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D

Participants expand our vital discussion of race and race relations in the U.S. Deepening our grasp of unconscious racial bias and the collective resistance to discussing race that impedes clinical work with patients of color especially for white clinicians.



Plenary Address: Dr. Harriet Wolfe "Female Leadership: Fears and Gifts"

Speakers: Introducer: Nancy Chodorow, Ph.D Harriet Wolfe, M.D. San Francisco

the intersection of social gender norms and the disempowering impact of the classical psychoanalytic theory of female development still contributes to difficulties in women's expressing desire, accepting authority and using power effectively.



Child and Adolescent Panel: Can Babies Train Psychoanalysts? Expanding Psychoanalytic Training and Practice by Observing Babies

Speakers: Edward Z. Tronick, Ph.D., Margot Waddell, Ph.D.



What Can I Say? Contested Words and Contested Thoughts in the Present Psychoanalytic Moment

Speakers: Michael S. Garfinkel, Ph.D., Jill Gentile, Ph.D., Bonnie E. Litowitz, Ph.D., Ann Pellegrini, Ph.D., Lara Sheehi, Psy.D



Is Neuropsychoanalysis the New Basic Science of Psychoanalysis? Implications for Psychoanalytic Education and Training

Speakers: Luba Kessler, M.D., Richard J. Kessler, D.O., Mark Solms, Ph.D.



The Empirical Development of a Psychodynamic Treatment For Personality Disorder

Speakers: Nicole Cain, Ph.D., Eve Caligor, M.D., Kevin Meehan, Ph.D., Frank Yeomans, M.D., Ph.D.



Linking Psychoanalytic Models with Community Organizations to Achieve Scale in Responding to Trauma & Promoting Resilience in Children

Speakers: Jeffrey Taxman, M.D., James W. Barron, Ph.D. Steven Marans, Ph.D., Gil G. Noam, Ed.D.



Neurodevelopment of Emotional Behaviors across Childhood and Adolescence

Speakers: Richard J. Kessler, D.O., Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., Charles P. Fisher, M.D



Symposium II: Who Am I and How Did I Come to Be? Reproductive Complexities of Our Time

Speakers: Kristen Carey, Psy.D., Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, M.D., Ph.D



Re-Building Bridges Between Research and Clinical Practice

Speakers: Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, D.Clin.Psy. Sasha Rudenstine, Ph.D., Sigal Zilcha-Mano, Ph.D.



The Analyst's Anxieties in a Skeptical Culture: Do we still believe in what we do?

Speakers: Jay Greenberg, Ph.D., Julie Leavitt, M.D., Avgi Saketopoulou, Psy.D



Meet The Authors

Speakers: Ruth Fallenbaum, M.D., Janice S. Lieberman, Ph.D., Andrea Marzi, M.D., Ph.D. Books: “African American Patients in Psychotherapy: Understanding the Psychological Effects of Racism and Oppression” “Clinical Evolutions on the Superego, Body and Gender in Psychoanalysis” “Psychoanalysis, Identity and the Internet: Explorations into Cyberspace”



Film Workshop: A Tribute to Dori Laub (1937-2018): Survivor, Eminent Scholar, and Witness to the Holocaust

Speakers: Nanette C. Auerhahn, Ph.D., Ira Brenner, M.D. Nancy Goodman, Ph.D.



A Neuropsychoanalytic Paradigm for Demonstrating Psychodynamic Conflict

Speakers: Paul Siegel, Ph.D



Narcissism and its Discontents: A 2019 Update on the Uses and Abuses of the Concept

Speakers: James P. Frosch, M.D., Glen Gabbard, M.D. Elizabeth Lunbeck, Ph.D. Nancy McWilliams Ph.D.

Narcissism is everywhere in psychoanalysis. It is also increasingly manifest in political life and commentary, where it is seen as a kind of performance art, blurring the boundaries between the psychological and the social, internal and external. Panelists speak to the contrast between the complex psychoanalytic concept of narcissism and its conscription into popular culture.


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