BGSP News & Notes

News from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Issue #5 , October, 2004

Edited by Stephen Soldz

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CONTENTS

Dena Reed, M.D., Appointed President of BGSP
First ISV Doctoral Students Present Dissertation Research for Graduation!
2004 Graduation Celebration
First Time: BGSP to Accept Full Class for Spring, 2005
BGSP Featured in Boston Globe
Modern Psychoanalytic Seminars for New Hampshire: Everyday Clinical Dilemmas
Psychoanalytic Scholar Janet Sayers to Speak At BGSP Nov. 19
Case Discussion Forum Open to Public
Gallery 1581 to Hold Second Show Highlighting Work By Students
Do the "Write" Thing: New Drop-in Writing Clinic Offered
BGSP Faculty and ISV Student Respond to Community Violence
BGSP Continuing Education Director quoted in Boston Globe Article on Stress
Faculty Member Interviewed on Oregon Radio Station KBOO
New BGSP Viewbooks Now Available
Upcoming Open House and Information Session Dates
VSP Open House
Alumni News
Selected Recent Library Acquisitions
Psychoanalysis in the News
Quote of the Month

Dena Reed, M.D., Appointed President of BGSP

On June 13, 2004, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Dena Reed the new president of BGSP. Dr. Reed had been appointed Acting President last March when Dr. Phyllis Meadow announced she was resigning from the Presidency to devote more time to the Institute for the Study of Violence. Dr. Reed brings many years of administrative experience at BGSP to her new role. She has served as Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, and most recently, as Provost. She has taken a leading role in the school's pursuit and attainment of degree programs and accreditation, most recently leading the effort to apply for the doctor of psychoanalysis degree program in Boston.

A graduate of the Boston Graduate School's Certificate Program, Dr. Reed has conducted research and taught courses over the years in psychopathology, somatic factors, as well as the fieldwork course which students take while doing an externship in a mental hospital or other residential setting. Dr. Reed studied at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Tufts Medical School and completed her residency in psychiatry at the Tufts-New England Medical Center where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Reed plans to continue the school's efforts to establish degree programs in psychoanalysis as well as gain more visibility in the academic and broader psychoanalytic communities.

Contributed by Jane Snyder
First ISV Doctoral Students Present Dissertation Research for Graduation!

Three ISV doctoral candidates have successfully defended their dissertation research before their doctoral committees, ISV co-directors and the BGSP community. They are Miriam Riss, Michal Adiv-Ginach, and Robin Pollack Gomolin.

The first student to present, Miriam Riss, presented her research project, Tolerance for violence: Comparing people's responses to two recent acts of aggression, on June 4, 2004. Mrs. Riss compared responses of randomly selected subjects in tolerating or justifying use of violence in the Dialho case to subjects responding to the September 11th violence and retaliatory action. She found that sociological variables accounted for differences in the responses to the Dialho incident (notably gender and race) whereas variables such as narrative complexity, affected by internal variables, accounted for differences in tolerance for the September 11th violence. In addition the time lapse between the September 11th violence and the date of the interview affected the degree of tolerance.

Two weeks later, June, 18, 2004, Michal Adiv-Ginach presented her study, Are we fighting for our survival? What is behind the Israeli politics of ein breira (no choice)? What are the Israeli Jews' fantasies in the context of their relationship with the Palestinians?. Mrs. Ginach's complex study included detailed psychoanalytic analysis of data from focus groups with Israelis living here and in Israel for repetitive communications and underlying, unconscious themes as well as interviews with key informants. She concluded that the societal investment in the position of victim is a defense against knowing the wish to be the victimizer perpetuating a continual enactment of living on the verge of extinction.

The third candidate, Robin Pollack Gomolin, presented her dissertation study on October 8, 2004, The Intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma: A systematic review of a psychoanalytic theory. Mrs. Gomolin did a careful secondary analysis of the literature on first and second generation survivors of the Holocaust. She sought to understand the disparity between findings from the psychoanalytic literature -- suggesting severe ego impairments and psychopathology in survivors and their children -- and the quantitative literature indicating that most survivors recover ego functions and integrate their traumas, i.e., there is no more psychopathology in survivors and their children than in the general population. She concludes that the theory of intergenerational transmission of trauma is based on an extremely small sample of cases treated by practitioners operating out of their countertransference response to the Holocaust. As a result of this response, these practitioners modified their technique and their framework for understanding the clinical material, rather than operating within the customary analytic mode, i.e. treating each case as an individual with a unique psychic structure. Her study is a critique of clinical theory based on distorted data collection and reporting.

The three projects met the expectations of the ISV faculty for innovative and groundbreaking research on violence as students integrate diverse theoretical perspectives and research knowledge from the three major disciplinary traditions covered in the ISV curriculum: psychoanalysis, sociocultural studies, and neuroscience.

Contributed by Jane Snyder
First Time: BGSP to Accept Full Class for Spring, 2005

For the first time, BGSP has decided to accept a full entering class for the Spring, 2005 semester. So let those friends and colleagues interested in psychoanalytic training know that applications are still being accepted for Spring. Further information is available from the BGSP web site: www.bgsp.edu, or from the office by phone: (617)-277-3915 or e-mail: bgsp@bgsp.ed


BGSP Featured in Boston Globe

The Boston Globe featured BGSP in its September 26, 2004 edition. The article, At Freudian school, an attempt to enlarge the couch, covered the range of academic, clinical, and community-service activities provided by the school. It can be read here.


2004 Graduation Celebration

Representing 15 countries, 26 Master's graduates and 9 Psychoanalytic Certificate graduates took the stage at the June 19th, 2004 BGSP graduation at the Holiday Inn in Brookline. Packing the room and proudly gazing on were family, friends, fellow students and faculty.

New BGSP President, Dena Reed, warmly welcomed them to the field and Dean of Graduate Studies, Jane Snyder, reviewed the training process and the contributions which graduates have made to psychoanalysis. Moderating the event was past President and current Provost, Phyllis Meadow, through her own dedication providing inspiration to the graduates as they moved ahead on the next leg of their psychoanalytic journey.

Each Certificate graduate gave a final log, a testimonial to the growth and change each had experienced in the rigorous process of becoming a psychoanalyst. Representing the Masters' students were Christopher Russell, Gohar Homayounpour, and Leah Towne, each commenting with feeling and humor on their personal and class experiences.

In closing, BGSP Alumni and faculty member John Madonna invited graduates to join the Alumni Association and continue BGSP's work in applying the principles of psychoanalysis in a multitude of fields and places. It was evident that BGSP's goals would be further carried out by the outstanding graduates!

Our graduates represented the following countries: Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Cypress, Ethiopia, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and, of course, the United States.

Contributed by Linda Sklar
BGSP Offers Seminar Series in New Hampshire

Therapists from all backgrounds encounter a variety of challenging situations in their everyday clinical work. Patients don't show up. They leave abruptly. They don't want to pay. They are frighteningly depressed or suicidal. They become physically ill. They want to attack instead of talk. Each situation is uniquely difficult and perplexing to even the most experienced therapist. BGSP is offering a series of five brown bag lunch seminars for the year 2004 to 2005 in New Hampshire to mental health practitioners to offer them a forum for case discussion. Beginning on Friday, October 29th at noon, BGSP Faculty will be presenting cases and leading discussion on clinical challenges. These will take place in Nashua, NH at the First Church. Three Continuing Education Credits will be offered; fee is $50. Subsequent seminars will be held on January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 15, 2005. Further information and registration materials are available from the BGSP web site: www.bgsp.edu, by phone: (617)-277-3915, or by e-mail: bgsp@bgsp.ed

Contributed by Pat Hugenberger
Psychoanalytic Scholar Janet Sayers to Speak At BGSP Nov. 19

Janet Sayers, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at the University of Kent (UK) will speak at BGSP on speak at BGSP on November 19, 2004, 8 PM on Art and Psychoanalysis: Inter-Active Image-Making. Dr. Sayers is the author of a number of books, including: Biological Politics: Feminist and Anti-feminist Perspectives; Sexual Contradictions: Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Feminism; Mothering Psychoanalysis; Freudian Tales: About Imagined Men; Mothers of Psychoanalysis: Helene Deutsch, Karen Horney, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein; Boy Crazy: Remembering Adolescence, Memories and Dreams; Kleinians: Psychoanalysis Inside Out; and Divine Therapy: Love, Mysticism & Psychoanalysis. The talk is Free and Open to the Public


Case Discussion Forum Open to Public

Faculty member Faye Newsome will continue the successful Case Discussion & Supervision Forum this fall, with the next meeting being held on December 2 at 8:00 PM. All clinicians interested in discussing cases are welcome to attend.


Gallery 1581 to Hold Second Show Highlighting Work By Students

The second art show of Gallery 1581, BGSP's exciting new gallery, will feature students of all the modern analytic institutes. The show opens Thursday, November 18th in conjunction with Washington Square's First Light Festival. We'll be open 5-9 PM that evening. A second opening night party will be held the following evening, Friday, November 19th from 7:30-9:30 PM.

We hope everyone at BGSP will come and most people will help out. Guests may be invited to either or both receptions. Contributions of food and wine are appreciated. The show will hang until the New Year.

CALL FOR ART:

Students and their family members may drop off framed, wired works on Friday, November 12, 3-6 PM or Saturday, November 13, 1-2:30 PM. A few tables for artisans/designers/crafts people will be available as well on both nights.

Current, former, and occasional students (as well as recent graduates who narrowly missed eligibility for the first show) are welcome to submit works.

30% of the price of works sold will go to the school and/or the gallery to pay back start-up costs and publicity. Works not for sale must be accompanied by a fee of $10 per piece. We will hang all the work we can fit. We hope you'll pitch in.

Questions? Call Dr. Wagner: (617)-277-3915 x34

Contributed by Mara Wagner
Do the "Write" Thing: New Drop-in Writing Clinic Offered

Helen Michael, faculty member at BGSP, is offering a new drop-in writing clinic on class Thursdays between 10am and 12 pm, or by appointment. The clinic is held in the Therapy Center office on the first floor of the school, and anyone wanting to discuss writing issues or a writing project is invited to stop by for a consultation.

In addition to the writing clinic, Mrs. Michael leads two groups that focus on writing blocks. Group members include BGSP students who are working on class papers or writing a thesis, and individuals from the community who want a writers group. Groups are held on class Friday and Saturday mornings.

According to Mrs. Michael, people are often blocked by such typical writing issues as anxiety about isolation and exposure. While trying to work through these issues alone can be quite difficult, input from others is often effective in resolving problems of this kind.

For more information on either the drop-in clinic or the groups, Mrs. Michael can be reached at (617)-964-8991, or email her at Helenmichael@aol.com.


BGSP Faculty and ISV Student Respond to Community Violence

BGSP faculty member Eugene Goldwater and ISV student Cheryl Sanders conducted a seminar on Understanding Violence at the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Hospital in Boston. The seminar was held in response to an increase in violence among the patients and the clients that the mental health center serves.

ISV student Cheryl Sanders will also conduct a workshop on Bullying and Teasing to the Stoneham middle school through a local organization in which Ms. Sanders has been active: Stoneham Against Hate.

Contributed by Cheryl Sanders
Faculty Member quoted in Boston Globe Article on Stress

BGSP's Director of Continuing Education Clauia Luiz, was quoted in a Boston Globe article, which was in turn picked up by other papers around the country: Learn how to express stress-related anger


Faculty Member Interviewed on Oregon Radio Station KBOO

Faculty member Stephen Soldz was interviewed by host Andrew Geller on radio station KBOO covering northern Oregon on June 16, 2004 (the show was also available on the web). He spoke about issues raised by his February talk and article: Security, Terror, and the Psychodynamics of Empire. The talk was delivered as part of a panel on Psychodynamics of Empire organized by Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice and cosponsored by BGSP's Institute for the Study of Violence. The interview can be to listen on your computer downloaded] to listen on your computer. Warning: the 7+ megabyte file may take a while to download.


New BGSP Viewbooks Now Available

As a culmination of a major effort, BGSP has created a beautiful new Viewbook, as a marketing tool to introduce the school to prospective students and others. Designed in collaboration with a team of graphic designers at WGBH, it tries to convey the essence of psychoanalysis through word and image, while providing information on the school's varied programs.

The books are in and ready for you to distribute to friends, colleagues, clinics, and offices. Please help us advertise BGSP by taking a few with you. Stop by the office for copies.


Upcoming Open House and Information Session Dates


VSP Open House

The Vermont School of Psychoanalysis, BGSP's Vermont branch, will have an Open House for prospective students, Sunday, November 7 at 1:00 PM. For further information: (802) 257-0919


Alumni News

The BGSP Alumni Association has recently been formed with co-directors Theodore Laquercia, John Madonna, Vincent Panetta, and Patricia Hugenberger. Among the the goals of the Association is to provide a means for alumni, as an essential part of the BGSP community, to stay in touch with the school and recent developments in modern psychoanalysis. We are interested in the various things people are doing professionally since graduation and their ideas about how the BGSP training has influenced their work. The application of psychoanalytic ideas to many fields of interest continues to grow through the variety of programs offered and the diversity of interests of the BGSP community. Please E-mail this information to bgsp@bgsp.ed, to the attention to Pat Hugenberger. This information will be printed in the Alumni News section of this newsletter, along with other information of interest to alumni.

Contributed by Pat Hugenberger
Selected Recent Library Acquisitions Contributed by Amy Cohen-Rose
Psychoanalysis in the News

Justin Frank, a Georgetown psychoanalyst, has published a new book - Bush on the Couch - in which he claims the "White House is occupied by an "untreated ex-alcoholic with paranoid and megalomaniac tendencies." See the new York Daily News article: President's analyst? Doctor puts 'Bush on the Couch'

Another book by a psychoanalyst with a positive take on President Bush: In His Father's Shadow : The Transformations of George W. Bush. See also the New York Times article: Bush's Possession of Saddam's Gun Both Freudian and Traditional.

Yet another psychoanalytic take on the current political situation in the US: Shrinking Bush: S.F. psychologist argues that hyper-masculinity is undermining the American political culture. This is an article based on Bay-area psychoanalyst Stephen J. Ducat's new book: The Wimp Factor : Gender Gaps, Holy Wars, and the Politics of Anxious Masculinity.

Surprisingly, the CEO of Novartis a major pharmaceutical company, is actually a trained psychoanalysis. In an interview, he talks of the value of analytic training for business: CEO's Feelings Are a Factor In Critical Business Decisions. About psychoanalysis he says "'It gave me freedom to behave as I am rather than how I [or others] think I ought to,' Dr. Vasella says."

Self psychologist Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber responds to an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz providing a relational critique of classical Freudian psychoanalysis" What is real, what is not.

"Inspired by the diaries of Sabrina Spielrein, Berlin artist Mario Rizzi has created The Sofa of Jung, a sound installation for the Biennale of Sydney.... The Sofa of Jung is Rizzi's reconstruction of the famed psychoanalyst Carl Jung's studios." Passionate tales from the analyst's couch [free login required]

Young Dr. Freud, a movie originally made for Australian TV, is now available on DVD. It covers his life from age 4 till he published his first book.

Contributed by Stephen Soldz
Quote of the Month

We know how difficult it is for psychoanalysts to define who they are, either to others or to themselves. As soon as they are questioned about their identity or the nature of their work, one sees them struggling in a state of confusion which suggests that their embarrassment may betray a need a need to hide something shameful. They are hesitant in describing what they do; they do not like being confined to their role as therapists (although they also protest whenever there is an attempt to call this function into question) and they cannot agree either to being classified as hermeneutists. Contemporary psychoanalytic literature bears witness to the uneasiness of psychoanalysts in situating themselves; none of the clothes which they are invited to put on seem to fit the image which they wish to present of themselves, although they are unable to say exactly what that is.

André Green: The Work of the Negative
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