Ilene Philipson – Fearing the theoretical Other: The Legacy of Kohut

Ilene Philipson – Fearing the theoretical Other: The Legacy of Kohut

Macht Auditorium at Cambridge Hospital

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Date(s) - 04/07/2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fearing the Theoretical Other:
The Legacy of Kohut’s Erasure of the Analyst’s Trauma
Ilene Philipson, PhD, PhD
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Los Angeles, California
Sat. April 7 
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Macht Auditorium
CHA Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St, Cambridge

This program is FREE

How Kohut Became Kohut:
Trauma and Identity Conflict
in the Creation of a New Analytic Paradigm
Malcolm Owen Slavin, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Moderator: Anna Stothart, Psy.D, LMHC
Recently, a number of psychoanalytic authors have begun to chart new territory in understanding the ways in which the Holocaust has impacted theory construction since World War II.  In these new works, it has been shown that through their own denial, dissociation, neglect, and disavowal, European émigré analysts and their followers created theory that was remarkably silent about trauma in general, and the analyst’s experience of trauma in particular.  This paper examines the ways in which Heinz Kohut’s struggle with his own Holocaust trauma may have influenced and may continue to influence self psychology today.  Specifically, it examines Kohut’s reluctance to allow for social, and hence possibly traumatizing, real world events to impact the individual and particularly the analyst in his theory construction.
For social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and licensed mental health care providers with introductory, intermediate, or advanced understanding of this topic
Ilene Philipson holds doctorates in sociology, clinical psychology, and psychoanalysis.  She is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and is in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Oakland, California. In addition to On The Shoulders of Women:  The Feminization of Psychotherapy, her books include Married to The JobEthel Rosenberg:Beyond the Myths; and Women, Class, and the Feminist Imagination (ed). She has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and NYU.
Malcolm Owen Slavin, PhD, was a founder of MIP where he teaches, supervises and served several terms as President.  He is on the faculty and supervises at several other psychoanalytic institutes worldwide as well as a director of IARPP, (the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy) and a member of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP).
         Mal is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic DialoguesContemporary Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context. His first book (with Daniel Kriegman) was “The Adaptive Design of the Human Psyche: Psychoanalysis, Evolutionary Biology and the Therapeutic Process”
         His forthcoming book, “Original Loss: Grieving Existential Trauma in the Arts and Psychoanalysis,” explores the existential and evolutionary origins of the arts, religion and the art of psychoanalysis.  He is also assembling a volume of his collected papers entitled, “Why the Analyst Needs to Change” -a working title drawn from his paper with the same name.
Anna Stothart, Psy.D, LMHC, is a graduate and faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, where she serves as member of the board of directors. She is a council member to the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and chair of their Clinical Consultations Committee. Anna maintains a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Explain the ways in which his Holocaust experience may have influenced Kohut’s deep distrust of other psychoanalytic theories.
Assess the author’s claim that Kohut’s “tendency to omit or denigrate other schools of psychoanalytic thought has been absorbed and perhaps unwittingly transmitted” to self psychological thinkers today.
Describe how analysts’ denial of their own trauma may influence theory
construction today.
1.     Charles Strozier, Heinz Kohut:  The Making of A Psychoanalyst 
2.     Emily Kuriloff, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich.
3.     Lewis Aron and Karen Starr, A Psychotherapy for the People
The program is free, however, non-MIP members must pay $15 per credit if they wish to receive CEs. The program offers 3 CEs for $45. After the program you will be contacted by email and given the opportunity to purchase CEs. CEs are free for MIP members.
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