2019-2020 Diversity Conference

posted Jul 24, 2019, 8:52 AM by Cristy Jennings


Oksana Yakushko, PhD

This presentation will examine contemporary misogynistic movements and their victims. Prior views of gender roles have biologized gender differences and pathologized non-normative gender behaviors. Contemporary misogynies often rely on these same narratives while utilizing social media and the internet global business reach. The presentation will explore how the barrage of misogynistic messages can lead to such behaviors as purchasing women/wives online (e.g., "mail order brides," trafficking) or joining hate-filled gender-focused groups such as InCels (i.e., Involuntary Celibates responsible for several deadly attacks on women in recent years). Historical contributions and current trends will be explored through a psychoanalytic lens, including contemporary scholars who write about gender, sexuality, and globalization such as Sara Ahmed (UK) and Mari Ruti (Canada). Case vignettes of clinical work with "mail order brides" and their children in the U.S. will be presented. The audience will be encouraged to dialogue about transference and countransference issues in working with individuals who are directly impacted by new forms of misogyny.

Friday, August 23, 2019 
1:00 - 4:15 PM (12:30 PM Check-In)
The Council on Recovery - Houston
303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, TX 77007

Conference Registration online at
Registration Fees (includes snacks & beverages) 
Alumni Members/CFPS Faculty $75 | Associate Members $100
Student Members/CFPS Candidates and Trainees $50 | Non-members $125

Oksana Yakushko, PhD is Chair of Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California; a clinician in private practice; and a psychoanalytic candidate at National Training in Psychoanalysis (New York, NY). Her scholarly work has focused on issues related to immigration, especially xenophobia, human trafficking, and complex immigrant adaptation processes. More recently Dr. Yakushko has addressed these topics from critical psychoanalytic standpoints, including in her recent book Modern Day Xenophobia (Palgrave, 2019) and upcoming book Scientific Pollyannaism (Palgrave, in press). She has also published and presented on the history of eugenics: in Western academic psychology, in relation to the exclusion of psychoanalysis, and the rise of contemporary forms of misogyny and racism. Her clinical practice includes many recent immigrants, including "mail order brides" and diverse individuals facing contemporary forms of gender discrimination.

Learning Objectives: 

After attending the conference in its entirety, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify 2 examples of historical and contemporary forms of "scientific sexism" in relation to individual gendered experiences (i.e., "alpha males," women as "breeders") and 2 examples of cultural misogyny manifestations such as InCels (Involuntary Celibates) and "mail order bride" phenomena.
  2. Describe 2 clinical implications of psychoanalytic theories of self, gender, and development relating to these phenomena, drawing especially on the views of Freud, Ferenczi, Fairbairn, Klein, Bollas, Fanon, and Layton.

References (partial list)
  • Bernay, T. & Cantor, D. (2013). The psychology of today's woman: New psychoanalytic visions. Routledge.
  • Dar-Nimrod, I., Heine, S. J., Cheung, B. Y., & Schaller, M. (2011). Do scientific theories affect men's evaluations of sex crimes? Aggressive Behavior, 37(5), 440-449.
  • Dimen, M. & Goldner, V. (Eds., 2002). Gender in psychoanalytic space: Between clinic and culture. Other Press, LLC.
  • Ruti, M. (2015). The age of scientific sexism: How evolutionary psychology promotes gender profiling and fans the battle of the sexes. Toronto, Canada: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Yakushko, O, & Rajan, I. (2017). Global love for sale: Divergence and convergence of human trafficking with “Mail Order Brides” and international arranged marriage phenomena. Women & Therapy, 40(1-2), 190-206.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint provider status of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 135 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies has been approved to offer continuing education units to social workers by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies is approved by The American Psychoanalytic Association through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to offer continuing education credit to licensed professional counselors.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education activities for marriage and family therapists

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Register by Paying Online

Alumni Members/CFPS Faculty $75 

Associate Members $100

Student Members/CFPS Candidates and Trainees $50

Non-Alumni Clinician Members $125

Visiting Teachers: Jack Novick, PH.D and Kelly Novick - March 1 and 2, 2019

posted Jan 15, 2019, 4:06 PM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 4:09 PM ]

Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick are child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysts on the faculties of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, and several others throughout the country. They are both training and supervising analysts of the International Psycho-analytical Association. They trained with Anna Freud in London, England and are active in teaching, research, and the community. They joined with other colleagues to found an award-winning non-profit psychoanalytic school, Allen Creek Preschool, in Ann Arbor.

Both Jack and Kerry Novick have written extensively, with many articles published in major professional journals, on topics of defense, termination, development, verbalization, sadomasochism, therapeutic alliance, and omnipotence. Their book “Fearful Symmetry: The Development and Treatment of Sadomasochism” was reprinted in paperback in 2007. “Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work” was published in 2005, and “Good Goodbyes” in 2006. “Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children” appeared in 2010 and their latest book, “Freedom to Choose: Two Systems of Self-Regulation” was published in late 2016. All have been translated into several other languages.

Friday, March 1st – 2:00-5:00 pm - Candidates & Trainees - The Therapeutic Alliance and Two Systems of Self-Regulation

Saturday, March 2nd – 9am to 12noon – Faculty Retreat - The Ethics of Ending

CFPS Open House - February 12, 2018 - 7pm - Panel Discussion by Gregory D. Graham, MD, Catherine D. Stevenson, MD & Sharon W. Chada, PhD

posted Jan 15, 2019, 3:58 PM by Cristy Jennings

Interested in how psychoanalytic training can help your clinical work?

Want internationally renowned analysts’ supervision?

Want to be a part of a global network of clinicians?

If so, please join us at our Psychoanalytic Open House for a special panel discussion by distinguished guest speakers, Gregory D. Graham, MD, Catherine D. Stevenson, MD and Sharon W. Chada, PhD 

Practicing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Today

Three practicing psychoanalysts, each at a different career stage, will discuss their backgrounds and some experiences that influenced their personal decision to become a psychoanalyst.  They will discuss important developments in their careers since they started, describe aspects of their practices today and mention how their professional work has a role in their personal lives.  The diversity of practices will illustrate the wide range of career paths open to therapists who may be interested in finding their future place in the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic field.

Invite your friends who may be interested in our Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Programs.

tUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019 / 7 PM - 9 PM

7:00 PM – Reception (Light dinner)

7:30 PM – Lecture

 The Lovett Center - library, 900 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

CFPS Open House - December 5, 2018 - 7pm - Glen O. Gabbard, MD

posted Nov 15, 2018, 6:54 PM by Cristy Jennings

Interested in how psychoanalytic training can help your clinical work?

▪ Want internationally renowned analysts’ supervision?

▪ Want to be a part of a global network of clinicians?

If so, please join us at our Psychoanalytic Open House for a special presentation.GLEN O. GABBARD, MD 

“Psychoanalysis -- the impossible profession in an impossible era” -  Psychoanalysis has always been considered the impossible profession. Today in an era of quick fixes and cyber communication, it may seem even more impossible. However, it has never been more needed. The emphasis on rapid resolution of problems, the preference for the surface over depth, and the pervasive sense of apocalyptic doom all cry out for an answer that involves the interiority of the individual and the collective search for understanding of the unconscious.  These issues and others will be addressed as part of an introduction to psychoanalysis.

7:00 PM – Reception (Light dinner)
7:30 PM – Lecture
900 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Invite your friends who may be interested in our Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Programs.

Visiting Teacher: Judy Kantrowitz. PhD - November 16 and 17, 2018

posted Aug 25, 2018, 7:37 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 2:31 PM by Crissy Nolen ]

Judy L. Kantrowitz,, PhD is a training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and a Clinical Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.. She is the author of three books, 
The Patient's Impact on the Analyst (1996) ; Writing about Patients: responsibilities, risks, and ramifications,(2006) and  Myths of Termination: what patients can teach analyst about endings (2014) and papers on the patient -analyst match and outcome of psychoanalysis and others on Impasses in analysis. She has served three times on the Editorial Board s of JAPA and is currently on the board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly She is in private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Brookline, MA.  On Saturday, November 17, 2018 Dr. Kantrowitz will present "The Analyst: disabled and enabled by what’s personal" to CFPS Faculty.  On November 16, 2018, she will present to CFPS Adult and Child Candidates and Trainees.

Visiting Teachers: Rosemary H. Balsam, FRCPsych & Paul Schwaber, PhD - March 2 & 3, 2017

posted Jan 25, 2018, 10:17 AM by CFPS Information   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 10:42 AM by Cristy Jennings ]

Rosemary H. Balsam FRCPsych (Lond), MRCP (Edin), (from Belfast, N. Ireland), is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Medical School; staff psychiatrist in the Yale Department of Student Mental Health and Counseling, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, New Haven, Conn. Her special interests are gender developments, young adulthood, the place of the body in psychic life, the work of Hans Loewald and teaching. She has written award winning papers and books, and was a National Woman Traveling Psychoanalytic Scholar for APsaA. She is on the editorial boards of PQ, and Imago, and with her husband, Paul Schwaber, she is co-editor of the Book Review Section of JAPA. Her most recent book is: Women’s Bodies in Psychoanalysis (2012, Routledge); and most recent paper is R. H. Balsam (2017) Freud, The Birthing Body and Modern Life JAPA 65.1 p.61-90.

Paul Schwaber Ph.D. is a practicing psychoanalyst and a Professor of Letters Emeritus at Wesleyan University. An ex- Director of their College of Letters, his main interests are the relations of imaginative literature to psychoanalysis, and teaching.  He co-edited Of Poetry and Power: Poems Occasioned by the Presidency and by the Death of John F. Kennedy (Basic Books) and is the author of the award-winning The Cast of Characters: A Reading of Ulysses (Yale University Press. 1999).  In 2014, he received the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award by the American Psychoanalytic Association.  A graduate of the Western New England Institute, he was Chair of its faculty and has served as its President.  He has served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and at present is on the Board of the James Joyce Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  He and his wife, Rosemary Balsam edit the Book Review section of JAPA.

Both speakers will present, talk with each other and the audiences about the implications of the sexed and gendered body, its meanings and actions situated within historical developments in psychoanalysis and cultural perspectives.

Illustrations will be drawn from clinical material, the Case of Dora and Molly Bloom in Joyce’s Ulysses.

Friday, March 2nd – 2:00-5:00pm - Candidates & Trainees are invited to bring case vignettes or clinical dilemmas regarding gender. 

Saturday, March 3rd – 9am to 12noon – Faculty Retreat - Gender Flexibility:  Changing Language, Changing Bodies

Open House - Peter Fonagy, PhD - MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018 / 7 PM-9 PM

posted Jan 24, 2018, 10:10 AM by CFPS Information   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 10:05 AM by Cristy Jennings ]

Are you interested in:
· Knowing about recent findings on comparative psychotherapy outcome?

·  Identifying general factors associated with psychic change?

·  Linking developmental social cognitive models to models of change in therapy?

If so, please join us at our  Psychoanalytic Open House for a special presentation by the distinguished guest speaker:
Peter Fonagy, PhD :
“Recent ideas about mechanisms of change in psychotherapy.Have all psychotherapies been created equal?”

Monday, january 29, 2018 / 7 PM-9 PM
7:00PM – Reception (Light dinner)
7:30PM – Lecture
The Lovett Center - 1st FLOOR - 900 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
                                                                 Please RSVP By email to

Open House November 29th - Felecia Powell-Williams EdD, LPC-S, RPT/S

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:58 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 9:55 AM by CFPS Information ]

Interested in how psychoanalytic training can help your clinical work? Want internationally renowned analysts’ supervision? Want to be a part of a global network of clinicians?

If so, please join us at our Psychoanalytic Open House for a special presentation by distinguished guest speaker, Felecia R. Powell-Williams, EdD LPC-S RPT/S on “Delayed Reactions: Stories of Childhood Trauma".

Invite your friends who may be interested in our Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Programs.

Wednesday, November 29, from 7-9 p.m.
The Lovett Center, 900 Lovett Blvd. Houston, TX 77006.
Please RSVP to or call 713-524-0791.

CFPS Welcomes Jack Foehl, Ph.D. as Visiting Teacher - November 17 & 18

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:57 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 9:58 AM ]

Dr. Foehl is Training and Supervising Analyst at Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and Supervisor and Faculty Member at Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and at Harvard Medical School. He is Clinical Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Assistant Editor for Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and is an Editorial Board Member of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He writes in the areas of phenomenology and psychoanalysis addressing the nature of clinical experience in psychoanalytic process describing subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and properties of the phenomenal field. He practices in Brookline, MA.

Jack Foehl, Ph.D. will  conduct a workshop for Candidates and Trainees on Friday, November 17 2:00- 5:30, and present at a Faculty Retreat on November 18 at 8:30 AM: “Learning Through Experience: Phenomenology in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice”

CFPS Announces Two new Psychoanalyst

posted May 31, 2017, 12:06 PM by CFPS Information

CFPS hosted the Annual David A Freeman Dinner to celebrate Sharon W. Chada, Ph.D. and Holly D. Crisp-Han, MD for graduating from the Studies in Psychoanalysis. Both Psychoanalysts have joined the CFPS Faculty.

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