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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

30th Annual Symposium (2005) - Revenge and Reparation: Perspectives for Clinical Work

Panelists for this year's symposium are:

Melvin R. Lansky, M.D., Los Angeles
“Forgiveness in the Working Through of Vengefulness”
Dr. Lansky is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Past Director of Education, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA Medical School; and Chair of the Committee on Research and Training of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is an editorial reviewer for JAPA and the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, as well as the American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and Hospital and Community Psychiatry, among others.

An energetic writer and researcher, Dr. Lansky is the author or editor of seven books and more than one hundred articles. He is widely known for his elucidation of shame dynamics, posttraumatic states, and issues in family systems and domestic violence.  His books include The Widening Scope of Shame (1997, Co-Editor); Fathers Who Fail:  Shame and Psychopathology in the Family System (1992); Posttraumatic Nightmares:  Psychodynamic Explorations (1995); and The Dream After a Century:  Symposium 2000 on Dreams (Editor, 2004).  Currently he is exploring obstacles and pathways to achieving forgiveness. 

Irwin C. Rosen, Ph.D., Topeka
“Revenge:  The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its Name”
Dr. Rosen participated in the emerging psychoanalytic exploration of revenge by presenting at the first-ever panel on Revenge at the American Psychoanalytic Association meetings in January 2004.  Dr. Rosen is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute; Geographic Rule Supervisor for the Houston, San Francisco, and St. Louis Institutes of Psychoanalysis; former Director of the Adult Outpatient Department, and former Director of the Psychotherapy Service, The Menninger Clinic; Past-President of the Topeka Psychoanalytic Society; and recent Fellow of the Board of Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Rosen is an adult and child analyst who has presented nationally on many topics. His publications include thoughts on “Graduation and Other Psychiatric Emergencies (2000), a case study of the analysis of a religious man (1991), and considerations of personality disorganization leading to murder without apparent motive.  He notes that he was initially impelled by the idea that a study of the human soul could teach us about revenge, but now he believes that the study of revenge can provide important insights about the human soul.  His paper on “Revenge:  The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its Name” promises to shed some light on both.

Lucy LaFarge, M.D., New York
“The Wish for Revenge”
Dr. LaFarge is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  Her scholarly interests are reflected in her influential publications and in her work as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and as a faculty member at the Payne Whitney Clinic. She serves on the Editorial Board of JAPA and as an editorial reviewer for the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis.

Dr. LaFarge is an accomplished analytic educator and frequent presenter who has addressed contemporary Kleinian technique, narcissism, masochism, severe personality disorders, and related areas. Most recently she has published on the internal relationship of the imaginer and the imagined (Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2004), on interpretation and containment (International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 2000) and on transferences of deception (JAPA, 1995).  Dr. LaFarge will carry forward the exploration of revenge issues begun in her work on “the imaginer and the imagined” in her symposium paper.

Moderator:  Jim Hansell, Ph.D.
Dr. Hansell is President-Elect of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society, a faculty member of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and of the University of Michigan Department of Psychology, and in private practice in Ann Arbor.  Dr. Hansell has written about revenge motives in psychopathology and in interpersonal and political stalemates, and published on the topics of resistance, neutrality, and gender identity.  He is co-author (with Lisa Damour) of a new textbook on abnormal psychology.

Saturday, April 9, 2005
8:15 AM – 3:45 PM

St. John's Conference Center
44045 Five Mile Road
(M-14 and Sheldon Road)