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Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich
Event Start Date: 5/18/2019 8:30 AM
Event End Date: 5/18/2019 12:00 PM

SPSI proudly presents distinguished psychoanalyst Emily A. Kuriloff, Psy.D., author of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich.

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In this program Dr. Kuriloff will explore the impact of the European Holocaust on all that we know and believe about psychoanalytic theory and praxis. From Budapest to Paris, she reminds us, the predominantly Jewish leaders in the field were forced to flee their homelands on fear of death. That a good part of the psychoanalytic community endured in exile is itself remarkable. And yet, in the end, the twentieth century belonged as much to Hitler as it did to Freud.

Listen to Dr. Kuriloff talk about her book on the New Books in Psychoanalysis podcast.

Using primary, often unpublished source material as well as personal interviews conducted with émigré and survivor analysts, Dr. Kuriloff explores the impact of the Shoah on psychoanalysis in the USA, Britain, France, Germany, and Israel. She will also present conversations with second and third generation analysts, professionals who are informed by the pain and triumph of their parents’ and mentors’ Holocaust stories, yet more willing to view truth as a construction, and to anticipate the psychotic dissolution of a single reality at any moment.

The impact upon our work of current and ongoing socio political trauma and upheaval will constitute the final segment of the program.

Impassioned, erudite, and timely, this is a presentation not to be missed.

Learning Objectives. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize theoretical constructs as contextual rather than absolute.
  2. Describe the impact of the Holocaust and development of psychoanalysis in the USA, England, France, Germany, and Israel.
  3. Identify socio cultural change within the next generation of psychoanalysts.

Emily Kuriloff, PsyD., is Director of Clinical Education, and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. She is former Book Review Editor, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Her scholarly interests include the intersection between culture, politics, and psychoanalytic theory and practice, and the relationship between action and reflection, body and mind. Her book, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and The Legacy of the Third Reich, explores how the trauma of the Shoah transformed the development of psychoanalysis at its apex and beyond, and was published by Routledge in 2014. A volume of essays exploring the impact upon prominent psychoanalysts who have returned to their homelands after exile or immigration is forthcoming. It will be edited by Dr. Kuriloff and Dr. Evelyn Hartman and published by Routledge next year.


3.5 hours: CME/CPE/CEU.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This program has been approved for 3.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.

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