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Posted: 3/23/2017
Dreams and Nightmares of Children

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 AM – 12: 30 PM

 

Dreams and nightmares of children often represent the growing ego's encounter with intra-psychic anxieties, conflicts and developmental demands and/or reactions to the external (familial and sociocultural) contexts of the child's life. For example, the monster in the nightmare of a young child might represent the necessity to face the inner "monstrosity" in one child's psyche, whereas a similar monster in another child's dream could be reflecting disturbing conditions of this child's life or even a creative combination of the two.

 

The value of understanding the meanings of the personal purposes, affects, images and symbols in the dreams and nightmares of children as part of the psychotherapeutic process are the topic of exploration. A panel comprised of discussants from various schools of psychoanalysis and thus different clinical approaches comment on a case presentation that includes dreams of a child.

 

Learning Objectives

 

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

 

· Demonstrate understanding of symbolic language in children's dreams.

· Identify transference imagery that appears in dreams

· Recognize developmental crises in children's dreams

· Describe the compensatory dynamics in children's dreams

· Identify complementary dynamics in children's dreams.

· Identify family dynamics in children's dreams.

· Explain the value and purpose of understanding dreams in the treatment process

 

Van DeGolia, M.D., is Co-Dean of Training, former Chair of the Child Psychoanalytic Program and Training and Supervising Analyst at NCP. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and in private practice in Brentwood.

 

Susan Donner, M.D., is the current Chair of the Child Psychoanalytic Program, training and supervising analyst and child supervising analyst at NCP. She is Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and is in private practice in Woodland Hills.

 

Jeanette Gadt, Ph.D., is the current Chair of ICAPP (Infant, Child and Adolescent Training Program), training and supervising analyst and child supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She is a former dean and professor at California Institute of the Arts and has a private practice in West Los Angeles.

 

Robert Moradi, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and Emeritus Psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was former Training Director of Child and Family Psychiatry at Thalians. He currently teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Reiss-Davis Graduate Center and NCP. He is in private practice in Santa Monica.

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 AM – 12: 30 PM – 3 CE Credits

$55 Pre-registration, $30 Student Rate, $65 at the door

Posted: 2/9/2017
NCP Open House: The Journey of Becoming a Psychoanalyst and Developing a Psychoanalytic Mind

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

3:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

 

Claudia Feldman, Ph.D., Clinical Associate
Jill Model Barth, Ph.D., Training Analyst

 

Program Information and Q&A Sessions

 

* Meet NCP's Esteemed Deans, Directors and Faculty
* Mingle With Our Current Clinical Associates and Psychotherapy Students
* Gain an Understanding of NCP's Classic-to-Contemporary Approach
* Learn About Our Psychoanalytic Training and Our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programs
* Sign Up for NCP's Mailing List and Learn About Upcoming Events

 

And Join Us for a Buffet Supper!

 

There is no fee for this event; however, RSVPs are required.
To do so, CLICK HERE

or call 310.478.6541 Ext. 10

 

Street parking is available. Limited parking in the rear of the building (off Beloit Ave.).

 

ABOUT THE NEW CENTER FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS
The mission of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) is to provide excellence in the training and professional development of psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and academicians in the varied theories and practice of psychoanalysis which explore the mind, human behavior and relationships in all their depth and complexities. We recognize the benefit of integrating multiple schools of psychoanalytic thought and are committed to maintaining a vibrant pluralistic focus. We endeavor to both support the field and serve society by applying these ideas to meet the needs of the individual, the family, and the local community.

 

In Southern California, the New Center is uniquely privileged to be a member of both the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).

 

Posted: 3/3/2016
The Saks Institute announces 2016 Spring Symposium

 

The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics and
USC Media Institute for Social Change 
present

Spring Symposium 2016


Mental Illness and Cinema

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tommy's Place
Tutor Campus Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

 

Follow this link to hear  Elyn Saks talk about the inspiration and purpose for the work of the Saks Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBCD1l7yDjQ&authuser=0

 

 

Posted: 3/1/2016
The New Center for Psychoanalysis' March 17, 2016 Scientific Meeting explores Psychoanalysis and Behavioral Economics

 On Thursday, March 17th Leslie Shaw, PhD, MBA is presenting Psychoanalysis and Behavioral Economics: An Integration for Enhanced Understanding at the New Center for Psychoanalysis at 2014 Sawtelle Blvd in West LA.

The presentation offers an unequivocal analysis of how behavioral economics relates to psychoanalysis. It argues that behavioral economics leaves unanswered the fundamental issues of a unified human being who enacts meaning. Understanding unconscious mental energy as inherently unstable offers productive insight for contemporary economics efforts to alleviate market instabilities. Dr. Shaw has an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago. Full information and registration page can be found at the NCP website www.n-c-p.org. Those registering at the event on March 17, 2016 are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early.

 
Learning Objectives
 upon completion of this program, participants should be able to
 
• Compare the explicit and significant differences between the mental System 1, System 2 of behavioral economics   versus the unconscious and conscious of psychoanalysis
 
• Compare what Freud’s earliest work as a cognitive neuro-physiologist, which culminated in his unpublished Project for a Scientific Psychology (1885), has in common with Behavioral Economic Loss Aversion Theory
 
• Compare and contrast how and why the most recent financial crisis is moving economics to recognize a relationship between the imminence of unstable human being and the unforeseen darker corners of financial markets
 
Thursday March 17, 2016
8 PM – 10 PM
Free attendance
$20 with 2 CE/CME

Posted: 3/1/2016
Noted Psychoanalyst and Professor of Neuropsychology is the 2016 Franz Alexander Lecturer

 The New Center for Psychoanalysis is pleased to announce that noted psychoanalyst and professor of Neuropsychology, Mark Solms is presenting the Franz Alexander Lecture at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on Friday, April 29, 2016. His lecture addresses the psychoanalytic, neuroscientific and philosophical issues raised by its title "What Is a Mind?"

 
Dr. Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his pioneering integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. Currently he is the Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Chair of Neuropsychology at University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI).  Other current positions include Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation in New York, a Trustee of the Neuropsychoanalysis Fund in London, and Director of the Neuropsychoanalysis Trust in Cape Town. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the South African Psychoanalytical Association of which he is President.
 
Solms has published widely in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals and has authored numerous books including The Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of the Subjective Experience.
 
Please mark your calendar, register for the Franz Alexander lecture and check out the interview with Dr. Solms

Posted: 7/23/2015

"The Loving Self" by Dr. Joeseph Natterson--A Review by Arsalan Malik, MD

 
The following review appeared in the July 2015 issue ofSouthern California Psychiatrist
Volume 63, Number 11

Is Love All You Need? A Review of Joseph Natterson’s “The Loving Self” by Arsalan Malik, MD 

Psychotherapy is a labor of love. This is a trope as old as psychoanalysis itself. Freud himself famously wrote in a letter to Jung that psychoanalysis is “essentially a cure through love.” So, what do these analysts from Freud to Natterson mean when they use the word “love” in the context of psychotherapy? They don’t mean an erotic or physical love. Nor do they mean verbal flirtation. It’s not the kind of selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing that people often mistake for love but which only uses love for self importance. Nor does it take the form of romantic interchanges, no matter how much either party may so desire.
 
Dr. Natterson, in his protean way, draws on Jurgen Habermas’ and Axel Honneth’s analysis of love as a “struggle for recognition.” It is in the search for this recognition that human beings relate to each other. Mentally ill or not, we are all primarily motivated by a yearning to be recognized and understood, to “see ourselves in another.” In the intimate transaction of psychotherapy there is a reciprocal searching, in the course of which a mutual and transformative identification occurs for both the therapist and the patient. Seeing oneself in another and the other in oneself is the core of love out of which emerges not only self respect but a respect for others, and their rights. The unfolding of the loving self is thus essentially an intersubjective and eventually a communal phenomenon. This is the scaffolding upon which Dr. Natterson builds his concept of love in the therapeutic situation. What makes the psychotherapeutic situation especially suitable for this unfolding is the searching and “subordinated subjectivity” of the therapist. There is an asymmetery in the patient-therapist relationship that does not exist in a person’s relationships outside therapy. The patient is seeking help and must be able to express his neediness candidly, urgently and clamorously. The therapists subjectivity must be active to the extent that she should be able to identify with the patient’s dependence and vulnerability, his guilt, his shame and his fears, but in a mellow, controlled fashion. The therapists “subordinated subjectivity” in this sense is the gift he brings to the therapy, because he has been there and done that. This subordinated subjectivity, is actively and empathically attuned to the patient’s pain and suffering. The therapist feels with and for the patient but in a way that she can analyse it and use it for the benefit of the patient without being swamped by her own emotions in her identification with the patient.
 
Dr. Natterson gives some powerful examples of vividly reliving his own childhood relational themes, emotions and images evoked contrapuntally in therapy with certain patients. With the skill of a master composer he is able to momentarily subdue his own pain, long enough to use this relational music to make poignant, intense and “loving” interpretations about his patient’s emotional experiences, making them aware of hidden, neurotically suppressed, and loving aspects of themselves. The psychotherapist’s offering of this love to the patient is what encourages, stimulates and enables the patient to gradually reciprocate in kind. To open up to love. To tolerate love’s anxiety and ambiguity. To risk letting love happen, to experience it, to allow the vulnerability of intimacy. To relinquish control and be more receptive to love. Dr. Natterson also gives clinical examples to emphasize how it is that a person’s immature aggression and inability to reconcile the angry and destructive parts of themselves with their loving self, blocks their willingness to open their hearts, and commit to and care deeply for another. The notion of love as something pure, as a given in social terms, is a sentimental fallacy. We can only love or be kind by an exhaustive, honest, endeavor to acknowledge understand and embrace our aggression. Without that we don’t achieve the synthesis called kindness or love that is the cornerstone of a mature relational life. There is no way to have a “purified love”, or a love free from ambivalence. The trick it is to recognize the ambivalence and achieve a synthesis.
 
In the end, Dr. Natterson has done a stellar job of articulating in easy, accessible language what we already do intuitively as therapists, whether we are psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, neophyte or experienced therapists. No matter what one’s theoretical orientation, we should all aspire to this way of being with our patients.  

THE LOVING SELF which was e published in March can be downloaded at no cost at freepsychotherapybooks.org (click on link)
 
Dr. Natterson is a training and supervising analyst and senior faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at UCLA, and Attending Psychiatrist Emeritus Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has authored books and papers on Dreams, The Room of the Therapist's Subjectivity, and Love in Psychotherapy. 

Posted: 6/18/2015
David James Fisher on Arnold Richard's The Crisis of Psychoanalysis

 

Fisher on Richards’s The Crisis of

Psychoanalysis

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Click Here to Read: Restoring the Subversive Edge of Psychoanalysis: A Critique of Arnold Richards’s “The Crisis of Psychoanalysis:  The Danger of  Ideology” by David James Fisher.

Click Here to Read:  The Crisis of Psychoanalysis:  The Danger of  Ideology by Arnold Richards.

 

These presentations were given at a Scientific meeting at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The presentation by Dr. Arnold and Dr. Fisher's comments spurred a lively exchange at this the final Scientific Meeting of NCP's 2014-2015 academic year.

Posted: 5/7/2015
Paradoxes of Identity

On Saturday, April 11th, the New Center for Psychoanalysis hosted an conference on the Paradoxes of Identity at their facilities in West LA. The group of experienced analysts who attended from a variety of psychoanalytic organizations were treated to an informative and stimulating exploration of the complexities of belonging across cultural boundaries.

 

Dr. Gabriela Mann of Tel-Aviv presented her paper that pictured an Israeli who is trying to solve the riddle of her fragmented identity and heal a ruptured self. Dr. Mann used three vignettes to illustrate  a transformation to a secure experince of belonging. Well-known local analyst Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D. was the discussant. She explored the issues of identity and belonging by jumping back and forth between comments on Dr. Mann's paper and comparisons and associations to American life, especially citing the differences of experience for whites and blacks and their sense of belonging.  

 

Dr. Mann also presented a paper on Self Psychology Meets Buddhism. Eliane Hary deftly moderated the conference that Martha Slagerman organized. Special thanks go to theLeonard J. Comess Israel Teaching Fund for providing a generous grant to make this program possible.

Posted: 4/14/2015
Dr. Gabriela Mann of Tel-Aviv presented Paradoxes of Identity: Dealing with Complexities of Belonging on Saturday, April 11th at NCP

 Last Saturday, April 11th, the New Center for Psychoanalysis hosted an conference on the Paradoxes of Identity at their facilities in West LA. The group of experienced analysts who attended from a variety of psychoanalytic organizations were treated to an informative and stimulating exploration of the complexities of belonging across cultural boundaries.

 

Dr. Gabriela Mann of Tel-Aviv presented her paper that pictured an Israeli who is trying to solve the riddle of her fragmented identity and heal a ruptured self. Dr. Mann used three vignettes to illustrate  a transformation to a secure experince of belonging. Well-known local analyst Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D. was the discussant. She explored the issues of identity and belonging by jumping back and forth between comments on Dr. Mann's paper and comparisons and associations to American life, especially citing the differences of experience for whites and blacks and their sense of belonging.  

 

Dr. Mann also presented a paper on Self Psychology Meets Buddhism. Eliane Hary deftly moderated the conference that Martha Slagerman organized. Special thanks go to the Leonard J. Comess Israel Teaching Fund for providing a generous grant to make this program possible.

Posted: 4/14/2015
Richard Tuch, MD, Dean at the New Center for Psychoanalysis is a winner of the Leo Rangell Essay Contest

 The Leo Rangell Professorial Endowment is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014-15 Leo Rangell Essay Contest:

 

Kelley O'Donnell, UCLA MSTP student, for her essay, "What is the Matter with Psychoanalysis?"

 

Richard Tuch, MD, Dean of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, for his essay, "An Updated Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Doctor-Patient Relationship"

The winning essays were chosen in a blinded review process by a committee including Dr. Joel Braslow, Professor of History and of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Dr. Jeffrey Prager, Professor of Sociology and Senior Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis; and Dr. Peter Whybrow, Professor and Executive Chair of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.  Drs. Braslow, Prager and Whybrow serve on the Rangell Endowment Steering Committee with Ms. Judith Alley, daughter of Dr. Rangell, and Dr. Bill Resnick, community psychiatrist and President of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Relational Center.

The winning essays will be presented at a workshop co-sponsored by the UCLA Semel Institute and the New Center for Psychoanalysis in the spring of 2015 and will also be posted on the Rangell Endowment website at:  http://leorangell.semel.ucla.edu/ .


Posted: 3/5/2015
New Center Open House: Tuesday, April 21, 7-9 PM

ENHANCE your clinical practice through our
Adult and Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programs

REVOLUTIONIZE it through our Adult, Child, and Adolescent
Psychoanalytic Training Program

DEEPEN your understanding of your field and ENLIGHTEN your research

Posted: 11/4/2014
Yale or Jail: Class Struggles in Neoliberal Times

 

On Sunday, November 9th Lynne Layton,  Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, will speak at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in West LA at 3 PM. This presentation, titled Yale or Jail: Class Struggles in Neoliberal Times, begins by describing clinical work with patients whose lives were marked by parental pressures to rise in class status. Keeping the power dynamics of class difference in mind, Dr. Layton then describes the effects of neoliberalism on different classes and racial groups, focusing particularly on increasing income inequality and anxieties about class status.

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3-5 PM
Registration:$20. Fee for students, clinical associates, residents and interns:$10
2 CE/CME Credits

New Center for Psychoanalysis is located at 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

 

 

 

Posted: 10/21/2014
NCP welcomes Abbot Bronstein, PhD to present a clinically important program on Saturday, November 1

What analyst hasn't reflected on how well they are working with patients? Dr. Bronstein in his program "The Analyst as Object in the Patient's and Analyst's Mind--You Are Not the Object You Think You Are" raises the questions: What do analyst's think they do and how does this compare with what they actually do when working with their patients?

He shares case results from Comparative Clinical Methods Research in North America when he presents at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 AM-12 PM.

The second part of the pregram is a public supervision of an analytic case presented  bt Dr. Dahlia Nissan Russ, an NCP faculty member. The participants are invited to offer responses to Dr. Bronstein and Dr. Russ as well as their own observations on how they work with patients.

 Register at the website www.n-c-p.org or call 310-478-6541 x10

Posted: 10/20/2014
Reflective Parenting Program Presents Back-to-Back Trainings

Wendy Denham, PhD and Peggy Matson, MFT are the training facilitators for the Reflective Parenting Program Level 1 Training: Fundamentals being held on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. This two-day intensive training is designed for infant mantal health and early childhood specialists and provides a new approach to early interventions with parents based on a theoretical model of cognitive and emotional development emphasizing reflective functioning,  or parental mentalization.

On the Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning, October 25-27, John Grienenberger, PhD provides coding training: Coding the Parent Development Interview (PDI) for reflective functioning (RF) using an adaptation of the Fonagy, Taget, Steele, and Steele coding system.  Participants are trained in the RF coding system, and in the adaptation of this system to PDI transcripts as well ae administration of the PDI.  

For details about either of these  specialized trainings, please contact info@reflectiveparenting.org or 323-275-4805. 

Posted: 2/14/2014
Danielle Knafo presents "Egon Schiele: A Self in Creation"

The haunting work of turn-of-the-century artist Egon Schiele continues to compel and shock viewers today. A contemporary of Freud, he probed the depths of human nature. On Thursday, February 17, 2014, 8pm, at the NCP auditorium in West LA, Dr. Danielle Knafo, author of Egon Schiele: A Self in Creation,  provides valuable insights into Schiele's work from careful examination of his art, diaries and correspondence. Her presentation includes powerful visual examples of his anguished self-images demonstrating how childhood traumas are both exhibited and mastered in his work.

This program is free. Continuing education credits are offered for mental health professionals for $20. Please see details about this program at the Continuing Education section of the website or by calling the New Center for Psychoanalysis 310-478-6541.  

Posted: 2/10/2014
McEwan receives prestigious teaching award

Dr. Stephanie McEwan, a Professional Affiliate of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles and a long-term member of the teaching staff in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, has received the "Edith Sabshin National Teaching Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Education" from the American Psychoanalytic Association. This distinguished award recognizes members of the American Psychoanalytic Association who have made outstanding contributions as educators of individuals who are not candidates in psychoanalytic institutes; including physicians who are completing psychiatric residencies. The award was presented to Dr. McEwan at the 103rd National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City.

Posted: 2/6/2014
Salman Akhtar to present at the 2014 Inagural John S. Peck, MD, PhD, Distinguished Lecture Series

Saturday, March 22, 2014

9 AM-1 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center

 

Drawing from personal experience and from his national and international perspective, Dr. Akhtar explores the Mental Pain of Minorities --  the origins and manifestations and social and clinical remediation.This program addresses needless human suffering but ultimately it is about building bridges between polarized groups, developing resilience, and utilizing creativity to find our way forward.

 

 

 

Salman Akhtar, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training/Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychoanalysts. He ha received numerous awards and has authored or edited more than 30 books on psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis and has published six volumes of poetry in English and Urdu.
 
The John S. Peck, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Lecture Series was established at the New Center for Psychoanalysis to advance the exploration of psychoanalytic ideas of interest to the mental health community and society at large. Dr. Akhtar was chosen as the presenter of the 2014 inaugural program because of his exceptional capacity to communicate with his audience on this important and sensitive topic. 

Posted: 2/3/2014
New Center for Psychoanalysis Was Well Represented at the APsaA Winter Meetings in January

New Center for Psychoanalysis had a number of NCP faculty members involved in this year's meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City. Mel Lansky ran his long-standing discussion group on shame. Linda Goodman oversaw the running of the poster session. Warren Procci delivered a cautionary address drawing our attention to the precarious state of affairs in our field and at APsaA. The work of Jeff Prager was featured at a CORST discussion group and Ethan Grumbach chaired a Senior Analyst Presentation by Charles Parks. Katharine Gould presented clinical material to Anna Ornstein in a discussion group on psychoanalysis with adoptees and Richard Tuch delivered a scientific paper entitled The analyst's way of beingMark Leffert was featured in the meet-the-author session and Estelle Shane chaired two scientific paper presentations. A number of NCP members were actively involved in committee work: Peter Loewenberg on BOPS, Sharon Blum on the program committee, Sandy Landen was actively involved in the Child & Adolescent Congress meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
 
NCP had seven Clinical Associates from the seminar years attending the meeting. Its group of seven candidates was the largest cohort of candidates represented at the APsaA Candidates Council meeting. They were encouraged to attend both by an APsaA program that awards a cash stipend to Clinical Associates wishing to attend the meeting for the first time, which was graciously supplemented by another stipend made available by the Board of Directors of NCP. Richard Tuch, NCP’s Dean, hosted a dinner for the Clinical Associates on Friday evening of the conference where the Clinical Associates spoke enthusiastically about their ability to participate early in their training and the experience of total immersion.

Posted: 10/29/2013
Limousine Midnight Blue

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8pm—

 

On this day, the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination,  NCP presents a one-man show by actor and author Jamey Hecht, “LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE: In Memoriam JFK.”

The script is from Hecht’s book, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film (Red Hen Press, 2009); the live performance is directed by Charles Pasternak, accompanied by a multimedia sight and sound projection. Imagery of the murder and visuals from the verse are offset by footage from presidential interviews and speeches. Epic tradition—i.e., Homer, Dante, Milton—shares the stage with science, religion, and popular culture. Hecht is a classicist, born in 1968, taking advanced training in psychoanalysis at Los Angeles’ New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP). The production will be in NCP’s beautiful facility on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Extracted from a series of sonnets on the JFK assassination, the mixed-media show sizzles with dramatic power. Hecht first reacts to the horrific “Zapruder Film” of JFK’s death and then inhabits the spirit of the slain president who meditates on his own life and sudden end.
 
The assassination is a shared cultural trauma whose impact is still felt. “Psychoanalysis looks beneath the surface and into the depths--both the Inferno of myth, and the Hell of a violent world. Repression--whether in a person or in a whole society--buries intolerable truths, at a terrible cost that can prevent peace, stability, and insight”, explains Hecht.
 
LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE uses the famous and appalling Zapruder film of JFK’s death as a prism through which to view America and the world. Refracted rays touch on crime and punishment, guilt and responsibility, charisma and love, the dying victim’s experience during the stretched-out seconds of his violation and death, and the dark world of war profiteering, narcotraffic, and deceit where the facts of power determine history.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013
8 PM
$25 and $15 for Clinical Associates, Interns, Residents and Students
Limited seating, advanced registration is recommended.
 
Here is a sample of some comments collected after earlier performances:
...MOST INTENSE SOLO THEATER PIECE IN LA SINCE KRAPP'S LAST TAPE.
...A WORK OF SHATTERING GENIUS.
...BROUGHT UP ALL THE GLORY AND LOSS OF THE KENNEDY ERA.
 
Bio info on Jamey Hecht PhD: 
A translator of Sophocles and Plato, Hecht has taught world literature at various universities on both coasts, and his poetry and prose have been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and literary magazines. He earned his Ph.D. in literature at Brandeis University (1995), where he studied poetry with Frank Bidart, Allen Grossman, and Mary Baine Campbell. In 2009, he published Limousine, Midnight Blue, a collection of 50 sonnets inspired by the JFK Assassination.  He is a member of The Porters of Hellsgate company.   He was born in 1968. 
 
Billy Collins (the popular two-term Poet Laureate of the United States) described the book, Limousine, Midnight Blue this way:
“Ovid himself might have taken notice of this volume. It’s one thing to turn a woman into a tree, another more advanced thing to transform fifty frames of the Zapruder film into as many sonnets. Limousine, Midnight Blue is a radical display of poetry’s ability to freeze time, to catch fugitive-and here, disputed-moments in the amber of form.”

Posted: 8/26/2013
New Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program Offered at NCP

 

The New Center for Psychoanalysis launches a new Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (CAPPP)

This two-year Clinical Training Program is designed for working child and/or adolescent mental health therapists to increase their professional competence to become more effective in dealing with the everyday challenges faced in their practice.f unny pictures
 
·         Learn from accomplished faculty
·         Expand and enrich your knowledge of developmental psychoanalytic theory 
·         Learn techniques to develop and maintain effective treatment alliance with parents
·         Better understand and treat the complex environmental, interpersonal and intra-psychic factors that contribute to psychopathology funny images 
 
A certificate of completion is awarded after the successful completion of the coursework. The program meets one morning a week, includes bi-monthly consultation on child/adolescent cases and offers coursework approved for 16 CE credits per year.  Scholarships are available. funny photos
 
Interested in finding out more about this innovative program?
 
Contact: Van Dyke De Golia, MD,    310-826-1915 or
               Katharine Gould, LCSW,   310-451-9999
 

 

Posted: 8/26/2013
Pre-registration for Otto Kernberg at the Skirball on Saturday, Sept 7, 2013 closes on August 31st

The New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Wright Institute Los Angeles Alumni Association are pleased to welcome Otto Kernberg, MD to Los Angeles to present New Developments in the Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Dr. Kernberg will talk about working with patients diagnosed with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders and then outline Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) and new developments in this technical approach.

Dr. Kernberg is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division and Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic training and Research. Dr. Kernberg is Past-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

 

Pre-registration $85 (received by 8/31/13); Day of event registration $95

To Register: http://www.n-c-p.org/edu-event.asp?id=330&the_type=Course

  

Posted: 8/1/2013
Scholarships are now available for the Two-Year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

New Center for Psychoanalysis announced that scholarships for the two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate Program are now available for students based on need. Students may request an application for a scholarship  when they apply for the program.

The Program brochure is attached and click here for an application.
 
The Two-Year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of clinicians
·         Understand key psychoanalytic concepts
·         Engage in weekly group supervision
·         Become adept at assessment & treatment
·         Elevate your professional confidence
·         Enrich your clinical practice
 
Want to hear what a recent graduate had to say about the program?
Click this link:  http://youtu.be/srTYG1umD7A

Posted: 4/22/2013
Comments on

I think we have to consider that brain development, although related to experience, is not equal to it. We still have to try to imagine what the baby experiences remembering the difference between us. I would prefer a different word than "adult".

 
Ben Kohn MDPsychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and former Co-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Traing Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in west los Angeles 

Posted: 4/22/2013
Comments on Adult Consciousness may be present in infants' minds

I think we have to consider that brain development, although related to experience, is not equal to it. We still have to try to imagine what the baby experiences remembering the difference between us. I would prefer a different word than "adult".


Ben Kohn MD
Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. Former Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in west Los Angeles

Posted: 3/6/2013
NCP OPEN HOUSE 12-3

Sunday, April 21, 12-3

for mental health professionals and academics

 

Enhance your clinical practice through our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

Revolutionize it through our Psychoanalytic Training Program—Adult, Child, Adolescent

 
Program Information

Analytic Vignettes

Buffet Lunch
Conversation

Posted: 10/9/2012
Gilbert Kliman, MD to present November 3, 2012 on Reflective Network Therapy: Harnessing Small Social Networks in the Preschool Classroom to Treat Autistic and Other Disordered Children

 

It is well founded that early intervention is a crucial element in the treatment of autistic and severely traumatized children. In this presentation Dr. Gilbert Kliman presents a therapeutic model which can begin in the pre-school classroom. This innovative program is co-sponsored by Los AngelesChild Development Center, Saint John's Child and Family Development Center, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis Child Analytic Program.

 

Dr. Kliman will outline how to create small group networks with teachers, students, parents and therapists. He shows how therapeutic gains are enhanced by the network as these children develop a heightened capacity to reflect and be empathic with themselves and others. Dr. Kliman punctuates his discussion with videotape of actual sessions in the classroom, paying special attention to the traumatized and the autistic child. Two Executive Directors of the Center for Reflective Parenting, John Grienenberger, Ph.D and Diane Reynolds, M.A., MFT, are the discussants.

 

Gilbert Kliman, M.D., a Board Certified child psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association is the founder and director of The Children's Psychological Trauma Center. He is the author of over 50 articles and books and has received an International Literary prize for “Responsible Parenthood” as best book concerning well-being of children.

 

For full details and to register go to http://www.n-c-p.org/edu-event.asp?id=282&the_type=Course

 

Posted: 9/28/2012
Workshop on A Dangerous Method II with Andrea Celenza and Muriel Dimen on October 20th

 

You won't want to miss this all-day workshop Dangerous Method II on sexual boundry crossings led by an outstanding faculty--Andrea Celenza, Muriel Dimen, Joseph Aguayo, Sandra Fenster and Thomas Brod.

With its inherent intimacy, cloistered sessions & risks of sexual boundary violations, psychoanalytic psychotherapy is still a dangerous method for patient & therapist.

This workshop examines circumstances in which sexual violations develop, transference/countertransference dynamics, traumatic sequellae for transgressor & victim, training issues & more. 

You will discover factors that minimize boundry violations and support the therapist in boundry management and this course should satify  continuing education requirements for Ethics. Registation is limited to the first 60 enrollees to support the workshop format. Lunch is provided.
 
 
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
$115 Pre-registration/$125 Day of Event
$ 65 students, clinical associates, residents, and interns
Lunch is included
 
 

 

Posted: 9/19/2012
Friday Night at the Movies Lecture & Discussion:Melancholia

  

On September 28, 2012 a massive, rogue planet will do a 'pass by' at NCP, and Carmageddon, the Sequel, will close down the 405 (between the 10 and 101). Let none of these stop you from hearing Psychoanalytic, Jungian and Bionian perspectives on Lars von Trier's 'end of the world' film Melancholia. Sign up on-line: http://www.n-c-p.org/edu-event.asp?id=260&the_type=Film+Series

Our format for this program will be different from usual. Dr. Power will present a lecture illustrated with several long excerpts from the film. Discussion will follow.

 

Pamela Power, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Monica. She is an analyst member of the C G Jung Institute of Los Angeles where she teaches and supervises. She is past clinic director and past director of training at the Institute. She lectures frequently on topics related to the interfacing of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology. 

Posted: 7/6/2012
Elyn Saks Gives a TED Talk

 

Elyn Saks, a member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis,  just returned from Scotland where she gave a TED talk. Telling of her personal experience with sciziphrena, she provides incredible insight into mental illness and the benefits of compassionate care. Here is the link to the talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/elyn_saks_seeing_mental_illness.html.

 

 Dr. Saks is a lawyer and law professor, author, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and head of USC's Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics. Her book about life as a schizophrenic, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness,"  opens the door to the inside story of mental illness. Her courageous personal accounts are helping break down the stigma of mental ilness. 

 
 

Posted: 6/20/2012
Low-Cost Psychoanalysis through NCP Clinic

 
New Center Clinic
 
As part of its analytic training program, our clinic offers low-cost psychoanalysis to qualified adults, adolescents, and children throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, and Orange County). Psychoanalysis requires a four times a week commitment for at least a year and a half. To learn more about the application process call Lucia Melito, PhD at 310.478.6541, ext. # 17.

Posted: 6/5/2012
Bernard Bail's book The Mother's Signature

 "The Mother's Signature: A Journal of Dreams" is being translated into German and will be available in the fall of 2012 in German. The author, Dr. Bernard Bail, has done groundbreaking work exploring the origins of life and its effects on the individual and this book is the result of years of research. “The Mother’s Signature” details his hypothesis that a child's mind is initially influenced by the state of mind of his or her mother.

 Dr. Ludwig Janus, who is the writer of the introduction to the German edition, has this to say about the book:
“Bernard Bail's book opens the door to the deepest levels of the unconscious by using the understanding and interpretation of dreams in a new way. Bail rediscovers and revives the via regia of psychoanalysis. The book has the originality and power to help to overcome today's crisis of psychoanalysis and to renew and to release the power of psychoanalysis to understand the core region of the human psyche. The book should be basic reading matter for every modern psychoanalyst."
 
Dr. Ludwig Janus is past president of the International Association of Pre and Peri-Natal Psychology and Medicine. He spoke before this organization at the end of April and to the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society at the end of May where he introduced Dr. Bail's work.
 
Dr. Bernard Bail is a physician, a psychoanalyst and a training analyst who lives and practices in Beverly Hills, California. He has worked with both patients and analysts for over fifty years. Dr. Bail is an Emeritus member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, the International Psychoanalytical Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association where he chairs the ongoing discussion group “Infant Mental Life and the Dream in Psychoanalysis.” Through his intensive work in the unconscious via the dream, Dr. Bail developed a new paradigm for psychoanalysis centered at the beginning of human life.
 

 

Posted: 3/15/2012
The "Talking Cure"...But Is the Body Listening?

The March 15, 2012 Scientific Meeting of the New Center for Psychoanalysis will tackle the subject of Linking Neurobiology and Psychodynamics. For obvious reasons, the “talking cure” has had a deep and pervasive bias toward speech, language and abstract thinking. Since Wilhelm Reich was expelled from the garden of mainstream psychoanalysis, somatic forms of therapy have usually been forced to find alternative homes. As our knowledge of the evolution and function of the brain continues to expand, new ideas and intuitions are emerging about the inextricable connectivity between the mind, brain and body. This presentation will explore a number of findings from cognitive and social neuroscience that may point to a future convergence of Freudian and somatic unconscious.

The Program is from 8 PM-10 PM. Admission is free without continuing education credits and with CE credits the fee is $20. 

 

Posted: 2/6/2012
The 2012 Franz Alexander Lecturer is Hedda Bolgar, PhD

Dogma and Flexibility in Psychoanalytic Technique is the title of this year's prestigious lecture Franz Alexander Lecture which takes place on Friday evening, March 23, from 8 PM-10PM. The presentation by Dr. Hedda Bolger addresses the life and personality of Franz Alexander as well as his legacy of flexibility in psychoanalytic theory, technique, research and education. Dr. Bolger discusses the issues of the "corrective emotional experience," the analytic frame, and the length of time an analysis should take.  She attempts to answer the question of whether Alexander was ahead of his time or was what he advocated not really psychoanalysis.

 

Hedda Bolgar, PhD is co-founded the Wright Institute of Los Angeles and its Director Emerita and co-founder of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. At 102 years of age, Dr. Bolgar is a practicing psychoanalyst and in 2011 was named one of two of America's outstanding Oldest Workers. She is an Honorary Member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

Posted: 2/6/2012
Glen Gabbard to Speak on the Real Danger of Sexual Boundry Violations Present in Psychotherapy

Dr. Gabbard is the featured speaker at an upcoming program A Dangerous Method: Sexual Boundary Violations Then and Now to be held at the New Center for Psychoanalysis on March 17, 2012 from 9 AM-1:30 PM. Dr. Gabbard provides an overview from his extensive experience studying sexual boundary violations while four psychoanalyst historians address the relationships between Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Sabina Spielrein that occurred at the very beginning of the practice of psychoanalysis. Joseph Aguayo, PhD, Elena Bezzubova, MD, PhD, David James Fisher, PhD, and Peter Loewenberg add the historical details and perspectives that allow a deeper look at the boundary issues under consideration. Thomas Brod, MD is the conference coordinator and moderator.

Posted: 1/11/2012
We sadly announce that Dr. Bernard S. Hellinger has passed away (July 3, 1925-Jan 5, 2012)

Dr. Hellinger was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who touched deeply the lives of all who knew him; he died January 5, 2012. He practiced more than 50 years in New York, NY, Lexington, KY, and Beverly Hills, CA.  Dr. Hellinger left us in the love and grace that exemplified his life.  He was a lifetime fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Sr. Surgeon (Lt. Col.) in the US Public Health Service and a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA. He is survived by loving wife Joan, sons Douglas and James, grandchildren Jason and Michele, niece Skye Van Raalte-Herzog, daughters in-law Valeria and Catherine, among many others who adored him and will miss him greatly.

 

Born in Brooklyn NY, he was an accomplished athlete and scholar, admired for his keen intellect and exceptional leadership abilities.  He studied at the University of California at Berkeley and completed his MD at the age of 22 from UC San Francisco.  He soon developed a fascination for the study of the mind, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, which became his life-long passion. He trained in psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and later enlisted in the Public Health Service where he rose to Deputy Chief of Psychiatry of the Narcotics Hospital in Lexington, KY. In 1955 he married Joan Van Raalte, the love of his life, and returned to New York to start a family. They followed his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers out West, where Dr. Hellinger began psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (LAPSI) and set up private practice in Beverly Hills. He thrived at LAPSI where he served as Research Director and enriched colleagues with his efforts to bring together the many disciplines that study the mind and brain. He maintained an active affiliation with UCLA, supervising a generation of psychiatrists in the subtleties of the mind and psychotherapeutic technique.

 

His curiosity and compassion were boundless. He was courageous, impossibly strong, and sensitive.  Friends and family knew him as an extraordinary listener, with penetrating insight, patience, kindness, and humor.  He lived his life in service of others, dedicated to his family, his patients, and all those in need.  He brought out the best in all who had the great fortune to be part of his life.