Preliminary Reviews (The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi)


“Ferenczi wanted his colleagues and pupils to think and work in their own unique ways and according to their own interests and personality. This is one of the reasons that therapists and analysts of various theoretical origins continue to be drawn to his propositions. Ferenczi was probably the first and perhaps still even the only psychoanalyst who did not speak of training in psychoanalysis, but of learning it according to one’s own rhythms rather than merely following a prescribed course. This important new book illustrates Ferenczi’s unique vision of psychoanalysis and summarizes and expands on the gifts psychoanalysts can find in the abundance of his work. It also offers a glimpse into Ferenczi’s personal history, and how this affected the ways in which he considered human beings, the world, psychoanalysis, and himself.” – Judith Dupont, Ph.D. Editor, The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi, Literary representative of Sándor Ferenczi, Recipient of the 2013 Sigourney Award

This fine collection of essays, written by clinicians and scholars of diverse backgrounds, honors the memory of Sándor Ferenczi, Sigmund Freud’s closest friend and collaborator, whose groundbreaking contributions to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis were scorned and marginalized by many of his contemporaries. The contributors to this volume have adroitly and sensitively demonstrated the relevance of Ferenczi’s ideas to current trends in psychoanalytic  thinking and are taking a major step toward restoring his legacy to its rightful place in history. – Peter T. Hoffer, Ph. D. Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia; Translator, The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi

When “The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi” appeared in 1993, Ferenczi was often ignored or maligned in psychoanalytic circles. That book was a significant part of the Ferenczi Renaissance – a striking example of the psychoanalytic notion that the past keeps changing. The present volume appears in a different climate – Ferenczi, to our great benefit, returned from exile – and testifies to the continued liveliness of contemporary Ferenczi scholarship by eminent authors around the world, illuminating his life and the development of his stimulating revolutionary ideas. – Emanuel Berman, Ph.D. Israel Psychoanalytic Society

Upcoming Presentations

April 21st, 2018 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM: DIVISION OF PSYCHOANALYSIS (39) 38TH ANNUAL SPRING MEETING, 2018. Pelican I SA-13 PANEL: The Archive and the Question of the Future: Personal and Historical Reflections This panel transports us into the psychoanalytic archives, where ghosts continue to haunt our history and the guardians of the archives have tried to repress and silence documents which tell a story different from the one passed down through the generations. B. William Brennan, ThM, MA Fieldnotes from the Psychoanalytic Archives: Traversing History, Memory and Ancestral Ties Steven Kuchuck, LCSW Ghost of the Hardy Boys: Tracking Masud Khan
Intercontinental Hotel, New Orleans

April 28th 2018 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center: Seminar Series
For NYS LCSWs, 4.5 CE Credits will be available upon completion.
“The Analyst’s Self-Disclosure”?Steven Kuchuck, LCSW?This daylong workshop will focus on helping psychoanalytic therapists at all levels of training and experience to identify and track the impact of their life experiences, crises, and psychological makeup on their clinical work. Particular attention will be paid to exploring areas of overlap and differentiation between two phenomena that are often confused: self-disclosure and the larger issue of the therapist's subjectivity.?The seminar's primary focus will be on exploring the analyst's use of self via various forms of self-disclosure. In a related vein, we will define both the obvious and more subtle distinctions between inadvertent and deliberate self-disclosure, the impact of analysts' multiple self-states and their relationship to disclosure as these states arise in various clinician-patient dyads, conscious and unconscious reasons therapists choose to disclose or attempt to refrain from deliberate sharing, analyst fantasies around control of what patients know or learn about us, and differentiating between the analyst's needs and the patient's needs for the analyst to deliberately share or attempt to conceal disclosures.?The workshop will include a combination of readings, lecture and discussion, and for those who are interested, informal sharing of participants' clinical material. Readings will be distributed prior to the start of the seminar?.
222 West 14th Street Suite 5M, NYC?

June 15th, 2018 9:00 AM IARPP 16th Annual Conference
President’s Welcome Steven Kuchuck, DSW– IARPP President
Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York City

June 16th, 2018 IARPP 16th Annual Conference
Invited Panel: From Capitol to Consulting Room: On the Clinical Impact of Politically-induced Trauma?Interlocutor/Presenter: Steven Kuchuck, DSW
Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York City

September 29th, 2018 New Haven Division 39 Chapter
All Day Presentation—More information to follow

November 10th, 2018 All-day Seminar: Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Keeping Our Work Alive Seminar Series. More information to follow

November 18th, 2018 Into the Mind of the Psychoanalytic Therapist: When the Personal Becomes Professional. Presentation to the New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers Committee on Psychoanalysis. More information to follow.

March 28th-31st, 2019 Plenary speaker at the 2019 conference of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) -- Intrigue, Insight, Inquiry: Through Today's Psychoanalytic Lens. Durham Marriott City/Durham Convention Center, Durham, North Carolina. More information to follow.