17th Joint Meeting with OPIFER - Florence, Italy - October 19-20, 2019

17th Joint Meeting
American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP)
Organizzazione di Psychoanalisti Italiani - Federazione e Registro (OPIFER)

Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova
Florence, Italy

October 19-20, 2019.

General Registration Form

Active Military/Residents Registratin Form

For list of hotels or additional information, contact the AAPDPP Executive Office (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))


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64th Annual Meeting Update

The APA has cancelled the April 25-29, 2020, Philadelphia Annual Meeting.  This means that the AAPDPP Annual Meeting was cancelled as well..
We hope to see you in Los Angeles in 2021.  AAPDPP Annual Meeting dates are April 29 through May 1, 2021.

63rd Annual Meeting - San Francisco, California - May 16-18, 2019

American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
63rd Annual Meeting
May 16 - May 18, 2018 - San Francisco, California

Click Here to Read or Download the Program:
63rd Annual Meeting

Online Registration Closed.  Registration Onsite Will Be Available.

We hope to see you in San Francisco!



62nd Annual Meeting - New York, New York - May 3 - May 5, 2018

AAPDPP 62nd Annual Meeting
View or Download the Program Here: 2018_R-Final_Program.pdf

16th Joint Meeting with OPIFER - Pistoia, Italy - October 22-23, 2016

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Sixteenth Joint Meeting
American Academy of Psychoanalysis
and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP)
Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani
Federazione e Registro (OPIFER)
~ 2016 ~

The Sixteenth Joint Meeting of the Academy with the
Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani-Federazione e
Registro (OPIFER) will be held in Pistoia, Italy, October 22-23, 2016.  Pistoia is a beautiful Renaissance city, a half hour from Florence by train.  Attendees will be able to stay in a hotel in either city. 

The theme of the conference is “Neurosciences and Psychoanalysis.”

The meeting commemorates the twentieth anniversary of OPIFER’s founding in 1996. Three years later, the Academy and OPIFER held their first Joint Meeting in Venice.

There will be many outstanding speakers from the States and Europe. The Academy’s Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Joanna Chambers, Chair of Scientific Programs.  Her topic is
“The Neurobiology of Attachment”.  Academy Fellows Drs. Richard Brockman and Daniela Polese, also experts in neuroscience and psychoanalysis, will be speaking as well.

Our joint meetings with OPIFER have enriched the Academy by bringing in new members. More than a dozen outstanding Italian psychiatrists and psychoanalysts who attended the joint meetings have become Academy members. Additionally, a number of American members joined the Academy after their participation in our international conferences. Our Past
President, Dr. David Lopez and Psychoanalytic Fellow, Dr. Sandra Park are examples.

October is an ideal time to visit Tuscany—the weather is good,
the tourists, few.

For a list of hotels, contact the AAPDP Executive Office (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 888-691-8281).

We look forward to seeing many of you at this outstanding
international conference.

Joan G. Tolchin, M.D.
Past President and Liaison with OPIFER

60th Annual Meeting May 12 - May 14, 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia

Let’s Play!

The Role of Play in Treatment and Across the Lifespan

May 12 - May 14, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia

Program:  Final_Program.pdf

15th Joint Meeting with OPIFER - Pisa, Italy - October 11-12, 2014

The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry will hold its fifteenth joint meeting with the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani-Federazione e Registro (OPIFER) in Pisa, Italy, October 11-12, 2014.

The theme of the meeting is “Psychotherapy with Challenging Patients:  Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Silvano Arieti’s Birth”. The OPIFER meetings are open to all members of the Academy, and to other psychiatrists from the USA and abroad.  The meeting will be held at the Scuola Normale Superiore.  The Scuola was founded in 1810 by a Napoleonic decree.  It is located in the center of Pisa, on the Piazza del Castelletto.

Dr. Arieti (6/26/14 - 8/7/81) was a President of the Academy and an Editor of its Journal. He was born in Pisa and attended medical school there, but had to flee Italy because of the Nazis. During his lifetime, he was regarded as one of the foremost authorities on schizophrenia and published extensively. His book, “Interpretation of Schizophrenia,” won the 1975 National Book Award in Science.

Dr. Arieti was also known both here and in Italy as a gifted clinician and teacher. There is a street in Pisa named after him.  Academy President Dr. Michael Blumenfield wrote a letter to the Italian authorities in support of the Associazione Arieti’s efforts to have a stamp issued to commemorate the centenary of Arieti’s birth and the Italian government has just announced that it is issuing the stamp in 2014.

The Academy’s Keynote Speaker at the meeting will be Dr. Eugenio Rothe, Academy Treasurer, and Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. There will be other outstanding speakers as well from Europe and the U.S.

Pisa is a beautiful city, rich in art and architecture, and a gateway to Tuscany. October is a lovely time to visit the city: the weather is good, the tourists, few.  Below is a list of local hotels.

1) Royal Victoria Hotel   Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 12

2) Hotel Alessandro della Spina   Via Alessandro della Spina, 5-7-9

3) Bologna Hotel Pisa   Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 57

You are urged to register as soon as possible because space will be limited.  Since these are uncertain times, the Academy will be flexible regarding cancellations and only a nominal administrative fee charged in the event of a cancellation.

Register Now!
General Registration Form
Registration Form for Non-USA Attendees
Registration Form for Trainees 
Registration Form for Active Military Members

Please contact the Academy’s Executive Office any time if you have questions .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 888-691-8281

China American Psychoanalytic Alliance - Sixth Annual Tour of China - October 22 - November 9, 2014

China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA)
Announces its Sixth Annual Tour of China

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Tibet, Shanghai
Except international airfare
Sightseeing, Conferences, Banquets
Meet students, supervisees, & colleagues
Add-ons & Substitutions Possible
Hong Kong-Guilin-Three Gorges-Shanxi-Pingyao
Friends & Family Welcome
Click here for Tour Details:!events/vstc6=fall-tour

For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


21st Annual CPR Conference - Washington, D.C. - February 2, 2014

The Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research will hold its 21st Annual Research Conference on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.

2014 Conference Program

58th Annual Meeting - New York, NY - May 1-3, 2014

Psychodynamic Therapy 75 Years After Freud
New York, NY
May 1-3, 2014
Registration now Open!

Program Co-Chairs: Gerald P. Perman, M.D. and Scott C. Schwartz, M.D.
CME Committee Chair: Silvia Olarte, M.D.
Chair of Scientific Program Committee: Eugenio Rothe, M.D.


2013 Preliminary Program

You may download the program and mail (AAPDP Executive Office, One Regency Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002), fax (860-286-0787) or email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) your registration form.

Online registration is now closed - only online.  You may still register by faxing (860-286-0787) or emailing (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) your registration.  Onsite registration is available but the fee is higher - please see the Preliminary Program for details.
Please join us in New York for the Second Annual Silent Art Auction, the Awards Reception, the Book Exhibit and the Residents Luncheon.  Be sure to visit the AAPDP Exhibit Booth while at the APA Annual Meeting!

(BOOTH #1829)


Members of the AAPDP may reserve a sleeping room at the
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan through Travel Planners
at a discounted rate of $329.00 plus tax per night.
To reserve a room call 1-800-221-3531 and press 1 for reservations,
Be sure to mention “AAPDP” as the attendee type to receive the discounted rate.

Please note that the deadline for making the reservations through this link is April 19, 2014. 
After that date, the rooms will no longer be protected,
and we cannot guarantee availability. Space is limited so don’t delay.



57th Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA - May 16-18, 2013

Psychodynamics: Essential to the Issue of Suicide and Other Challenges to Modern Day Psychiatry
San Francisco, CA
May 16-18, 2013

Program Chairs: Mary Ann Cohen, M.D.
CME Committee Chair: Silvia Olarte, M.D.
Chair of Scientific Program Committee: Eugenio Rothe, M.D.


2013 Preliminary Program

Registration for the AAPDP’s 57th Annual Meeting is now closed.

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.

14th Joint Meeting with OPIFER, Florence, Italy - October 20-21, 2012

The Academy is holding its Fourteenth Joint Meeting with the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani Federazione e Registro (OPIFER) in Florence, October 20-21, 2012. The theme of the meeting is Multicultural Factors in Psychotherapy; In the Footsteps of Silvano Arieti.” The conference will take place at the former monastery, La Sala di Piazza della Neve, a short walk from Piazza Santa Croce. There will be many outstanding speakers from Europe and the States.

October is an ideal time to visit Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, and the surrounding area of Tuscany. The weather is lovely; the crowds, relatively few. You can download registration forms and hotel information below. If you have further questions, you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone the Academy Office at 888-691-8281.

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56th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA - May 3 - 5, 2012

Psychodynamics in Contemporary Psychiatry: Mutual Influences
Philadelphia, PA
May 3-5, 2012

Program Chairs: Eugene Della Badia, D.O. & Kimberly Best, M.D.
CME Committee Chair: Silvia Olarte, M.D.
Chair of Scientific Program Committee: Eugenio Rothe, M.D.

Liberty BellIn recent years with the explosion of information in the neurosciences, contemporary psychiatry has made tremendous advances, which has led to a better understanding of mental illness. This biological focus, however, has caused a shifting of attention away from psychological intervention and replaced it with the idea that biological treatment is sufficient to treat mental illness. This reductionism has caused a split between biologic psychiatrists and psychodynamic psychiatrists. This split hurts our patients and leads to less than optimal care.

If we look at the data, current research has shown that psychological interventions can have a marked measurable effect on the brain and can alter the responses of the brain to biochemical factors. We have seen how psychological interventions can improve the outcome of many physical problems. Much of this research is very exciting and underscores the synergistic effect of biology and psychology in our work with patients.

As psychodynamic psychiatrists we can make a unique contribution to psychiatry. Through psychodynamic understanding of our patients we can deal with transference and countertransference problems. We can use our skills to unearth unconscious conflicts that many times sabotage psychiatric treatment. We can teach residents and young psychiatrists to develop an understanding of their patients that will help them build therapeutic relationships that lead to better outcomes. We are challenged do this in a context backed by good clinical research and evidence based treatment.

In this meeting we will explore psychodynamic approaches to biological, social and psychological problems in psychiatry. We will also focus on how current research in neuroscience and genetics has impacted the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.


2012 Preliminary Program

The program for this meeting will strive to present psychodynamic understanding, through clinical material and research, which will lead to interventions in psychiatric difficulties. It will also look at complex problems where psychodynamic approaches in regard to social, cultural and psychological issues help manage difficult situation. Scientific research will be presented on the impact of neuroscience on psychodynamic psychotherapy. Our goal is to show how psychodynamic formulation and treatment are at the core of psychiatric practice. This cannot be done without demonstrating how biologic discoveries have influenced psychodynamic thinking.

Target Audience:

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, early career psychiatrists, residents, and students.

Registration for the AAPDP’s 56th Annual Meeting is now closed.

Symposium 2012, New York, NY - March 24, 2012

On Loneliness

Guldwurm Auditorium
Mount Sinai Medical Center
98th Street and Madison Avenue

Loneliness is perhaps one of the most painful affective states a person can experience. It is a subjective experience that most of us have, at some point in our lives, had. It may be experienced as an intense emptiness or solitude, an isolation from others both internal and/or external. Or, it can be experienced as grief; a loneliness in the presence of others. It can be also be understood by its duration (e.g., temporary or chronic) or, as Sartre noted, an essential feature of the human condition. Sartre believed this condition arose from conflict between the need to create meaning in life and the awareness of isolation or nothingness in the universe.

Academy Member Dr. Douglas Ingram will be presenting on Panel III: Loneliness /Solitude in the Psychoanalytic Training Process. Drs. Matthew Tolchin and Sheila Hafter Gray are members of the Organizing Committee. The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry is a sponsor of this Symposium and encourages members to participate.

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Click here to register (Discounted rate ends February 15)


19th Annual Research Conference, Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc. - February 5, 2012

Save the Date

19th Annual Research Conference
Blind Men, Elephants, and Psychotherapy Effectiveness:
How Ignoring Severity of Impairment and Co-Morbidity Skews our View of Treatment Realities

J. Christopher Fowler, Ph.D.

Sunday, February 5, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc.

For additional information visit: or view the brochure by clicking here.


AAPDP-Chulalongkorn University Medical School Dept. of Psychiatry Conference - January 25-27, 2012

A group of eleven psychiatrists, which include eight AAPDP members, will be presenting Grand Rounds in Bangkok, Thailand, invited by the Department of Psychiatry of Chulalongkorn University Medical School. Eight AAPDP members: César Alfonso, Christina Kitt, Luis Garza, Elise Snyder, Silvia Olarte, Christopher Perry, Megan Marumoto, and Wendi Waits, will participate in a three day conference in Bangkok, January 25-27, 2012. The hosting committee includes: Lt. Gen. Vira Khuangsirikul, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Thailand; Siriluck Suppapitiporn, Director of Psychiatry at Chiulalongkorn University; Umaporn Trangkasombat, Director of the Child Psychiatry Program at Chulalongkorn University; Parichawan Chandarasiri, Child Psychiatrist at Chulalongkorn University and BNH Hospitals; and Puchorn Larujisawat, psychiatrist at Chulalongkorn University Hospital. This conference has been organized by AAPDP members Christina Kitt, M.D. and Luis Garza, M.D. Click the below link for the full program of events.


13th Joint Meeting with OPIFER, Rome, Italy - November 12 - 13, 2011

The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry held its thirteenth joint meeting with the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani-Federazione e Registro (OPIFER) in Rome, November 12-13, 2011. The theme of the meeting was “Psychoanalytic Training Today. In the Footsteps of Silvano Arieti.” The OPIFER meetings are open to all members of the Academy, and to other psychiatrists from the USA and abroad.

The Keynote Speaker was Dr. John T. Walkup, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He spoke on “Challenges of Teaching Psychodynamics in Modern Psychiatry Training Programs.” Other outstanding speakers from the USA and Europe included: Dr. Erminia Scarcella, Academy Fellow and Trustee, faculty member of George Washington University Medical College and Designated Physician of the Embassy of Italy, and Dr. Nisba Husain, Psychiatric Member of the Academy and Sackler Fellow at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.

This was the first time the Joint Meeting has been held in Rome. November is an ideal time to visit the Eternal City; the weather is still good and there are fewer tourists. The meeting venue was the Centro di Formazione of the Polo Didattico, in the Piazza Oderico da Pordenone 3, 00145 Rome, easily reached by public transportation or taxi from central Rome.

For additional information, please follow the link below.

Programma Convegno OPIFER (Meeting Program)

55th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI - May 12 - 14, 2011

Psychodynamic Approaches to Treatment Resistance and Therapeutic Obstacles was the theme of the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP). This meeting was devoted to exploring how psychodynamic approaches can be used to elucidate and modify therapeutic obstacles and treatment resistance and to improving the methods by which such psychodynamic approaches can be taught.

Our Opening Session began with a presenation from Dr. Marianne Eckart, one of the Founding Members of the AAPDP. A video of her presentation is below and the transcript can be read by clicking here. Following her talk, our Opening Night Speaker, John McDermott, M.D., presented “The Evolution of Multicultural Identity in Hawaii: Implications for the Future” on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

Our Keynote Speaker, Carol Bernstein, M.D., presented “The Changing Face of Medicine: The Next Generation of Psychiatrists” on Friday, May 13, 2011. César Alfonso, M.D., President of the AAPDP, presented “Psychodynamic and Social Aspects of Altruism - Clinical Implications for Working Through Treatment Impasses and Enhancing the Practice of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Our Preliminary Program is listed below, detailing other exciting presentations throughout this event.

The meeting was held in beautiful Honolulu Hawaii, at the Sheraton Waikiki, May 12-14, 2011.

Looking Back

by: Marianne Horney Eckardt, M.D.

Click here to view the transcript of the above presentation.


The Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc.

The Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Inc.
18th Annual Conference
Sunday, February 27, 2011
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Cycles of Change in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:
What Does Research Show?

with Phil Lebovitz, M.D.
Training and Supervising Analyst, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

Hosted by the G.W.U. Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
The George Washington University Hospital Auditorium
900 23rd Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20037

$75 general admission
$40 full-time students and active duty military
Morning coffee and pastry and box lunch included
6 CE units for Physicians, Psychologists & Social Workers

For additional information please view the Conference Brochure or visit: to register online today. The Academy is a joint sponsor of this annual conference - we hope that you will attend!

The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysisy
Executive Director: Jacquelyn T. Coleman, CAE
One Regency Drive - P.O. Box 30 - Bloomfield, CT 06002
Tel: 1-888-691-8281 - Fax: 860-286-0787 - E-Mail: