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The Freud/Ferenczi Letters, a Staged Reading of Selected Letters

  • 02 Apr 2016
  • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Trinity Urban Center, 22nd and Spruce Street, Philadelphia


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The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis (IRPP) and

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE)

are pleased to announce the following upcoming program:


Elliot Adler, Ph.D. ABPP is a current faculty member and former Director of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is also former President of Section One, Division 39 of the APA. He is co-author, with Janet Bachant, of Working in Depth: Framework and Flexibility in the Analytic Relationship published by Jason Aronson. He maintains a private practice in Westchester and Manhattan.

Isaac Tylim, Psy.D. ABPP is a training analyst and fellow of IPTAR, member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is faculty and supervisor New York University Postdoctoral Program. He has published widely on psychoanalytic issues and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a regular contributor to The Buenos Aires Herald. Since 1997 he has served on the IPA Committee of the United Nations.

Neil Skolnick, Ph.D. is a faculty member, supervisor and past co-director of the Relational Track at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Additionally, he is faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute for Psychotherapies (NIP), the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPPS), the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and edited two books: with Susan Warshaw, Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis and with David Scharff, Fairbairn, Then and Now.  He maintains a private practice in Manhattan, where he also conducts study groups.

Louise DeCosta, Ph.D. LCSW is a faculty member, supervisor and training analyst currently affiliated with the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytic Psychology. In private practice for more than thirty years, her training includes work and study in the USA, Mumbai, India and London at The Tavistock Clinic. Dr. DeCosta is the Creative Director for both dramatic readings: The Freud/Jung Letters and The Freud/Ferenczi Letters which premiered in Prague, August 2013.

Peter T. Hoffer, Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, a Fellowship Associate member of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and an Educator Associate of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is co-translator (with Axel Hoffer) of Sigmund Freud's A Phylogenetic Fantasy: Overview of the Transference Neuroses and translator of the three-volume The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi, as well as the author of several published papers on the history of psychoanalysis. His most recent publication is a translation of Richard Sterba's Handwörterbuch der Psychoanalyse (Dictionary of Psychoanalysis).

Description of Program:

Four psychoanalysts present a dramatic reading of the remarkable correspondence of more than 1200 letters between Freud and Ferenczi. Ferenczi, Freud's intimate friend and collaborator for 25 years, was arguably the most influential member of a small coterie of pioneers who dedicated their lives to the development of Freudian psychoanalysis, both as a theory of mind and as a treatment for emotional disturbance. Though different in temperament and personality, Freud and Ferenczi shared a tendency towards bold speculation, balanced by a gift for acute psychological observation. The intention of this dramatic reading is to give the audience an opportunity to encounter the complex emotional texture of this highly creative relationship. By turns mentor and heir, colleague and collaborator, analyst and analysand, above all, ambivalent father and son, the arc of their friendship embraced multiple roles and moods. This performance and the discussion that follows illuminate an appreciation of how these two men confronted the multiple challenges of psychoanalytic intimacy and can help us understand the tensions that each of us face in our daily clinical practice.

Post-reading Discussion:

Peter Hoffer, Ph.D., translator of The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi will comment on the dramatic reading from his unique perspective, following which IRPP board member, faculty member and supervisor, Annette Leavy, LCSW, BCD will lead a fifty-minute discussion of the Freud/Ferenczi relationship and its continuing impact on contemporary psychoanalysis.

Wine & Cheese Reception will follow.

Learning Objectives:

1. To gain an understanding of the complex emotional and professional relationship between Freud and Ferenczi and an appreciation of how their relationship influenced the development of psychoanalytic ideas.

2. To identify ways in which the differences between Freud and Ferenczi continue to resonate in modern psychoanalytic frameworks and movements.

Date, Time, Location, Schedule:

Saturday, April 2, 2016. The program begins at 3:30 pm. The reception ends 6:30 pm.

Location: Trinity Urban Center, 22nd and Spruce Street, Philadelphia


$50 General Admission.  Early Career Psychologist: $40.  Graduate Student: $25

CE credit:

Two (2) CE credits for psychologists and social workers

For additional information, please contact Miriam Franco, Psy.D. at: drmefranco@yahoo.com

To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Educational Prerequisites

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Jay Moses, Ph.D., at 267-254-0791, or at mjaymoses@gmail.com.










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