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Scientific Program Meeting

Is there an unconscious organization of the couple?

Free For Members & NYPSI Students

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00 PM

Presenters: Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, MD and Peter Mezan, PhD
Discussants: Eric Weitzner, MD and Virginia Goldner, PhD

In this paper presentation, Drs. Abelin-Sas Rose and Mezan will discuss results of a collaborative study by two analysts working in two different modalities, individual and couple, with the same patients. Differences in the analysts’ perceptions of the patients, in the narratives presented by the patients, and in the transferences to the analysts and to the partner are considered. And the dynamics in the two settings, with the unconscious organization of the couple distinct from the unconscious organizations of the individuals, are discussed. The question of how, in the process of constituting the couple, the individual is transformed and acquires a new identity will constitute the primary focus of the presentation.

2 CME/CE credits offered

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Graciela Abelin-Sas Rose, M.D. is a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine and of CAPS (Center for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis). She served for several years as the Foreign Editor of The Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis and as a member of the Committee for Foreign Book Reviews for The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She founded and chaired the New York Psychoanalytic Institute Colloquium with Visiting Authors, opening a dialogue with different schools of thought. Her many papers include: "To Mother or Not to Mother: Abortion and its Challenges"; "The Headless Woman: Scheherazade’s Syndrome"; "Discovering One's Own Responsibility in a Judgmental System"; "The Internal Interlocutor"; “Malignant Passionate Attachments”; “Coupledom”; and “The Perilous Road to Hope.” In 2010 Dr. Abelin-Sas Rose co-edited, with Dr. Leticia Glocer Fiorini, Freud’s Femininity published by the IPA in the Contemporary Freud Series. Dr. Abelin-Sas Rose is in private practice and conducts private seminars and supervisions.

Peter Mezan, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Earlier in his career he was Senior Psychologist and Psychotherapy Supervisor at North Central Bronx Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Mezan was educated at Harvard Medical School; Christ’s College, Cambridge; and The City University of New York. While at Harvard, he worked with inner city adolescent gangs under the supervision of Erik Erikson. In London, where he lived for many years, he worked with R.D. Laing and, as a free-lance journalist, introduced Laing to the American public in cover articles in major American magazines and contributions to several books. Dr. Mezan was a lecturer on family systems in Laing’s Philadelphia Association. He was also Supervisor in Renaissance English literature and modern American poetry at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and an editor at Nature, the British science journal.

Since 2006 Dr. Abelin-Sas Rose and Dr. Peter Mezan have worked in close collaboration studying couple relationships. Together they have written numerous papers that have been presented at national and international psychoanalytic conferences on the psychoanalysis of couples.

Virginia Goldner, Ph.D. is Founding Editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality and an Associate Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Goldner is on the faculty of the NYU Post-doctoral program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Stephen A Mitchell Center for Relational Studies and she is a clinical supervisor in the City University of New York (CUNY) doctoral programs. The co-editor of two books, Gender in Psychoanalytic Space and Predatory Priests: Silenced Victims, Dr. Goldner has received awards for her distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis by Division 39 of the American Psychological Association and to family therapy by the American Family Therapy Academy. She is the author of over 50 articles and book chapters and is currently completing a book on gender and relationality. Dr. Goldner is in private practice in New York City.

Eric Weitzner, M.D. is a graduate of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of the faculty at NYPSI, where he co-teaches a course on the Structural Theory. Before becoming a psychoanalyst, Dr. Weitzner was an inpatient psychiatrist, director of psychiatric inpatient services at Kings County Hospital, and director of residency training in psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center. In addition to having a private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in New York City, he works as a community psychiatrist, providing psychiatric outreach to patients and their families.

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