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International Psychotherapy Institute blog, issues relating to psychodynamic psychotherapy, object relations theory and technique, psychoanalysis.

Reflections of the IPI Weekend Conference by Dra. Iraira Butcher 

Be Thoughtful and Act: Confronting Racism Inside and Outside of Our Minds Reflections of the IPI Weekend Conference by Dra. Iraira Butcher    After finding much needed containment in the approximately biweekly town hall meetings with IPI and after the recent escalation in my frustration due to my inability to find a space to explore …

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Recent IPI Faculty Publications

Change across a completed analysis assessed using a modified Three-Level Model Jill Savege Scharff & Pat Hedegard The authors present their design for a clinical teaching exercise to study transformation in psychoanalysis. They chose a completed analysis from which to select the sessions retrospectively so that the clinical review exercise would not influence ongoing analytic …

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Some thoughts about the transition to an online weekend conference  

Jill Savege Scharff Because of physical distancing to combat COVID-19, the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) moved its April weekend conference on sex and gender and its student graduation ceremony from the usual site in Rockville to IPI’s 1000-capacity Zoom room online.  I thought it was a good decision, and I planned to be there.  I …

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Changes in Frames: COVID-19 and Teleanalysis

 April 2020   Yolanda Varela, PhD, President, IPA Panamanian Association of Psychoanalysis (Provisional Society); supervising analyst, IPA; supervising analyst and graduate, APsaA International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training.   Thoughts arising at Town Hall Meeting: Changes in Frames: COVID-19 and Teleanalysis   With so many countries under lockdown to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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CORE Student Reflection on French Psychoanalysis

In preparing to write this blog on our recent weekend exploring French Psychoanalytic thought and its contribution to understanding psychotic and borderline states, I found myself worrying about using too many “I” statements in my reflections. This urge to avoid writing “I” too many times in this composition, I think speaks to the theme and …

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Analytic Student Reflection on French Psychoanalysis

During the November 8th through 10th weekend of 2019, the International Psychotherapy Institute hosted the French psychoanalyst Alain Gibeault. French analytic writing is often criticized by British and American analysts as overly abstract, lacking in clinical detail, and often difficult to follow; nonetheless, Dr. Gibeault’s presentation, particularly the video recordings of his patient Francois – …

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Alain Gibeault speaking at IPI, Saturday November 7, 2019

True to the traditions of French psychoanalysis, IPI’s visiting guest speaker Alain Gibeault, formerly secretary general of the IPA, bases his theory and clinical practice on the metapsychology of Freud. He approaches the first interview with a new patient with four questions in mind. What kind of meeting is appropriate for this patient — psychoanalytical …

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Alessandra Lemma: The Effect of the Internet on Sexuality and Identity

Jill Savege Scharff, October 5, 2019. I am here at the International Psychotherapy Institute weekend conference Technology and Ethics in Treatment and Training: Best Practices. I am sitting in the audience of 60 people at a hotel conference room while the guest speaker talks with us via proZoom. It is now Saturday October 5, 2019. …

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In Remembrance: Alice Brand Bartlett, Ph.D.

  Alice Brand Bartlett, PhD 1950-2019     Dear Faculty, Students, & Friends of IPI, Alice Brand Bartlett was a beloved adjunct faculty in the International Institute of Analytic Training, a sensitive and thoughtful supervisor, a supportive mentor, and a valuable friend to many of us at IPI. She died on July 13, 2019 from …

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The Contribution and Influence of Enrique Pichon Riviere

  David Scharff steps back into presenter mode this morning. He is talking about Pichon Rivière’s concept of el vinculo, translated as “link”.  David is excited to have found a theory that goes beyond Freud who sees development as instinctually driven, linear and predestined in the individual, and beyond object relations theory which sees development …

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