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9/16/2022 Controversies over Co-Sleeping — a Psychoanalytic Assessment of the effects at Each Developmental Phase – via Zoom.


Presenter: Jerome S Blackman, MD Discussant: Aileen D. Kim, MD

Oct 2022 Fourth Jerome S. Blackman, MD, Lectureship in Psychoanalysis via Zoom.

Speaker: Dr. Eva Papiasvili, Chief Editor, IPA International Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

10/21/2022 Working with Enactments in Therapy: How to Minimize Destructiveness and Maximize Therapeutic Effectiveness.

10/22/2022 From Destruction to Creativity: a psychoanalytic exposition on Dante Alighieri: “Divine” Comedy that Changed the Soul and the Culture.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Social Cognitive Research, Cultural Issues, and Schizophrenia: Implications for Psychoanalysis
presented by Vamik D. Volkan, M.D. and Kevin Volkan Ed.D., Ph.D, M.P.H.
ON ZOOM: 527-999-5540
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM socializing
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM presentation
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Q&A

Gratis unless you would like continuing education credits, (pending) in which case the fee is $12.

Check to Dr. Sheorn

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Keyhill Sheorn, MD
3801 Commodore Point Place, Suite 200
Midlothian, VA 23112 804.240.1095

About our speakers
Vamik D. Volkan is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia; Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington-Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis; and Emeritus Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He is also Emeritus President of the International Dialogue Initiative and former President of the Turkish-American Neuropsychiatric Society, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society and the American College of Psychoanalysts.

Dr. Volkan was a member of the International Negotiation Network under the directorship of former President Jimmy Carter, an Inaugural Yitzhak Rabin Fellow, Rabin Center for Israeli Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel; Visiting Professor of psychiatry at four universities in Turkey, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at East-European Institute of Psychoanalysis, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts; Fulbright/Sigmund Freud-Foundation Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna, Austria; a Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna and Visiting Professor at El Bosque University, Bogota, Colombia. He was also a board member of the Freud Foundation in Vienna and a member of the Working Group on Terror and Terrorism, International Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Volkan is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of sixty-two psychoanalytic and psychopolitical books. His book, Large-Group psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now, received the Gradiva 2021 Best Book Award. He has written hundreds of published papers and book chapters. He is a recipient of the Nevitt Sanford, Elise Hayman, Bryce Boyer, Hans Strupp, Sigmund Freud (given by the city of Vienna) and Mary Sigourney awards and the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times; letters of support were sent from twenty-seven countries.
Kevin Volkan Ed.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. is a founding faculty member and Professor of Psychology at California State University Channel Islands, where he researches and teaches courses on severe psychopathology, culture-bound disorders, and Nazi Germany. Dr. Volkan also currently serves on the Graduate Medical Education faculty for the Community Memorial Hospital System in Ventura, California, where he teaches and conducts research with medical residents. He is also an adjunct faculty member for California Lutheran University’s clinical psychology doctorate program.

Dr. Volkan holds doctorates in clinical and quantitative psychology, is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, and a former Harvard Medical School faculty member and administrator.

Dr. Volkan has testified before the United States Senate on pathological and dangerous fetishes and has made numerous appearances on television, radio, and podcasts as a psychological expert.

Dr. Volkan’s clinical training and proficiency is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, though he also has experience using several other clinical practice modalities. He supported himself through college by working as a psych tech in a locked-in facility where he interacted (and practically lived) with over 100 residents who suffered from schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

After completing graduate school and obtaining his psychology license, he opened a private practice and worked as a staff psychologist in a state hospital. Dr. Volkan’s private patients have included a diverse population, including all socioeconomic strata and levels of psychological distress: drug addiction, neuroses, personality disorders, autism, dementia, organic brain injury, and schizophrenia.

Dr. Volkan was awarded the Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award from the State of California for his clinical work.

His publications include:
Dancing Among the Maenads: The Psychology of Compulsive Drug Use, one of the few psychoanalytic works examining drug addiction. Recently he has published on delusional misidentification syndromes, hoarding, narcissism, and demonic possession.

His latest book was co-written with his father, Dr. Vamik Volkan: Schizophrenia: Science, Psychoanalysis, and Culture (UK: Phoenix Press).

Dr. Kevin Volkan will discuss how neurobiological research on social cognition can inform psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapies for patients suffering from schizophrenia. Social cognition research will also be examined in light of certain cultural practices, especially those related to early object relations, which could play a role in determining resilience to schizophrenia.

Dr. Vamik Volkan will discuss several cases he treated that illustrate the theoretical points of the lecture.

Objective 1: Gain an understanding of the neurobiology underlying social cognition
Objective 2: Understand social cognition deficits among people suffering from schizophrenia
Objective 3: Learn how social cognitive research could be related to early object relations via cultural practices
Objective 4: Gain insight into which psychoanalytic techniques are likely to be applicable to schizophrenic populations
Objective 5: Examine possible adaptations of psychoanalytic techniques that might be useful in working with more general schizophrenic populations

Green, M. F., Horan, W. P., Lee, J., McCleery, A., Reddy, L. F., & Wynn, J. K. (2018). Social disconnection in schizophrenia and the general community. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44(2), 242–249

Green, M. F., Lee, J., & Wynn, J. K. (2020). Experimental approaches to social disconnection in the general community: Can we learn from schizophrenia research? World Psychiatry, 19(2), 177–178.

Horan, W. P., Pineda, J. A., Wynn, J. K., Iacoboni, M., & Green, M. F. (2014). Some markers of mirroring appear intact in schizophrenia: Evidence from mu suppression. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 14(3), 1049–1060.
Volkan, K., & Volkan, V.D. (2022). Schizophrenia: Science, Psychoanalysis, & Culture. Phoenix Publications: Oxfordshire, UK.

Volkan, V. (1995). The Infantile Psychotic Self and Its Fates Understanding and Treating Schizophrenics and Other Difficult Patients. Jason Aronson.

Continuing Education (pending approval) – $12
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society. 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 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
For further information, contact Eli Zaller, M.D. at or 804-288- 3251.

Up to 5.0 CEU’s (pending approval) are available for Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors in accordance with the applicable requirements of the Virginia Board of Psychology. There is no extra fee beyond the cost of the meeting. Eligibility for credit is contingent upon the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society’s receipt of the forms verifying attendance, as signed and validated by the monitor at the meeting. For further information, contact Margaret DuVall, Ph.D. at or 804-840-3592.

Up to 5.0 CEU’s are available for MSW’s pending approval by NASW VIRGINIA. The application costs are included in your registration fee. MSW CEU requests will be sent to NASW VIRGINIA by the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society. For further information, contact Susan Stones, LCSW or 757-622-9852×207.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. Updated July 2021-

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1/20/2023 Timothy Rayner (Loewald’s Contributions to Psychoanalytic Theory) – via Zoom

(tentative topic)