Finding Unconscious Fantasy in the Intimacy of the Analytic Encounter — Sunday Sept. 10

The Contemporary Freudian Society – Washington Program


Finding Unconscious Fantasy in

the Intimacy of the Analytic Encounter

A Book Event Program 


SUNDAY, September 10, 2017



SIS Building – American University

West Side of Intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenue

with parking underground

Washington, DC 

MODERATOR: Debra Neumann

PRESENTERS: Paula L. Ellman, Nancy R. Goodman, Harriet I. Basseches, Irene Cairo, Carolyn Curcio, Kurt Ela, Rogelio Sosnik, and Lisa Schlesinger

Psychoanalysis views unconscious fantasy as foundational in the understanding of psychic reality and traumatic suffering Psychotherapists and their patients work together to find the depths of mind that create pain and conflict. Our presentations will show how “finding unconscious fantasy” takes place in treatments when narrative, trauma, and body pain become known in the intimacies of transference and countertransference. By “finding” we mean the uncovering, discovering, and imagining of derivatives related to unconscious fantasies both symbolized and unsymbolized.   Our clinical focus on “finding unconscious fantasy” serves to integrate the concepts of trauma and fantasy, mending an historical split in the theories of mind.


Nancy Goodman and Paula Ellman begin the panel with summaries of their discoveries in their new book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma, and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (publisher, Routledge 2017).  Emphasis is on making contact with the patient and understanding the way unconscious fantasies appear as scenes in the theater of the mind.  Case presentations and discussions by all panelists illustrate the ongoing work of therapy where patient and therapist discover evolving unconscious derivatives in the presence of trauma and body pain, along with narrative. Learning how therapeutic work progresses to uncover unconscious fantasy will benefit all psychoanalytic therapists who wish to know more about the psychoanalytic dialogue.

Paula Ellman: Contact and Therapeutic Action

Nancy Goodman: The “Finding Theater” A Schema for Finding Unconscious Fantasy

Irene Cairo: The Case of “Babette, Interrupted”

Harriet Basseches: Discussion of “Babette, Interrupted”

Rogelio Sosnik:  Searching Unconscious Phantasy – Case and Theory

Carolyn Curcio, Kurt Ela and Lisa Schlesinger will present clinical vignettes

Most participants are contributors to a recent book: Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain: A Clinical Guide (Routledge, 2017). 

Books for Sale at Event: Cash or check only

Program Fee:

$45 CFS Members and Associate Members (Register by 8/15 $40, At the Door $50)

$50 Non-CFS Colleagues and Guests (Register by 8/15 $45, At the Door $55)

$15 Candidates and Students

For those who require CE Credits, there will be a $40 fee collected at the door.

No refunds


ICP+P Fellowship Program

ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program welcomes applications for the 2017-2018 class of its Fellowship Program in Contemporary Forms of Psychoanalysis. The Fellowship Program introduces participants to the ways psychoanalysis has evolved as a relevant clinical practice for the 21st century.

Applications are due July 15.

The program is designed for practicing clinicians, residents, interns, and advanced graduate students from mental health fields including psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and nursing.  The Fellowship gives participants a feel for the types of learning experiences available in ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program.

Fellows participate in monthly Saturday afternoon seminars throughout the academic year, featuring presentations on selected psychoanalytic topics by faculty and graduates of ICP+P’s Psychoanalytic Training Program.  Readings are provided in advance of the meetings. Seminars draw from a variety of contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, including self psychology, relational theory, intersubjective systems theory, motivational systems theory, attachment theory, and findings from infant studies.

Each seminar offers 2 CE credits.

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BWCPP Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 Adult Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program

The Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Adult Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program, a one-year tuition-free program for advanced trainees and graduates in Psychiatry, Psychology and Clinical Social Work.

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for additional information.

Application deadline July 15th.

Intro Seminar: Couple and Family Therapy Core Concepts

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Therapy Training Program

Intro Seminar: Couple and Family Therapy Core Concepts

Come participate in a brief orientation or review in working with couples and families from a deeply reflective perspective. This is a great experience for those wanting to expand their work into this modality to think about how to organize information in clinical sessions.

Three meetings: May 24, June 7, and June 21

Time: 7:15P to 9:15P

Location: 2120 L Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington D.C.  20037

Facilitators: Linda Grey MSN PMHCNS-BC (703 533-1359) and

Carolyn Ratner-Fitzgerald, JD PsyD (703 996-9131)

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Full Center members/Center students: No fee

WCP Friend, Basic and Corresponding members:  $160

Non Center Members:  $200

Continuing Education: 6 CE’s

Ethics: A Fully Developed Erotic Transference and its Resolution in Psychoanalysis

BSPS Maryland Presents:
“A Fully Developed Erotic Transference and its Resolution in Psychoanalysis”
An Ethics Program
by Samuel T. Goldberg, M.D., DFAPA

Sunday, June 4, 2017

9:30 AM Continental Breakfast, Sign-In and Registration
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Presentation
Sheppard Pratt Conference Center
6501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21285

Visit our website for details and online registration!

All are welcome! 3 CEs available.