BGSP News & Notes

News from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Issue # 1, January, 2004

Edited by Stephen Soldz & Virginia Elliott

Welcome to the first issue of BGSP News & Notes! This will be an occasional e-mail newsletter to keep people informed about what's going on at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. We will present information about recent and upcoming school events, faculty and student publications and presentations, continuing education classes, and other news of interest to the BGSP community.
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CONTENTS

BGSP Faculty Present at the CMPS Getting Even Conference
BGSP/VSP Faculty and Students Present Panel at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research
Three BGSP Faculty Members to Speak at Forum on Psychodynamics of Empire
Phyllis Meadow Authors New Book
VSP Plans Book Reading of The New Psychoanalysis
BGSP Plans Reading and Book Signing for New Book by Paul Roazen
Violence Conference Proceedings in Upcoming Spring Issue of Modern Psychoanalysis
Next Issue of Modern Psychoanalytic journal on ISV Conference
Upcoming CE Events
BGSP Treatment Service Offers Affordable Psychotherapy
BGSP Web Site Updated
New Web Sites Feature Research
Selected Recent Library Acquisitions
Quote of the Month

BGSP Faculty Present at the CMPS Getting Even conference

The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies (CMPS) conference this fall was on Getting Even. The two main presenters were Jane Goldberg and Eugene Goldwater from the BGSP faculty. Their presentations were stimulating, involving and thought provoking, using clinical and personal anecdotal material to illustrate their ideas. Goldberg discussed the effects a violent attempted murder had on her. Goldwater broadened the presentation by involving the audience in vividly imagining an experience that would provoke us to intense hatred leading to world terrorism.

Other presenters, -- several of whom were from BGSP -- were Kathleen D. Colebank, Lucy Holmes, Faye Newsome, Allen Lee Oliver, Sheila Zaretsky, June Bernstein, Dan Gilhooley, Robert Mashall and Joseph Scalia. The presenters came from as far away as Kentucky. A surprising number of them had some connection to Southern Appalachia. The point was made that this was the land of the Hatfields and McCoys, feuding clans who were actively involved in revenge.

A discussion developed, in dialogue with the audience, between those recommending we hold onto our feelings for revenge and those who saw an attachment to those feelings as preventing further growth. Jane Goldberg wondered aloud whether she had ever forgiven anyone for anything. Leslie Rosenthal related an Asian proverb, which says that one who digs a grave for someone out of revenge digs two graves.

Contributed by Lynn Perlman
BGSP Faculty and Students Present Panel at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research

Several BGSP folks presented a panel on New Directions in the Psychoanalytic Case Study at the meeting of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR) this November. The panel, organized by faculty-member Stephen Soldz, presented clinical, research and philosophical perspectives on the single case to a small, but very receptive audience. Presenters included BGSP Certificate Graduate and ISV student Robin Gomolin: "A Systematic Analysis of a Defense"; VSP student Dan Gilhooley: "Stepping Back: An Empirical Study of Regression in the Service of the Ego"; BGSP (and University of Wollongong, Australia) faculty Nigel Mackay: "The Logic of the Single Case Study"; as well as Steven Poser, a faculty member at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies of New York who presented "Finding A Shape: The Creation of Psychic Structure in a Psychoanalytic Setting." Abstracts of these papers are available from Stephen Soldz

Contributed by Stephen Soldz
Three BGSP Faculty Members to Speak at Forum on Psychodynamics of Empire

BGSP faculty members Stephen Price, Jane Snyder, and Stephen Soldz are scheduled to speak at a forum on the Psychodynamics of Empire scheduled for February 6, 2004 at the Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle St.), Cambridge, MA at 7:30 PM. The forum is sponsored by Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice and cosponsored by BGSP's Institute for the Study of Violence. Dr. Price will speak on "The Role of Sacrifice", Jane Snyder on "Power and Paranoia", and Stephen Soldz on "Security, Terror, and Empire." Further information is available from Stephen Soldz or at the Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice web site: http://psychoanalystsopposewar.org/.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz
Phyllis Meadow Authors New Book

How do we lead a satisfying life? What gets in the way? In her new book, The New Psychoanalysis, BGSP President Phyllis W. Meadow names three enemies to satisfactory living: emotional deadness, pathological anxieties, and extremes of impulsiveness. In the book she discusses the effects of the unconscious on emotional experience and, using case material, describes how the psychoanalyst works with fantasy, dreams, enactments, and symbolic communication to restore missing feelings to language. Hailed as "the first major event for psychoanalysis in the new millenium," by psychoanalytic scholar Dany Nobus, the book is accessible to the lay reader as well as a resource for clinicians, students, writers, and anyone interested in the psychoanalytic process and emotional health.

Meadow's new book dispels the myths that surround the psychoanalytic process, presenting it for what it is, an emotionally charged engagement which fosters the verbalization of our deepest desires and fears and leads to the freedom to choose the course of action we desire. The book serves as a basic text for modern psychoanalysis, conveying the current state of knowledge and innovation in the field.

Meadow is the founder of three psychoanalytic institutes in Boston, New York, and Vermont. She has worked over the years to establish psychoanalysis as an independent profession and to bring it out of the consulting room into application to social problems. To this end, she established and directs the Institute for the Study of Violence at the Boston Graduate School, now offering interdisciplinary doctoral studies on violence. Her efforts have also led to the establishment of the first campus-based accredited doctoral program in psychoanalysis in the nation at the school's branch campus in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The book is published by Rowman and Littlefield as part of the Legacies of Social Thought Series edited by Charles Lemert. It may be ordered from the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in Manhattan, www.cmps.edu.

Contributed by Jane Snyder
VSP Plans Book Reading of The New Psychoanalysis

VSP presents Resolving Obstacles to a Satisfying Life: a book reading and signing event on Saturday evening, January 17, 6-8 pm at the Dummerston Grange Hall, Dummerston Center, VT. Dr. Phyllis Meadow will read from her new book, The New Psychoanalysis. Books may be purchased in advance or at the reading.

Contributed by Elizabeth Dorsey
Author Paul Roazen Scheduled to Read at BGSP

Paul Roazen, the noted historian and critic of psychoanalysis, whose book, "Brother Animal," about Freud and Tausk, created an international stir, is coming to BGSP on February 27th. His new book, "On the Freud Watch: Public Memoirs," will be the starting point for what we expect to be a very lively discussion. Students, as well as the interested public, are invited to attend.

Contributed by June Bernstein
Violence Conference Proceedings in Upcoming Spring Issue of Modern Psychoanalysis

The proceedings from the April, 2003, Why Violence? ISV conference co-sponsored by the Sociology Department at UMAss, Boston, will be published in the upcoming issue of Modern Psychoanalysis, Spring, 2004. Papers present the sociocultural, biological, and psychodynamic perspectives on this critical topic for today's world, including contributions from Phyllis Meadow (psychoanalyst), Nancy Scheper-Hughes (anthropologist), Charles Lemert (sociologist), Siamak Movahedi (sociologist and psychoanalyst), Debra Niehoff (neuroscientist), Carl Fulwiler (neuroscientist), and Jane Snyder (psychoanalyst).

Contributed by Jane Snyder
Upcoming CE Events

More Details:

Starting at 7 pm January 8, Eugene Goldwater, who is famous for his humor and ability to engage people, presents GENDER BENDERS which promises to help "minimize mishaps" between men and women. Then, on January 29th he leads SURVIVOR! About real-world group situations, and the skills that are required to get along with the most difficult people. Finally, starting on February 5th, Dr. Goldwater will teach his famous course EMOTIONAL EDUCATION THROUGH STORY AND MYTH.

Also in January on the evening of the 9th, Virginia Elliott offers THE ART OF JOY. In this workshop, she plans to help participants learn how to experience a constant state of joy even through the experiences of chaos and suffering. Participants will talk, learn meditation and be in the presence of one of our favorite workshop leaders.

Ron Viger, on January 30, will then lead a workshop called GOD, SEX, LOVE AND THE MEANING OF LIFE. He wants to engage participants in a debate about prayer and self-analysis, so that we can come to an understanding of how the two can be reconciled towards leading the optimal spiritual life.

On a more clinical note, the Dean of BGSP, Dr. Jane Snyder, will offer NEW APPROACHES TO WORKING WITH RESISTANCE on February 5th. Modern psychoanalysts embrace resistance to therapy, finding within it the nuggets of emotion that lead to growth. Learn how to find these nuggets and work with resistance even in its most destructive forms.

And just for fun, Jill Solomon and Helen Michael will co-lead MORE BANG FOR YOUR BOOK starting February 6. This event is free to the public! Call in advance for information on the book of the month. (617) 277-3915, ask to leave a message for Ms. Michael or Ms. Solomon.Come for professional development, CE's, personal growth of just for fun. We welcome you!!!

Contributed by Claudia Luiz
BGSP Treatment Service Offers Affordable Psychotherapy

At the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Treatment Service, 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, long and short-term psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are available. Fees are affordable, and appointments are available within one week, including evening and Saturday hours. The therapists are post-graduate clinicians, advanced candidates in the psychoanalytic training program. An initial interview with a therapist can address your questions or concerns about beginning therapy. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 617-277-3910 or email treatment@bgsp.edu. Also, visit our website at http://www.talk-therapy.org/.

Contributed by Virginia Elliott
BGSP Web Site Updated

After months of hard work by RD Mauzy and many others, the BGSP web site has an entirely new look. Go to www.bgsp.edu and check it out!


New Web Sites Feature Research

On the subject of web sites, faculty member Stephen Soldz has created four new sites containing materials useful to BGSP students, faculty, and researchers. Check out:

Dr. Soldz is always interested in useful links to add, and in help publicizing these sites.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz
Selected Recent Library Acquisitions

[In each issue of SP NEWS & NOTES we will feature a selection of recent acquisitions by our library, put together by our Amy Cohen-Rose, our wonderful librarian.]

Contributed by Amy Cohen-Rose
Quote of the Month:

"This love, like death, radiates outwards. It battles Thanatos at the very moment of death's sting. These two fundamental human impulses crash like breakers into each other. And however much beyond reason, there is always a feeling that love is not powerless or impotent as we had believed a few seconds before. Love alone fuses happiness and meaning. Love alone can fight the impulse that lures us toward self-destruction."

Chris Hedges: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
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Edited by Stephen Soldz & Virginia Elliott
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