FALL 2017

Athena's Axe to Grind:
"Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Grievance and Trauma" 

Athena's Axe to Grind

Friday, September 16th, 2017 & Saturday, September 17th, 2017

Program & Evening Film Discussion at Emory University Featuring Drs. Abbot Bronstein, Steven Levy, Robert Paul, and Dominqiue Scarfone

What This Program Offers: 

  • Socializing and networking with Psychodynamic Clinicians from throughout the Southeastern region 
  • Morning paper presentation on the topic of grievance and its relationship to trauma with clinicians and scholars at all stages of their development and thinking 
  • Evening film viewing and discussion of grievance as portrayed in an acclaimed Argentine-Spanish dark comedy

Program Schedule, Friday, September 16, 2017:

8:45-9:30 AM: Registration and continental breakfast 

9:30-10:30 AM: Paper presentation by Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D. 

"Grievance and Change: Searching for the Perfect Ending" 

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Comments and discussion with Steven Levy, MD and Dominique Scarfone, MD 

Learning Objectives 

1. To identify grievances in the clinical setting; 

2. To recognize the transference manifestations of grievance in psychological treatment; and 

3. To demonstrate the relationship between grievance and change in psychoanalytic treatment. 

Program Schedule, Saturday, September 17, 2017:

7:30-10:30 PM: Film viewing and discussion with Robert Paul, Ph.D., Discussant 

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales), Damián Szifron, 2014 

Learning Objectives: 

1. To show how Relatos Salvajes illustrates the dynamics of grievance in relation to other powerful affects including greed, contempt, envy, jealousy, and erotic passion; 

2. To use this film to demonstrate how grievance operates unconsciously and may shape often in traumatic ways, character structure and the consequent heavior of individuals; and 

3. To link the film representations of grievance and participant viewers' experiences of grievance in clinical settings. 

Program Fees:

$40   Clinicians, APS Members, and Scholars

$25   Students in Clinical Graduate Programs, Internships, and Residency Training Programs 


How to Register:

Email your intent to register to:

Stefanie Speanburg, PhD LCSW,  sspeanb@emory.edu

If you are a PSP graduate student or faculty member, email Melinda Robb at Melinda.Robb@emory.edu

About our Presenter, Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D.:

Abbot Bronstein, PhD is a faculty member at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and he is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the International Psychoanalytical Association.  For over 20 years, Dr. Bronstein has been a leading proponent of the Kleinian perspective. He has worked with Betty Joseph, Donald Meltzer, Elizabeth Spillius, and other Contemporary British Kleinians. 

Dr. Bronstein is the North American Co-Chair of the Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party Groups.  He is an associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (IJP) and an editor of the Analyst At Work section of the IJP. His most recent publications include “The Analyst at work. The Analyst’s Work” (2013) and “Mrs. Klein, the Contemporary Kleinians and the Drives: Are they what drive the theory and the clinical work?” (2013), published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Psychoanalysis, respectively.

About Our Discussants:

Steven Levy, MD:

Steven Levy, MD is the Bernard C. Holland Professor of Psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine where he has taught candidates, graduate students, and residents for 43 years.  He is is a Training and Supervising Analyst and former Director of the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  At Emory University, Dr. Levy has had a distinguished career as an educator as well as chief of the Grady Memorial Hospital Psychiatry Service and its affiliated Community Mental Health Center. His psychoanalytic scholarship has centered on the theory of psychoanalytic technique, which has been the focus of much of his teaching. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and his book, Principles of Interpretation (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1984) is widely used in analytic training.

Dominique Scarfone, MD:

Dominique Scarfone, MD is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal where he teaches Psychoanalytic Theory. Dr. Scarfone is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Montreal Psychoanalytic Institute and former Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. In addition to publishing many essays, Dr. Scarfone is the author of several books.  His most recent books include: Unrepresented States and the construction of Meaning (London: Karnac, 2013) co-edited with Howard Levine and Gail Reed and The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious (New York, NY: The Unconscious in Translation, 2016).  Dr. Scarfone’s interests include Freudian Metapsychology, Psychic Temporality, and presentation and representation in Psychoanalysis.

Visit From Dr. Marcus Coelen, Dr. Patricia Gherovici, and Dr. Jamieson Webster

Friday September 29, 2017, 2-5 PM, White Hall 110  

Lacan's Last Experiment with Psychoanalysis: His Madness or Our Refusal? 

In this seminar, three psychoanalysts will present Lacan's notoriously difficult, late text "L'Etourdit," which was given in response to some of the questions that haunted the publication of the Ecrits, including the problem of Lacan's fame and its role in establishing his psychoanalytic school. The stated aim of the text is to turn-twice around the question of the 'dire,' the saying in a talking cure— this saying being "that which remains forgotten behind what is said in what is heard." Oversaturated with Joycean puns, a hyper-focus on topological theory, a mysteriously speaking She-Sphinx, and direct challenges to the psychoanalytic institution, many have called the text mad and brilliant at once. Perhaps it isn't a question of madness or brilliance, but of a pointed provocation to the psychoanalysts who had forgotten what it means to listen to this saying, especially, the saying of Freud [le dire de Freud]. 

Reception to follow. 

Saturday September 30, 2017, 10-3 PM (with break for lunch), White Hall 110 

Notes from Clinical Practice: On Witz, Conversion, and Transgender Embodiment 

One of the greatest challenges as a psychoanalyst is attempting to hold the delicate balance between formal theoretical investigation and the spontaneity of the clincal act. Often work lets go of one in order to pursue the other. Cases read like melodrama, and theoretical work grows arid. Psychoanalysis, on the other hand, happens when something unique in the clinical encounter allows the analyst to think beyond the singularity of a case. 

In this seminar three analysts will take up the psychoanalytic concepts of 'Witz', 'conversion' and 'embodiment' and attempt to put these to work clinically and theoretically. Dr. Marcus Coelen will present on the structure of Witz and what it elucidates about the direction of treatment—even, the end of analysis. Dr. Jamieson Webster will present on the early concept of conversion in Freud using two cases to think bout the body and its place in an analysis—not only for the patient, but also the psychoanalyst him or herself. Dr. Patricia Gherovici will address the question of sexual embodiment through the work with transgender patients who productively challenge notions of normativity and gender essentialism. 


Marcus Coelen is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York and Berlin. He also teaches literature and literary theory and currently holds an appointment at the Psychoanalytic Study Program at Columbia University. His publications include, Die Tyrannei des Partikkularen. Lekturen Proust [The Tyranny of the Particular. Readings in Proust] (Munich, Fink, 2007) and Die andere Urzene. Texte von Phillippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Maurice Blanchot et al. [The Other Primal Scene. Texts by Phillipe Lacoue-Labarthe, Maurice Blanchot] (Berlin, Diaphanes, 2008). He is currently working on The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan, with Jamieson Webster, and a book on Lacanian theories of psychoses and the clinical decisions linked to those theories. 

Patricia Gherovici is a psychoanalyst in Philadelphia and New York. Director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennslyvania, and Honorary Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York. She is the author of The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press, 2003) winner of the Gradiva Award and Boyer Prize, of Please Select Your Gender (Routledge, 2010), and most recently of Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge, 2017). 

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. She teaches at Eugene Lang College at The New School, is a member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and Stay, Illusion! with Simon Critchley (Pantheon, 2013). Her new book, Conversion Disorder, is forthcoming with Columbia University Press (2018). She is currently working on The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan, with Marcus Coelen.