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These presentations are open to all interested persons, regardless of their level of experience or knowledge of psychoanalysis. For in-person meetings, there is no registration needed for the monthly presentations except where noted. If you would like to get CEs or CEUs, you can sign up for them at the reception table when you arrive when we resume in-person meetings.

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*The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Click here to see our certificate. The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

* None of the planners and presenters of this continuing education program have any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

    • 28 Apr 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual


    This paper discusses the different maternal imagoes that emerge in the transference and countertransference over the course of an analysis. A powerful, cherished, and idealised mother of infancy gives way to the cruel and competitive mother of adolescence. The way this mother emerges in the transference is through the sudden use of a foreign language. The author links this emergence to Freud’s search for the meaning of the uncanny in different languages: She suggests that the uncanny is that which provokes curiosity and is simultaneously rejected, as it refers to incestuous desires that are frightening, forbidden, and disgusting. The following question is raised: Is incest at the core of the riddle of anxiety? The author traces the interplay between the sexual and the melancholic in this analysis. It is the force of the repetition compulsion that enables repressed infantile sexuality to find its way into the transference, so that it can, for the first time, be named, in terms of its contradictory and opposing forces: red and black. The author establishes a link between Freud and Laplanche in the understanding that sexuality is only incompletely transformed into psychic reality.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this presentation the participants will be able to:

    1. Distinguish between the concepts of instinct and drives in Freud’s writings.

    2. Identify how a traumatic past may be repeated in the here and now in the clinical situation.

    3. Discuss the link between the “uncanny” in Freud’s work and sexuality as it is expressed in an analysis.


    Rosine Jozef Perelberg is a Distinguished Fellow, Training Analyst and Past President of the British Psychoanalytic Society. She also holds positions in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London and the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. She has written and edited twelve books, on topics including fantasy, dreaming, and thinking; Freud’s ideas and legacy; the Oedipus complex revisited; and sexuality and excess. Her book Psychic Bisexuality won the 2019 Book Prize for Best Edited Book from the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Perelberg was recently appointed European Region Representative to the International Psychoanalytical Association’s “The Community and the World” Committee on Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism. She is the recipient of the 2023 Sigourney Award honouring outstanding psychoanalytic work worldwide. Dr. Perelberg is in full time clinical practice in London and teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.


    Aisenstein, M. (2020) Repetition and the compulsion to repeat, a French perspective. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 101(6), 1203-1214.

    Chabert, C. (2019). Plural feminine: Hysteria, masochism or melancholia?. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 100(3), 584-592.

    Chaplin, R. (2018). How to be both, by not being both: The articulation of psychic bisexuality with the analytic session. In R. J. Perelberg (Ed.), Psychic bisexuality: A British French dialogue (pp. 207-226). Routledge.

    Perelberg, R. J. (2019). Sexuality, excess and representation: A psychoanalytic clinical and theoretical perspecive. Routledge.

    • 19 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual


    The processes driving development of a child, primarily those embedded in the parent-child relationship, are the most striking form of human change. Therapy too works to change the functioning of individuals. In this presentation, Dr. Tronick will suggest that the parent-child relaionship qualities that promote change and growth can aid our understanding of the patient- therapist relationship. While the differences between therapy and parent-child relationships are recognized, the basic characteristics of the parent-child relationship, when applied to the therapeutic relationship, may enhance therapeutic change. Using videos from his research on the Still-Face and parent-child interactions, Dr. Tronick will illustrate the necessity of dyadic organization; the fundamental, messy process of meaning making; and the essential function of reparation.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this presentation the participants will be able to:

    1. Discuss how Claude Bernard’s view of all biological organisms, including humans, is a brilliant idea, as well as how it fails to account for child’s development.

    2. List the significant differences between the therapeutic relationship and the parent-child relationship.

    3. Describe the positive effects of a dyad’s ability to engage in reparation of the inevitable mismatching and messiness of interactions.


    Ed Tronick is a renowned developmental and clinical psychologist. He

    is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of

    Massachusetts Chan Medical School. Formerly, he was an Associate

    Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the University

    Distinguished Professor at UMass Boston. He is a past member of the

    Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the Boston Process of

    Change Group, and a Founder of the Touchpoints program.  He created

    the Early Relational Health Fellowship at the Chan Medical School and

    the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship at UC Davis. He developed

    the Newborn Behavioral Assessment Scale and the Touchpoints Project

    with T.B. Brazelton. With Barry Lester he developed the NICU Network

    Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale. He has developed norms for the

    neurobehavior of clinically healthy newborns, and currently is

    developing individualized interventions for preterm and at-risk infants

    based on their neurobehavior. Dr.Tronick developed the Still-Face Paradigm and recently the Caretaker Acute Stress Paradigm. His current research focuses on NIRS and MRI responses to the Still-face and memory for the still-face, including epigenetic processes affecting behavior. He has worked on epidemiologic data sets to understand the nature of the responses to questions related to depression and help seeking of women in different ethnic and racial groups. Recently he has begun research on brain development and parenting of micro-Lemurs. He developed conceptual models based in dynamic systems theory for dyadic infant-mother (adult) interactions, including the Mutual Regulation Model and the Caretaker Buffer-Transducer Model.  He has published more than 300 scientific articles and 8 books, several hundred photographs, and has appeared on national radio and television programs. He lectures on the Still-face, trauma, maternal depression and infant neurobehavior to world-wide clinical audiences. His research has been continuously funded by NICHD and NSF.


    Harrison, A., & Tronick, E. (2021). Intersubjectivity: Conceptual considerations in meaning making with a clinical illustration. Frontiers in Psychology, 12(715873). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.715873

    Tronick, E., & Hunter, R. (2020). Keeping complexity in mind. In Tollefsbol, T., Provenzi, L. & Montirosso, R. (Eds.), Developmental human behavioral epigenetics (Vol. 23): Principles, methods, evidence, and future directions (pp. xi-xvi). Academic Press, Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819262-7.09990-6

    Tronick, E. (2022). Trauma never occurs only once: Being traumatized by a slap is like making meaning of the game of peek-a-boo. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 32(6), 661-673. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2022.2138083

Past events

21 Mar 2024 Being Careful in Only a Perverse Way: The Use of Aesthetic Experience in Psychoanalytic Work. Presentation and Dinner with Dr. Steven Cooper, MPI's Visiting Professor
17 Mar 2024 Somatic Experiencing: Enhancing Psychoanalytic Holding and Containment for Complex Trauma and Dissociation (David Levit, Ph.D., ABPP, SEP, Amherst, MA )
18 Feb 2024 Relational Perspectives on Trauma: Brain- and Attachment-Based Expansions of Understanding (Estelle Shane, PhD., Los Angeles, CA)
21 Jan 2024 Nell--A Bridge to the Amputated Self: The Impact of Immigration on Continuities and Discontinuities of Self. (Hazel Ipp, Ph.D. Toronto)
12 Nov 2023 Working With Fairbairn's Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting (David Celani, Ph.D., Burlington, VT)
22 Oct 2023 Slip Sliding Away: Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice (Stephanie Schechter, Psy.D., Cambridge, MA)
17 Sep 2023 The Fear of Immigrants: Xenophobia and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D., Boston, MA)
3 Jun 2023 MCPP Spring Banquet
21 May 2023 Irritating and Claustrophobic Objects: The Effect on Curiosity. (Anne Alvarez, Ph.D., London)
16 Apr 2023 Maternal Envy as Legacy: Search for the Unknown Lost Maternal Object (Jill Salberg, Ph.D., New York)
23 Mar 2023 Visiting Professor Dinner: Dr Howard Levine, MD., “The Necessity of Failure “
19 Mar 2023 Psychoanalytic Play: Improvising in the Emerging Dramatic Narrative of Treatment (Philip Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D., Los Angeles)
19 Feb 2023 The Therapist as a Person:  How Our Early Experiences Determine Our Theory and Technique (Karen Maroda, Ph.D., Milwaukee)
22 Jan 2023 Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in a War Trauma Survivor: A Case Study (Sheldon Itzkowitz, Ph.D., New York)
6 Nov 2022 Challenging the Motherhood Mandate: Clinical Explorations of Desire, Agency, and Subjectivity (Hillary Grill, M.S.W., New York)
16 Oct 2022 “Where All the Ladders Start”: Object Relations Legacies, Dissociation, and Playing (Stuart A. Pizer, Ph.D., Cambridge, MA)
18 Sep 2022 “A Shimmering Landscape: The Imaginative and Actual in Psychic Life” (Dodi Goldman, Ph.D., New York)
15 May 2022 The Sounds of Silence: Working with Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field(Dianne Elise, PhD - Oakland, CA)
24 Apr 2022 Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll : The Tasks of Adolescence (Seth Aronson, PsyD - New York)
27 Mar 2022 How Playing with Babies Made Me a Better Therapist (Beatrice Beebe, PhD - New York)
20 Feb 2022 On the Limitations of Love: Romance and Loss in Psychoanalysis (Steven Kuchuck, DSW - New York)
16 Jan 2022 Radical Ethics in Times of Plague (Donna Orange, PhD - Claremont, CA)
21 Nov 2021 Falling Out of the World: Traumatic Shock, Strangeness, and Afterwards (Alfred Margulies, MD - Boston)
17 Oct 2021 Playing, Mourning, and Becoming in Psychoanalysis (Steven Cooper, PhD - Boston)
19 Sep 2021 Emotional Connection at a Physical Distance: Phone vs Screen Treatment During Covid and Beyond (Julia Davies, Ph.D - Ann Arbor)
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