For Mental Health Professionals

One Day Spring Conference

The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

co-sponsor with MPG Consulting presents

The Art and Science of Psychoanalysis: Psychoanalysis On Stage5 CE Credit HoursSunday, April 28th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4: 00PMAt: Greenwich House Music School: 46 Barrow St, NY,, NY 10014
Morning Program: 10:00 - 12:00 Noon Premier Performance of Play What Does Woman Want? : Pioneer Female Analysts Who Expanded Freud’s Vision of the Feminine
Afternoon Panel: 1:00-4:00pmExploring Psychoanalysis Through Theatrical PerformanceThe Subjective and Intersubjective Sources of Psychoanalytic Thought and Practice

For Child Psychotherapists

   Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program

is pleased to invite you to attend a meeting of





     The Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Child in a School Setting 

Presenter: Ludovica Lumer, Ph.D., LP

Monday, APRIL 15th, 2019 at 8:00PM

Reception and Open House at 7:30PM

Program to follow

IPTAR: 1651 Third Avenue, #205 Conference Room
(92nd and 3rd Ave.)


Adolescence has been defined as a phase of “necessary disharmony” where the weak ego is challenged by strong and often terrifying impulses, and the growing child has to reach a new psychic balance. Psychoanalytic treatment guides the adolescent through that journey and allows transformation of chaos into a sort of order and semantic harmony.

Dr. Lumer will present the case of an eleven years old boy who struggled with boundaries, self-esteem and unstable objects; a child often unable to make sense of the outer and inner world and easily overwhelmed by fear, anger and anxiety. On the verge of adolescence and preparing to enter high school, the patient strove to find his space in the new world; while he feared going out in the wild, he sensed that analysis could have a taming influence on the unknown. The treatment, in a school setting from which the child could not escape, was making him feel “imprisoned.” In the transference, the analyst, like his parents, was taking him away from his life and friends but at the same time giving him the dynamic but safe structure of the “analytic prison” to help him  contain his impulses and emotions.


For Mental Health Professionals

Is the Alliance Really Therapeutic? Revisiting This Question in Light of Recent Empirical Studies

Presenter: Sigal Zilcha-Mano, Ph.D.
Discussant: Michele Press, M.D.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 8:00 - 10:00 pm

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

247 East 82nd Street, NYC (btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves)

$25 - General Admission

$15 - Student Admission (non-NYPSI)

No charge for NYPSI members and students

Register HERE, visit or call 212.879.6900 

The therapeutic value of alliance is a contested supposition. Although many theorists and researchers believe that alliance is therapeutic in itself, others see it as a byproduct of effective treatment or as a common non-specific factor enabling the truly effective ingredients of treatment to work. For many years, the debate was confined mainly to the domain of theory, and no studies were available to examine this issue. The only empirical evidence that existed was studies showing a correlation between alliance and outcome, and advocates of the above conflicting opinions used the same correlation to prove the validity of their position. Over the last few years, however, a revolution has taken place in alliance research, which brings this theoretical debate into the realm of the empirical. Recent alliance studies have applied advanced methodologies to achieve this aim. Based on an integration of these studies, a new model for understanding the potential therapeutic role of alliance as sufficient to induce change by itself emerges. The model stresses the importance of differentiating between patients' general tendencies to form satisfying relationships with others, which affect also the relationship with the therapist ("trait-like" component of alliance), and the process of the development of changes in such tendencies through interaction with the therapist ("state-like" component of alliance). The former enables treatment to be effective; the latter makes alliance therapeutic. Based on the most recent literature, the presentation attempts to determine which of these components is the predictor of treatment outcome. 

Events for Parents

Fusion Academy Brooklyn
presents the screening of 



We’re all aware social media is having an impact on our lives, and especially the lives of younger generations, but to what extent? Join us for a screening of the brand new IndieFlix documentary “Like,” which covers this important topic. We are excited to bring our community together for this screening and a panel discussion, followed by time to connect and continue the conversation.

Click here to watch the trailer for LIKE.

Join Us

Thursday, April 11th 

5:30pm - 7:30pm

at the

Fusion Brooklyn Campus

1 Metrotech Center North,
Suite 1004
Brooklyn, NY 11201

RSVP required
Click here to let us know you'll be joining us.

Podcast Discussion

HIDDEN BRAIN: "Al Alda Wants Us to Have Better Conversations

A fun discussion about what makes better conversation, particularly interesting to those who know something about the craft of acting. I really appreciated how the conversation illuminated how empathy and listening to what the other person are saying are key. It' so easy to get consumed with the desire to be understood in the middle of a miscommunication- so it is no wonder it is hard to empathize with the other in a moment like this. But this conversation suggests that we are better able to get our point across if we think about where the other person is coming from and what might appeal to them.