The New School for Analytical Psychology  invites you to attend our four month seminar series:

Neglected Perspectives in Psychoanalysis

In these intimate Saturday morning seminars, each of our analysts will give voice to the ideas they find passionately and ethically engaging.  Each seminar will involve short presentations or lectures, some with PowerPoint and use of cinema or other media. The presentations will be followed by group discussion focusing on the challenging questions that we as clinicians must face in these times. The New School faculty will be in attendance at each of the seminars.

Prior to this seminar series is our inaugural public event:
Shame, Truth and the Torments of Time

Shatter, Emptiness and Faith – Kabbalistic Strands in Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
February 28, 2015
Clinical Perspectives of the Intergenerational Transmission of ‘Real’ World Trauma.
March 28, 2015
Ghosts, Monsters, Singularities and Other Non-Sense
April 25, 2015
Explorations in Shame & Temporality
May 30, 2015

Space is Limited to 10 People, So Early Registration is Encouraged.

Two Ambassadors

…and you may see that the blot on the floor is a skull gazing back at you.


The viewer must be willing to search out this unexpected and neglected perspective in order for the anamorphic skull to be revealed. This reminder of Death undercuts our commonplace assumption that we have mastery over our lives and our discourses.

February 28, 2015

Shatter, Emptiness and Faith – Kabbalistic Strands in Psychoanalysis & Philosophy

Presented by Kenneth Kimmel

This seminar hopes to illuminate the psychological, inter-subjective, cultural, and historic depictions of the ‘Divine (Feminine) Presence’ of Shekhinah, as the embodied face of the suffering soul of humankind and of the earth. We’ll expand upon these ideas by drawing on the genius of Jewish mystics like Nahman of Bratslav and Isaac Luria, who share common ground and differences with ‘post-secular’ philosophers Derrida and Levinas, and psychoanalysts Bion, Eigen, and Jung. Underlying their metaphysical ideas is the humble recognition that all thoughts and texts are subject to constant revision and uncertainty—like life. This attitude deconstructs those “essentialist” precepts that assert a superior, final truth, or that tyrannize the weak, or that presume to know what is incomprehensible and infinite.

In our post-modern age, the psychology of ‘soul’ is not founded in fantasies of unification. That is the paradisiacal illusion of the child-ego. Our analytic attitude must hold our patients’ narcissistic shattering and nothingness, suffering and shame, and a deep acceptance of the ‘kenotic’ process, that may, in fortunate cases, release sparks of creative life from their imprisonment in husks. Lecture and Powerpoint, a film excerpt and rich discussion, will weave through the seminar.

April 25, 2015

Ghosts, Monsters, Singularities and Other Non-Sense

Presented by Sharon R. Green

The ghostly and the monstrous in literature and philosophy remind us that there is something enigmatic and uncanny about human being that escapes coherent narrative discourse – the ghost in the machine that disrupts the smooth workings of our lives! At a time when clinicians are feeling pressured to conform to diagnostic criteria and short-term treatment plans, the unique individual who appears in our consulting rooms is at risk of being lost. How do we think about working with subjectivity that cannot be reduced to any particular attribute, diagnosis, or narrative? This seminar will explore singularity and its relationship to the uncanny, the monstrous and the non-sense of our unique lives. The implications for clinical praxis will be explored. Reading materials will be provided at least a month in advance of the seminar.

May 30, 2015

Explorations in Shame & Temporality

Presented by Ladson Hinton

In this seminar we will explore some of the meanings and dimensions of shame and temporality, including recent findings in neuroscience. A clinical case will illustrate the movements of the temporal dimension within an analytic process. Readings will be required of attendees, and will be sent out via E-mail at least a month prior to the seminar.

March 28, 2015

Clinical Perspectives of the Intergenerational Transmission of ‘Real’ World Trauma

Presented by Robin McCoy Brooks

While psychoanalysis has long recognized the relevance of the individual’s personal historical situation it has generally neglected the wider contexts of the patient’s life that have crucial constitutive influences on subjectivity. These include macro processes such as world history, culture, technology, politics, economics and local-social factors. The utter realness of world historical processes impacts both patient and clinician in a web of intersecting worlds as each of us is a psychic Petri dish containing what is estranged from our social discourses.

The psychoanalyst needs to be open to and curious about the movements of world history, history in all of its terrifying realness in which we are all tragically enmeshed (Benjamin 1968, pp. 257-258). As such, the catastrophic effects of real world history (including and exceeding trans-generational trauma) can be expressed in the transference through the experience of absence, après-coup and the drives. In addition to an introductory theoretical discussion that amplifies these concepts, I will use a historiographical case illustration that cuts across the socio-psychological- historical and geographical fault lines of three continents. The patient’s catastrophic excess deeply affects the analyst as the personal and world historical reverberations of genocide manifest themselves clinically. The gap between thought and life is confused. Whose thought? Whose life? The past is present and the undead materialize. Flash memories of the rubble and empty silence return and the physical and metaphysical remainders of mass destruction take up residence in the analyst who was not yet born when the world was at war.

When and Where

The meeting time will be from 9 am – 12:30 pm

The Location of all the seminars will be in the home of Sharon R. Green, on Capitol Hill.

Details will be sent to participants upon registration.

Space is limited to ten for each seminar, so early registration is encouraged

TWO-YEAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM is planned for Fall, 2015.

More information is forthcoming

Continuing Education

CEU hours provided for Licensed Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Social Workers

13.5 CEU hrs. for both programs

10 CEU hrs. FOR Neglected Perspectives in Psychoanalysis

6 hours of Ethics are included

3.5 CEU hrs. for Shame, Truth and the Torments of Time

CONTACT: Please phone or email us if you have any questions:

(855) 760-8886 |