The IPI Blog

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

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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IPI Gala Award Dinner and Dance

IPI Hosts Gala Awards Dinner and Dance The first International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) Gala Awards Dinner and Dance took place on Saturday October 22, 2011 at Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.  The guest of honor was Jason Aronson MD, Premier Publisher of psychotherapy books and Co-Founder, IPI, and inaugural recipient of the David and Jill …

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Group Narcissism and the Penn State Situation

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD In reading the reports and investigative results regarding ongoing and extensive child sexual abuse at Penn State it occurred to me that what happened at the institution can be viewed as a covert narcissistic male sub-culture of collusion, power dominance, and ruthless self-indulgence.  The overt behavior against children was denied, justified, …

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Changes in Brain Activity After Analytic Treatment

The following article link was sent to us by Dr. Horst Kaechele. Dr. Kaechele was our distinguished guest presenter at our October 2011 Weekend Conference. Dr. Kaechele is a German psychoanalyst and researcher. His work has done much to demonstrate the usefulness of psychoanalytic treatments when other groups have been claiming there is no research …

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Kent Ravenscroft, Founding IPI Faculty Member, Wins Bruno Lima Award

Kent Ravenscroft, author of Haiti Fair Well, and Emeritus faculty of IPI, was selected by the Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters of the American Psychiatric Association to receive the 2012 Bruno Lima Award for his volunteer work in training mental health workers in Haiti after the earthquake. The Bruno Lima Award recognizes outstanding contributions …

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