The Analytic Observer

Newsletter of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society


December 2000


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

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

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

New Publication
   By Charles H. Kramer, M.D.

Coming Events!

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President’s Message

by Phil Lebovitz, M.D.

A brief word about the Committee on Multicultural Issues fits here. The committee is coordinated by Bob Gordon and includes Ruth Yanagi, Jorge Schneider, Bhaskar Sripada and Phillis Shepherd. Programs being planned include an evening on the Middle East that may include Marvin Zonis and another University of Chicago professor who is a friend of Professor Zonis’ and is a Palestinian; other participants are being considered. Bhaskar Sripada’s contact with the Southeast Asian community are leading to an evening with Southeast Asian physicians which will include a movie viewing and discussion by psychoanalysts. A visit by Dorothy Holmes or Sandy Walker could become a weekend or a retreat with workshops on African American issues.

In the near future, the executive committee will work out details about more sophisticated and expanded uses of the Society’s web page for the membership; some possibilities include placing a link to the member’s e-mail address, having a picture with each of our names and a brief bio with the picture. Technology and outreach initiatives go hand in hand, though most of us struggle to accept the more public presence that these things bring. One day we see the front page of a section of the New York Times with a graphic of a cartoon of Freud on a billboard in Times Square as a lead in to an article about analysts marketing themselves; is any kind of good publicity? Another day we see a lengthy interview of Judith Wallerstein and an article about her work with consequences of divorce on children; most of us feel this might be more appropriate, but is it sufficient? The media give lesser play to articles like that; this one was deep inside the section of the New York Times that carried it. Issues like this are pertinent because Dottie Jeffries, the media relations consultant for the Institute and Society, moved to Washington to give more time to her work with the American. The Society and Institute are in the process of defining a job description for a replacement, identifying the appropriate focus for each organization and establishing what guidelines to follow.

Finally, the Committee on Societies of the American Psychoanalytic Association has produced a detailed, very comprehensive report on the activities of each Society. There are graphs and charts and descriptions of what Societies are. The report is available to anyone who has an interest in it. It may be posted to our web page in a few months.

To help us sustain ourselves through this Winter, the Program Committee has papers in January by John M Ross, February by Virginia Saft and April by Douglas Kirsner who wrote Unfree Associations, a history of the development of the major Institutes in the US and in Chicago.

Director’s Column

by Jerry Winer, M.D.

Looking back on the past year, I am proud of the many activities, programs, and conferences in which the Institute was involved:

1. With the Society, the conference on Clinical Issues with Lesbians and Gay Men

2. The Conference on Youth and Violence

3. With the Jung Institute, a conference on The Interpretation of Dreams

4. The International Conference on The Psychology of the Self, Explorations into The Clinical Process and the Human Condition, a very successful benefit, which many have said was "the best ever"

1. One featuring papers from the Institute conference on Neuropsychiatry and another on

2. Freud’s Impact on the Modern World

The Institute has seen a number of staff changes over the past year. We were sorry to say goodbye to Martha Hardway, Mary Pirau and Bill Kelly. New faces around the Institute are Carol Davis (our receptionist) and Lillie Tan (accounting office). Jerry Kavka has been appointed Director of Library Services and has given the Library a whole new look! Jim Fisch was appointed Director of the Psychotherapy Program. Colin Pereira-Webber is now Director of the CAPT program. Jim Anderson is associate editor of The Annual of Psychoanalysis, and has also assumed the position of Director of Community Services.

As the year draws to an end, I want to thank the hard-working staff, faculty, and board for helping to make our Institute a place in which we can all take great pride.

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.

New Publication

Charles H. Kramer, M.D. has just published a book, his latest entitled: Therapeutic Mastery: Becoming a More Creative and Effective Psychotherapist, Zieg, Tucker & Theisen Publishers
ISBN:1-891944-42-8-2000 Paperback

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.


January 23, 2001
Presenter: John Munder Ross, Ph.D.

"INTERSUBJECTIVITY:" Preconscious Defense Analysis and the Neuropsychology of Memory
Discussant: Mark Levey, M.D.

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.

February 27, 2001
Presenter: Virginia Saft, M.D.

The Role of Recognition Memory in Reconstruction
Discussant: Daniel Busch, M.D.


The role of recognition memory in the reconstruction of very early childhood events is explored via the study of a treatment in which unremembered early childhood abuse was reconstructed. The patient’s extensive associations to newspaper and TV news stories, movie plots, patient case histories and novels came to be understood as a way of remembering by recognition early childhood moves as well as sexual abuse which had no later childhood equivalents to serve as screen memories. This necessitates a discussion of the concept of implicit memory. A memory research phenomenon called printing, which enables subjects to recognize previously encountered but unremembered material is discussed with the associated concept of recognition memory. A corollary question is raised as to whether all screen memories are not in fact triggered by a specific kind of recognition memory in day residues.

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