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Congratulations, Henri Parens!

Henri Parens has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award of the American Association for Social Psychiatry.   The Humanitarian Award is bestowed “for extraordinary achievement in advancing human rights…the ideal recipient has championed causes of importance directly or even indirectly to the best practice of psychiatric medicine. Advances in ethics and professionalism, medical […]

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APsaA Diversity Grant Award

Those of you who attended our end-of-year dinner on June 26 may recall that Andrew Smolar, in his opening address, mentioned that, as Institute Curriculum/Faculty Committee chair, I had submitted a grant proposal to APsaA related to psychoanalytic curricula focused on diversity. It now gives me great pleasure to inform you that our Institute has been awarded one of two […]

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John Frank – Radio Show on iHeartRadio

John Frank spoke with Loraine Ballard Morrill of iHeartRadio on Sunday, June 25. He spoke about the Institutional Racism Paper Contest that PCOP has been advertising over the last few months. The contest ends on July 1, and it’s main goal was to attract local graduate students and to look at ways to end bias against African-Americans and other marginalized groups that impede […]

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Congratulations, Ira Brenner!

Congratulations to Ira Brenner!  He is the recipient of the Elise M. Hayman Award for the study of Holocaust and Genocide, given by The International Psychoanalytic Association.  The award is being presented this summer at the biennial meeting of the IPA in Buenos Aires.  His paper is entitled, Learning About Life and Death from Aging Child Survivors of the Holocaust.

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Historian, Parents Discuss LGBT Family Ties in Philly

On April 22, PPS held a program entitled “Coming Out” as an Intergenerational Family Affair: Perspectives from a Father (Psychoanalyst), a Mother (Social Worker), and a Son (Historian).    Along with his psychoanalyst father Dr. John L. Frank, and social-worker mother Elaine Frank, Nathaniel Frank spoke about his coming-out to his parents and the importance of understanding and acceptance from parents […]

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Dr. Charles Giannasio – Awarded the Caron 2017 Healthcare Professional Award for the Greater Philadelphia Region

Dr. Charles Giannasio has received the Caron 2017 Healthcare Professional Award for the Greater Philadelphia Region. This award recognizes an outstanding healthcare professional who exemplifies the spirit of caring, compassion and commitment.  More information can be found at www.caron.org.   This award will be presented at Caron’s 17th Annual Greater Philadelphia Community Service Awards Breakfast which will be held on Friday, […]

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Introducing Psychoanalytic Therapy Into China by Ralph and Lana Fishkin

For several years, the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) has provided treatment, training, and supervision to Chinese mental health professionals over the Internet. The lack of Chinese analysts and mentors has created an intense demand for psychodynamic psychotherapy training and treatment, which CAPA is addressing, using Skype and other distance communication technologies.  This chapter describes the project, its scope and […]

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Publication: Jeremy Elkins, Re-Visiting Destruction in ‘The Use of an Object’

Jeremy Elkins, a fourth-year candidate and Associate Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College, has published “Re-Visiting Destruction in ‘The Use of an Object’” in the current issue of Psychoanalytic Quarterly. The paper is part of a larger project on the place of movement and aggression in the development and organization of the self. It follows his first paper […]

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Scholarships and Financial Aid Available!

Here’s what some of our students said about the scholarships available to them:   “The Claffie Scholarship made it possible for me to expand my knowledge and understanding of psychodynamic therapy while also learning the value of implementing specific techniques in my work as a clinical social worker. Without the scholarship I would not have been able to pursue this […]

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