2009-2010 RAPS SEMINARS OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS:

FEMALE SEXUALITY
Chair: Vivian Pender, M.D.
This group explores issues in female sexuality using primarily clinical material brought by the members.

JOURNAL CLUB
Chair: Edward Kenny, M.D.
(awaiting description)

PSYCHOANALYTIC PERSPECTIVES ON RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
Chair: Samuel Pauker, M.D.
The group meets in Westchester every other month to review papers and case material which deal with various aspects of the depth psychology underlying religion and spirituality.  Past topics have included; transference, countertransference and technical parameters in the treatment of the very religious patient; psychoanalytic exploration of Biblical text to investigate it’s unconscious meanings and profound effects on individuals and groups over millennia; religious identity and the problem of violence; “New Age’ or ‘Post-Modern’ concepts of spirituality and practice of religion.   Other questions we are interested in include:  How do we bridge the conceptual divide, and underlying assumptions about psychic structure and the nature of psychic change between religion and psychoanalysis?   Can we talk to members of the clergy in ways that facilitate the mutual understanding and enrichment of our perspectives and avoid the accusation of ‘reductionism’?  How do we understand the developmental processes, both psychodynamic and neurobiological which underlie the development of religious consciousness and the various intrapsychic functions it serves?
The group explores these issues from a wide variety of psychoanalytic perspectives including ego psychology, self psychology, relational psychology as well as the contributions of Bion, Kristeva, Loewald, Rizzutto and others.
Meetings are recorded and the readings, notes and audio are posted to a group website to develop a ‘library’ of information which will eventually be made available to the wider psychoanalytic, and clerical communities.
The group is open to those who might like to come for individual meetings and/or present relevant material you have been working on.  Our invited guests,  and members, come from a variety of metro NYC institutes.  If interested in being kept abreast of our meetings, or access to the group website, please notify Sandy Pauker, MD at 212.737.6330, slpaukermd@aol.com

Currently On-going Groups

FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOANALYSIS
Chair: Robert A. Glick, M.D.
The group is studying concepts fundamental to psychoanalysis in the classic psychoanalytic literature of the world.

RESISTANCE
Chair: Burton Lerner, M.D.
This is a clinical seminar that meets monthly to discuss resistances of patients in the analytic situation. The participants use clinical material to discuss the analytic process, resistance and defense, and transference and countertransference material.

SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PSYCHOANALYTIC TECHNIQUE
Chair: Estelle Bender, M.D.
The group meets four times per year and functions as a group supervision.

Peer Supervision


Chair: Dr. Sarah Hartman


Chairs: David Gutman, Sylvia Fogel

Beginning Groups

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Chairs: Kevin Kelly, M.D., Samuel Pauker, M.D.

PSYCHOANALYSIS FATHERHOOD IN MALE DEVELOPMENT
Chair: Andreas Kraebber, M.D.

In recess

PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY GROUP
Chair: Jonah Schein, M.D.
After four well-received meetings in the Fall of 2009 this group is planning for upcoming series of meetings.

READINGS IN LACAN
Co-Chairs: Lila Kalinich, M.D. and Stuart Taylor, M.D.
This group focuses on reading primary sources, particularly those of Lacan’s Seminars now available in English. Secondary sources will be utilized when necessary. Other pertinent work, such as that of Freud, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Merleau-Ponty are read and discussed in relation to Lacan.

PSYCHOANALYTIC TREATMENT OF NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY AND OTHER DISORDERS INVOLVING NARCISSISTIC PREOEDIPAL PATHOLOGY
Chair: Donald I. Meyers, M.D.
open for a new presenter
This group studies pre-genital development and pathology with special emphasis on narcissism. It is currently suspended, awaiting a new presenter with appropriate case material.

ANALYTIC COUPLE THERAPY
Chair: Fred Sander, M.D.
IN the time of an ever increasing number of couples and families are seeking therapeutic help and the mission of this group is not just the perpetuation of psychoanalysis but serving the needs of the broader clinical population.
The group will address
1)how to conduct evaluations of couples to arrive at appropriate treatment modality(ies).
2)The technical conduct of couple therapy and
3)given appropriate clinical material an exploration of the indications, contraindications and complications of concurrent individual and couple treatments.

The Chair will provide reading materials which he had used in teaching this subject in various contexts including past electives at Columbia Psychoanalytic and case material will be presented from his clinical work for discussion.

last updated 12/9/09