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May will feature Alan Bass.

All meetings are planned as virtual events.

June, July, August – no meetings

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Virginia Psychoanalytic Society
Psychoanalytic endeavors in international diplomacy
Vamik D Volkan, MD, DLFAPA, FIPA

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at U.Va.; Emeritus Training and Supervising
Analyst, Washington DC Psychoanalytic Institute
Emeritus President, International Dialogue Initiative

6:00 PM to 6:30 PM socializing
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM discussion via Zoom
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Q & A via Zoom

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

Enter Meeting Number: 527-999-5540
(no password required)

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

Vamik Volkan is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia
and a former President of the Turkish-American Neuropsychiatric Society, the
International Society of Political Psychology, the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society,
and the American College of Psychoanalysts. He is also the Emeritus President of the
International Dialogue Initiative. He was a member of the International Negotiation
Network under the directorship of the former President Jimmy Carter, an Inaugural
Yitzhak Rabin Fellow, Rabin Center for Israeli Studies in Israel and a Fulbright-
Freud Foundation Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Austria. He is the author,
coauthor or editor of over fifty books.

Unconscious factors undoubtedly play a role, and most likely a major role, in matters
of global democracy. This lecture focuses on the intertwining of shared external
events and individual and large-group psychology. Starting with Sigmund Freud
psychoanalysts have written about cultural, historical and religious topics. But these
topics were avoided by most classical psychoanalysts while they were sitting behind
their analysands. This situation has changed.

Dr. Volkan will present cases to illustrate how shared traumas at the hand of others
influence a person’s internal world. Then he will describe how members of an ethnic,
national, religious or ideological large group, under certain situations, are obliged to
protect and maintain their large-group identity and their borders. He will also
describe “Tree Model,” a methodology of psychoanalytically informed unofficial

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1) Explain the significance of cultural and historical context for the analytic situation
2) Explain the meaning of cultural and historical context for both analyst and analysand when their cultural contexts are different
3) Describe the role of large-group identity, border psychology and related unconscious factors in global democracy
4) Explore why COVID-19, an unseen “enemy” of all human beings did not bring human beings with different large-group identities together.

Volkan, V. D. (2020). Large-Group psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions,
Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now. London: Phoenix.
Volkan, V. D. (2017). Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Perennial Mourning, and
Border Psychology. London: Karnac.
Volkan, V. D.  (2015). A Nazi Legacy: A Study of Depositing, Transgenerational
Transmission, Dissociation and Remembering Through Action. London: Karnac.
Volkan, V. D. (2014). Psychoanalysis, International Relations, and Diplomacy: A
Sourcebook on Large-Group Psychology. London: Karnac.
Volkan, V. D. (2013). Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey Through
War and Peace. Durham, NC: Pitchstone.

Suistola, J. and Volkan, V.D. (2017). Religious Knives: Historical and Psychological
Dimensions of International Terrorism.  Durham, N. C.: Pitchstone.

Continuing Education – $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
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a
maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only
the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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 2.0 CEU’s 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 2.0 CEU’s are available for MSW’s 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.

For attendance purposes, on the day of the presentation please email Dr. Zaller ( with your name and home/office emails.
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