Washington Square Institute

38th Annual Scientific Conference
Co-sponsored with The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis


Otto Kernberg, M.D. FAPA
Ronald Okuaki Lieber, MFA, LP
Gerd Fenchel, Ph.D. FAGPA

Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration Begins At 9:30 AM

Morning Session: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Welcoming Remarks:

Susan A. Klett, LCSW-R, BCD, NCPsyA


An Overview of Love and Hate
by Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., LP, FAGPA

In this overview Dr. Fenchel will examine love and hate as dimensions of attachment which were explored by Freud, Modern Analysts, Object Relational and Contemporary Theorists. An imbalance in either direction may lead to psychological problems which interfere with forming stable attachments throughout life. Dr. Fenchel finds that one can only live fully when they embrace both affective states and that both good and bad attachments helps one navigate in this world. He will explore how fear and lonliness contribute to one's search for a significant other.


The Psychopathology of Love Relations
by Otto Kernberg, M.D. FAPA

This presentation will explore preconditions for the capacity of a mature love relationship, and the diagnostic evaluation of problems that interfere with it. An outline of dominant inhibitions in an individual patient will be followed by a diagnostic frame to evaluate sexual couples. The psychoanalytic treatment of relevant individual psychopathology will be summarized briefly, followed by an outline of psychoanalytic couple's theory. In this review, relevant issues to be examined will include the development of a couple's autonomous value system, the question of power struggles as a dominant symptom, conventionally and sexual freedom, and the viability of romantic love.

Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Moderator: Susan A. Klett, LCSW-R, BCD, NCPsyA


Projective Identification, Countertransference, Technique:
A Meditation on Love and Hate

By Ronald Okuaki Lieber, MFA, LP

Projective identification is a concept that opened the field of psychoanalysis. Countertransference, once seen as an impediment to treatment, is now viewed across all schools of psychoanalysis as a valuable tool. Both of these are involved in the treatment of the narcissistic disorders and have implications for treatment. Furthermore, they invoke the notions of love, hate, creativity, and personal idiom. This presentation explores and meditates on the links that bind them.

Panel Discussion

Proceedings of the Conference will be published in:
Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology


Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy
41 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Conference Co-Chairs

Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., LP, FAGPA and Susan A. Klett, LCSW-R, BCD, NCPsyA


Marc Angers, LCSW, L.P., NCPsyA., and Marilyn Tauber, M.A., L.P., NCPsyA.

PARTICIPANTS In Order of Presentation

Gerd Fenchel, Ph.D., FAGPA, is one of the original founders of Washington Square Institute. Dr. Fenchel is Co-Director/Dean, Training and Supervising Analyst, WSI; Fellow, Council of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, International council of Psychologists; Member National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Licensed Psychologist: New York State, Pennsylvania.

Otto Kernberg, M.D., FAPA, is Director of the Personality Disorders Institute at The NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Kernberg is Past President of the IPA. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. From 1976 to 1995 he was Associate Chairman and Medical Director of The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division. Dr. Kernberg is author of The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives (2011); Aggressivity, Narcissism and Self-destructiveness in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship: New Developments in the Psychopathology and Psychotherapy of Severe Personality Disorders (2004); Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Technique, and Their Applications (2004); Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations (1998); Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism (1995); Aggression in Personality Disorders and Perversions (1995); Love Relations: Normality and Pathology (1998); Object Relations Theory and Clinical Psychoanalysis (Classical Psychoanalysis and its Applications) (1993); Severe Personality Disorders: Psychotherapeutic Strategies (1993); Severe Personality Disorders: Psychotherapeutic Strategies (1984); Internal World and External Reality: Object Relations Theory Applied (1980); and co-author of eleven others.

Ronald Okuaki Lieber, MFA, LP, received his Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Columbia University. He has been published poetry in numerous journals, among them The Nation, The New England Review, and The Colorado Review. While matriculating, he became interested in psychoanalysis and applied to the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies to train as a psychoanalyst. He now is Director of CMPS and an assistant professor of English at SUNY Nassau Community College. He also serves as Editor of the journal Modern Psychoanalysis..


Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D. — bio above

Susan A. Klett, LCSW-R, BCD, NCPsyA. — Certified Psychoanalyst; Co-Director, Director of Continuing Education, Washington Square Institute; Faculty, Supervisor and Training Analyst, WSI, Faculty and former board member of Postgrad* The Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society; Former President, The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society, Co-Chair Planning and Education Program, Former Chair of Education Committee, The New York State Society of Clinical Social Work. Private Practice, New York City.

Who Should Attend

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurses,
marriage ⁄ family counselors, EAP and HMO clinicians.


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