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Selected Facts
Newsletter of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic
Society and Institute

Spring 2021

Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of Selected Facts: Newsletter of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
This issue includes letters from our President Barbara Sewell, Director of Training Dave Parnes and Candidate President Becky McGuire.
In Regional and International News, there is a feature on presenters from NPSI at the IPA Congress as well as a short piece about Adriana Prengler becoming IPA Vice President. NAPsaC Secretary, Carolyn Steinberg, fills us in on the activities and upcoming programs at NAPsaC, and the CIPS President Batya Monder reports on what’s been happening at CIPS.
In Society News, we provide you with information on how to access our video recordings via the "My NPSI" program. In addition, there is a report on the January 23, 2021 "Speaking About Race" event. 
As usual, we also offer accounts of some of our members under NPSI Member and Candidate News. We are currently seeking Reporters for NPSI Full Member and Community Member News. Please, let me know if this would be of interest to you.
If you have questions or comments about the articles we publish, or if you have a topic you would like to see addressed in an upcoming issue, please email me at Also, feel free to forward the newsletter to colleagues. Forwarding directions are at the bottom of every issue.
Tese Mason
Managing Editor 
NPSI Board of Directors
President: Barbara Sewell
Past-President: Maxine Nelson
Director of Training: Dave Parnes
Secretary: JoAnn Mills
Treasurer: Eileen Fletcher
Community Member Director: Michael Doughtery
Director: Caron Harrang
Director: Alison Kneisl
Director: Carolyn Steinberg
Administrator/Recording Secretary: Tese Mason (non-voting) 
Candidate Representative: Nicole Wiggins (non-voting)
Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is a non-profit corporation dedicated to educational and scientific activities based in Seattle, Washington. The primary mission of the organization is to provide the highest quality psychoanalytic education and training for individuals seeking to become psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapists.

The organization also supports the ongoing professional growth and development of our psychoanalyst, candidate, and community members. In so doing, the organization aims to contribute to the current regional, national, and international psychoanalytic understanding of mental life and to the emotional health, creativity, and well-being of those treated through the practice of psychoanalysis.
Letter from the President
June 2021
Dear Colleagues,

This picture caught my eye and captured my imagination when I first saw it in the Seattle Times on March 26, 2021.  

The Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world. At 220,000-tons, the vessel is able to carry 20,000 containers; stretching more than 1,300 feet, it is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. Lodged in the muck in the Suez Canal, a small armada of tug boats, dredgers, and even a backhoe toiled to free the boat from where it was lodged in the muck in the Suez Canal. For six days the ship blocked the canal and all through traffic. Talk about an impasse! Then the salvage teams were helped by an unusually high tide as the gravitational pull between the earth and the moon raised the water enough to float the boat and reopen the canal.

Wordsworth wrote that we half perceive and half create our world. I wonder what you perceive and what you create or what is created in you in response to this image?

The image reminds me of how I’ve felt at times this past year both within my analytic practice and outside it. So much has happened. Worldwide we have had over 181,000,000 Coronavirus cases and 3,899,172 deaths. Think about the families impacted! And whether or not you’ve had a family member who died or someone you know who died, this pandemic has touched us all. It’s kept us apart and at a distance from family and friends. We have lived with the constant backdrop of something that could kill us for over a year.

And then there are the ongoing social and political events we have experienced as well. January 6, 2021, was the storming of the Capitol. The military coup in Myanmar. The snowstorm in Texas. The trial of ex-Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. It’s been a year since that killing and violence worldwide continues: Israel and Hamas, politicians with one another, airline travelers, protesters, and police…

If I focus on all of the conflicts it is hard to breathe. Images like the Ever Given help me to process some of the events of this past year. They provide a screen to project our feelings onto and into so that we can find ourselves, notice where we’ve gone aground. For me, this image is a reminder that it is not all about our hard work and analytic potency. There are forces beyond our sphere that help create the tide and the times for movement to happen. We live in particular social times and we at NPSI are working to navigate these times and tides by learning what we can about them.  

In 2021, we have had a lot of learning opportunities; some private and some more public. I’m going to detail some of the public ones. Please read this entire edition of Selected Facts for more information on what we’ve been up to.

We've had the following classes in our psychoanalytic curriculum: Infant Observation, Dreams, Contemporary British Object Relations, Fundamentals, Perversions, Psychosomatics, Borderline, Psychosis, and Clinical Seminars.  

In our Psychotherapy Program, we’ve sponsored a robust group of interested participants, both locally, nationally, and internationally, in the study of the Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis.

In addition, NPSI has sponsored a number of continuing education events: 

We started out 2021 in January with an educational event Maxine Nelson initiated, led by Zachary Green titled “Speaking about Race: The unconscious roots of structural racism and becoming anti-racist” Co-sponsored by COR, NPSI, NWAPS, & SPSI. Maxine comments further on this event in her report (shown below).

This event and the attack on the Capitol generated so much energy we sponsored another event led by Maxine Anderson with discussion moderator Rikki Ricard on “Navigating Emotional Turbulence.” Maxine has also been leading a well-timed study group titled “Protecting our Mental Well Being.”

In May we Zoomed in two fascinating international thinkers for a Saturday continuing education event titled “Curiosity, Observation, and Intuition.” Nicola Abel-Hirsch of England and Avner Bergstein of Israel explored how we as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists ‘meet’ our patients. We talked about curiosity, senses, and what arises in and between the patient and analyst. Hungry for more engagement with these two psychoanalysts, we have invited them to be the plenary speakers for an in-person Evolving British Object Relations (EBOR) conference in October of 2022.

We followed this event with a well-attended Scientific Meeting presentation by Caron Harrang and moderated by Nancy Winters, titled “Intersubjective Intuition: At-one-ment and Analytic Process.”

This was followed by a spontaneous call for an NPSI Town Hall, titled “Emerging from the Pandemic” in which we reconnected as a community and discussed returning to in-person training at the Institute in the fall.

In addition to these events, we have also sponsored open houses for interested applicants in psychoanalytic training and a reaccreditation Site Visit from ACPEinc. Our Director of Training, Dave Parnes spearheaded the Site Visit and coordinated meetings with Administrator Tese Mason. David Rasmussen, Maxine Nelson, and individuals from every level of our organization contributed to making this a success. Read Dave Parnes’ letter for more on the ACPEinc Site Visit. We have also revamped the NPSI website making it easier to navigate and more visually aesthetic. Caron Harrang, Michael Dougherty, Tese Mason, and Totera Web Systems have done an awesome job on this. Elizabeth Maurer is our new Copy Editor for Selected Facts and we offer her a grateful welcome.  

In addition, we’ve established a Visioning Committee which helped the NPSI Board to establish a new strategic plan which includes ongoing action items in our commitment to diversity and psychoanalytic education relevant to our times.

As we deal with the worldwide racial reckoning and the global pandemic, we may feel mired like the Ever Given, but the movement at NPSI evidenced in the educational experiences and events demonstrates something different. These educational experiences and events don’t just appear on the horizon, but they are brought about as members of NPSI work together to create experiences where we can learn, grow, and reflect on the process of living through the many facets of catastrophic change in the world. We may all be in the same boat as we try to sort out the pandemic, but as I once overheard a seaman say, “It is easier to steer a moving ship than one that is not moving.” NPSI is definitely on the move! 

As President, I continue to be moved by the hearts and minds of our members and the way you contribute to my life and my understanding of this complicated world. 


Barbara Sewell, MaMFC MDIV MRE MIPA
President NPSI
Letter from the Director of Training
Dear Colleagues,
Here we are, coming to the close of the academic year. It is a year that none of us will soon forget, with so many unprecedented and destabilizing events having happened – the storming of the Capitol and the pandemic as the most immediate in my mind. It was a year in which political unrest and global crises shook us all. The call to action and activism pulled us from our quiet repose, the ability to focus on studies impacted by the relentless noise from the outside world. I’m reminded of an anecdote about English composer Benjamin Britten: apparently, he would practice piano with a radio beside him, tuned to a music station, in order to teach himself to stay focused. It wasn’t an easy time for quiet analytic reverie. Rather, it was a time that called for standing up, standing with, marching, and protesting.
An analytic institute is shaped by the society in which it is embedded. It changes and adapts to the times in order to remain relevant, in alignment with societal norms and sensibilities, or else it becomes anachronistic and out of step. On the other hand, if an institute reacts to every societal spasm, it can lose focus, stray from the fundamentals. An institute needs to find a balance between permeability and boundedness, stability and change.
NPSI recently completed a reaccreditation site visit by ACPEinc, the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education. It was a site visit carried out via videoconferencing in keeping with the unusual year we’ve had. When outside observers are scrutinizing your organization, it always stirs anxiety. But it is also a unique opportunity to get the perspective of others outside the organization. Much of their feedback was laudatory and it was gratifying to hear their consistent praise for our training program. They noted that our focus on British Object Relations, as opposed to a more eclectic curriculum, led to candidates having an impressive depth of understanding. In short, our fundamentals are sound.
As to our adapting to the times, NPSI made important changes during the year. The Progression Committee changed the gender requirement for control cases, to bring it into alignment with modern concepts of gender, as well as to expand what diversity in control cases consists of, to include race, socioeconomics, and other factors. Our Board of Directors has been working to update the strategic plan for NPSI, which includes a strong emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization. Additionally, the Institute is continuing to explore how to expand our range, using technology to offer remote training to those outside our region, while maintaining the intimate and personal training of our small, in-person classes. As an example, the Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis certificate course was entirely online this year and included students from around the U.S. and Canada. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, questions arise regarding the benefits versus the downsides of online learning. This issue was discussed amongst candidates and full members during the May 26 Town Hall event.
NPSI began as a group of therapists and analysts, passionate about British object relations theory, meeting together, to learn, think and study this fascinating branch of the psychoanalytic tree. That initial passion continues to drive the Institute, even as it grows, changes, adapts to the times and strives for a balance between permeability and boundedness, stability and change. 
David Parnes, LICSW FIPA
Director of Training
Letter from the Candidate Group

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.  
That’s what this storm is all about.” --Haruki Murakami
We spent the academic year 2020-2021 in the storm of the pandemic. We settled into remote training and practice. We balanced our lives on the edge of uncertainty. The turbulence of the pandemic receded as we became familiar with a new and limited way of living, working, and training. We buckled down and carried on. We accepted the deprivations and limitations as a means to survive. 
Hope appeared on the horizon with the news of a vaccine. Yet, we continued with the rigorousness of pandemic living. Finally, the vaccination program was manifested and the hope of returning to 'normal' picked up the pace. Thoughts are turning toward how and when to resume in-person training, practice, and living. 
We are emerging from the storm of the pandemic. With emergence, comes new turbulence. There are issues to navigate that lead to choppy waters and uncertainty. As a community, I have hope that together we can continue to support each other as we find our way through the storm. As we emerge, my hope is that rather than returning to normal, we reach for better. 

Becky McGuire, LMHC
Candidate President
NPSI Society News

"Speaking About Race" – A Preliminary Report
Maxine Nelson, LICSW FIPA
“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” 
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

I am writing this on Memorial Day, the national holiday on which we commemorate the men and women of the American military who have died in the course of war. Although the origins of the holiday have been disputed, the Washington Post Editorial Board dates the observance to the end of the Civil War in 1865, noting historian David W. Blight’s opinion that “the first such observance was in fact the work of newly freed Black people seeking to honor the 40,000 African American soldiers who died in the war. The tribute consisted of elaborate ceremonies, parades, prayers, scripture readings, and speeches. The Black soldiers deserved the honor: "They gave their lives for the most American of causes, freedom and Union. It’s good, though, that they had such attention lavished on them then, because fairly soon afterward, they faded from much of the nation’s memory, as did their cause.” [1]
Memorial Day 2021 feels deeply personal as I reflect on events related to racial injustice which have come to define us as a nation and how we might think about the phenomena associated with these events through a psychoanalytic lens. This year, Memorial Day falls on May 31, a date that marks the centennial anniversary of the Tulsa massacre in which the population of “Black Wall Street,” as the prosperous Greenwood District of Tulsa was known, was attacked, murdered, and terrorized, leaving as many as three hundred dead and the community virtually destroyed. Last year, Memorial Day fell on May 25, the day that George Floyd was murdered while in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer; captured on video by teenager Darnella Frazier and launching a wave of chaos and fury that swept across the nation, with a reverberation that touched all of us to the core. While it would be tempting to think about Memorial Day 2021 only in terms of the commemoration of the aforementioned painful events, what we know as psychoanalysts is that transformation of trauma is far more complex. In other words, what we’re unable to recognize as psychic truth cannot be forgotten or transformed.
Thus, it is with both a heavy heart and a sense of hope that I reflect on “Speaking About Race: The Unconscious Roots of Structural Racism and Becoming Anti-racist” which occurred via Zoom on January 23, 2021, and featured Dr. Zachary Green, professor of Practice in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego and the lead faculty for the RISE Urban Leadership Program. The concept behind "Speaking About Race" grew out of a profound sense of helplessness many of us experienced in response to George Floyd’s murder and the protests and violence which erupted in its wake. What made its impact more intense was the fact that it occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing to bear the truth of our humanity; that all of us are vulnerable to the same illnesses, both corporeal and psychic. One of the qualities that made “Speaking About Race” unique was that it represented the work of four local psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic organizations: The Center for Object Relations (COR), The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study (The Alliance), Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI) and NPSI. Leaders from the four organizations—Josh Sandoz from COR, Rebecca Meredith from SPSI, Erin Carruth and Susan Nelson of The Alliance and myself—worked collaboratively, each of us acknowledging that although the purview of our work as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists is primarily in our consulting rooms, the moment at hand called us to remain aware of, allow ourselves to be impacted by, and respond to what was occurring in external reality.
Integrating ideas from Melanie Klein’s conceptualization of primitive splitting, Wilfred Bion’s work with groups, and Franz Fanon’s analysis of racism, decolonization, and the psychopathology of oppression, Dr. Green inspired and guided the 250+ of us who participated in “Speaking About Race” through his rich presentation “Race: Projection, Construction, & Denigration.” Using evocative slides accompanying his presentation, Dr. Green asserted that working to recognize, dismantle, and give up an internalized white supremacy mindset can lead to an experience akin to Klein’s depressive position, which begins to explain why there is so much resistance to engaging in this work—resistance within society, in our consulting rooms, and within ourselves. Despite these internal obstacles, those who attended the event reported in their evaluations feeling deeply impacted and hungry for more.
The four members of the organizing committee have continued to meet and plan future events. Shown below is a link to the recording of the didactic portions of “Speaking About Race” for those who attended as well as for those unable to attend and interested in learning about what happened. Also shown is a link to the Bionian influenced chapter Zachary Green co-authored in Diversity and Group Relations (1986).
Link to Zachary Green’s paper, “The Denigrated Other: Diversity and Group Relations.

Maxine Nelson, LICSW FIPA is a graduate of NPSI and a Past President. She maintains a private practice in Bellevue, Washington where she provides psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well as clinical consultation. Maxine was part of the organizing committee for “Speaking About Race” and was responsible for its inception.
[1] Opinion: What a true Memorial Day celebration looks like. The Washington Post, May 31, 2021.
Regional and International News
The 52nd IPA Congress
The 26th IPSO Conference
July 21 – 26 and July 29 – August 1, 2021

The following NPSI members will be presenting papers or participating on panels during the 52nd IPA Congress/26th IPSO Conference:
Judy K Eekhoff, PhD FIPA
"Falling into the void: The impact of COVID-19 on the internal state of children" 
Panel discussant
Friday, July 23, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
Samantha Good, LICSW
"Menstrual Synchrony as Psychoanalytic Object"
Individual paper, Friday, July 30th, 8:00 am-9:00 am Pacific
Caron Harrang, LICSW FIPA
"Infant Observation in the Time of COVID-19: In-home and Online"
Small Discussion Group
Friday, July 23; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
       - Chair: Caron Harrang (United States)
       -  Presenters: Judith Setton-Markus (Canada); Donna Ellis (United States); Stephanie Kellington (Canada)
"O’ Online: Developmental Transformations in a Bion Reading Group"
Panel Presentation, Friday, July 30, 2021; 8:00 – 9:30 am Pacific
       -  Chair: Lyn Yonack (United States)
       -  Presenters: Caron Harrang, Stefanie Sedlacek (Germany); Nancy Winters (United States)
Adriana Prengler, LMHC FIPA
"The Processes of Infantilization in Psychoanalytic Training" 
Panel Presentation, Thursday, July 22, 2021; 6:00 – 7:30 pm Pacific
       -  Chair: Giovanni Foresti (Italy)
       -  Presenters: Angelika Staehle (Germany); Adriana Prengler (United States)
       -  Discussant: Silvia Resnizky (Argentina) 
"Pseudoadulthood: When the Infantile Becomes a Trap" 
Small Discussion Group
Friday, July 23, 2021; 8:00 - 9:30 pm Pacific
       -  Chair: Giovanni Foresti (Italy) 
       -  Presenters: Angelika Staehle (Germany); Adriana Prengler (United States) 
       -  Discussant: Silvia Resnizky (Argentina) 
"IPSO Meet the Analyst" (interview in Spanish with translation)
Saturday, July 24, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Pacific
"Clinical Exercise"
Sunday, August 1, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific
       -  Moderator: Alfonso Pola (Chile) 
       -  Discussants: Martina Burdet (Spain); Stefano Bolognini (Italy); 
            Silvia Resinzky (Argentina); Adriana Prengler (United States)
Closing Ceremony 
Sunday, August 1, 2021, 8:00 – 9:00 pm Pacific   
The following NPSI members will be attending the 52nd IPA Congress/26th IPSO Conference:
Maxine Anderson
Dana Blue
Elie Debbané
Samantha Good
Caron Harrang
Julie Hendrickson
David Jachim
Becky McGuire
Maxine Nelson
David Parnes
Adriana Prengler
Marianne Robinson
David Rasmussen
Rikki Ricard
Barbara Sewell
Carolyn Steinberg
NPSI Liaison Committee
Caron Harrang (Chair), Julie Hendrickson, Becky McGuire, Maxine Nelson, Carolyn Steinberg

This standing committee of the NPSI Board of Directors is pleased to celebrate one of our training and supervising psychoanalyst members assuming an important leadership position with the IPA. At the close of the 52nd Congress, Adriana Prengler, LMHC FIPA will become the next Vice President of the IPA with Harriet Wolfe, MD FIPA who becomes President. This is the first time in the history of the IPA that both the President and Vice President roles have been filled by women.
Report of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation

Carolyn Steinberg MD FRCPC FIPA

Director of the Board NPSI (Seattle)
Secretary North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC)

Report on NAPsaC Activities Spring 2021
At the February 2021 board meeting of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation, we said goodbye and thanks to many who served the organization so well, including our own Caron Harrang who was a Member of the Board representing the interests of NPSI for ten years, as well as Secretary from 2017-February 2021 during Lee Jaffe's and Robin Deutsch's (APSaA) term.

The Executive Committee is now comprised of Mary Kay O’Neil, President(CPS); Leigh Tobias, President-Elect (PCC); Sandra Borden, Treasurer (APsaA); Carolyn Steinberg, Secretary (NPSI).
We welcomed Julie Hendrikson as our new Alternate Director to the Board and Carolyn Steinberg as the new Director to the Board.
The NApsaC Board sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” event to allow all members of NAPsaC's constituent organizations the opportunity to meet the slate of candidates for positions representing North America on the IPA Board of Directors.
NAPsaC’s mission is to foster and sustain the growth of psychoanalysis in North America, an increasingly important task during these socially and politically stressful times. One aim this year is to increase communication between our member organizations by means such as announcements of 'sister' organization events. The Inter-Regional Committee is involved in fostering psychoanalysis through collaborative events between regional organizations (North America, Latin America and Europe), such as a panel discussion at the upcoming IPA Congress in July.
Report of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies

Batya R Monder, LCSW, BCD, FIPA, BCPsa
CIPS President
My term as CIPS President, which began July 1, 2019, is coming to an end. CIPS Vice President Lisa Halotek and I have enjoyed working together and feel we have accomplished some very good things for CIPS in the past two years. CIPS is a critical organization for the Independent Psychoanalytic Societies and deserves more visibility in the psychoanalytic world.
We think CIPS will be able to achieve more recognition in the coming years as a result of the new Webmistress we have hired. Her name is Mafe Izaguirre, and she is familiar with the world of psychoanalysis, having designed the website for IPTAR and the online publication ROOM, which many of you may be familiar with. We look forward to her redesign of CIPS NewsBriefs and the introduction of the CIPS Blog, amongst the first things she will do for us.
This spring CIPS had six videoconference courses. All were well attended with larger enrollments than in the past. For the first time, CIPS was able to offer CE’s for those who wanted them.
The courses covered a wide range of subjects: Infant Observation; Trauma and Primitive Mental States; Working with Suicidal Patients and Survivors of Suicide Loss; Psychoanalytic Musings on Trumpism, Delusions and Malignant Populism; The Indispensable, Unheard Voice of Psychoanalysis in American Politics and The Work of Jacques Lacan and Its Clinical Significance.
The CIPS Book Series, co-chaired by Rick Perlman and Phyllis Sloate, has been reinvigorated in the past year. We have several books in the pipeline, and one of them is an outgrowth of a videoconference this spring. There is also a new initiative underway to promote society-based projects.
Linda Michaels and Santiago Delboy, both of whom have backgrounds in
marketing and are now psychoanalysts based in Chicago and representatives from PsiAN, presented their thoughtful PowerPoint on the value of long-term psychodynamic therapy at the March Board Meeting. Their objective is to get the word out to the public about the benefits of psychodynamic treatment. The CIPS Board was impressed by the presentation and felt their work should be supported by CIPS and by the individual CIPS societies.
Early this spring, CIPS held another certification application period and 17 members completed the process and received CIPS Board Certification in Psychoanalysis (BCPsa).
It has been a busy spring for CIPS. In addition to the items mentioned, CIPS has responded to upheavals in the country. Our spring NewsBriefs reflected the responses of our individual societies to the January 6th Insurrection, and individual members also contributed their reflections on the times we are living in. CIPS created a Task Force to think about our responses going forward.
CIPS is about to be in new, capable hands with the start of another term of office. Maureen Murphy of PINC will become President, and Matthew Von Unwerth of IPTAR will become Vice President. They will assume office July 1, 2021, and together, will bring wonderful new initiatives to CIPS.
My NPSI Library

Access the full library of Scientific Meeting recordings. New recordings are added as they become available, so check back often.
"Intuition: An Emotional Foundation of Analytic Transformation" presented by Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD FIPA (Scientific Meeting - December 2019)
Intuition, like emotion, cannot be seen, heard, tasted, or touched. Yet we often say, "I sensed it." Sometimes we might say, "I just knew it." Intuition - sensing or knowing an emotional truth - is an essential element of psychoanalysis. In this video recording, Judy K Eekhoff uses Bion's ideas of reverie and his models of transformation as well as a clinical example to illustrate his ideas about Transformation in O.
Click here to purchase the December 2019 Scientific Meeting Recording.  
"Contributions of Neuroscience to Intuition" presented by Maxine Anderson, MD FIPA (Scientific Meeting - February 2020)
In this presentation Maxine Anderson proposes that neuroscience considerations are significant for our understanding of intuition. She outlines how the right brain and autonomic nervous system may usefully be thought of as major contributors to our intuitive capacities.
Click here to purchase the February 2020 Scientific Meeting Recording.
NPSI Member and Candidate News
Community Members in Action
Caron Harrang, LICSW FIPA was the featured presenter at the April 24, 2021 Scientific Meeting of the Western Branch Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. The discussion of her paper titled "Transformations in Negative Therapeutic Reaction" was moderated by Elizabeth Wallace and included colleagues from Canada, the U.S. and Israel.
Body as Psychoanalytic Object: Clinical Applications from Winnicott to Bion and Beyond is forthcoming (August 2021) from Routledge. Edited by Caron Harrang, Drew Tillotson, & Nancy C. Winters this book includes chapters by NPSI members Dana Blue, Judy K. Eekhoff, Caron Harrang, Rikki Ricard, Oscar Romero, and Nancy Winters. Additional chapters are by David Brooks and Patricia Antin, Lesley Caldwell, Peter Goldberg, Andrea Marzi, Robert Oelsner, and Drew Tillotson. Cover art is by Sabah Al-Dhaher. Pre-ordered copies are available on the Routledge website:

Caron also presented a paper titled "Intersubjective Intuition: At-one-ment and Analytic Process," discussing Henry Markman’s 2018 paper, Presence, Mourning, and Beauty: Elements of Analytic Process at the May 19, 2021 NPSI Scientific Meeting (Zoom). The discussion was moderated by Nancy C. Winters, MD FIPA.

Candidate reporter Jack M Ringel, LICSW

Since the last issue of Selected Facts, much has changed, and much is the same—with vaccines rolling out and in-person contact coming back slowly, spring truly does feel more in the air. And yet, the time of COVID-19 is of course not over, nor are the realities of training remotely and the ongoing efforts therein to remain connected as much as possible through phone lines and fiber optic cables. In lieu of varied challenges and triumphs, the candidate group remains committed to learning and growth, supported by highly committed teachers, supervisors, analysts, and our administrator. The candidate group also remains committed—in an ongoing way—to achieve greater diversity, equity, and inclusion both within and beyond NPSI.
In April, Samantha Good, LICSW presented her paper "They Say Goldfish Have No Memory: Learning to Swim with an Autistic and Traumatized Patient" at the 2021 Annual Forum conference sponsored by The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. Samantha Good is presenting her paper, "Menstrual Synchrony as Psychoanalytic Object" at the IPSO/IPA Congress in July 2021. This paper was chosen as a Runner Up for the Tyson Prize, which is awarded for the best-unpublished candidate paper in the past two years. The award will be presented at the Congress and the paper will be part of a separate panel including the Tyson Prize winner and the other runner up.
As reported in Maxine Nelson's report (shown above), NPSI co-sponsored “Speaking About Race: The Unconscious Roots of Structural Racism and Becoming Anti-Racist” with Zachary Green, PhD. Several candidates—Mary Sacco, LMHC; Margaret Bergmann-Ness, LICSW; Dina Maugeri, LMHC; and Jack M Ringel, LICSW—served as small group facilitators for that powerful and collaborative event.
Selected Facts: Next Issue Deadline
The next issue of Selected Facts will be published in November 2021. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2021.
Please contact Tese Mason at with general questions or our reporters with news items or ideas for stories.
Barbara Sewell
Executive Editor

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Copy Editor
Tese Mason
Managing Editor

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Reporter, Candidates

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