The Analytic Observer

Newsletter of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society


September 2000


The President's Message
   by Phil Lebovitz, M.D.

The Adult Psychotherapy Program
   by Jim Fisch, Program Director

Meet the New Candidates
   by Linda Marino, M.D.

Director's Column
   by Jerry Winer, M.D.

American's Fellowship Taking Applications
   By Prudy Leib, M.D.

Library News

Coming Events!

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President’s Message

by Phil Lebovitz, M.D.

The Program Committee has organized another interesting series of papers for the 2000-2001 year. Among the presenters are Judith Yanof of Boston, Shelly Doctors, and Douglas Kirsner; Dr. Kirsner has a written book about some of the major Institutes in American psychoanalysis. Chicago is one of the Institutes on which he focused and he talked at length with some of our members. His topic promises to be stimulating. Presenters from Chicago include Jerry Winer and Virginia Saft.

The Psychoanalytic Society’s monthly scientific meetings have provided us with some exciting topics and discussions in the past. However, in recent years fewer and fewer papers have been submitted for consideration by the Program Committee. This is unsettling because many of our members are writing papers and presenting them, though not to our community. What arouses someone’s interest in offering a paper to our Society? What criteria are appropriate for the Program Committee to use for accepting a paper? Perhaps there is a concern that the Committee will be too selective; some papers have been returned for revision. The Committee’s intent has been to obtain a paper that the Society members will be stimulated by and will want to discuss. Nonetheless, the Society would like to find a way to increase the number of papers submitted. Suggestions are welcome; papers can be submitted by candidates also.

This fall is also the time for active members to send papers into the Society for the annual prize. The prize is $1000. This competition was started just a few years ago and had a delay in its implementation that was necessary because of the committee’s unfamiliarity with conducting such a competition. After deliberating, the committee recommended establishing a national panel of judges; the rationale was that the selection would be more balanced and less subject to prejudices created by our local committee being able to identify too readily who the paper writer is. We now have a panel of well regarded national figures; so that a paper can be read by one of our committee and two of the national panel. The process of deciding should go more smoothly and more efficiently now. This year is the year for active members to send papers to the Prize Committee; next year will be the candidates’ year again.

A major topic at this Fall’s business meeting in November will be a discussion of membership criteria. Is graduation from an Institute certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association the basic criterion for active membership? What should our position be on graduates of other psychoanalytic programs? What should our stance be toward institutes that are accredited directly by the International or toward institutes that are eligible for accreditation by the International? This is an issue that affects all of our members, and all of our points of view need to be considered. An added enticement will be that a light dinner will be served to those who attend the meeting.

Finally, a series of programs is under consideration to address multi-cultural issues. A committee has been selected with a diverse representation. The goal will be to better inform us, the members of the Society, by having workshops and weekend retreats on issues of diversity. In addition, contacts with the community at large will be organized. The Society and the Institute may collaborate on this to make a more cohesive and more continuous effort. Anyone with an interest in this endeavor should call me.

The Adult Psychotherapy Program

Jim Fisch, Program Director

For the past two years the Psychotherapy Program has been blessed with a heterogeneous and talented group of students, and this year’s class promises to be the same. Twelve students, the maximum number per class, will be starting classes this Fall. They are:

Julia Brown, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and infant development specialist associated with the Erikson Institute; Paula Machtinger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in private practice; Andrea Wallach, LCSW, clinical social worker in private practice; Nadine Malek, LCSW, clinical social worker on staff at Fillmore Clinic, Caroline Loeb, M.D., Ellen Marcus, M.D., Jennifer Rothkopf, M.D., Anne Oscherwirtz, M.D. (all four are recent graduates of the Northwestern psychiatry residency program, in private practice); Radmila Manev, M.D., clinical and research staff psychiatrist at the University of Illinois, Chicago; Deborah Garrelts, M.D., Dan Haycraft, M.D., and Michael Bednarz, M.D., fourth year residents at Rush Medical Center.

We are also pleased to be awarding certificates of graduation to Christine Jacobek, Ruth Shorr, Robert Adams, Michelle Mauro, and Norman Kohn.

Our Committee members (Virginia Saft, Marty Fine, John Perri, Sandy Weisblatt, Paula Fuqua, Art Nielsen, and Scott Davis), able administrative coordinator, Chris Susman, and our entire faculty of seminar leaders and supervisors, continue to be dedicated to the goal of making this an outstanding and relevant clinical training program.

Meet the New Candidates

by Linda Marino, M.D.
President of the Candidates’ Association

Welcome to one and all:

L. NIQUIE DWORKIN, PH.D., CADC is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her doctorate at Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her internship at Ravenswood Community Mental Health Center, where she then worked as a therapist in the Child and Adolescent and Substance Abuse programs. She was the acting Program Coordinator for the Eating Disorders Service at Rock Creek in 1997. Currently Dr. Dworkin is in full-time private practice in Lincoln Park/Lakeview. She specializes in the therapy of adults and adolescents with eating disorders, substance abuse, compulsive self-injury, and personality disorders. She is an instructor for the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School and the Master's Program in Counseling Psychology at Northwestern University.

NEURINE E. WIGGIN, PSY.D. lives in Glencoe with her daughter, Nicole, 17, and her new husband, David Feinstein, who has an actuarial consulting firm in Chicago. She is in private practice in Evanston. In addition to Nicole, Neurine has a son, Damon, 36, an attorney. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, she was a business executive and a poet.

ZACHARY SOLOMON, M.D. has a solo private psychiatric practice in Highland Park, Illinois. His practice encompasses a broad scope of patients from adolescent to adult individuals and couples. Dr. Solomon is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. After completing his psychiatric residency at the University of New Mexico, he stayed on as the Associate Director for Psychiatric Residency Training and consultant to the UNM Student Health Center prior to returning to Chicago’s north shore. Zach and his wife Cindy, who is also a psychotherapist, live in Lake Bluff and are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child around the New Year.

ELIZABETH (LISA) TSORIS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in treating children, adolescents and adults. She received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 1985. Lisa worked for six years at Michael Reese's N.J. Pritzker Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit treating children and adolescents in therapeutic day school and outpatient settings, and supervising students. Since then, she has divided her time between her private practice treating adults and her family. She maintains offices in downtown Chicago and in Skokie. Lisa lives in Wilmette with her husband, Steve, and two children, Andrea, age 10, and Jonathan, age 7.

ANNE SCHLACHTER, M.A. is a clinical psychologist from Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed her post-graduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand, receiving an M.A. in clinical psychology. She subsequently held an academic teaching post at the University in the Department of Psychology as well as running a private practice. The focus of her post-graduate research has been on the contribution of psychoanalytic thinking to the phenomenon of prejudice and this remains an abiding research interest.

NANCY LAWRENZ, PSY.D. has received her Master's in Social Work and her Doctorate in Psychology. She received her initial training at Wexler Clinic, Michael Reese Hospital. She has had extensive experience treating adults, children and adolescents. Dr. Lawrenz has worked with patients experiencing depression, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, and developmental/academic difficulties. Additionally, she has specific interests concerning the developmental vicissitudes of latency age girls (her dissertation topic), bereavement issues of children/parents, and the neuropsychological assessment of children. Dr. Lawrenz enjoys music, theater, foreign travel, biking, building physical strength, nature, and gardening. With her husband of 37 years she enjoys her 2 adult sons, both of whom will marry in 2001.

ERIKA SCHMIDT, LCSW received her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work. She is a graduate of the CAPT program at the Institute for Psychoanalysis. Ms. Schmidt is also expecting to receive her Master's degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago later this year. She currently is in private practice, doing psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, and offers consultation. Ms. Schmidt is on staff as a Clinical Social Worker at the University of Chicago Student Conseling and Resource Service; she is a faculty member at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, supervising students, teaching Development and Brief Psychotherapy, and is the Coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Specialization. Ms. Schmidt is the Associate Editor for the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, and is a member of the faculty in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the Institute for Psychoanalysis.

LESLIE SHAW has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. After receiving her MBA in the 1970's she spent several years in a traditional management consulting career. She has managed executive search work for companies of all sizes. In addition, during her years with one of the large international consulting firms she managed projects that pertained to organizational planning, mergers and acquisitions. In 1990 Dr. Shaw returned to the University of Chicago full time to pursue her doctorate in Psychology, which she received in 1994. Her dissertation studied aspects of the individual decision process over time. In recent years she has worked in a variety of corporate education projects. Leslie Shaw comes to the Institute for Psychoanalysis as a non-clinical research candidate. She is interested in the lessons that psychoanalysis has to teach with regard to human relationships in the work environment and individual career choices.

CHRISTINE JACOBEK, PSY.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago, working with adults and older adults in individual psychotherapy. She began her practice in 1995 following her graduation from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completion of a Post Doctoral Fellowship with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Older Adult Outpatient Program. She has been a member of the Teaching Faculty at the Chicago School and is a Fellow at the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern Memorial Medical Center. Christine has earned a Certificate of Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Institute. She will be presenting with James Fisch, M.D. at the Pre-Conference of the Annual International Conference on the Psychology of the Self in November 2000. Prior to obtaining her degree in psychology, Christine was trained as a nurse (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees conferred by DePaul University) and worked in nursing as a practitioner, administrator and teacher for a number of years. Christine lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Daniel W. Vittum, Jr., who is of Counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Christine and Dan enjoy traveling and cycling.

ELEANOR FEINBERG, PH.D. is a registered psychologist in private practice in Champaign and Chicago. She received her Ph. D from the University of Illinois. For the past five years she has been attending psychoanalytic psychotherapy classes offered by the Institute. She lives with her husband in Champaign and they have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Director’s Column

by Jerry Winer, M.D.

As summer comes to an end we look forward to autumn with its plethora of educational activities. On Friday, September 15th the core program welcomes 10 new candidates: Niquie Dworkin, Ph.D., Eleanor Feinberg, Ph.D., Christine Jacobek, Psy.D., Nancy Lawrenz, Ph.D., Anne Schlachter, M.A., Erika Schmidt, LCSW, Leslie Shaw, Ph.D., Zachary Solomon, M.D., Elizabeth Tsoris, LCSW, and Neurine Wiggin, Psy.D. This is the largest class to be admitted since the 1970’s.

The Adult Psychotherapy Program welcomes a first year class of 12 students, including 3 psychiatrists from Northwestern, 3 fourth year residents from Rush, and a psychiatrist from UIC. The new students are Michael Bednarz, M.D., Julia Brown, Ph.D., Deborah Garrelts, M.D., Daniel Haycraft, M.D., Caroline Loeb, M.D., Paula Machtinger, Ph.D., Nadine Malek, LCSW, Radmila Manev, M.D., Ellen Markus, M.D., Anne Oscherwitz, M.D., Jennifer Rothkopf, M.D., and Andrea Wallach, LCSW.

The Institute’s Benefit was held on Saturday, September 16th at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel. The energetic and diligent committee, chaired by Herb and Georgia Cibul, put together a sparkling evening which included a silent auction. Musical entertainment was provided by Richard Harris, accompanied by Charles Jaffe on drums and Ira Sussman on bass. Following dinner, guests were treated to a talk by noted novelist Scott Turow. Our Human Spirit Award honorees this year are Bernice Weissbourd, founder of Family Focus, and Karen Beyer, a psychotherapist who was a key figure in the establishment of the Jaffee-Redmond Supreme Court decision granting Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege in Federal Court.

The Annual of Psychoanalysis is beginning work on its 3rd "theme" volume, which will be devoted to Gay and Lesbian Issues. Volume 29, focusing on "The Influence of Sigmund Freud," is now in the hands of the publisher. As well as the traditional hard cover, it will be published in a paperback edition, to be offered for sale at the Field Museum bookstore during the Library of Congress Freud Exhibit opening in the Fall of 2001. The Institute’s Freud Exhibit Committee has been considering various activities to coincide with the exhibit’s run at the Field Museum, and the Education Department of the museum will sponsor a series of courses and programs with input and participation by Institute faculty and associates.

On Saturday, October 28th, the Institute for Psychoanalysis and the C. G. Jung Institute are jointly presenting a mini-conference on The Interpretation of Dreams which will be held at the Jung Institute in Evanston. Bob Galatzer-Levy will present current perspectives on dreams and Harry Trosman will offer a historical overview. Many thanks to Bob Fajardo, David Spira and Neal Spira, who were instrumental in planning this collaborative effort.

I hope you all had a pleasant and restful vacation, and join me in looking forward to an exciting new academic year.

American's Fellowship Taking Applications

By Prudy Leib, M.D.

The Fellowship Program of the American Psychoanalytic Association is now taking applications for its 2001-2002 Fellowship. Having enjoyed running this program for 3 years, I want to urge all members of the Society to recruit and encourage applicants among their junior colleagues in psychiatry, psychology, clinical social work and academia. The fellowship is known for being fiercely competitive, and it is—only 15 % of applicants actually are awarded fellowships. And often the biographies of the winners, which appear in the final issue of TAP each year, are so stellar that some potential applicants are discouraged from applying.

But there are enormous benefits to applying even for those who do not win a fellowship. Each applicant is hooked up with a psychoanalyst mentor, with whom they meet for a year to discuss clinical, research and professional issues. Applicants receive a subscription to TAP, which introduces them to the riches of the current activities of our national association. They are able to register for the two annual meetings during their application year at no cost. And the program is designed to help local analytic communities welcome these applicants into the local psychoanalytic scene—smoothing an entry that can be daunting without a means of introduction. Many "non-winners" over the years have had wonderful experiences with their mentors and their introduction to our psychoanalytic organizations.

The program was opened up this year to include academics with an interest in psychoanalytic thought—a development that the fellowship committee hopes will enrich the dialogue at the American at many levels.

Detailed information on application criteria for the four disciplines is available in the program brochure, which can be obtained from the Central Office of the American at 212-752-0450 x 12. Program information can also be accessed online at the American’s website ( Individual questions can be addressed to the current chair of the program, Lisa Mellman.

Library News

Jerome Kavka, M.D. has been appointed Director of Library Services at the Institute. He replaces Nancy Harvey and Bill Kelly, her assistant.

He will maintain his positions as archivist for the Society and the Institute.

Editor..........................Richard I. Herron, M.D.
Assistant to the Editor..Ms. Eva Sandberg

Coming Events

Chicago Psychoanalytic Society Meetings

Pritzker Auditorium, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Feinberg Pavillion, 7:30 p.m.


September 26, 2000
Presenter: Judith A. Yanof, M.D.

Barbie and the Tree of Life: The Multiple Functions of Gender in Development
Discussant: M. Barrie Richmond, M.D.

October 24, 2000
Presenter: Jerome Winer, M.D.
In collaboration with: Eric Ornstein, MA

Titration in the Treatment of the More Troubled Patient
Discussant: Kenneth Newman, M.D.

At the Institute
November 28, 2000
Business Meeting

The Knickerbocher Hotel in Chicago
February 24, 2001
The Seventeenth Biennial Conference on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Featured Speaker: Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber, M.D.
Discussants: Kenneth Newman, M.D.
Steven Stern, Psy.D.

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