BGSP News & Notes

News from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Issue #11, February, 2007

Edited by Eileen Keating, Stephen Soldz & Caroline Egnaczyk

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BGSP Offers a New One-Year Program

In addition to its Master's and Doctoral programs, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has added a new One-Year Program designed to enrich the work of clinical practitioners and professionals in various disciplines by introducing them to modern psychoanalytic principles, theories and techniques. Classes will focus on case material emphasizing the application of a psychodynamic approach. Experiential process as well as more traditional teaching methods will be used to promote learning. Students will progress through the program as a group, the first such group starting February 8, 2007.

The two classes for the spring semester are The Maturational Process and Transference and Resistance and are to be held every other Thursday from 6:00 to 9:15 P.M. for ten weeks. Tuition per semester is $1,000 and will include forums and events where participants can meet with other students and faculty members for an informal exchange of ideas. If interested, please call 617-277-3915 for more information.

NEASC Commends BGSP for 5th Year Report

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges gave a glowing response to the Boston Graduate School's Fifth Year Report, commending the school for its "efforts in refocusing and strengthening its mission, administrative leadership, planning, and marketing efforts, all of which facilitate coordination across three campuses. We take favorable note of efforts to broaden the communities that the School serves, to strengthen the interface with professionals and programs in related fields, and more specifically to improve the technology infrastructure at the Vermont campus."

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredits the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. The fifth year interim report is a standard requirement in the 10 year review cycle for accredited institutions. The next review will be a comprehensive 10-year evaluation in 2011.

Conference on "Why Drive Theory?" Held in October

On October 14, 2006, BGSP hosted the conference, "Why Drive Theory?" featuring speakers from three different training institutes. The keynote speaker, Dr. Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, presented her paper "Surviving in absence: On the preservative and death drive and its clinical value", published in the October 2006 issue of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. A Training and Supervising Analyst of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and Faculty at The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, The Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East and The Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, Dr. Schmidt-Hellerau drew upon her vast clinical experience and knowledge to discuss her new theoretical and clinical look at the death drive in connection with the preservative drive. Clinical material from a long psychoanalysis helped illustrate how these concepts contribute to the understanding of patients' 'absence' and 'deadness', causing us to rethink the technical challenges they provide.

Psychoanalysts Mr. Eddy Carrillo and Dr. Jane Snyder presented their views on drive theory from the technical and theoretical stances of their Institutes. Mr. Carrillo, a founding member and professor at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies of the Association for Socio-Critical Psychoanalysis in San Jose, Costa Rica, discussed a case illustrating the use that he and his colleagues are putting to Freudian drive theory from what they refer to as a social-critical perspective.

Dr. Snyder, Provost and Training Analyst at BGSP, discussed her work on drive theory from within the context of Modern Psychoanalysis. Dr. Snyder presented a case that highlighted the clinical usefulness of thinking and working within the context of the effects of bottled-up aggression in narcissism. She also discussed the management of the tensions inherent in containing destructive drives and what they mean for the patient's internal object world, as well as for the position of the analyst in the transference.

The conference was moderated by Dr. Rodrigo Barahona of BGSP, who invited these three presenters to come together and debate their ideas to the students and faculty of several analytic institutes. All three excellent and thoughtful papers will appear in an upcoming issue of Modern Psychoanalysis (Dr. Schmidt-Hellerau's will appear only in abstract form. The full paper may be found in the October, 2006 Psychoanalytic Quarterly).

BGSP Faculty Participate in Conference on Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis

BGSP faculty member Ms. Mary Shepherd was a discussant at the annual Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies (CMPS) conference The Neuroscience of Emotions: Implications for Psychoanalysis. A number of BGSP and BGSP-New York faculty participated in a Panel Discussion in the afternoon during this conference, including Dr. Mimi Crowell, Dr. June Bernstein, Dr. Theodore Laquercia, and Dr. Dolores Welber.

Faculty Member Discusses Relation of Politics and Psychotherapy

BGSP faculty member Dr. Stephen Soldz participated in an online discussion of "Ideology and the Couch" on the online forum site The month-long discussion focused on the role of political beliefs and attitudes in psychoanalytic practice. The journal Psychotherapy and Politics International has asked Dr. Soldz to guest-edit two special sections devoted to this dialog. Dr. Soldz also spoke January 25 at a community forum sponsored by Brookline PeaceWorks on Guantanamo and Torture: Confronting Our National Nightmare. Also speaking at the forum was Jeffrey Gleason, a Boston attorney defending six Guantanamo detainees. Dr. Soldz also participated in a fund-raising dinner earlier that day to support the Center for Constitutional Rights and its work defending Guantanamo detainees.

Dr. Barahona Runs Seminar in Costa Rica

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in San Jose, Costa Rica, finalized their semester-long spring 2006 seminar on The Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique with a week-long workshop series conducted by Dr. Rodrigo Barahona of BGSP. Dr. Barahona, who is adjunct faculty at the Center, talked about "Contemporary perspectives on the psychoanalytic treatment of the neuroses". Dr. Barahona presented an overview of Freud's technical papers, his historical debates with Brenner and Arlow, the current work of Fred Busch within Ego Psychology, and finally Merton Gill's technical recommendations for transference analysis, with its implications for intersubjective theory. The seminar participants were Licensed Psychologists in their first years of psychoanalytic training.

Dr. Fred Busch Speaks at BGSP on the Mystery of Preconscious Thinking

On November 17, 2006, BGSP hosted the conference "The Mystery of Preconscious Thinking and Its Relationship to Unconscious Fantasies: Clinical Implications" with speaker Dr. Fred Busch of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East. Dr. Busch re-opened Freud's forgotten struggle with preconscious thinking, and explored it as the basis for thinking about psychoanalytic treatment. The conference was moderated by Dr. Siamak Movahedi.

CZMI Has a New Name: Vermont Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

The Cyril Z. Meadow Institute proudly announces its new name, the Vermont Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. VGSP, as it shall henceforth be known, offers a Doctorate in Psychoanalysis as well as an assortment of continuing education offerings. Information sessions will be held at 12:00 on the following Sundays: February 25th, March 25th, and April 22nd. For further information call 802-257-0919 or email

pARTners Show Brings Together Artists, Patrons and Psychoanalysts

Gallery 1581 at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis opened the show, pARTners, on October 20, 2006 to another full house. The exhibit includes a wide range of work by the modern analytic community including students, faculty, family, analysands, friends, neighbors, gallery patrons and artists from previous shows at BGSP. The work can be viewed during school hours, 9-5 weekdays, and by appointment until late April.

In this third year of the life of Gallery 1581, the gallery committee is working diligently to build a permanent collection of work consonant with the theme of deep knowledge of the human condition that unites psychoanalysts and artists. The body of work now includes accomplished oils, acrylics, watercolors, photographs, paper cuts, sculpture, collage, prints and carvings. Many of these have been donated by the artists or purchased from prior exhibits. The response to fundraising requests has been very generous, with many checks still coming in. It appears that with the many new pARTners who are contributing money, time, labor and artwork, the committee will be able to rapidly retire the gallery's start-up debt, pay for the new storage unit, and, of course, keep the school looking beautiful and inviting.

The next show, called 'Inner Life', will be part of the Brookline Open Studios Tour, April 28th and 29th, 11 am - 6 pm. The show will feature Mass. College of Art Professor John Baker, an excellent painter with an analytic background from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute where he was the curator. Mr. Baker will speak on BGSP's opening night, May 4th, Friday evening, after classes. All are welcome.

Please contact Ms. Caroline Egnaczyk if you would like to receive calls for work for upcoming shows and/or invitations to openings, email For information about analytic groups for artists, Mr. Jon Kelley at For all other gallery inquiries, contact Dr. Mara Wagner at If you would like to join the group of Gallery 1581's pARTners, you can send a check made out to Gallery 1581/BGSP in any amount. We are also accepting donations of artwork.

Student Association News

The BGSP Student Association, co-chaired by Ms. Leah Towne and Mr. William Sharp, helped the school administration to host the annual September party to welcome new students. At the same time, goodbyes were said to Ms. Sherry Ceridan, who was leaving her position as registrar.

The first formal Student Association meeting, held in October, was very well attended and generated much energy toward several projects for the upcoming year, including improved I.D. cards; an EXTREME home makeover competition to decorate two Therapy Center rooms; the publication of a student newsletter; and sponsorship of reading groups to discuss Freud, Winnicott and Lacan.

The annual Holiday Party, sponsored by the Association, spread its usual cheer with a wonderful assortment of dishes, ethnic and otherwise, good wine, and song from Ms. Hugenberger's tuneful and witty entertainers, accompanied by Dr. Price.

The BGSP community is fortunate to have such a dedicated and energetic student group ready to contribute in so many ways to the life of the school.

Modern Psychoanalysis Goes to the Movies

Several Friday Night Movie Discussions are scheduled for the spring 2007 semester. These movie nights have been an excellent way for the school to open its doors to the community-at-large as well as to its own members. Lively discussions characterize these events as movie aficionados, literary critics and psychoanalysts all have a voice.

Brokeback Mountain
March 16, 2007
Elizabeth Dorsey, Cert. Psya.
William Sharp, MA

Cinema Paradiso
March 30, 2007
Kathleen Henneberry, M.Ed.

Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her)
April 27, 2007
Rodrigo Barahona, Psya.D.

Second Hand Lions
May 11, 2007
Marjorie Kettell, Ph.D.

All events are at 7 PM. Movies should be viewed prior to the discussion.

Cape Cod Conference To Be Held the First Week of July

This year's Cape Conference is entitled "Transference and Countertransference: Who's Who in the Analytic Encounter." The conference will be held on July 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th. Events will be planned for the 4th to give conference participants an opportunity to enjoy the holiday.

Any questions about housing should be addressed to William Sharp. Questions about the conference go to Jill Solomon.

Spring Information Sessions

Faculty Publications and Presentations

Quote of the Month

The point of psychoanalysis is to help us develop a clearer, yet more flexible and creative sense of what our ends might be. "How shall we live?" is, for Socrates, the fundamental question of human existence- and the attempt to answer that question is, for him, what makes human life worthwhile. And it is Plato and Shakespeare, Proust, Nietzsche and, most recently, Freud who complicated the issue by insisting that there are deep currents of meaning, often crosscurrents, running through the human soul which can at best be glimpsed through a glass darkly. This, if anything, is the Western tradition: not a specific set of values, but a belief that the human soul is too deep for there to be any easy answer to the question of how to live.

Author: Jonathan Lear, The shrink is in, The New Republic, December 25, 1995
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Edited by Eileen Keating, Stephen Soldz & Caroline Egnaczyk
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