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

An observation of Antonino Ferro’s discussion

Ferro showed us how to think of the history as a collection of facts or as a dream dreamt by the presenter of the case history. When a patient describes an avoidant attachment to a withdrawn and unresponsive mother, we can think of her as a dead mother. The patient may react by feeling dead …

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IPI welcomes Antonino Ferro

Distinguished analyst Antonino Ferro, president of the Italia Psychoanalytic Association, opened our April Weekend Conference by presenting his unique approach to the clinical situation as a waking dream. The therapist receives unmetabolized proto-emotions generated in the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship and contains them, first as a pictogram (image), until he/she can present them as …

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IPI February Weekend Conference

 Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Around the World Monica Vorchheimer (BA), Mary Morgan (UK), Elizabeth Palacios (Madrid), Félix Velasco Alva (Mexico); John Zinner (Washington); Karen Proner (New York), Lin Tao (London and Beijing); and Susana Muszkat (San Paulo) who participate in an IPA working group chaired by David Scharff came to join IPI faculty and guests …

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Book Review: Shrink Rap, by Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, and Steven Roy Daviss

Scharff, J. S. (2013).  Book review of Shrink Rap.  In Psychodynamic Psychiatry 41(3): 473-477. Posted by permission of Guilford Press.  Shrink Rap, by Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, and Steven Roy Daviss, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2011, 255 pp. As a psychoanalyst, I was not drawn to the title of this book, Shrink Rap, or to its focus …

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IPI and Westminster College Awarded Research Grant

Jill Scharff, Caroline Sehon, Janine Wanlass The International Psychotherapy Institute  (IPI) and Westminster College are the proud recipients of a research grant award from the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) in support of our jointly conceived Research Grant Proposal on Teleanalysis.  This proposal, written by Janine Wanlass, Principal Investigator, was submitted to the IPA by Caroline …

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IPI and IIPT at the International Psychoanalytic Association Congress in Prague

From Jill Scharff and Caroline Sehon Betty Benaim, Doug and Sharon Dennett, David and Jill Scharff, Caroline Sehon, Yolanda Varela and Lea Setton (faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT) at IPI, and IPI-Panama faculty member and candidate Katia Paredes attended the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Congress …

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DSM-V falls short

This recent article in the New York Times is an important admission by the psychiatric community that the notion of having the biological answer to mental illness is a myth.  What biological psychiatry is still missing is the important biological evidence that is revealed in affective neuroscience and developmental psychology about the underpinnings of the …

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In Argentina, Therapy is the Norm

CNN has recently posted a very interesting article about psychoanalysis in Argentina and how it is thriving there.  If you would like to see the article follow this link:http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/28/health/argentina-psychology-therapists/index.html.  A very interesting cultural difference in attitudes to the analytic therapies.

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On the Derivation of the Word Therapist

Charles Ashbach, Ph.D., therapist in the Philadelphia area. Faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) Faculty of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). E-Mail:  cashbach1@verizon.net.             The training for psychotherapy by and large focuses, as it should, on the development of capacities within the therapist that enable him or her to make contact with the …

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Michael Parsons and the Logic of Play in Psychoanalysis

By Yeshim Oz, MS, LMHP 2nd Year Student Core Program As we come nearer to the IPI weekend in January, I became curious about the guest speaker, Michael Parsons. In the age of technology, it was not difficult at all to come across tens of articles written by him by just one click. (Ok, that …

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