Stefano Bolognini and Abbot Bronstein in Bethesda — October



Sat. Oct 14 Presentation
Sun Oct 15 Clinical Case Workshops


Listening to Unconscious Dialogue: Creating Meaningful Contact in the Analytic Dyad
Stefano Bolognini, MD and Abbot Bronstein, PhD

Maurice Apprey, PhD, CFS Training Analyst
and Debra Zatz, MSW, CFS Member
Daniel Ciudin, MD, CFS Member, and
Shelley Rockwell, PhD, CFS Training Analyst

Saturday, October 14
(6.5 CE Credits)

Clinical Case Workshops:

Drs. Bolognini and Bronstein will each lead a group discussion about a clinical case.

These workshops are limited to 15 participants each.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
(2 CE Credits)
(space at the Sunday workshops is limited)

We are thrilled to have these two leaders in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice join us for a fascinating clinical demonstration and discussion of psychoanalysis today.

Dr. Stefano Bolognini, President of the International Psychoanalytic Association, will discuss his thoughts about Intersubjective, Interpersonal and Interpsychic Theory and Practice. Dr. Bolognini is with the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

Dr. Abbot Bronstein will talk about the influence of the Contemporary British Kleinians on clinical practice, looking closely at the moment to moment unfolding of the process. Dr. Bronstein is with the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Both will respond to a clinical case, each from their own perspective. There will be time throughout the day for lively discussion among all participants.

Stefano Bolognini, MD, Honorary Member of the Contemporary Freudian Society, is a Psychiatrist, Training, Supervising & Teaching Analyst and former President of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. Dr Bolognini became IPA Board Representative for Europe and then President of the International Psychoanalytic Association from 2013 to 2017. During the 4 years, he regularly visited the psychoanalytic societies in the 3 regions, connecting them with the IPA community. Dr Bolognini has published 210 papers and is the Author of several books including “Secret Passages – Theory and Technique of the Interpsychic Relationship” plus a collection of tales “Like Wind Like Wave”. “Psychoanalytic Empathy” has been published in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Brazilian – Portuguese. He is the founder of the “IPA Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis” and of the new IPA Regions e – Journal “Psychoanalysis Today”. Dr Bolognini lives and practices in Bologna, Italy.

Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD is a Psychoanalyst, Faculty and Member of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr Bronstein is a Training, Supervising Analyst in the IPA. He was recently honored as The Distinguished Analyst at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Editor of the Analyst at Work section of the IJP. Dr Bronstein introduced the European Working Party Groups to North America and is Chair of the North America Comparative Clinical Methods working party group. He has published numerous papers including, most recently “Mrs. Klein, The Contemporary Kleinians and the Drives: Drive Theory and Clinical Work”, “It Takes Two: What Makes a Psychoanalytic Treatment a Psychoanalysis”.

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
1 Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814

Program Fee:
$200 CFS Members
$240 Non-CFS Members
$100 Candidates and Students
No refunds


Continuing Education Credits:
Physicians: MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Psychologists, SW, LPC: Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 6.5 CE credits.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Harmon Biddle at

2017/2018 Programs at the Contemporary Freudian Society — Mark your calendars


2017 Professional Development Programs

Sunday, September 10, 10 am 1 pm

Finding Unconscious Fantasies with Paula Ellman, Nancy Goodman, Rojelio Sosnik, Irene Cairo, Harriet Basseches


Melanie Klein Trust Program

Part I, Friday, September 22, 7 9 pm

Anxiety, Hysteria and Depression:  A Clinical Review

Chairs: Shelley Rockwell & Lindsay Clarkson

Presenter: David Taylor

Part II, Saturday, September 23, 10 am 1 pm

Clinical Workshop with David Taylor


Annual Scientific Meeting

Listening to Unconscious Dialogue: Creating Meaning in the Analytic Dyad

Chair:  Harmon Biddle

Presenters:  Stefano Bolognini and Abbot Bronstein

Saturday, October 14 All-day program

Sunday, October 15 Clinical Workshops with Stefano Bolognini and Abbot Bronstein


Annual Cultural Diversity Seminar

Friday, November 17, 4 – 8 pm

&  Saturday, November 18, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Building Conceptual Bridges Between Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Therapies and the Black Liberation Movement

Keynote: Anton Hart (featured in Black Psychoanalysts Speak)

2018 Professional Development Series

Creating Thinking Spaces

Saturday, February 10, 11 am 5 pm

Analyst and Patient in the Here and Now: A Comparative Clinical Methods Workshop

Abbot Bronstein


Friday, February 23, 7 9:30 pm

Plumsock Paper Salon

Ray Hoffman and Marie Murphy


Sunday, March 18, 1 4 pm

Annual Ethics Conference

Evil is Not a Mental Illness: On Psychoanalysis, Politics and Ethics

Steven Reisner


Saturday, April 14, 10 am – 1 pm

Initiating Psychoanalysis

Nancy Wolf, Bill Glover and Maxine Anderson

Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program at the Contemporary Freudian Society

The 2017-8 Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program of the Contemporary Freudian Society-DC Psychoanalytic Training Institute begins this Fall.

Meetings will be held on 6 Saturdays between October and April from 10 am to noon. Tuition is $75.00 for the year.

Clinicians and students in psychology, social work, and psychiatry are invited to apply.

At the case conference-style meetings, CFS analysts present their sessions and discuss the decisions they made in the clinical hour.  Fellows will learn to listen at many levels. The clinical work is informed by the basic principles of Freud’s profound discoveries, as well as the post-Freudian theoretical perspectives of ego psychology, object relations, and attachment theory.

Each Fellow is offered a CFS mentor available to provide guidance in considering and developing a career in psychoanalysis.

For further information, please contact Kathryn Rickard, Psy.D.  202-413-3124 or visit the CFS-Psychoanalytic Training Institute website.

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


Muslim Emigre Identity Development in the USA: Farha Abbasi and Marsha Levy-Warren


Thinking About Terror – Program 4


“Muslim Émigré Identity Development in the USA”


Drs. Farha Abbasi and Marsha Levy-Warren

 Sunday, March 19, 2017  



This presentation will focus on the impact of immigration on mental health for Muslim immigrants to the United States in light of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Dr. Abbasi will discuss the results of survey studies investigating persistent toxic stress and it’s long-term influence on psychological development in Muslim youth.  She bases her presentation not only on her professional knowledge as psychiatrist and researcher, but also on her personal experience as a Pakistani immigrant. Dr. Abbasi will describe the challenges that Muslim youth face when navigating their bi-cultural identity in an atmosphere of suspicion and hatred.


This paper presents a view of hatred that is clinically useful for clinicians: how children may come to hate; the impact of hatred on a child’s development; the evolving awareness of hatred; and how we may try to insulate a child from being the object of hatred and prejudice.  What is suggested is that we aid children in developing a “not REALLY me”, one akin to the “me” that a psychoanalyst develops in response to being the object of transference.


Dr. Farha Abbasi is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and Staff Psychiatrist at the University’s student health center. Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She is the managing editor for Journal of Muslim Mental Health. Dr. Abbasi emigrated from Pakistan and settled in the United States in the year 2000 with her husband and three daughters.

Marsha H. Levy-Warren, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who writes, teaches, lectures, and consults both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Adolescent Journey (Jason Aronson, 1996; reissued by Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), and numerous articles on clinical and developmental theory, adolescence, and various aspects of culture. She is currently Director of The Child/Adolescent Training Program at CFS.


Founder’s Hall

American University School of International Service

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

West side intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues (with parking underground)


Program Fee:

$90 for CFS Members and Associate Members

$100 for Non-CFS Members

$25 for Candidates and Current CFS Students

No refunds




Who Should Attend:

The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

Continuing Education Credits:

“This program meets the requirement for continuing education whose content area is cultural diversity, as dictated by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.”

Upon completion of this program and online survey, participants will be granted certificates for   3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Upon completion of this program and evaluation form, participants will be granted 3 CE credits.


If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Debra Neumann (

To register on line, go to: Contemporary Freudian Society