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Wednesday May 22, 2024

What roles do the inanimate objects in the psychoanalyst’s office play in the treatment?  Paintings on the walls, bookcases, armchairs, carpets, sculptures, and of course, the couch are simultaneously objects of external reality which are part of the frame, and they may also become part of the internal reality of the patient.  Can these objects have an important effect on the progress and process of analytic treatment? It is these questions that Jacqueline Godfrind will address in this podcast episode.
Starting from theories of objects as autistic, transitional, resemblances and fetishized, put forth by Tustin, Winnicott, Searles and Kestemberg, she will broaden the reflection based on her own clinical observations of her analysands during a period when she redecorated her office. These objects, she illustrates, can become transferential objects, rich with important meanings and may support sensory or archaic investments, and this is even more the case in certain patients with fragile structures. 
Jacqueline Godfrind is a full member and training analyst of the Belgian Society of Psychoanalysis of which she was scientific secretary, president and president of the teaching commission. She has long participated in training in child psychotherapy where she was a lecturer at the Free University of Brussels. She has further led multiple supervisions in various fields. In addition, she has a background as a child analyst and a long practice as an adult psychoanalyst.  Her writings and publications are many including: The two currents of transference and Psychoanalysis beyond speech - the body which contain her reflections on the treatment clinic, and How femininity comes to women which addresses her interest in the feminine. She has participated in the production of several collective works, notably on topics as wide ranging as acting out in the treatment, and also in the work titled What is operative in the treatment, which won the Oedipus prize.
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This episode has also been published in French.

Monday Aug 24, 2020

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Denys Ribas is a psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He directed for 8 years the «Revue Française de Psychanalyse» and was for 4 years the President of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. He has collected a long experience as psychoanalyst in a day hospital for young children, some of whom was autistic. His interest in the death drive comes to him both from the experience of the psychic conflictuality and from his deepening of the specifically autistic problematic, in line with the contributions of Tustin and of Meltzer. He has also worked with Benno Rosenberg, conceiving drive fusion and defusion in their movements in neurosis, in borderline states as well as in psychosomatic states where the somato-psychic balance is disturbed.
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This episode is available also in French

Monday Aug 17, 2020

In today’s episode Roosevelt Cassorla will present his paper: “Fanaticism: Reflections based on phenomena in the analytic field”, recently published in the International Journal of Psychoanalyisis.
Roosevelt Cassorla is a Training Analyst for the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Societies of São Paulo and Campinas as well as a Full Professor of Medical Psychology at the State University of Campinas. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalyisis and of other journals. He is a contributor to the IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. He has published six books. His latest are The Psychoanalyst, The Theater of Dreams and The Clinic of Enactment and Suicide: Unconscious Factors and Socio-Cultural Aspects: An Introduction (in Portuguese). Cassorla also coordinates the Working Party "Microscopy of the Analytic Session" of the Brazilian and Latin America Psychoanalytic Federations. He received the 2017 Sigourney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychoanalysis.
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Monday Aug 10, 2020

In today’s episode Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau will present her talk titled “Driven to preserve self and object” where she eloquently investigates the structuring function of the object in tension with the subject and its drives; the role of the aggression as an intensified expression of a need; and her original term “Lethe”, describing the energy of these preservative drives.
Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, (PHD) is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society. She has published numerous papers and 3 books on metapsychology, clinical issues, and applied Psychoanalysis. Since 2017 she has been the Chair of the IPA in Culture Committee
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This podcast is also available in French and German

Tuesday Aug 04, 2020

In today's episode we welcome Marilia Aisenstein who will talk about her upcoming book which will be published at the end of September 2020, titled Désir, douleur, pensée.
Marilia Aisenstein is a training analyst from the Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society and the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, of which she was also President. In 1992 she received the Bouvet Prize. She has been a representative on the Board of the IPA and also on its Executive Committee. She is currently European President of the New Groups Committee of the IPA and Deputy Secretary of the Congress of French Language Psychoanalysts.
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This podcast is also available in French

Tuesday Jul 07, 2020

In today’s episode we have the opportunity to hear -from the voice of Cláudio Eizirik- his essay on the social, cultural, and political events in Brazil and the world. “Once again, The Serpent’s Egg?”, asks the author, recalling the Bergman's film that portrayed the period previous to Nazism in Germany.
Cláudio Eizirik is a full member, training and supervising analyst at the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society, professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Dr Eizirik is a former President of the International Psychoanalytical Association and of the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin America. He received the Sigourney Award in 2011. He has published several books and his main areas of interest are on theory and practice of psychoanalysis, the process of ageing, and the relationship of psychoanalysis with culture. 
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This Episode is also available in Portuguese

Sunday May 17, 2020

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