Psychotherapy with Homeless Adults

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
November 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM to at 8:00 PM

Friday Night Guest Lecture

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: Treatments derived from psychoanalytic theories are generally considered appropriate only for people of means. This presentation challenges the view that the poor and socially marginalized lack the desire for insight or the capacity to be in a therapeutic relationship. Dr. Luepnitz will describe her 12 years of work with IFA (Insight For All) which connects volunteer analysts with homeless and formerly homeless individuals. Concepts drawn from the work of Donald Winnicott and Jacques Lacan will be invoked. This work is seen as part of a long tradition beginning with Freud's free clinics of the 1920s.

Deborah Luepnitz, PhD, is a clinical associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of three books, including: The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (Basic Books, 1992), and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines: Intimacy and Its Dilemmas (Basic Books, 2003). She is also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan (Cambridge University Press, 2003). In 2005, Dr. Luepnitz launched Insight For All (IFA), which connects psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono with homeless adults and children. She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia. 

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


Attention NY, NJ and ME Social Workers: the Austen Riggs Center is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. As of July 2015, ACE is accepted in 47 jurisdictions. This does not include the states of New York, New Jersey and Maine.

No registration required. For more information contact Samantha Blache at [413] 931.5230.

In the event of a cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be posted here no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. 

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1.5 hours
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