BGSP News & Notes

News from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Issue #4, May, 2004

Edited by Stephen Soldz & Virginia Elliott

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CONTENTS

BGSP Set To Launch Gallery 1581
BGSP & CMPS Plan Annual Cape Cod Summer Institute:
Liberating Desire
Parenting Through Divorce Courses Offered at BGSP
Faculty Member Writes and Talks on Psychodynamics of Iraq War
GSP Faculty Member Speaks on Bullying and Relational Aggression
Faculty Member Conducts Group on Overcoming Writer's Block
Therapy Center Staff Presents Workshops at YMCA
BGSP to Hold Graduation Ceremony
BGSP to Hold Open House June 11
Notes From the Student Association
Student Association to Organize First Clinical Seminar
Upcoming CE Events
Selected Recent Library Acquisitions
Research Notes
Psychoanalysis in the News
Quote of the Month

BGSP Set To Launch Gallery 1581

A new art gallery -- Gallery 1581 -- will have its inaugural opening on Friday June 4, 2004. A reception will be held from 7-10 PM. The gallery was conceived by the Art and Life committee chaired by faculty member Mara Wagner. Faculty members James Morrell and Maureen Ryan, BGSP graduate Katherine Morrell, and Vivienne Shalom (wife of faculty member Stephen Soldz) also served on the committee.

The premiere show is titled Faculty and Family and features emerging and established artists. Media include collage, drawing, mosaic, oil, and pastel.

On Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, the Gallery will participate in the Brookline Open Studios from 11 AM to 6 PM. All visitors are welcome. Bring friends how enjoy looking at and purchasing art! The show will be available through mid-June. Call (617) 277-3915 for hours.

The Gallery is located at BGSP: 1581 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446.

Contributed by Maureen Ryan
BGSP & CMPS Plan Annual Cape Cod Summer Institute:
Liberating Desire

BGSP, in conjunction with the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies (CMPS), is planning its annual Cape Cod Summer Institute on Liberating Desire for August 7-13, 2004 at Welfleet Elementary School, Wellfleet, MA.

Conference Overview: Desire, fancy, urge, lust, longing, wish, yen, yearn crave, covet. What is desire? Where does it reside? Why does it need liberating? How do we find our true desires? How does psychoanalysis lead to the liberation of desire? What happens when desire is aroused in the analytic process? In this week-long conference with modern psychoanalysts, institute participants engage in examining these and other questions of interest to clinicians, artists, writers, educators and individuals interested in getting to know their own desires. Brief presentations by faculty and panel presentations will be followed by moderated whole group discussion and exploration of the nature of desire and the routes to liberation.

Contributed by Jane Snyder
Parenting Through Divorce Courses Offered at BGSP

Parenting Through Divorce: Supporting the Child is a mandated parenting program for divorcing parents with children under the age of eighteen. April brought thirty people to the graduate school for the program. A participant said: "The program made me step back and take a clearer look at what the children were feeling" BGSP faculty member Maureen K. Ryan coordinates the workshops. The next course will meet on Thursday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 15th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. In July, we will meet on Tuesday the 13th, and Thursday, the 15th, also at 6p.m. with Maureen Ryan and William Sharp. A participant at the May mandated program wrote: "I was surprised to find out how interesting and reassuring it was. Thank you." Call (617) 277-3915 for further information or to register.

Contributed by Maureen Ryan
Faculty Member Writes and Talks on Psychodynamics of Iraq War

When news of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prion became public, BGSP faculty member Stephen Soldz wrote an article placing this abuse in the context of prior account of abuse and of the psychodynamics of of occupation. This article, Abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Psychodynamics of Occupation, and the Responsibility of Us All, was posted on the ZNet and Information Clearinghouse web sites and subsequently picked up and reposted on at least 10 other sites; it has also been discussed on numerous other web sites. As a result of this article, Dr. Soldz received e-mails from many people around the world. He was also invited to be on the May 6 nationally-syndicated Thom Hartmann Radio Program.

In response to the brutal beheading of Nic Berg, Dr. Soldz wrote another piece, Retribution or Reflection on the choices facing Americans as the country responded to this act. This piece was posted on the ZNet and Information Clearinghouse web site.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz
BGSP Faculty Member Speaks on Bullying and Relational Aggression

Faculty member Stephen Soldz spoke on "Bullying and Relational Aggression: Overview of Current Thinking" May 14, at a conference organized by the Wellness Corporation, a major Massachusetts Employee Assistance Program (EAP). His presentation drew on research he is conducting with VSP student Leah Towne.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz
Opportunity to Participate in Research

Faculty member Stephen Soldz and VSP student Leah Towne are conducting a study of relational aggression -- ways in which gossip and social exclusion can be used to hurt. They are looking for one or two additional students to help out on the study. At this point, they especially need help with transcribing the research interviews they have accumulated. If interested, talk to either of them, or contact Dr. Soldz by phone (617-277-3915 x27) or email.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz & Leah Towne
Faculty Member Conducts Group on Overcoming Writer's Block

BGSP faculty member Helen Michael has been running a writers' group at the school for the past year. Participants have included students working on class papers, as well as some individuals from outside the school who came to the group wanting to free up their writing. Group members have successfully completed papers, and made progress on thesis writing. Someone experienced a breakthrough when she wrote a short story, and others have worked on journals, essays and memoirs.

Mrs. Michael feels that the group has been very effective in dealing with writing problems. "The group members help each other to talk about what prevents them from writing. There's no pressure. When people are ready to write, the theme is, just write something- as opposed to, write something wonderful. But once they start, people are usually pleased with what they write, and surprised that it can be fun."

The group has been running on class Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 am. For more information, you can reach Mrs. Michael at 617-964-8991, or email her at Helenmichael@aol.com.

Contributed by Helen Michael
Therapy Center Staff Presents Workshops at YMCA

Therapy Center staff are offering mental health workshops at the new Allston-Brighton Oak Square YMCA. The workshops were suggested to the Y by faculty member Virginia Elliott, who has maintained a working relationship with them for many years. In the past year, Mrs. Elliott has become a core member of the YMCA's newly developed Guiding Coalition to design and implement a whole-health trend for their services. The Therapy Center staff will continue to present workshops in the fall on topics such as depression, anxiety, obesity and drug/alcohol problems. These workshops are open to the public. The workshops already delivered have been very well received.

Contributed by Virginia Elliott
BGSP to Hold Graduation Ceremony

BGSP will hold a graduation ceremony and reception on Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m.in at the Holiday Inn in Brookline honoring its twenty six Master of Arts graduates and nine Certificate graduates. The ceremony will include an address by the President Dena Reed and the Provost, Phyllis Meadow, reading of final logs from Certificate graduates and a final log from an elected Master's class representative.

Contributed by Jane Snyder
BGSP to Hold Open House June 11

BGSP will hold an Open House June 11 at 5:30 for prospective students. For further information call: (617) 277-3915.


Notes From the Student Association

In the first Student Association meeting held by our new representatives, William Sharp and Leah Towne, several issues were addressed. A good deal of excitement was generated about the ideas presented and a call went out for recommitment in supporting the school and the efforts of the student association.

One of the new ideas concerned starting clinical seminars at the Boston campus. These would be based on the seminars run at CMPS in New York. In these seminars, students, faculty and community members would have the opportunity to present and discuss cases. Faye Newsome, a CMPS and BGSP faculty member, has agreed to conduct the first seminar on July16, at 7:00 PM. [See separate note.]

Due to the input coming from our new student population, it has been suggested that we reinstitute a Student Mentor program at the school. Many students had no idea that the service exists. This program will be reviewed, and put in to place for our Fall 2004 entering class..

Coffee? The new Café Student Lounge opened and now students pressed for time who need an inexpensive coffee between patients or during class weekends can find it in the school instead of going to the corner or down the street. Also, many students feel that the lounge is not used as often as it might be. Providing coffee and a space for students to sit between classes and catch up will hopefully address this concern. Faculty members have also extended an invitation to students for coffee, either on campus or down the street.

Finally, William has proposed the wonderful idea of BGSP becoming an active member in the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. In doing so, we would be listed on both the directory and web site, and gain some recognition locally as both a school and a therapy center. This is a project that will be worked on over the next few months.


In the second meeting of the Spring term, new issues were discussed along with those that were followed up from the first meeting.

Faculty member Linda Sklar came to the meeting to talk about the Therapy Center. In the interest of working together in order further to develop the Therapy Center at the school, it was decided that the Student Association and the Therapy Center should team up when possible. Getting in the spirit of things, a joint barbecue will be held as one of the social events at the Cape Conference this August!

Finally, we discussed the courses being held at BGSP for the LMHC program. We're hoping to have the attendance of either a faculty or administration member at our next meeting, in order to provide us with more information.

Contributed by Leah Towne
Student Association to Organize First Clinical Seminar

We've selected a date for the first clinical seminar to be held at BGSP. On July16, at 7:00 PM, all students, faculty and community members are invited to attend the event. We will be led in this initial meeting by Ms. Newsome, who will select a topic for the seminar in the near future. All are invited to present casework in an open forum in the interest of getting feedback, ideas, and presentation experience. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

Contributed by Leah Towne
Upcoming CE Events

The Extension Division at BGSP is preparing an exciting lineup of events beginning this summer.

Summer Offerings

Fall Offerings

Contributed by Claudia Luiz
Selected Recent Library Acquisitions
  • The psychology of death in fantasy and history / edited by Jerry S. Piven. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004.
  • McWilliams, Nancy. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy : a practitioner's guide / Nancy McWilliams. New York : Guilford Press, c2004.
  • Locke, Lawrence F. Proposals that work : a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals / Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Wyrick Spirduso, Stephen J. Silverman. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, c2000.
  • Petocz, Agnes. Freud, psychoanalysis, and symbolism / Agnes Petocz. Cambridge ;New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Maze, J. R. Virginia Woolf : feminism, creativity, and the unconscious / John R. Maze. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Maze, J. R. The meaning of behaviour / J.R. Maze. London ;Boston : G. Allen & Unwin, 1983.
  • Kaufman, Gershen. The psychology of shame : theory and treatment of shame-based syndromes / Gershen Kaufman. 2nd ed. New York : Springer Pub. Co., c1996.
  • Hare, Robert D., 1934- Without conscience : the disturbing world of the psychopaths among us / Robert D. Hare. New York : Guilford Press, 1999.
  • Violent children and adolescents : asking the question why / edited by Gwyneth Boswell. London ;Philadelphia : Whurr, 2000. Contributed by Amy Cohen-Rose
    Notes on Interesting Research

    Recent studies of interest we've come across:

    Neuroscientists are discovering what novelists and psychoanalysts have long know, that love can make us blind and otherwise change us: Love's strange effect on people.


    The abuses at the Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison raise the question as to whether we are all capable of acting abusively. One of the better press articles about this is this ABC News piece: The Face of War: Psychological Experts Say Under Stress of Battle, Potential for Abuse Could Surface in Anyone. One of the researchers cited in most press discussions is Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the classic Stanford Prison Experiment. Back when the Zimbardo study was first published, BGSP faculty member Siamak Movahedi and colleague Ali Bauazizi published an important critique, Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison: A Methodological Analysis (pdf), that bears reading today.


    The New York Times reports Depressing News on Depression. The "depressing news" is that there is little evidence that antidepressant drugs are effective in children and adolescents and are that the drug companies have exaggerated the benefits and minimized the risks.


    New evidence that mind affects the brain. Parkinsons patients demonstrate changed functioning of individual neurons when given placebo: Placebos effect revealed in calmed brain cells. Prior work by this research group had found that placebo caused the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine: Placebo produces surprise biological effect. In a related study, researchers found that, in depressed patients, patients given placebo had an increase in activity in a certain brain region, whereas those given an antidepressant demonstrated a decrease in activity in the same brain region: Brain scans reveal placebo effect in depressed patients.


    The public radio show, the Connection, for June 2, 2004, discussed recent dream research. The show featured science journalist Andrea Rock (author of The Mind At Night) and clinical psychologist Deirdre Barrett (Editor of Dreaming and Contributing Editor to Dream Time, journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams. The show Dream Weavers can be listened to online. Also of interest are Dream Time Articles Online and Dreaming Journal Articles Online.

    Contributed by Stephen Soldz
    Psychoanalysis in the News

    In England, they are fighting over who own psychoanalysis? And who gets to decide who is, and isn't, an analyst? Calling All Ids: Freudians at War


    The Israeli paper Ha'aretz has a two-part series on the interpersonal challenge to classical psychoanalysis: Wriggling out of the Freudian grip and Wriggling out of the Freudian grip (continued) Subsequent ambivalence


    Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, and Sabina Speilrein in the theater: "THE TALKING CURE": Sam Robards has theater in his blood and psychoanalysis on his mind


    Another award-winning play, Dark Sonnets of the Lady, based on the historic Freud case study of Dora, has opened in Pacifica, CA. It is written by Don Nigro and directed by Craig Cummins.


    A new movie, Empathy takes on psychoanalysis.

    Contributed by Stephen Soldz
    Quote of the Month:

    "I wanted simulatneously to understand Hanna's crime and to conemn it. But it was too terrible for that. When I tried to understand it, I had the feeling I was failing to condemn it as it must be condemned. When I condemned it as it must be condemned, there was no room for understanding. But even as I wanted to understand Hanna, failing to understand her meant betraying her all over again. I could not resolve this. I wanted to pose myself both tasks-understanding and condemnation. But it was impossible to do both."

    Bernhard Schlink: The Reader
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    Edited by & Virginia Elliott
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