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.
Participants will be able to:
Rosemary H. Balsam, F.R.C.Psych., M.R.C.P., is a British medical doctor and an American psychoanalyst. She grew up in N. Ireland, graduated Medical School in Queen’s University Belfast, studied psychiatry, and moved to join the faculty of Yale School of Medicine. She is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; staff psychiatrist in the Yale Department of Student Mental Health and Counseling, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, New Haven, Conn. Her special interests are female gender developments; young adulthoods and the body in psychic life, psychoanalytic education and Hans Loewald’s work. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Loewald Center. She has written award-winning papers and books, lectured nationally and internationally. On the editorial boards of PQ and Imago, she is a former Book Review editor of JAPA. Her most recent book is: Women’s Bodies in Psychoanalysis (2012, Routledge); and latest paper: Misogyny and the Female Body (2022) Psychoanalytic Inquiry. In 2018 she was a recipient of the Sigourney Award for Outstanding Psychoanalytic Achievement.
Loewald’s re-interpretations of Freud, with his own focus on the developmentally archaic to mature oscillations in language, communication and the psychic impact of relationships, develop a modern, flexible open-system theory of mind. This can help suggest ways forward for understanding individuals in contemporary life. Clinical vignettes will be offered connecting the body, internalization and building gender portraiture, to show the potential for range in Loewald’s theory.
As a result of participating in this presentation, the attendees will become able to:
1) Describe Loewald’s sense of developmental growth as non-linear, with the ego struggling to individuate and develop against natural forces pulling towards an originary undifferentiated merger.
2) Describe the structural role of “Internalization” and its shaping force in psychic life.
3) Apply clinically the focus of internalization and rhythms of regression and re-integration to an understanding of emergent gendered expressions
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