2024-2025 Master Speaker Series: The intersection of the body and contemporary culture

This monthly videoconference seminar begins Friday September 13, 2024. Register for single sessions or sign up for the full series.

The intersection of the body and contemporary culture


Treating psychosomatic symptomatology and illness has long been among the most challenging frontiers in psychoanalysis. This year’s Master Speaker Seminars follow the theme of “The Body in Contemporary Culture”, featuring presentations on psychoanalytic understanding of the mind-body connection, cultural uses of psychosomatic language, and psychosomatic conditions that challenge psychoanalytic understanding and technique. We consider a wide range of conditions, from skin symptomatology to eating disorders, cosmetic surgery and its relationship to hatred of the body, secrets held in the language of the body, and the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the mind-body connection. Our program gathers international eminent presenters with career-long immersion in these issues, and who bring their breadth of experience and understanding to this outstanding series.

Program Chair

David Scharff and Janine Wanlass, Co-Chairs

Program Dates

One Friday per month from September 13, 2024 to May 9, 2025.

2024-2025 Master Speaker Series Schedule

meets from 9:00 AM ET-11:00 AM ET one Friday per month

13 Sep
Psychosomatics and Psycho-dermatology
Jorge Claudio Ulnik (Buenos Aires)
11 Oct
Empty Heart Disease in China and the West
Jill and David Scharff (Washington, DC)
15 Nov
Nourishing the Mind-Body Connection: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for a Medically Traumatized Child with a Feeding Phobia
Caroline Sehon (Washington, DC)
06 Dec
The Psychotherapy of Secrets: Hidden Stories in the Body that Inform Treatment and Countertransference Reactions
Kathryn Zerbe (Portland, Oregon)
17 Jan
Body and Mind
Donald Campbell (London)
14 Feb
When the Body Speaks
Ronny Jaffe (Milan)
07 Mar
The Starving Body, The Starving Soul: Repairing Ruptured Links
Jeanne Magagna (London)
11 Apr
Occupied Territories: cosmetic surgery and hatred of the body
Alessandra Lemma (London)
09 May
Actual Bodies, Analytic Minds, and Artificial Intelligence
Todd Essig (New York)

Educational Objectives

Registered participants will receive learning objectives prior to each class.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

2 CE credits per session, 18 CE credits for the full series of nine sessions


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Choose the full series (9 sessions) for the price of 8, or select individual sessions at regular price.

Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee: $60 for individual sessions; $480 for the full series.

IPI Members: $50 for individual sessions; $400 for the full series.


Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at any level and you will have the option of adding on a Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are an optional add on for all IPI 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 “+ Zoom Pro” 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 “+ Zoom Pro” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Continuing Education 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 authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. 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 #SW-0299.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.


Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

IPI Administrative Team - contactus@theipi.org