Washington Square Institute

40th Annual Scientific Conference
Co-sponsored with The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis


Fred Busch, Ph.D., FIPA
Sandra Buechler, Ph.D.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration Begins At 9:30 AM
4.5 CE hours

Morning Session: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Welcoming Remarks:

Jane Birzin, MA


Anxiety: Signal or Panic?
Gerd H. Fenchel, PH.D., LP, FAGPA


Finding One's Mind: Analyzing Anxiety as Central to the Curative Process
Fred Busch, Ph.D., FIPA

Freud's discovery of unconscious resistances fueled by anxiety had the potential to radically shift the nature of psychoanalytic technique. However Freud's ambivalence about his new discovery infused the thinking of those that followed him, leading to lip service being given to analyzing the anxiety behind resistance. Thus for most of our history there has been a resistance to resistance analysis, leading to confusion on how we can help patients free themselves from the inevitability of repetitive self destructive actions.

Beginning in the 1980's a number of us began to think about how to analyze the anxiety behind resistances given the structure of the mind. The importance of the task becomes clear when we realize this by now friendly word "anxiety", bandied about in popular culture, in a psychoanalytic sense is about the greatest fears one can imagine. This talk will focus on the methods of analyzing anxiety and its central role in helping the patient to find his own mind.

Lunch Break: 12:30 — 2:00 PM

Afternoon Session: 2:00 — 4:00 PM


Jane Birzin, MA


Natalie Riccio, Ph.D.


The Influence of Anxiety
Sandra Buechler, Ph.D.

We have all heard about the poet's "anxiety of influence" (Harold Bloom). In this talk I turn the phrase around, to focus on the influence of anxiety, on psychoanalytic theory and in daily life. H.S. Sullivan paid special attention to anxiety, differentiating it from all other emotions in its developmental inception and its impact on human functioning. With clinical examples, I illustrate Sullivan's treatment of anxiety, and my own approach.

Discussion with Q & A

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


Jane Birzin, MA, Gerd H. Fenchel, PhD, Jane Genende, LCSW-R , Gene Guberman, LP,
Natalie Riccio, PhD, Marilyn Tauber, MA, LP, NCPsyA.

Bios in Order of Presentation

Gerd Fenchel, Ph.D. is one of the 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.

Fred Busch, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a Geographical Supervising Analyst of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, and a Visiting Supervisor at the Vermont Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Busch has published over 70 articles in the psychoanalytic literature, and three books, primarily on the method and theory of treatment. His work has been translated into eight languages, and he has been invited to present over 160 papers and clinical workshops nationally and internationally. His third book, Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind: A Method and Theory of Psychoanalysis, was published by Routeledge in Fall, 2014, and was a finalist for the Gradiva prize. In 2014 Dr. Busch received a Presidential Commendation from the American Psychoanalytic Association for his work as a North American Board member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He was one of the key-note speakers at the 2015 meetings of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Sandra Buechler, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising analyst and graduate, William Alanson White Institute. Clinical Values: Emotions that Guide Psychoanalytic Treatment, Analytic Press, 2004, examines hope, courage, and other values.Making a Difference in Patients' Lives: Emotional Experience in the Therapeutic Setting(Routledge, 2008) discusses therapeutic process. Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career, Routledge, 2012) examines clinicians' shame, sorrow, and resilience. Understanding and Treating Patients in Clinical Psychoanalysis: Lessons from Literature (Routledge, 2015) uses short stories to illuminate coping styles.

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Early Bird Special (thru March 31, 2016) $125
Registration Received by April 13, 2016 $140
At the Door $155
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Students with ID, Registration Received by April 13, 2016 $60
Students with ID, At the Door $65
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WSI Faculty/Staff, At the Door $140

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