Life, Liberty and Lunacy: Debra Lampshire’s “Recovery” from Psychosis

May 5, 2015
Lecturers: Charles Marmar, MD, Marilyn Charles, PhD and Lois Oppenheim, PhD

Dr. Oppenheim relates the story of Debra Lampshire, who spent eighteen years as an in-patient in a New Zealand hospital, before becoming a Professional Teaching Fellow and Project Manager for Psychological Interventions for the Enduring Mental Illness Project of the Auckland District Health Board. What contributed to her extraordinary transformation? What can clinicians bring to their own work from her compelling story? Two discussants, Drs. Charles Marmar and Marilyn Charles, will address the notion of treatment and “recovery” from two very different perspectives: the biomedical and psychosocial.

Dr. Marmar is the Lucius N. Littauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center. A former President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 1999 recipient of the J. Elliot Royer Award for the Outstanding Bay Area Psychiatrist, Dr. Marmar heads the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Program at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Under his leadership, NYU researchers have worked to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions like schizophrenia, depression, dementia and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Charles is staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center and a psychoanalyst in private practice in Stockbridge, MA. She is President of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association and Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and the author of six books: Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience; Constructing Realities: Transformations through Myth and Metaphor; Learning from Experience: a Guidebook for Clinicians; and Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan; Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering (with Michael O’Loughlin) and, most recently: Psychoanalysis and Literature: The Stories We Live.

Dr. Oppenheim is University Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in literature, modernism, and applied psychoanalysis. She is a Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where she serves as Chair of Lectures and Events, and Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Society.

Objective: After the lecture, participants should be able to

  • Describe and compare psychoanalytic and biological theories of psychosis.
  • Compare biomedical and psychological treatments for psychosis and discuss how, or whether they can, be integrated.