The Graduate Society at PANY, founded in 1955, is comprised of PANY members who hold degrees in medicine, psychology, social work and other mental health professions. The Graduate Society has several functions. First, it represents our organization, PANY, as a component society of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). In addition, the Graduate Society sponsors monthly scientific meetings, providing a venue where scholars present recent findings in psychoanalysis as well as topics dealing with the relationship between psychoanalysis and other fields – such as child development, the neurosciences, and the arts. These meetings are open to the public, including psychoanalytic and psychotherapy candidates, and are designed to enhance the education of psychoanalytic clinicians. The Society also sponsors postgraduate seminars that are open to PANY faculty members. In addition to postgraduate education, the Society helps to promote practice development and the profession of psychoanalysis, including increasing public awareness of the wide usefulness of psychoanalytic ideas as well as the utility and efficacy of psychoanalytic therapies. The Society Student Aid Fund assists psychoanalytic candidates in financing their training. Finally, the Society sponsors social functions – fun get-togethers that are so important for strengthening the cohesiveness of our psychoanalytic association.
For years psychoanalysts have been so invested in proving that psychoanalysis is a science that they have all but forgotten that it is an art of a kind. There have been many attempts to tease apart creative and scientific aspects of psychoanalysis. Bowlby famously made a distinction between “the art of psychoanalytic therapy and the science of psychoanalytic psychology.” Is such separation possible? Is it useful? This panel will discuss different aspects of creativity in everyday psychoanalytic work. Dr. Shapiro will consider various definitions of creativity and explore their applicability to art and psychoanalysis. He will investigate the use of the psychoanalytic setting as a creative integrative opportunity to facilitate the treatment. Dr. Marcus will take up the issue of creativity in science and apply these thoughts to creativity and science in psychoanalytic work and research. The claim will be made that psychoanalytic work is inherently creative and can be scientific. Examples from dream interpretation with patients and use of dreams in social science research will be used to illustrate his ideas. Dr. Mirkin will discuss the transformative role of creativity in therapeutic action of psychoanalysis. She will outline the analyst’s contribution – the anslyst’s own creativity – to the treatment and suggest that the development of the patient’s creative capacity is a measure of the progress of the treatment. The panelists will engage in discussion amongst themselves and with the audience to further our understanding of these complex issues.
Presenter: Dr.Monisha Nayar – Akhtar, Ph.D
Discussant: Dr. Barry Rand, MD
Henry Lothane, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.
Psychoanalytic Association of New York
NYU Department of Psychiatry
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New York, NY 10016