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Ben Kafka: Friday Night Papers, January 8

The Grand Unified Theory of Unhappiness
Physicists speak of an elusive “grand unified theory” that would be capable of explaining how all the forces of nature interact. In this talk I want to consider the twentieth-century’s search for a “grand unified theory of unhappiness,” a search that combined psychoanalysis with Marxism in an ultimately futile attempt to understand why so many of us are so miserable so much of the time. At the center of this talk will be the concept of “repression,” which for most of the century dominated psychoanalysis and radical politics alike.
Ben Kafka, PhD: 
Ben Kafka teaches critical theory at NYU and sees patients in private practice. He came to IPTAR through the Respecialization Program
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to describe a central concept in psychoanalytic theory
-Participants will be able to explain the main divisions in the debates over how to address this problem within psychoanalysis.
-Participants will gain a deeper understanding of implicit assumptions in their own clinical practices.
Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion.
This paper is open only to the IPTAR community–all members, candidates and externs are warmly invited.  
Social Workers: Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Inc. (IPTAR) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0226.  ( 2 ) CE credits will be granted to participants  who have registered , have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and  have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements. CE Administrative Fee: $15.00 payable at the event.

Authoritarianism as an Illness of Societies

Jay Frankel Meeting



IPTAR and The New School for Social Research Present



"Authoritarianism as an Illness of Societies"

(With a View Towards Treatment)

March 5, 2016  9:30–1:30 p.m

CE Approved for 4 Credits

 Discussants:  Richard J. Bernstein, Ph.D and Dorothee C. von Tippelskirch-Eissing, Ph.D 

Please join us as we try and address these very important questions of our times:
Why do the powerless collude in their own oppression?
What is the appeal of the demagogue?
How are people seduced into giving up their rights?
Why do revolutions so often fail?
How do we understand and confront evil?
How do we address mass trauma in the hope of preventing its repetition?
What can leaders do to maintain democratic social structures when authoritarianism threatens?
JAY FRANKEL, PhD is author of numerous articles and chapters on trauma, identification, play, psychoanalysis and politics, and the work of Sándor Ferenczi. He is on the faculty of IPTAR, an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Consultant at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and on the faculty of the Trauma Treatment Training Program at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is also Associate Editor atPsychoanalytic Dialogues and co-author of Relational Child Psychotherapy.
RICHARD J. BERNSTEIN, PhD is one of the foremost philosophers in the world today.  He is Vera List Professor of Philosophy and former Dean of New School for Social Research. His books include: Violence: Thinking without Banisters, Freud and the Legacy of Moses, Hannah Arendt and The Jewish Question, Abuse of Evil: The Corruption of Politics and Religion since 9/11, Radical Evil: A Philosophical Interrogation, and The Pragmatic Turn.
DOROTHEE C. VON TIPPELSKIRCH-EISSING, PhD, Dipl-Psych. is current Chair of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA), an organization that uses a group relations model to develop strategies to engage with the legacy of past atrocities and to open up the possibility of a more hopeful future. She is also President of the Karl-Abraham-Institute at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute, a Board Member of the German Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of the IPA, Germany.


Time & Location:

9:30–1:30 p.m. (9:00–9:30 Breakfast and registration)
Starr Foundation Hall, UL102 (lower level)
University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Educational Objectives:

  1. To Understand the concept of Identification with the Aggressor
  2. To Understand the narcissistic defenses that interfere with rational thought
  3. To Understand the relevance of socio-political theory to individual treatment.

Program Committee: Carolyn Ellman (chair), Michael Moskowitz, Ben Kafka, Jeanne Even, Judy Ann Kaplan, Chris Christian, Eva Atsalis, Susan Berger, Steven Ellman, Carlos Padrón

The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0226

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