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September 18, 2005

Separateness and Sharing
in the Hierarchy of Clinical Values

Kerry Kelly Novick, Jack Novick

  11:00 A.M.-1 P.M.

We suggest that analysis has dual goals: restoration of the patient to the path of progressive development and restoration of his or her relationships to their role as life-long resources. The full repertoire of analytic techniques can be enlisted in addressing these two goals. We can vividly illustrate these views in the context of adolescent analysis.

The most powerful argument made against concurrent work with the parents of adolescent patients grows from the version of psychoanalytic developmental theory that defines the development (and treatment) goal for adolescents as separation from parents. It follows from this point of view that any overlap, cross-fertilization, or integration of individual with parent work could breach the increasing distance being established between the young person and his parents. In our view the goal of adolescent development and hence of treatment is not separation, but transformation of the parent-child relationship and integration of the new self-representations. In relation to parents, the goal is to transform the relationship into one that can incorporate the realities of biological and psychological change in both adolescence and middle age.

These innovative ideas not only affect the practice of work with young people and their families, but have important application to analysis and therapy with adults.


Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick are child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts on the Faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. They trained with Anna Freud in London, England, and have been working with children and families for 35 years. They are active in teaching, research, and the community, and joined other colleagues to found a non-profit psychoanalytic school, Allen Creek Preschool, in Ann Arbor.


Both Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively, with many articles published in major professional journals, on topics of defense, termination, development, verbalization, sadomasochism, therapeutic alliance, and omnipotence. Their first book “Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism” appeared in 1996. Another book “Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work” was published in Spring 2005.

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Saturday, April 8, 2006

Relational Psychoanalysis:
The Emergence of a Tradition

Lewis Aron, Ph.D.

9:00 A.M.-4 P.M.

LEWIS ARON, Ph.D. is the Director of the New York University, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  Dr. Aron is currently President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).  Dr. Aron was formerly President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association as well as President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).  He is on the Board of Directors of the Group for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Psychology (GAPPP) and is a founding board member of the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis.  He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis. 


Dr. Aron is the author of A Meeting of Minds: Mutuality in Psychoanalysis (The Analytic Press, 1996).   He is the Editor (with Adrienne Harris) of The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi, (TAP, 1993), the Editor (with Frances Sommer Anderson) of  Relational Perspectives on the Body, (TAP, 1998), the Editor (with Stephen Mitchell) of Relational Psychoanalysis: The Emergence of a Tradition, (TAP, 1999) and the Editor (with Adrienne Harris) of Relational Psychoanalysis, II, Innovation and Expansion  (TAP, 2005).  He was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of,  Psychoanalytic Dialogues: A Journal of Relational Perspectives and he is the series editor (with Adrienne Harris) of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, published by The Analytic Press.   He is a member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, North American Editorial Board.  He is in private practice in New York City and in Port Washington, Long Island, N.Y.

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November 20, 2005

  “That's Not Analytic”:

Theory Pressure or 'Chaotic Possibilites'
in Analytic Training.

Carol Levin, M.D.
Pamela Orosan-Weine, Ph.D., discussant

11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Exploring the press to conform to a  particular analytic theory in her training, often expressed in the pronouncement, "That's not analytic," the author uses a clinical example to illustrate how supervisory pressure risked constricting her work with a training patient and dampening the creation of her authentic analytic voice. she often found herself looking over her shoulder, so to speak, because supervisory stamps of approval were required for progression in training.  Using concepts from chaos theory that are being integrated into psychoanalysis, she proposes that ana analytic process takes place in a vast, dynamic intersubjective field that optimally oscillates freely and provides the ground for creative analytic development.  

Pamela Orosan-Weine, Ph.D., is in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a candidate in psychoanalysis at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. 

Carol Levin, M.D. is a founding member of MPC who, before the founding of the Council, hosted the fiorst class that Murray Meisels taught in East Lansing.  She considers MPC her first analytic home.  More than two decades later, she graduated from her analytic training at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, of which she is also a member.  She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  She is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Michigan State University and has a private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and consultation in Okemos and Bloomfield Township. 

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East Lansing, Michigan

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January 15, 2006

  From G. W. Pabst to Terry Gilliam:
Cinematic Visions of Freud’s ‘
Royal Road

Jerrold Brandell, Ph.D., BCD

11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Of the various psychoanalytic concepts and insights expropriated by the popular culture, dream interpretation has always generated special interest, a broad appeal not lost to screenwriters and movie directors.  Using cinematic examples representing different genres and historical epochs, this paper selectively examines the various ways in which patients' dreams have been represented and interpreted in cinematic depictions of psychoanalytic treatment over the past eighty-five years.


Jerrold Brandell, Ph.D., BCD,  is a Professor and chairperson of the Graduate Concentration in Interpersonal Practice at Wayne State University School of Social Work. He is the founding editor of the journal, Psychoanalytic Social Work, and author or editor of seven books, the most recent of which are Psychodynamic Social Work (Columbia University Press, 2004)  and Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients:  Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Movies  (State University of New York Press, 2004).  Jerry maintains a small private practice in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Ann Arbor, and is also very actively involved in clinical supervision and consultation.

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February 19, 2006

Parallel processes, openings and closings in psychoanalytic training

Linda Young, Ph.D., Andrea Corn, Psy.D.,
and Michael Shulman, Ph.D.

11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.


Panel Overview:  This panel presents commentaries on the power of the parallel process as exemplified in personal experiences  as well as a theoretical discussion highlighting the authority of the spoken and unspoken words.  In this panel, two candidates who are currently in separate analytic institutes will share their perspectives on the supervisory process, especially with regard to the influence and presence of an upward and downward parallel process.  In each paper, a particular case will be discussed along with the analysts' reflections as gleaned through self-inquiry. The third paper will offen an innovative and creative discussion of the case material, with an emphasis on the importance of language with regard to spoken and unspoken communications underlying parallel processes.


 Paper 1 - by Linda Young 

This discussion presents for consideration the power of parallel processes in a particular training case as reported by a supervisee within a training institute.  The obscuring and dominating nature of this experience -- one which was experienced as compelling by the supervisee on the same level (albeit with different aspects) as the compelling intensity of his experience of transference to his own analyst -- is explored in detail as a function of parallels with authority which are gathered into, but may become invisible within, highly structured institute training.  The conditions which stir the experience of such intense feelings within the supervisory encounter will be explored, as will implicaitons for training structures, conventions, and "rules."  Conditions allowing fruitful work to be done, as well as those productive of fruitlessness, in learning from parallel processes in supervision are discussed in conclusion. 


Paper 2 - by Andrea Corn

The paper examines the relationship and interplay between therapy and supervision as conducted within a trianing institute.  this paper also explores how the therapist who has particular similarities to the patient brings her own defensive style as wll as life problems into the therapeutic and supervisory space.  The paper explores how unconscious factors from childhood become reenacted in the therapeutic space and produce emotions that affect patient, therapist, and supervisor.  The paper describes in detail and upward as well as downward parallel process  acted out by the therapist and patient in the transference-countertransference  along with the supervisor's conscious and unconscious role in this process.  Last, this paper also discusses ther therapist's reluctance to broach unpleasant feelings with her training supervisor. 


Paper 3 - by Michael E. Shulman

The discussion will explore the notion that the art of psychoanalysis involves speaking to that which is unrecognized or left out in ordinary conversation.  The discussant will identify key features of the supervisory experience having to do with that which is ostensibly left out, e.g. the patient who is not physically present in the supervisory material, highlighting the centrality of this idea of an ostensibly missing presence in psychoanalytic inquiry.  Exploring the ways in which the self is actually articulated in the "other" (the patient's self is articulated by the therapist and brought to supervision; the supervisor's self is elucidated in the "other" of the patient being discussed), the discussant will explore the implications for a psychoanalytic discourse of the self which gets lived out through a dialiogue with and about the "other." 


Michael Shulman, Ph.D is in the private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, consultation and supervision in Ann Arbor. He is currently completing his psychoanalytic education at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.  Dr. Shulman has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Madonna University, the University of Detroit-Mercy, the University of Toledo, and MPI's Extension Division.  A Past President of the Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy during his eight years of residence in that warmer clime, he is also a former Consultant to the Practice Directorate of the American Psychological Association. He's published and presented on topics in psychoanalytic metapsychology, psychoanalysis and film, and the impact of managed care on the thinking of the psychotherapist, and will be presenting a paper on the particular pleasures of psychoanalytic work and our history of their non-discussion at MPI on March 11, 2006.


Linda Young, Ph.D graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.  After that, she obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the Detroit Psychiatric Institute and went on to hold a faculty position, working and teaching on the Adult and Child Inpatient and Outpatient Services.  She hs many years of experience treating individuals who have been involuntarily hospitalized and has wirtten numerous papers on the topic of working psychoanalytically with individuals characterized as "difficult to treat."  Dr. Young is a former Vice President of the Michigan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology. She is also a founding member of the Academy for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts and has servied as its Vice President since its inception.  She has published several papers and has presented her wiork at local, national, and international conferences.  Dr. Young has a psychoanalytic practice in Ann Arbor and Northville, Michigan, which includes providing supervision and onsultation to other professionals.  In addition to her psychoanalytic practice, Dr. Young is involved in a professional singing and dancing troupe.


Andrea Corn, Psy.D recieved her Psy.D from Nova Southeastern University in 1994.  Subsequently she has completed a two-year post-doctoral program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Southeast Florida Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (SEFIPP). Currently, Dr. Corn is an advanced candidate in SEFIPP's Psychoanalysis Training Program.  Since 1998, Dr. Corn has been active in the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) where she has served as Section IV, Local Chapter representative, Section IV President, and Section IV Representative to the Division (39) Board.  In 2004, Dr. Corn was Co-Chair of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Annual Spring Meeting in Miami Beach, Fl.  Dr. Corn is in private practice at Child and Family Psychologists in Plantation, Fl., where she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Corn enjoys presenting and has several publications on diverse topics including anorexia nervosa, masochistic adolescents, and dreams.  Another area of interest is in youth and adolescent sports.  She is also a contributing writer for the National Alliance of Youth Sports (NAYS) and wites a bi-monthly column entitled, "Family Matters" for South Florida Parenting magazine. 

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East Lansing, Michigan

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March 26, 2006
(Note:this is a change from the
usual March meeting date)

"Failure to meet the challenges
of Late Adolescence"

Howard Lerner, Ph.D.
Brenda Lovegrove-Lepisto, Psy.D., discussant

11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. 

Leave taking, both internal and external, can be thought of as the major challenge of late adolescence, particularly in our culture.  The case presentation is based on the rich conceptual and technical framework for understanding and treating sadomasochistic psychopathology formulated by Jack and Kerry Novick.  Specifically, the Novick’s “two-system” model of self regulation is applied to the treatment of a disturbed adolescent boy and his family.  A narrative process summary of the clinical work is presented offering examples of “open” and “closed” functioning and the role of omnipotent beliefs and fantasies.  Important details from the patient’s family history, including adoption, traumatization, and parental externalization, are explored.  The clinical utility of the “two system” model, the pivotal role of the therapeutic alliance, and the significance of clinical work with the family through all stages of the treatment process are illustrated.


Howard Lerner, Ph.D.  is a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and a faculty member of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.  He is a Family Consultant at the Allen Creek Preschool.  He has written extensively on the Rorschach, the Borderline diagnosis, and clinical work with disturbed adolescence.


Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, Psy.D, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in East Lansing.  She is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University in the College of Human Medicine and teaches at Hurley Medical Center in the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Lepisto is also an adjunct professor in the MSU Psychology Department where she supervises clinical psychology doctoral students.  Currently she is President-Elect at MPC and is developing a child psychoanalysis and child psychoanalytic psychotherapy training track at MPC. 


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Ann Arbor, Michigan

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April 30, 2006

Oral History and 

Echoes of Cataclysms Past


Henry Krystal, .D.

11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.


Oral history is constructed from the structure that arises out of the demands of severe trauma. Posttraumatic Alexithymia, with its prosody, accounts for the way that the most horrible things can be told. 


Distortions, wish fulfillment, defenses, and elaborations are similar in all forms of oral history as well as in individual clinical history.  Peoples' memories of traumatic events are controlled and modified to prevent them from becoming causes of future retraumatization.  Severe trauma compromises and/or eradicates both the capacity to complete mourning and the capacity to create good idealized objects.


In considering the UNIVERSALLY appearing story of the Deluge, or "Flood," for example, we find that a maneuver is made in the minds of the survivors to retain an omnipotent and benevolent God.  Those who perished in the calamity are declared sinners so hopeless that they had to be "uprooted."  It is, perhaps, no coincidence that "ausgerrotten," i.e. "uprooted" was one of Hitler's favorite words.  When idealized objects cannot be restored and/or mourning is not completed, aberrations of life and love enter the picture.  In Genesis, the daughters of Lot undertake the "perpetuation of the line" in a perverse way.


Drawing heavily on work with holocaust survivors, this paper will focus on the structure and vicissitudes of oral history whether

found in the Bible, myth, or fairy tales.   


Henry Krystal, M.D. is a psychoanalyst, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Michigan State University, and faculty member of both the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a pioneer and distinguished author in the fields of trauma, post-traumatic sequels, alexithymia, addiction and somatization. His publications include Integration and Self-Healing, Drug Dependence, and Psychic Traumatization. Some of Dr. Krystal’s other interests include researching and writing about applied psychoanalysis, problems of aggression, creativity in relationship to transitional objects and functions, as well as psychoanalytic views of creativity in relationship to neuroscience and chaos theory. In addition, he has published 76 papers in the field so far. Recently, Dr. Krystal, as a pioneer in the field of trauma, was invited to write an autobiographic essay which was published in the book Mapping Trauma And Its Wake.


After the restitution laws in Germany were passed, Dr. Krystal became involved in a research project which included examining many of his fellow Holocaust survivors, follow up with hundreds of reexaminations, and some treatments. This research program was finalized when a historian at U of M Dearborn became involved in a "Testimony" program in which 150-200 survivors, including Dr. Krystal, were interviewed and videotaped. These interviews are available at

Dr. Krystal has been sitting in on history in the making and all against the background of his 50 years in the field of psychoanalysis. His work has been guided by the importance of “the recognition that neither as healers nor as patients could we deal with anything else but our own psychic reality.”


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May 21, 2005

Psychoanalysis as a Spiritual Path
Frank Sollars, Ph.D.
11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Psychoanalysis as a Spiritual Path examines and attempts to unsettle the apparent contradiction between psychoanalysis as a science and psychoanalysis as a spiritual discipline. Correlations are drawn between Eastern concepts of Maya and duality and the psychoanalytic notion of conflict. Concepts of Nirvana, unitive consciousness and divine communion are correlated with the psychoanalytic concepts of the real self and conflict free ego functioning. Although Freud believed that religion was an illusion with no future many psychoanalysts have felt that analysis, if not a religious experience, is a deeply spiritual one in which people feel liberated from internal conflict and strife and develop greater feelings of joy, pleasure and gratitude in their lives. It is suggested that psychoanalysis can be more directly refocused to overtly claim a position as a spiritual path by emphasizing transformation of duality with the aim of liberating inhibitions to unitive consciousness and conflict free ego functioning.

Frank Sollars, Ph.D, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Birmingham, MI working with adolescents and adults. He is a supervising and training Analyst with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council and has had a keen interest in bringing MPC’s presence to the Detroit area. He leads a monthly supervisory group in Birmingham and teaches for the Council. Dr. Sollars supervises graduate interns for the University of Detroit-Mercy and Madonna University.

Note: a luncheon for new MPC members will follow the presentation.

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June, 2006
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Ann Arbor, Michigan


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