Exploring French Psychoanalysis: Contributions to understanding and treating patients with borderline and psychotic features

Weekend Conference November 8-10. Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Program Chair

Sue Cebulko, PhD and Doug Dennett, MD

Weekend Overview


Dr. Alain Gibeault will focus on the work of psychoanalysts from the French Psychoanalytical Association and from the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. He will present foundational papers to illuminate the special aspects of French thinking that help us understand and treat those with borderline and psychotic conditions.  

Dr. Gibeault will illustrate his special interest in symbolization as a mode of organizing psychic space, by discussing work with a patient with schizophrenia who was evaluated using psychodrama after committing a murder.  This intriguing clinical approach will demonstrate ways that a person’s dreaming and symbolic capacity can be enhanced after a psychotic breakdown.

The conference will include lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions, and a reception on Friday night. 


Full Conference Fee 

$497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter
(IPI full members: $359; associate members: $410).
Full time students: $150.

Saturday morning lecture and group discussion only:  $15

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Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference, November 8-10, 2019:
Approximately 14 credit hours

Saturday morning lecture & group discussion, 9-noon
2.5 credit hours

Educational Objectives

This conference is designed to help participants:

  1. Define 3 functions of symbolization and representation in the psychic apparatus of overall mental functioning.
  2. Describe 2 similarities and 2 differences in psychic structure and the capacity for symbolization in both neurotic and psychotic mental functioning.
  3. Discuss 3 ways psychodrama can be used in work with those struggling with psychotic disturbance.
  4. Name 2 ways that psychic development can be transformed among those with less troubled levels of psychic development.
  5. Integrate theory with personal experience using the group process to further understanding.

Alain Gibeault, PhD

Philosopher, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, Alain Gibeault is a Training Analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society and Past Director of the Evelyne and Jean Kestemberg Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Mental Health Association of Paris 13th). He has played an important role on the international scene as Past President of the European Psycho-Analytical Federation (EPF) and as Past Secretary General of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). In this function he has contributed to the development of psychoanalysis in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall and especially in Russia, where he has been nominated Honorary Professor of the Lomonossov Moscow State University. He is at present President of the Education Committee of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society.

Well known for his publications on symbolization, he has published many writings on psychosis, on the theory and technique of psychoanalysis, of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and of individual psychoanalytic psychodrama. He has published a book on symbolization in psychoanalysis, Chemins de la symbolisation [Paths to Symbolization] (Presses Universitaires de France, 2010). Member of an interdisciplinary research group with prehistorians and anthropologists, he has contributed to a book on prehistoric art, F. Sacco et E. Robert, Ed., Aux origines de la représentation. Regards croisés sur l’art préhistorique [Origins of Representation. Cross-Viewpoints on Prehistoric Art] (Editions Ithaque, 2016). He is Co-Editor with Dana Birksted-Breen and Sara Flanders of an anthology of French psychoanalytic papers, Reading French Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2010). Member during ten years of the EPF Working Party on Initiating Psychoanalysis, he has contributed to two books on first interviews Initiating Psychoanalysis. Perspectives (Bernard Reith Ed., Routledge, 2012) and Beginning Analysis. Vol. II : Processes (Bernard Reith Ed., Routledge, 2018).


He is Co-Editor of the Journal “Psychanalyse et psychose” [Psychoanalysis and Psychosis] published by the Mental Health Association of Paris 13th.

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