A Weekend with Adam Phillips

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Presents “A Weekend with Adam Phillips”
March 16-17, 2024

at the Columbia Faculty House; 64 Morningside Drive, NYC

The Psychoanalytic Division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy welcomes Adam Phillips back to New York.

Adam Phillips’ return to ICP is in part a celebration of ICP’s birth fifty years ago and an opportunity to remember Pearl-Ellen Gordon who for 40 years was a vital and invaluable contributor to the growth and life of the Institute.

To learn more about our presenters, visit our presenters page here or click the names of the presenters below.

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Schedule At-A-Glance

9:00AM: Registration and coffee
9:30AM-3:30PM: Presentations

Full Schedule:

Saturday, March 16th, 2024

Morning Events: 

Welcome message presented by Ed Corrigan

In Memoriam for Pearl Ellen Gordon – 1943-2023: presented by Ron Taffel

Paper presentation: “On Not Being Taught” presented by the author, Adam Phillips

Drawing on Freud, Milner, Deleuze, Lacan, Winnicott and the American Pragmatist Rorty, Phillips explores the role the unconscious plays in learning, reading, listening, change and growth.

“Teachers can only to a limited extent inform their students: they can only offer them material which will be used according to their desire, the idiosyncracy, of the student: the teacher is simply part of the students day-dream. But what Freud and Winnicott are saying is that in this informing, learning process something else is going on alongside it, or within it and it cannot be accurately described as learning, or indeed as a consciously intentional project.  It can be more accurately described as enhancing one’s aliveness, or enjoying one’s enjoyment, or nourishing parts of oneself that one may not be aware of.”

Chair: Ed Corrigan

Afternoon Events: 

Psychoanalysis and Writing: Presented by Adam Phillips and Nicole Krauss.

In conversation these two exemplary writers will explore each other’s work. They will focus on the pleasure of writing, the surprises, the twists and turns, the improvisational nature of the creative process.

Chair: Patricia Clough

Sunday, March 17th, 2024

Morning Events: 

Panel in honor of Pearl-Ellen Gordon: Adolescence Through Young Adulthood:  A Belief in an Unknowable Future.

This panel will explore the enormous challenges facing the clinician at a time when “generation objects” are changing dramatically.  Each presenter will discuss clinical material which highlights the developmental, cultural, social forces at play in the lives of their patients.

Panelists: Ron Taffel, Kathleen Miller, Stephen Seligman, Susan O’Kuhn, Caroline Volel, Sacha Bollas and Seshie Hargett

Cecil Webster and Adam Phillips will join the Panelists as respondents.

Chair: Holly Levenkron

Afternoon Events: 

“Psychoanalysis for Beginners,” author Adam Phillips.

Presented by: Cornelia Barber, a recent graduate of ICP’s Psychoanalytic Program who will lead the discussion with Adam Phillips and the audience.

However we describe or picture the unconscious, we are always beginners in relation to the unconscious. It could never be something we know, or know once and for all; indeed, psychoanalysis might be more about experiencing the unconscious than knowing it; one is either surprised, or one is not).

Location and Directions

A Weekend with Adam Phillips will be held at the Faculty House at Columbia University’s; 64 Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street. 

 DIRECTIONS 

• Follow College Walk (116th St.) across Amsterdam Ave towards Morningside Dr. 

• After passing Jerome Greene Hall on the left, enter Wein courtyard through gates. 

• Follow courtyard around to the right. 

• Faculty House will be the last building on the right. 

For disability access, follow directions above. 

SUBWAY 

Take #1 train to 116th St. (Columbia University) stop. 

BUS 

Four bus lines (M4, M11, M5 and M104) serve the Columbia/Morningside Heights area. 

For more information, including directions for arriving by car and parking, you can download a PDF by clicking here

NYS Continuing Education Information


*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education credit for licensed social workers.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists.