Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division News
By Beth Steinberg, PhD, Chair
Expanding Ourselves and Thinking About Race and Culture: Introduction to the Day With Program
November 14, 2015
At the International Psychoanalytic Association meetings in Boston this summer, Stefano Belonging, the president of the IPA (whose words I often find inspirational), advocated for the need for psychoanalytic therapists — for us — to have a professional home where we can, in his words, “work through difficulties, differences and new inspirations both about the changing world, and about a psychoanalysis that can . and does change: a home that is open to reflection, exchange, and … transformation. A home [that is] respectful of our heritage but open to what is new, and capable of dealing with the changes in the world and the consequent difficulties without denying them, either through fear or self-reassuring idealizations.”
If we want SFCP to be a “home” for our psychoanalytic community — that is, your home — we need to be able to extend ourselves into and take in more of the world. And that involves, as Bolognini said, facing painful truths and not denying what we are afraid of — that is, being truly open to change.