Psychological Resistances to the Use of Logic in Psychotherapy for Psychosis

Tuesday, February 2nd at 8pm

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Dr. Michael Garrett will describe an approach to psychotherapy for psychosis that integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) with a psychodynamic approach. In this way of working, CBT is viewed as a superior method to help patients examine the literal falsity of delusional beliefs while psychodynamic technique is a superior method to help patients explore the figurative (metaphorical) truth of psychotic symptoms. Dr. Garrett will describe 10 psychological resistances to the use of logic which limit the efficacy of psychotherapy with persons suffering from psychosis.

Michael Garrett, M.D.
Michael Garrett MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Psychotherapy Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He is a faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Dr. Garrett’s research interests include the relationship between psychosis and ordinary mental life, as well as psychotherapy for psychosis. He is a four-time recipient of the SUNY Downstate Distinguished Educator Award.

Eric Marcus, M.D.
Eric R. Marcus, MD is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a Supervising & Training Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is the author of Psychosis and Near Psychosis: Ego Function, Symbol Structure, Treatment, now in its revised third edition published by Routledge Press.

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“Everything is an Emergency”: An OCD Story in Words and Pictures

January 5, 2021 (Joint event with the Columbia Public Outreach Committee)

Roz Chast interviews fellow New Yorker cartoonist Jason Katzenstein about his recently published graphic autobiography which humorously and insightfully details his lifelong struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Roz Chast is a celebrated New Yorker cartoonist. Her 2014 graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a chronicle of her parents’ declining years, was the winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for Autobiography and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is one of the most iconic observers of the anxieties of everyday life.

Jason Adam Katzenstein is a cartoonist and writer for print and television. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and MAD Magazine, and on Cartoon Network. He is an editor at the Brick House. His newest book is Everything is An Emergency, out now with HarperCollins.

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On Denial: Internal, Relational, Social and Political Functions

December 1, 2020

On Denial: Internal, Relational, Social and Political Functions

Presenter: Nancy McWilliams PhD

Discussant: Kevin Kelly, M.D.

Denial will be conceptualized as a dissociative phenomenon whose evolutionarily adaptive functions include initiating and facilitating the human capacity for mourning. After a short overview of the psychoanalytic concept of denial, from Freud’s thinking through contemporary contributions of attachment research and neuroscience, Dr. McWilliams will speculate on the relationship of denial to mourning on both individual and societal levels. Some clinical, social, and political manifestations of denial will be noted, along with some possible ways of addressing this primitive but ubiquitous defense.

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On the Psychoanalytic Legacy of John Bowlby: Attachment Theory, Reflective Functioning and Therapeutic Action

November 10, 2020

On the Psychoanalytic Legacy of John Bowlby: Attachment Theory, Reflective Functioning and Therapeutic Action

Presenter: Miraim Steele PhD

Discussant: Diana Diamond PhD

Dr. Miriam Steele will speak on the legacy of Dr. John Bowlby and the psychoanalytic
roots of attachment theory which have initiated a corpus of work in developmental and
clinical psychology . Trained in England, Dr. Steele knew and worked with Bowlby during
his lifetime and can be considered one of his direct successors. The talk will elaborate on
the legacy of John Bowlby’s writings and focus on the psychoanalytic roots of
attachment theory which have initiated a corpus of empirical work in developmental and
clinical psychology.  This presentation will outline the concept of reflective functioning,
covering its origins in attachment theory and intergenerational longitudinal research and
highlight the clinical relevance of the concept, as a therapeutic goal, especially with
respect to patients with backgrounds of trauma.

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New Languages/Old Worlds: the Self in Translation

October 6, 2020

New Languages/Old Worlds: the Self in Translation

Presenter: Jhumpa Lahiri

Discussant: Daria Colombo MD

Jhumpa Lahiri, a self-described “linguistic exile” who grew up in the interface between
her mother tongue, Bengali, and English, her acquired language which became her
dominant one, recently switched to only writing and reading in Italian. In discussion with
Italian/American psychoanalyst Daria Colombo, this acclaimed novelist considers the
complex trajectory of her ongoing linguistic odyssey.