TUESDAY, May 6 , 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
a collation will be served after the lecture




As the 2008 International Psychoanalytic Scholar Lecturer, Antonino Ferro will reexamine Freud’s intuition about the central transforming importance of dreams. In a paper rich with clinical vignettes, Ferro will apply his interest in mental functioning and its impact on relationships to illustrate the unique role of dreams and his layered approach to dream analysis. Referencing Bion’s model of the mind, Ferro will describe his own personal theory of a mental transformational cycle taking place intapsychically and relationally in the psychoanalytic situation. In this cycle, night dreams are elevated to a crucial status. Ferro will illustrate how the resulting “pure ‘poetry’ of the mind,” shared between analyst and analysand via a process that is as much intuitive as interpretive, can offer transforming new horizons for expanding thought.

Antonino Ferro is a Full Member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Association and the IPA. He is a child and adolescent psychoanalyst with a special interest in adults with more severe psychopathology. His publications include Psychoanalysis as Therapy and Storytelling, Seeds of Illness, Seeds of Recovery, In the Analyst’s Consulting Room and The Bi-Personal Field.

The International Psychoanalytic Scholar Lectureship (formerly the Andre B. Ballard Lectureship) is sponsored by the APM in collaboration with the Psychoanalytic Center. The event is entirely financed by the APM membership’s voluntary contributions and is usually held every three years. By invitation, the distinguished psychoanalytic scholar gives a formal lecture at the Academy, a seminar for candidates at the Center, and two or three seminars for APM members and faculty, over a period of several days. Past recipients have included: Andre Green, Raquel Zac de Goldstein, R. H. Etchegoyen, Betty Joseph, Patrick Mahony, Joseph Sandler, J. Chasseguet-Smirgel, Joyce McDougall, Leon Grinberg, and Herbert Rosenfeld.