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IPI Master Speaker Series

  • 16 Oct 2020
  • 14 May 2021
  • 8 sessions
  • 16 Oct 2020 (MDT)
  • 6 Nov 2020 (MST)
  • 11 Dec 2020 (MST)
  • 22 Jan 2021 (MST)
  • 19 Feb 2021 (MST)
  • 5 Mar 2021 (MST)
  • 16 Apr 2021 (MDT)
  • 14 May 2021 (MDT)

This year's Master Speaker Series begins with the finale to last year's theme on Love in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  Tomas Plaenkers from the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt Germany will present About the Fear of Love, drawing on Rilke's statement "For Beauty is nothing more than the beginning of horror."

Then, we turn to this year's theme, Shame and Guilt, illuminating an experience shared by all, yet often hidden from view and from thoughtful discourse.  Presentations from around the globe begin with John Steiner on Disillusion and Humiliation, and continue with explorations of shame and guilt from theoretical, clinical, and academic perspectives that include some of our most celebrated analytic clinicians.  We will consider the role of shame in conscious and unconscious attitudes about race and culture, with important implications for the provision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how we live our everyday lives.  Please join us for a year of important, socially relevant conversation.

The series will be held online as a two-way secure, HIPAA-compliant live videoconference using the Zoom videoconference platform, requiring only a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a camera/microphone and internet access.

Register for individual sessions, or attend all nine.

Consider becoming an IPI Member for discounts on registration fees.

Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m US Eastern Time


Septeber 25, 2020                                                       Tomas Plaenkers 

For Beauty is nothing than the beginning of horror (Rilke)


October 16, 2020                                                                    John Steiner

Disillusion and Humiliation 

November 6, 2020                                                            Michael Stadter

Shame in the Therapy Hour 


December 11, 2020                                                        Gao Jun (Gallant)

Shame in the Chinese Psyche 


January 22, 2021                                                                 Salmon Akhtar

Shame and Shamelessness 

February, 19, 2021                                                                June Tangney

On the Psychology of Shame 


March 5, 2021                                                               Kirkland Vaughans

Shame in the Life of African-American Adolescent Boys 


April 16, 2021                                                                Guillermo Bigliani

Probing Shame and Humiliation 


May 14, 2021                                                               Alessandra Lemma

Seeing or Being Watched: Shame and the Body  


Register online for the full series or for individual sessions of your choice. 

Individual Sessions:  $55 ($45 for IPI Associate and Full Members)

Full Series of Nine Sessions:  $440  ($360 for IPI Associate and Full Members) 

CE Credit

2 hours per session; 18 hours for full series of nine. Additional hour/s may be available at some local sites for participation in additional group discussion following the videoconference for an additional fee.   

Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at the "Associate Member PLUS", or "Full Member PLUS" level and you will receive an IPI Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI's events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are provided for all IPI Associate Member Plus and Full Member Plus memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The "PLUS" add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the "Plus" account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Learning Objectives

Participants will:  

September 25: For Beauty is Nothing But the Beginning of Horror 

1.  Identify two ways that trauma affects the type and expression of anxiety in patients.

2.  Discuss 3 ways that specific types of anxiety influence love relationships,

3.  Provide an example from their own clinical practice that illustrates the relationship between early trauma, anxiety, and impediments to loving

October 16: Disillusion and Humiliation 

1.  Describe how reality can shatter idealized illusions, leading to an experience of shame and humiliation.

2.  Discuss at least 2 ways to "reverse" humiliation and their corresponding developmental outcomes.

3.  Discuss 2 psychoanalytic techniques to address shame and humiliation in treatment.


November 6: Shame in the Therapy Hour 

1. Discuss 3 characteristics in the physical experience of shame.

2. Describe the inner world of shaming and shamed dynamics. 3. List 3 ways to approach shame as it arises in the therapy hour

December 11:  Shame in the Chinese Psyche 

To be provided

January 22:  Shame and Shamelessness 

1.  Articulate 2 differences between psychoanalytic conceptualizations of shame and guilt.

2.  Describe the 5 categories of shamelessness as they present in analytic treatment.

3.  Discuss the interplay between culture and shame/shamelessness.

4.  Describe 2 ways that ordinary shamelessness differs from pathological shamelessness.

February 19: On the Psychology of Shame

To be provided 

March 5: Shame in the Life of Adolescent African-American Boys 

1.   Identify some unrealized personal racial attitudes that can negatively impact their clinical treatment with Black boys.

2.   Discuss the inevitability of the racialized transference/countertransference matrix in cross racial dyads.

3.   Identify at least two examples of how structural racism negatively impacts Black boys.

4.   Describe of racial identity as a fluid and dynamic process.

5.   Discuss 2 ways that shame and guilt can emerge as byproducts of therapeutic encounters in cross racial dyads.

April 16: Probing Shame and Humiliation 

1.   Identify contributions from 5 theorists to our understanding of shame.

2.   Explore 3 different dynamic functions of shame.

3.   Discuss 2 ways shame and humiliation can be addressed in psychoanalytic treatment.

May 14:  Seeing or Being Watched: Shame and the Body 

1.    Describe 2 ways that shame can be held in the body.

2.    Discuss the relationship between shame and body dysmorphic disorder.

3.    Describe 2 ways that shame is projected across the visual relationship between analyst and patient

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.   

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.   

Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.    


ACEP No. 6017

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