Special Topics

Lectures and discussions on special topics through our Zoom Videoconference platform.

Periodically, IPI sponsors or cosponsors special conferences or lectures on topics of current interest. These conferences are open to all; participants do not need to be enrolled in an IPI training program to attend. These presentations are open to registration by non-clinicians and do not provide continuing education credit.

Salman Akhtar, MD

The Music and Madness of Money: Psychoanalytic Reflections

17 Mar
10am-11am US ET

About the Presentation:

This presentation will address the emotional significance of money and attempt to show the ways in which it impacts upon the work of psychotherapy.  The ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ agendas of money in and individual’s emotional life will be highlighted and five pathological syndromes will be described.  These include (i) chronic miserliness, (ii) characterological over-spending, (iii) inordinate generosity, (iv) monetary masochism and, (v) pathological gambling. Setting of fees for psychotherapy, charging (or not charging) for missed sessions, and other transference and countertransference reverberations of monetary exchange within the clinical dyad will also be discussed.  Finally, some unusual situations where a firm refusal to accept money offered by a patient as an ethical intervention will be underscored.s

This special event does not offer CE credits, however the April Weekend will offer up to 14.5 hours of CE.


About the Presenter:

Salman Akhtar, MD is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training & Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of the three most major psychoanalytic journals, namely the International Journal of PsychoanalysisJournal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Dr. Akhtar has delivered Plenary Addresses both at the IPA and the APsA meetings and given psychoanalytic workshops in over 30 countries. He has published 106 books, 38 of which are solo-authored. These include 14 volumes of poetry in Urdu, Hindi, and English. Dr. Akhtar has received the highly prestigious Sigourney Award for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis. He has served as the Film Review Editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, is serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies and as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.