NPI Conferences 2021-2022

NPI’s 2021-2022 Conference Schedule


When Secrets Emerge in Psychotherapy: New Perspectives on The Body, Somatic Countertransference and Self-Care in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presenter: Kathryn J. Zerbe, MD, FABP, FAED

Kathryn J. Zerbe, MD is Training and Supervising Analyst, Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University.

January 29th, 2022 , 9 – 1:15pm, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute

About this lecture

The body-mind relationship is receiving new attention in psychodynamic clinical work in the 21st century. In this presentation we will focus on the treatment of eating disorder patients as a key example of how the clinician addresses both the body and the mind in therapy. The countertransference impact on the therapist of treating a group of patients who keep secrets and the role this plays in the development of somatic (body) countertransference therapist will be demonstrated in clinical case examples. Emphasis will be placed on the therapist’s self-care and resilience when working with challenging and often refractory patients.

Goals and Objectives
  • Describe 4 psychodynamic concepts frequently used in working with eating disorder patients.
  • Recognize how secrets emerge spontaneously in these patients and their impact on the therapist and the treatment.
  • Demonstrate and use somatic/embodied countertransference in the therapeutic process
  • Expand interest in evolving area of body/mind in psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis

Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Repair

Presenters: Dr. Lynne Layton, Dr. Medria Connolly, and Dr. Bryan Nichols

March 5th, 2022, 9-4pm, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute

About this lecture

The program begins with a talk on what a social psychoanalysis might look like in the clinic and draws on some earlier psychoanalysts’ concepts that have connected the social world and the psychic world without reducing one to the other. Exploring identity formation in cultural contexts and within various power hierarchies, Dr. Layton introduces the concept of normative unconscious processes, a concept connecting the psychic and the social that specifically addresses the ways that racism, heterosexism, classism and other social inequalities are unconsciously enacted in the clinic and culture. We will then explore how therapists can resist unconsciously replicating such cultural inequalities. We will than take up the ways cultural inequalities are unconsciously reproduced in the wider circles of contemporary institutional and sociocultural life. In this part of the program, Dr. Layton, Dr. Nichols, and Dr. Connolly discuss the psychological case for reparations for slavery and its afterlives. Our conversations here, too, explore how we, as citizens and therapists, both unconsciously replicate and can resist replicating harmful, unequal relations. We will think together about how to address the places in our different subjective and communal worlds where harm has been done–and engage together on how to make repair.

Dr. Lynne Layton

Dr. Lynne Layton supervises and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and is part-time faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has taught Social Psychoanalysis in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous and Eco-Psychologies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is Past-President of Section IX, Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory, and Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes, which won a 2021 book award from the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. Lynne is on the Grassroots Reparations Campaign organizing committee and on the racial equity task force of MIP.

Dr. Medria Connolly

Dr. Medria Connolly is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Connolly worked for many years as a consultant to a Los Angeles-based treatment program for adolescents in the juvenile justice system and in a high school-based health clinic in Watts. Her long-time work in these community contributed to her recognition that individual, family and small group interventions are too limited in scope to alter the structural inequities confronting historically victimized groups, especially African Americans. This recognition led to the embrace of a prospective national intervention, i.e. reparations, to address the underlying psychosocial challenges and promote racial healing. Dr. Connolly also trained in the Tavistock model of group relations work and works as an organizational consultant to facilitate leadership, team building, communication and collaboration within diverse groups.

Dr. Bryan Nichols

Dr. Nichols is a Los Angeles based Clinical Psychologist with a practice focusing on teens, families, adults & couples. He was also a long-time consultant with a Community Based Organization where he was the Supervising Psychologist for an L. A. City gang prevention and intervention program. His work in both his practice and the community has led to the recent development of societal, “macro level” ideas about how to remediate persistent issues of bias that infect and undermine interracial relationships and the multi-disciplinary collaborations required to effectively implement community based psycho-educational interventions.

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The Talking Cure: A Neuropsychoanalytic Perspective

Presenter: Mark Solms
About this lecture

This three-part lecture by Mark Solms will describe some recent developments in the neurosciences which have implications for the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. The first lecture will focus on changes in our understanding of what is conscious and unconscious in the brain. This requires us to distinguish sharply between what Freud called the ‘id’ and the ‘system Unconscious’. The implications for the theory of ‘repression’ are particularly important clinically. The second lecture will focus on what Freud called ‘drive theory’. There are not two emotional drives at work in the brain but rather seven. Since these represent the basic emotional needs of the human being, the clinical implications of this new classification of the drives are immense. The third lecture focusses on these clinical implications, in a practical way. The main issues that will be discussed are (a) the mode of therapeutic action of the ‘talking cure’, (b) our understanding of ‘transference’ and (c) the importance of ‘working through’.

There will be a 1.5 hour follow-up discussion group on October 16, 2021 led by Dr. Terence Ford. Attendance at the discussion group will cost an additional $10,00