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Explore the 1-Year, 4-Year Psychoanalytic Training, and Distance Learning Programs at IPSS

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

7:30PM – 9:30PM

IPSS not only provides scholarly training in the broad complexity of psychoanalysis, but a particular opportunity to learn about the key concepts in self psychology. One of those key concepts involves Kohut’s ideas about the “leading edge” and the “trailing edge” (Miller, 1985). By “leading edge”, Kohut was referring to how patients’ seek to positively adapt to their circumstances and repair the developmental deprivations of their pasts. By “trailing edge”, Kohut was identifying how patient’s repeat problematic patterns from their pasts that reflect their traumatic experiences. Up until Kohut’s contributions, psychoanalysts had empathized the repetitive or “trailing edge of the patient’s behavior, leading many patients to feel shamed and too alone in their efforts to change. We can’t say enough about how seeing and validating the “leading edge” of what patients bring to us can transform the treatment, enabling patients to mobilize and sustain their efforts to change in deeply meaningful directions.

Peter Kaufmann will present a case that he published in his recent paper, “When Empathy Opens” (Kaufmann, 2023) and give the audience an opportunity to discuss it in terms of Kohut’s ideas about the “leading” and “trailing edge”. He will present the unfolding of the case and stop periodically to invite discussion about the material in terms of the leading edge and trailing edge concepts. We are expecting that this clinical, interactive discussion will be richly stimulating and give us all a sense of how training at IPSS can be an expanding, dialogic experience. Peter Kaufmann expects to learn even more things about his case! Come join our dialogue!!

Peter Kaufmann, PhD is faculty and supervisor at IPSS and NIP and co-coordinator of the IPSS four -year program. He has a particular interest in comparative psychoanalysis and in efforts to integrate the clinical approaches and sensibilities represented by different theoretical perspectives. He published a recent paper, “When Empathy Opens” (Kaufmann, 2023) that well reflects this comparative, integrative sensibility. He will be presenting the case from that paper for tonight’s discussion. Co-authoring with Jenny Kaufmann, he has written recent papers, “Emerging from the Shadows of Parental Narcissism”, “We have Met the Enemy and It Is Us” and “A Battle Cry for Our Moment: Revisiting the Two Analyses of Mr. Z”., that explore the clinical issues and process involved with the effects of traumatic narcissism.  Recently too, “A Battle Cry” and a memoir article, “COVID Memorial Day Resolve”, have been published in Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.

IPSS is committed to creating and fostering an environment that is welcoming, equitable, and inclusive for all members of our community, and for prospective candidates seeking rigorous training in the practice of psychoanalysis. We are dedicated to building a group of scholars and practitioners which is inclusive of people from all backgrounds, and which represents the rich diversity and scope of human experience. 

IPSS is modifying its curriculum to integrate contemporary perspectives on how differences in identities affect psychoanalytic education and practice. The Institute is committed to offering financial aid to potential candidates who have met the criteria for admission and who have financial need. In addition, scholarships are available to qualified candidates who may bring a diversity of experience or perspective to the Institute. We believe that our theory, our practice, and our Institute benefit from these commitments.



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