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Yasmin Roberts Memorial Lecture: Reassessing Fundamental Hypotheses of Psychoanalysis

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St Large Conference Room
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
March 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

Edward Nersessian, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Distinguished Life Member of the American Psychiatric Association. He is co-founder and first co-editor  of Neuropsychoanalysis , co-editor of the Textbook of Psychoanalysis and of Controversies in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  He has published papers on a variety of psychoanalytic subjects and his current interest is reassessing the fundamental tenets of psychoanalytic theory. He is the co-founder of the Philoctetes Center and the Founder and the Director of the Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in New York.

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:  When Freud began his attempts at understanding the symptoms of hysteria and neurasthenia in the mid to late 19th century, the neural science he relied upon was in its infancy. Since that time, substantial progress has been made in neuroscience, genetics, and epigenetics, and a re-assessment of Freud's conjectures is needed in light of these scientific advances.  In this presentation, a review of the central components of psychoanalytic theory is proposed as a starting point for such a project.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - At the conclusion of the event the participants will be able to:

  1. critically appraise Freud's fundamental Hypothesis
  2. construct alternative interpretations.
  3. identify the strengths and weakness of the theory.

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, with no regular registration fee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AUTHORIZED:  2.0   (M.D., Ph.D., Social Work)

No registration required. For more information contact Alicia Zaludova at 413-931-5230.

Duration: 
2 hours
Intended Audience: 
Clinician

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