20th Annual Research Conference, Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc. - February 3, 2013

Jungian Psychoanalyst Brian Feldman, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research (CPRinc) Conference on February 3, 2013 from 8:15 AM until 4:30 PM at the George Washington University Hospital Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Feldman is a training analyst for the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts and on the training faculties of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis. He is also a visiting professor at the State Academic University in Moscow (Russia) where he directs infant research and infant observation studies. His research is primarily in the area of Jungian Developmental Psychology and he will speak about Developing a Psychic Skin: Implications of Infant Observation Research for Clinical Care.

“Psychic skin” is a term that denotes the psychological boundary between inner and outer worlds. It demarcates a mental space in which an individual may place imagination, thought and desire. Developing a psychic skin is a task of early life. Dr. Feldman will share findings from both clinical and infant observation that shed light on the emergence of primary (healthy) and secondary (defensive) functions of the psychic skin, and show how these findings may inform effective clinical interventions. Using multicultural videos as well as artwork from the analysis of a young adult, he will correlate infant development with adult primitive mental states typically experienced in the clinical setting. Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, M.D., a British-trained psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, DC., will be discussing an infant video with Dr. Feldman. She is the founding chair of the Infant and Young Child Observation and Early Intervention Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

At the conclusion of the conference, the participant should be able to: present examples of the applicability of infant observation for psychotherapy with child, adolescent and adult patients; assess published infant observation studies for inter-rater reliability; relate the theory of primary and secondary functions of the skin to contemporary psychodynamic theories such as attachment theory and object relations approaches; and integrate the concepts of primary and secondary skin into his or her clinical work, particularly with patients who present with somatic disorders.

The conference is hosted by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. Please go to to register. You will also find information about the conference and about cultural events in D.C. during your visit to the National Capital Area.

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