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12/2/08
New York Times features article on the effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Therapy. A recent article in the New York Times, Psychoanalytic Therapy Wins Backing, references a paper published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  The paper reviews 23 studies providing evidence for the effectiveness of talk therapy in psychoanalytic treatment.  A letter from Dr. Lacquercia, faculty member of BGSP, was published in response to the article.  It can be read here.

12/1/08
BGSP President Dena Reed receives Distinguished Educators Award. Today, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) announced that President Dr. Dena Reed has received the Distinguished Educator Award from the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to psychoanalytic education. 


The IFPE chose to recognize Dr. Reed for this honor for her successful role in challenging traditional restrictions to psychoanalytic education. She was instrumental in gaining degree–granting status for BGSP, which offers Master’s degrees as well as the Doctor of Psychoanalysis degree, making it possible for students from all walks of life to engage in psychoanalytic training.  Furthermore, she has been very active in the regional accreditation process, helping to secure accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  She continues to advocate for increasing access to quality psychoanalytic education.

Continue reading full press release here.

10/2/08
BGSP Provost Jane Snyder to speak at Psychoanalytic Education Conference. Dr. Jane Snyder will be speaking at The Future of Psychoanalytic Education: Preservation & Innovation conference on November 16th in New York City. Dr. Snyder will be participating as part of a roundtable discussion on Continuity and Transformation of Psychoanalytic Education. A recording of the discussion can be found here.

9/2/08
BGSP Professor to speak at conference on Torture and Interrogation. Dr. Stephen Soldz will be speaking at The Parr Center for Ethics conference "Torture and Interrogation: Have We Gone to Far?" at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on September 13th. Dr. Soldz will be speaking on "Psychologists, Torture, and Civil Society: Professional Complicity and Resistance". Other topics include the law and its interpretation, and the realities of torture and interrogation. More information can be found here.

6/26/08
BGSP Announces New Programs in Psychoanalysis and Culture. Today, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis announced a new graduate program in Psychoanalysis and Culture, the first of its kind in the United States. The program, which leads to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Psychoanalysis degrees, is designed to examine the reciprocal relationship between psychoanalysis and culture in order to more powerfully promote the knowledge of factors that underlie personal and social change.


“Combining the insights of psychoanalytic thought with other perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies, this program explores complex issues such as mental health, individual and social violence, race, gender, and sexuality,” said Professor Siamak Movahedi, a psychoanalyst and sociologist involved in the design of the program.   “This program examines the individual unconscious, the socio-cultural environment in which it operates, and the interactions between the two.”


"Psychoanalysis and culture are, in many ways, at the heart of the most creative work in the social sciences,” said Charles Lemert, The John C. Andrus Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University and teacher in the program. “BGSP has long been a leader in the training of psychoanalysts in both clinical and academic research. This new program on psychoanalysis and culture, occupies a new space on the academic map."


One concentration – Psychoanalytic Social Theory – examines media, literature, the arts, and politics to develop a deeper understanding of the unconscious and cultural forces affecting society. The other concentration – the Study of Violence –focuses on contemporary issues of national and international importance such as interpersonal violence, terrorism, and culture wars.


Graduates of the doctoral program are prepared to seek positions in academia as researchers or teachers, or as senior administrators in mental health or social service agencies. Clinically oriented courses are available to supplement the Psychoanalysis and Culture studies for those interested.  Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2008 enrollment.   An information session on the program is being held at the main campus of the school on Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 6 PM.


BGSP is the only regionally accredited, degree granting, independent psychoanalytic school in the country.  Since its founding in 1973, BGSP has opened doors to psychoanalytic study to students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Graduates of the school apply what they have learned in clinical settings as well as in education, business, politics, and the arts. For additional information about the Psychoanalysis and Culture program, contact Psychculture@bgsp.edu.  For more information on the Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis and Culture program, click here, and for more information on the Doctoral program in Psychoanalysis and Culture, click here.

 

3/27/08
BGSP Featured on the front page of the Brookline Tab. "There’s that question at a party that both William Sharp or Joon Ho Lee pretty much dread — “So, what do you do?” “I say, ‘I’m studying psychoanalysis,’ and often the response is, ‘OK, nice meeting you!’” said Lee, a master’s candidate at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Washington Square. “Often, I just tell people that I’m studying psychology.” “It’s so true,” sighed Sharp, a doctoral student at the school. “Then it’s like, ‘So, are you analyzing me now?’” READ FULL ARTICLE

3/18/08
Faculty Member Contends With Psychologists in National Security Interrogations. Over the past several years the profession of psychology has engaged in vigorous debate over the proper role of psychologists in interrogations of "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the secret CIA black sites. Stephen Soldz, BGSP faculty member, has been a leading figure in these debates. He has written extensively for online sites and blogs on the issue and has been quoted by a number of reporters and had numerous radio and television interviews on the topic. He has also contributed to several scholarly publications on the issue in such journals as Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, and Psychoanalytic Dialogs, and has several forthcoming book chapters on the topic. Recently, Dr. Soldz participated in a workshop on this issue at Harvard Law School with physicians, attorneys and human rights advocates; he is also featured in the latest issue of the Swedish Journal of Psychology. In March, he will be a featured speaker at the Midwest World Affairs Conference at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Dr. Soldz is an organizer and will be one of three speakers at a May 3rd forum on Torture and the American Psyche: Blurring the Boundary Between Healers and Interrogators being produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, together with BGSP's Institute for the Study of violence, the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, the Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, Psychologists for Social Responsibility End Torture Action Committee, and the First Parish Unitarian Church in Brookline. Other speakers are Leonard Rubenstein, President of Physicians for Human Rights and former Iraq interrogator Eric Fair. The forum will be held at the Unitarian Church, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA, 9:30 AM.

3/18/08
BGSP Faculty Present at Dublin Conference on Building a Psychoanalytic Community. The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy M.Sc. Program at Trinity College, Dublin, invited four BGSP faculty to come and present at a conference on "Building Our Psychoanalytic Community" on February 29-March 1, 2008. Participating BGSP faculty included Dr. June Bernstein, Dr. Ted Laquerica, Dr. John Madonna and Dr. Jane Snyder, each of whom gave a talk and ran workshops throughout the conference. The relationship between the two schools was built on a connection between Paul Shield, of Ireland, a member of the Trinity program training committee, and John Madonna of BGSP.

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program in Dublin has been in existence for fifteen years and administrators are currently working on building their own extended community of faculty, graduates, colleagues and students. They sought input from BGSP on issues such as moving graduates into roles as training analysts and administrators, navigating academic and clinical regulatory bodies, and building a community feeling. Conference participants also became interested in modern psychoanalysis and emotional education.

3/17/08
Faculty Member Dr. Stephen Soldz Selected as Reviewer of the Year. The online transdisciplinary Journal of Research Practice has selected BGSP faculty member Stephen Soldz as a recipient of their shared Reviewer of the Year award for 2007. Dr. Soldz has been on the editorial board since the journal's founding.

3/17/08
School Based Program Expands to Serve Teachers and Parents. The collaborative efforts of BGSP and the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy's school based program (SBP) have expanded this year to provide support for teachers and parents. William Sharp (BGSP) has presented to both the Marshfield Public School District and the Friends of the Hernandez School in Boston.

Teachers and Support staff in Marshfield Public School District signed up to attend two mini workshops entitled "Working with the Difficult Child" during an in-service. At the first workshop in January, participants asked about how transference can affect the students' readiness to learn and cases were presented from the classroom with ideas about how to address resistances to learning. The second workshop is scheduled for March 6th.

In Boston, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents from the Hernandez School were invited to participate in a workshop which included exercise in mind-body. Co-led by school therapist William Sharp and Yoga instructor Mimi Cromwell, members of the group heard about children's developmental needs and affect states that can influence school performance while learning yoga poses that can help facilitate readiness to learn. The talk was so well received, the pair has been asked to return for up to three more talks in the spring.

Plans for the 2008-2009 school year include providing monthly on-going teacher support groups and consultations as well as continued workshops for parents and support staff. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, contact William Sharp, Program Director at WSharp@bostoninstitute.org.

3/15/08
The 2008 Commencement Ceremonies will take place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston on March 15th at 12:15 pm.   Graduates of the One Year, Master’s, Certificate and Doctoral programs will be recognized.

Dr. Lucy Holmes, an NAAP and SMP certified psychoanalyst, will be the principle speaker.  Dr. Holmes is president of the Society of Modern Psychoanalysts, and is a member of the faculty at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and the Center for Group Studies in New York. She lectures widely on women and family issues and is the author of The Object Within: Pregnancy as a Developmental Milestone, The Internal Triangle: New Theories of Female Development, and Women in Groups and Women’s Groups.

3/14/08
Faculty Member Contends With Psychologists in National Security Interrogations Over the past several years the profession of psychology has engaged in vigorous debate over the proper role of psychologists in interrogations of "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the secret CIA black sites. Stephen Soldz, BGSP faculty member, has been a leading figure in these debates. He has written extensively for online sites and blogs on the issue and has been quoted by a number of reporters and had numerous radio and television interviews on the topic. He has also contributed to several scholarly publications on the issue in such journals as Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, and Psychoanalytic Dialogs, and has several forthcoming book chapters on the topic. Recently, Dr. Soldz participated in a workshop on this issue at Harvard Law School with physicians, attorneys and human rights advocates; he is also featured in the latest issue of the Swedish Journal of Psychology. In March, he will be a featured speaker at the Midwest World Affairs Conference at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Dr. Soldz is an organizer and will be one of three speakers at a May 3rd forum on Torture and the American Psyche: Blurring the Boundary Between Healers and Interrogators being produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, together with BGSP's Institute for the Study of violence, the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, the Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, Psychologists for Social Responsibility End Torture Action Committee, and the First Parish Unitarian Church in Brookline. Other speakers are Leonard Rubenstein, President of Physicians for Human Rights and former Iraq interrogator Eric Fair. The forum will be held at the Unitarian Church, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA, 9:30 AM.

3/7/08
"Contact" at Gallery 1581 opening March 7th. Students at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis are organizing an art exhibition that will bring two distinct groups of students into a shared dialogue. The show will exhibit art student’s photographs alongside psychoanalytic “responses” created by current BGSP students. The responses will involve many different creative media, including: music, painting, writing, poetry, plant-life and drawing.

2/18/08
This semester BGSP’s Institute for the Study of Violence is offering a three credit course on the Psychoanalytic Interpretation of War. This course is designed to facilitate the recognition of unconscious motivations hidden underneath the cultural force of war.  Through guided discussions, classroom presentations and assigned readings, students will learn about the symbolic meaning of the enemy, the character traits of nations and why we are attached to them, fanatic beliefs, warfare and destruction.  Students will come to understand societal violence as collective psychopathology.  This course will be co-taught by Dr. Stephen Soldz and Dr. Richard A. Koenigsberg.

12/10/07
William Sharp, a BGSP doctoral candidate, spoke on NPR about dreams.
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12/5/07
BGSP Participates in Psychoanalytic Education Conference BGSP cosponsored and sent administrators and faculty to a major inter-institute conference on psychoanalytic education in New York City on December 2-3, 2007. Sponsored by over twenty institutes of all persuasions (members of the Society of Modern Psychoanalysts, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and others) the conference was ecumenical in spirit as panel after panel examined major issues of interest to psychoanalytic training institutions.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Jurgen Reeder presented his thoughts on the psychoanalytic ethos, arguing it is this which defines psychoanalysis, not frequency of sessions, and that we as psychoanalysts need to "cultivate our ethos". Rather than being pushed into a defensive position by standards from other mental health approaches (e.g., evidence based treatment), or by other sciences, we need to strengthen our "metapsychology", articulate why we do what we do, and defend our knowledge base which is rooted in personal analysis and subjective experience. He further argued that the psychoanalytic ethos is good for society, advocating self reflection, self knowledge, and confidentiality.

Major issues were addressed by panels and audience members: frequency of analytic sessions for candidates and training cases, criteria for becoming certified and becoming a training analyst, legislation and licensure in the field. Discussion was open and, in general, tolerant of diverse points of view, with general agreement on the need to generate research in the field, the importance of promoting psychoanalysis in today's mental health environment, and a consensus that the NY licensing bill is problematic in multiple ways. Major differences persist on how one defines psychoanalysis - by frequency of sessions or by the process itself and on whether such a criterion should be used to distinguish psychoanalysts from psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

Conference organizers promised a "next annual" conference next fall.

11/28/07
Professor Stephen Soldz recently appeared on the Pinky Show discussing a psychoanalytic view of contemporary American culture and empire.
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