The Mind of the Artist
A Two-Day Conference jointly sponsored by the Scientific Program Committee and The Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis
Speaking from a theoretical perspective, Friday evening’s panelists will consider the relation between artistic creativity and psychoanalytic treatment, the significance (if any) of the high incidence of affective disorders among literary and visual artists, the paradigm of art as reparation of early object relations, and the like. The relevance of Freud’s notion of sublimation to more recent explanations of the intra- and inter-psychic valuations of imaginative expression and the relationship of imagination to the self, to mechanisms of defense and agency, will be explored. Saturday morning’s session will be devoted to a discussion with literary and visual artists on the notion of art as play, the neurobiological aims of that instinct in the making of meaning, the relation of id and ego function to unconscious fantasy and its expression in art, and how artistic expression bears upon our neuroscientific understanding of pleasure and reward. A plenary session by Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel will be offered in the afternoon to be followed by a wrap-up Q & A with all participants.
General Admission – $75 early bird/ $95 after Oct 1
NYPSI/NPSA member Admission – $45 early bird/ $65 after Oct 1
Student Admission – $25 early bird/ $45 after Oct 1
Registration opens July 1.
Persons with disabilities
The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.
Please email Lois Oppenheim at email@example.com with any questions.
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5 CME/CE credits offered for the two day program in its entirety.
Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to explain and apply current understanding of:
1) the potential effects of psychoanalysis on artistic creativity, such as its long-feared inhibition of imagination vs. the freeing of the mind
2) the ego-psychological, Kleinian, relational, and other perspectives on meaning making in art
3) why, from a neuroscientific perspective, we make art
4) how neuropsychoanalytic methods contribute to our understanding of art and artists
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Physicians: 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 New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. 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) 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 has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.