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In-Person Event: A Weekend with Adam Phillips

March 16 - March 17

In-Person Workshop: A Weekend with Adam Phillips

In Person Event:

A Weekend with Adam Phillips

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

Saturday, March 16th - Sunday March 17th, 2004, 9:00am-3:30pm

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

Adam Phillips’s 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.

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 toward Young Adulthood:  New Forms of Discontent.

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 TaffelKathleen MillerStephen SeligmanSusan O’KuhnCaroline VolelSacha 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.

An important note about CEs:
ICP is an approved provider of continuing education credits for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists, psychologists and psychoanalysts through the New York Department of Education. If your license is from a different state, please contact your state’s licensing board to find out if they will accept CE credits for New York State. If your license is from another state, please enter your license number with your state in parenthesis, ie 54321 (CA).



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