2020 – 2021 Master Speaker Videoconference Series: SHAME AND GUILT IN PSYCHOANALYSIS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

Monthly seminar beginning Friday, September 25th. Join us in person at a local site, or over the internet using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

This year’s Master Speaker Series begins with the finale to last year’s theme on “Love in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy”. Tomas Plaenkers from the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt Germany will ​present “About the Fear of Love”, drawing on Rilke’s statement “For Beauty is nothing than the beginning of horror.”

​Then, we turn to this year’s theme​, “Shame and Guilt​,” ​illuminating an experience shared by all, yet often hidden from view and from thoughtful discourse. Presentations from around the globe begin with John Steiner on “Disillusion and Humiliation”, and continue with explorations of shame and guilt from theoretical​, clinical​, and academic perspectives that include some of our most celebrated analytic clinicians.  ​We will consider the role of shame in conscious and unconscious attitudes about race and culture, with important implications for the provision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how we live our everyday lives. ​Please join us for a year of important, socially relevant conversation.

Program Chair

David Scharff, MD and Janine Wanlass, Ph.D.

Each Friday course meets from 9:00 AM ET-11:00 AM ET

25 Sep
About the fear of love
For Beauty is nothing than the beginning of horror (Rilke)
Tomas Plänkers
16 Oct
Disillusion and Humiliation
John Steiner
06 Nov
Shame in the Therapy Hour
Michael Stadter
11 Dec
Shame in the Chinese Psyche
Gao Jun (Gallant)
22 Jan
Shame and Shamelessness
Salman Akhtar
19 Feb
On the Psychology of Shame
June Tangney
05 Mar
Shame in the life of African-American Adolescent Boys
Kirkland Vaughans
16 Apr
Probing Shame and Humiliation
Guillermo Bigliani
14 May
Seeing or being watched: shame and the body
Alessandra Lemma

Educational Objectives

Continuing Education Credit

2 CE hours per video conference; 18 hours for full series of nine. Additional hour/s may be available at some local sites for participation in group discussion following the videoconference, for an additional fee.


Participants may register to participate in person at one of our local sites, or by video conference in real time.

Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee:  $55 for individual video sessions. $440 for the full series of nine.

IPI Members: $45 for individual video sessions. $360 for the full series of nine

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the “Associate Member PLUS”, or “Full Member PLUS” level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits.
HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “PLUS” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “Plus” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]
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Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

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Accreditation Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.

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