Monthly Lacan Seminar at Kelly Writers House 


Psychoanalytic Student Reading Group


Sigmund Freud’s unique innovation, “the talking cure,” has developed considerably since his first psychoanalytic case studies in hysteria. Over the past several decades, the study of psychopathology and psychotherapy has been subsumed by the natural sciences, with an emphasis on studying objective and observable phenomena. Despite this turn, Freudian theory and clinical techniques continue to shape how psychodynamics are conceptualized and intervened in. The purpose of this group is to recover this rich tradition of thinking, with an aim to better understanding the psychological forces that underlie human behavior, cognition, and affect. Our readings will focus on canonical texts that reveal the relational nature of psychic structures, namely writings from the object relations literature. Meetings are weekly, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. Please contact Briana Last, brishiri@sas.upenn.edu for more details and to join the reading group listserv.

Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at 7 PM in Room 357 of the Stephen A. Levin Building (425 S University Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104). Dr. Jeremy Elkins will be delivering a brief presentation on Freud’s essay “Mourning and Melancholia” followed by a discussion on the text.


The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) is sponsoring a unique program with Deborah A. Luepnitz, Ph.D., Norka Malberg, Ph.D., and Laurel M. Silber, Psy.D., as Discussants

The Piggle Speaks: Rereading Winnicott’s Classic Case in Light of Conversations with the adult “Gabrielle.”


Dr. Deborah Luepnitz is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. She is the author of 3 books, including Schopenhauer’s Porcupines, which has been translated into 6 languages. Dr. Luepnitz has worked for 2 decades to foster a dialogue between the French and British psychoanalytic traditions, and her article, “Thinking in the Space between Winnicott and Lacan” was published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2009.   She is also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan.

DrLuepnitz  was awarded the “Distinguished Educator Award”  by the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education in 2013.   She is the founder of “Insight For All”, which connects homeless adults with psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono in Philadelphia, where she maintains a private practice

Dr.  Norka Malberg is a Certified Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst. She is a  member of the Western New England Psychoanalytic and the Contemporary Freudian Societies.  She trained at the Anna Freud Centre in London and obtained her clinical doctorate from University College London. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center as a member of the early childhood team in New Haven, CT where she is in full time Private Practice working with children and adults as a psychoanalyst and in the community as consultant to schools and other service organizations. She is an active member of Section 2 (Child and Adolescent) of Division 39 and of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis where she serves as Chair of the Social Issues Committee. She has edited and authored several books, chapters and articles, amongst them the recently published: Mentalization Based Therapy with Children which is currently being translated to Japanese, German, Spanish and Dutch. She is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Laurel M Silber has been working with children and families for over 30 years in a practice in Bryn Mawr. She has presented on the subjects of childism, play and intergenerational transmission of trauma in child therapy and her published articles are within these areas as well. She is faculty at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia where she is currently creating a child relational training program.  She is an adjunct professor at Widener University and has enjoyed the privilege of serving on the Board of the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalytic Education for most of her professional life.

1 )   Explain what Winnicott meant by “psychoanalysis on demand.”
2)    Describe how transgenerational transmission of trauma can inform symptoms in even a very young child.
3)    Identify one aspect of the clinical material avoided by Winnicott that  Freud or Lacan might have pursued.

9 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am Introduction of speakers
9:45 am  Dr. Luepnitz
11:00 am Break for coffee/tea
11:30 am Dr. Malberg
11:50 am Dr. Silber
12:10 pm Dr. Luepnitz responds
12:30 pm  General questions and discussion
1:00 pm End of program

The Inn at Swarthmore,
10 South Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Parking is available behind and adjacent to the Inn.

Three (3) CE Credits will be awarded for attending the program in its entirety.

Prior to 9/9/18 // After 9/9/18:
PSPP/IRPP members:  $65 / $75
Non-member professionals:  $75 / $85
Early Career professionals:  $30 / $40
Retired professionals:  $30 / $40
Graduate students:  $10 / $15

To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.


Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Student Prize in Psychoanalytic Studies

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an annual prize of $250.00 to be awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree at Penn for the best paper using psychoanalytic ideas. Papers written in either semester of a calendar year must be submitted by December 31st of that year, with the prize to be awarded during the spring semester that follows.

Papers should be submitted to Dr. Lawrence Blum at ldb@lawrenceblum.com

Prize Winners
Gabriel Ferrante, ’17, 2016
“A Psychoanalysis of Wordless Music”

Zeeshan Huque, ’18, 2017
“The Case of Alma Mahler: Using Freud’s psychoanalytic theories to understand the psyche of the twentieth century’s most famous femme fatale.”

Undergraduate Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Undergraduate Essay Prize

A $500 prize will be awarded to an undergraduate paper or essay which engages psychoanalytic ideas in relation to a focused question in any academic discipline.
Sponsored by

Committee on Undergraduate Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association


The paper must have been written in an undergraduate course or under an instructor’s supervision within one year of submission. The paper should be between 12-20 pages in length, and should neither have been published nor submitted for publication.


Essays should be submitted by the instructor. In a separate cover letter, please include the course name (if applicable), the instructor’s name, and the name of the student along with his/her contact information (mailing address, email address and telephone number). Submit via email to Debbie Steinke Wardell.

Only one submission per instructor, please.

Essays are due June 1, 2019
APsaA’s Psychoanalysis and Undergraduate Education Committee
Marcia Dobson, Ph.D., Co-Chair (mdobson@coloradocollege.edu)
John Riker, Ph.D., Co-Chair (jriker@coloradocollege.edu)
Prize Winners
Tung Chau, ’17
“Masochism in Three Texts”

Society for Psychological Anthropology

Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The author must be an undergraduate or graduate student on July 15, 2017, but the author need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

1.     The submitted paper must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.

2.     Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.

3.     Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide<http://www.aaanet.org/publications/style_guide.pdf>.

4.     Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to Dr. Cameron Hay, SPA’s Secretary, at hayrolmc@miamioh.edu<mailto:hayrolmc@miamioh.edu>. The deadline is July 15, 2017.  In the email:

a.     Subject line of the email should read “Condon Prize Submission.”

b.     In the body of the email, provide the author’s name, permanent (not institutional) mailing address, and email address, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of the paper that is attached.

c.     Confirm student status in the body of the email and provide an estimated date of graduation.

d.     Ensure that no evidence of the author’s identity is evident in any way in the text of the Word document or by reference in the paper.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Cameron Hay at hayrolmc@miamioh.edu<mailto:hayrolmc@miamioh.edu>.

All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy<http://spa.americananthro.org/?page_id=1532>.



Offered annually in June

Open to All Students at College and Universities
We believe that psychoanalysis, from Freud’s theory to that of contemporary self psychology and relational theory, offers human beings the most profound way of probing the human psyche in general and individual souls in particular that has ever been conceived. It can also be used to powerfully probe the depths of culture and the problems of modern society. In order to explore the ideas and transforming practices of psychoanalysis, we are offering a course this summer at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, one of the foremost institutes in the world for the creation of new directions in psychoanalysis. In this course, students will meet with important contemporary psychoanalysts, read their work, and discuss their work and cases with them.

 — Marcia Dobson & John Riker

PH 263/CO 200 – Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice. An introductory study of Freud and the transformation of his theories in contemporary psychoanalysis. Students will read the works of and meet with distinguished psychoanalysts who will discuss cases and new approaches to understanding psychological dynamics and therapeutic action. We will also explore how psychoanalysis can be used in the interpretation of art and politics. 1
unit. Professors Dobson and Riker. Taught in Chicago. Block A: May 31-June 23.

Not only do you get psychoanalysis in these courses, but you get to live in the heart of downtown Chicago, one of the most vibrant, beautiful cities in the world. Beaches, really cool restaurants, fabulous architecture and art, peoples from all over the globe, concerts, drama—it’s all there and within walking distance!

For further information or to apply, please contact Prof. John Riker at


Membership in the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

For student membership in the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, please visit: https://pcph.memberclicks.net/community-membership-privileges


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