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.

CFPS Visiting Professor - Donald B. Moss, MD

posted Feb 7, 2017, 4:14 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 9:16 AM ]

CFPS Welcomes Donald B. Moss, M.D., as Visiting Professor 
presenting at a Faculty Retreat on March 4th at 8:30 AM, and at a workshop for Candidates and all Trainees, "Finding Your Own Clinical Voice"on March 3rd 2:00 PM-5:00 PM  

"After the Offense--Thoughts on Forgiveness"

We have no doubt whatsoever about the meanings and manifest intentions of retaliation, revenge and punishment. Each aims to restore and buttress the status quo ante so as to prevent the recurrence of another violation. As for forgiveness, though, we are filled with questions. We do not know exactly what the word means, do not even know whether it is possible. We do not know whether forgiveness must involve both figures or can occur privately. We do not know its motives, nor even whether it is motivated. We do not know what is required for it, what demands it makes on both the forgiver and the forgiven. Most fundamentally, we do not know whether forgiveness expresses a capacity or a failure.

Filled as we are with “not knowing”, we occupy the uncomfortable position of having to answer all questions about forgiveness by resorting to definitions, none of which is likely to be persuasive. This 

presentation will focus on the fundamental plasticity and volatility of the meanings of “forgiveness" and how this plasticity and volatility contribute to the term's irreducibly charged moral, social and psychological standing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To conceptualize forgiveness as a particular psychological entity, distinct from reparation. 

  2. To expose our non-neutral bias toward "forgiveness" and against "revenge." 

  3. To locate forgiveness as an integral feature of mutative interpretation.

Donald Moss, MD is on the Faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, NYU Medical Center, and is a founding member of “Second Story”, a Psychoanalytic Salon. He is a prolific psychoanalytic writer, editor, and a presenter who focuses on the elemental problem sites of masculinity (mind/body, inside/outside, heterosexual/homosexual, love/hate, singular/plural) while arguing against any settled notion of what men – and women – want. Last January he received a standing ovation after wowing the audience with his plenary address at the annual meeting of American Psychoanalytic Association’s Winter Meetings. Dr. Moss has a private practice in New York City.

Suggested preparatory readings:

1. Dostoevsky, F. “The Grand Inquisitor"

2. Strachey, J.  "The Nature of Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis"

CFPS Visiting Professor - Fred L. Griffin, MD

posted Oct 6, 2016, 1:53 PM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 2:11 PM ]

CFPS Welcomes Fred L. Griffin, MD, as Visiting Professor presenting at a Faculty Retreat on November 19th at 8:30am.   
"Creative Listening and the Psychoanalytic Process" 

After attending the program in its entirety, participants will be able to:
1) To learn from creative writers’ skills for envisioning and listening to the realness of human experience in the consulting room in a manner less encumbered by theoretical constructs that tend to limit our visions of who our patients are;

2) Make use of this more visceral view of the transference-countertransference to describe more precise language that fits the patient’s states of consciousness, affective tone, and embodied sense of self;

3) Identify how to apply these skills in the service of better attuned therapeutic engagement with patients with which to facilitate an analytic process that not only addresses psychic conflict, but that also the potential for new development.

Fred L. Griffin, MD is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and member of the Editorial Board of the The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  He is on the panel of writing consultants at the New Directions psychoanalytic writing program sponsored by the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.

His writings are published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, American Imago, and Literature and Medicine, as well as a chapter in the anthology Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine.  He has just completed his own book, CREATIVE LISTENING AND THE PSYCHOANALYTIC PROCESS: Sensibility, Engagement, and Envisioning, which was published by Routledge in May 2016. 

He has a private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations to 2015-2016 Graduates!

posted May 26, 2016, 4:36 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated May 26, 2016, 4:39 PM ]

The Annual David A. Freedman Dinner and Graduation held on May 20, 2016 at the Junior League of Houston celebrated 3 program graduates. 

2015 - 2016 GRADUATES


Barbara Mosbacher, PhD


Ruth Buzi, PhD, LCSW

Lauren Walther, LCSW


Left to Right: Nan Lefforge, Progressions Chair; Alana Spiwak, Board President; Barbara Mosbacher, Graduate;
Ruth Buzi, Graduate; Lauren Walther, Graduate

Dr. Dominique Scarfone - Spring Visiting Professor

posted Feb 23, 2016, 12:47 PM by CFPS Information

CFPS is pleased to welcome Dr. Dominique Scarfone March 4 & 5 to Houston to present a lecture on “Transference and the Reality of the Message”. Dominique Scarfone M.D., is full professor at the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry of the Université de Montréal. He is also a training and supervising analyst in the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. His most recent books in English are: Laplanche: An Introduction (2015) and The Unpast. The Actual Unconscious (2016). He authored several book chapters, numerous articles in international journals and is regularly invited to give lectures and seminars across Canada, the United States and Europe.

About Music, Sublimation and the Body - Recital and Lecture with Marcelo Zigaran

posted Feb 10, 2016, 2:59 PM by CFPS Information

What is the enjoyment of music? Could the performing or composing of music replace or be equivalent to the enjoyment that sexual activity satisfies?

This presentation deals with the conceptualization of sublimation in Freud's work and Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Few concepts from Psychoanalysis have had such relevance for the arts as the concept of sublimation. The term is frequently used to explain some process of artistic creation without a clear relationship to the psychoanalytic root of the word. It would be easy to affirm that sublimation implies sexual repression. Lacan remarked that this is precisely what sublimation does not mean. The concept of sublimation was introduced by Freud to indicate that even though there is no sexual activity, neither is there repression. Freudian sublimation states the paradox, which was recognized by Lacan, that satisfaction of a drive is possible without sexual activity and without repression. In exploring the concept, we will first review some basic concepts of Lacan’s theory and practice, namely the three registers of his experience which he identified as The Real, The Imaginary and The Symbolic, conceived as a way to continue work of Freud’s.  For Lacan, this involved a “return to Freud,” a recovery of the Freudian project which he felt had been lost in the subsequent development of psychoanalysis as a discipline.

9:30 AM-12:30PM
Recital and Lecturer 

900 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

RSVP – email or call 713-524-0790

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