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Annual Conference 2015

38th IAPSP Annual International Conference

Self Psychology in a Multidisciplinary World: Expansiveness and Constraints

Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, October 18, 2015

Los Angeles, California
Omni Hotel at California Plaza


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2015 Conference Brochure:
· Link to Conference Brochure (PDF)

Pre-Conference Workshops and Paper Session Descriptions:
· Thursday, October 15th Morning Pre-Conference Workshops (PDF)
· Thursday, October 15th Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops (PDF)
· Panel Session Descriptions (PDF)
· Saturday, October 17th Paper and Panel Session Descriptions (Session A) (PDF)
· Sunday, October 18th Paper and Panel Session Descriptions (Session B) (PDF)

The 38th Annual IAPSP International Conference: "Self Psychology in a Multidisciplinary World: Expansiveness and Constraints" will be held in Los Angeles, CA, USA from Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, October 18, 2015. We cordially invite you to join us for a conference that will explore ways in which Self Psychology is augmented by insights drawn from other disciplines to meet challenges and maximize benefits in our current psychoanalytic milieu. To do justice to this variety, we have opted to present a number of shorter panels, each followed by a panel discussion organized by contemporary self psychology leaders to which attendees will "belong" throughout.

The conference begins with a Keynote by Robert Stolorow, titled "A Phenomenological-contextual, Existential and Ethical Perspective on Emotional Trauma".

Panel One, titled "We'll Improvise", presents current ideas regarding the spontaneous generation of "improvisational moments" in treatment, demonstrating how the complexity of the field momentarily shifts from the more ordinary, asymmetrical relationship into a more symmetrical relationship in which both participants co-create a critical narrative that neither could have created alone.

Panel Two, titled "History Flows Through Us", exploring history's role in psychological experience, and offers two presentations, one focused on how history impacts our understanding of ourselves, our perception of others, and our choice of theory, and the other focused on the impact of the Holocaust on our theories, particularly on how Heinz Kohut's struggle with his own Holocaust trauma may influence self psychology today.

Panel Three, titled "Sexuality within the Clinical Relationship," explores how in the clinical process patient and analyst must answer the question that emerges implicitly or explicitly, "Why can't we be lovers?"

Panel Four, titled "Making Ourselves Up", examines the stories created in the clinical setting. The process of making stories is inherent in living in the world, in creating relationships, and in practicing psychoanalysis, and these stories are inevitably fictional.

Panel Five, titled "On MindBrainBody", explores the necessary interdigitation of mindbrainbody in more fully understanding the therapeutic dyad in interaction. While one presentation will focus on brain, and the other on body, it is the whole of mindbrainbody that is at the center of psychoanalytic concern.

Panel Six, titled "Multidisciplinary Knowing: Commensurability and Incommensurabilty Among Theories and Persons", explores important questions raised by self psychology's inquiry into other disciplines interested in human subjectivity as sources of distinct and useful knowledge. Panelists ask, among other questions, is commensurability necessary for integration? Is incommensurability a constraint?

Tessa Phillips is the Kohut Memorial Lecturer, and the title of her paper is "Race, Place and Self". The conference will end directly after the closing Panel, with a conversation with Donna Orange and the audience on the clinical and philosophical implications of the Conference as a whole.

2015 Conference Co-Chairs:
Estelle Shane, PhD and Joye Weisel-Barth, PhD, PsyD

2015 Program Committee:
Amy Eldridge, MSW, PhD; Peter Maduro, JD, PsyD; Gabriela Mann, PhD; Carol Mayhew, PhD; Judith Pickles, PhD; Ilene Philipson, PhD, PhD; Philip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD; and Judith Teicholz, EdD


The Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza sits atop historic Bunker Hill in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Downtown's only four-diamond convention hotel, the Omni Los Angeles Hotel features luxurious accommodations and modern conveniences to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers alike.

The 17-story hotel captures the essence and spirit of Los Angeles and provides easy access to cultural and business destinations. The Los Angeles Civic Center, the financial district, and the Staples Center, as well as many of Los Angeles' world-class theaters and museums, are just minutes from the hotel, which is just 18 miles/30 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.

The Omni Hotel is offering the 2015 IAPSP Self Psychology Conference attendees special conference rates of $219.00 single or double, plus applicable state and local taxes. Please be sure to mention the IAPSP Annual Conference to receive these discounted rates. IAPSP Annual Conference discounted group rates apply until the reservation deadline of September 15, 2015 or until all so-designated rooms are booked, whichever occurs first.

Reservation requests received after September 15 will not be guaranteed and will be confirmed based on space and rate availability. IAPSP Annual Conference discounted group rates apply until the reservation deadline of September 15, 2015 or until all rooms in the group have been reserved, whichever occurs first. A first night's room deposit or credit card will guarantee your reservation. Check-in time is 3:00pm. BE SURE TO MENTION THE IAPSP ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO QUALIFY FOR THE GROUP RATE!

To make reservations, contact the hotel directly:
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
Phone: 1-800-843-6664
Website: www.omnihotels.com/hotels/los-angeles-california-plaza


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