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November 16, 2012

Student Association's Intercultural Party

The Student Association will host an intercultural party on Friday, November 16th at 7pm. Food, clothes, traditional objects, images and music from different countries will be shown at this party. Each host student will have a short presentation about his or her country and culture. The host students will make their original flavor food for us. The Student Association will also provide some refreshments.

October 26, 2012

Movie Discussion Night: The Hunger Games

The film, The Hunger Games, is set in a dystopia where people view the reality show of selected children battling to the death. If art and movies imitate life, what does this movie imply about life today? Come with a hunger to apply and learn from this pop culture movie where everyone is playing a game, but no one's rules are the same. Please view the movie before the event.

Friday, October 26, 2012 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
William Sharp, Psya. D., is on the faculty at BGSP and Northeastern. He has presented at numerous BGSP movie events.

COST: $10; Students: $5
RSVP by emailing or calling 617-277-3915.

October 19, 2012

Faculty Lecture: The Patient Who Didn't Say Anything

Dr. Mary Shepherd will discuss a case of a dramatic resistance which developed almost immediately, continued for an inordinately long time, and refused to yield to a variety of modern psychoanalytic techniques. This somewhat unusual situation provides an opportunity to study in some depth the meaning and usefulness of character resistance in severe psychic states.

Friday, October 19, 2012 7:00 pm - 8:30pm

1.5 CE Credits available for attendees

This event is free, RSVP by emailing or calling 617-277-3915.
* For those interested there will be an Informational Open House at 6:00 pm.

Participants will:
Describe the meaning and usefulness of character resistance in understanding certain case dynamics.

Research Article

A Meta-Analysis of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Outcomes: Evaluating the Effects of Research-Specific Procedures

Authors: Town, Joel M.; Diener, Marc J.; Abbass, Allan; Leichsenring, Falk; Driessen, Ellen

The aim of this research was to examine the extent to which the use of research-specific procedures in psychodynamic psychotherapy impacts upon treatment effectiveness and which variables moderate this potential relationship.

Adobe pdfFull Article

August 31, 2012

BGSP Alumna Publishes a Book About Establishing a Psychoanalytic Practice in Iran

Is psychoanalysis possible in the Islamic Republic of Iran? This is the question that Gohar Homayounpour poses to herself, and to us, at the beginning of this memoir of displacement, nostalgia, love, and pain.

Thus begins a fascinating narrative of interlocking stories that resembles--more than a little--a psychoanalytic session. Homayounpour recounts the pleasure and pain of returning to her motherland, her passion for the work of Milan Kundera, her complex relationship with Kundera's Iranian translator (her father), and her own and other Iranians' anxieties of influence and disobedience.

Woven throughout the narrative are glimpses of her sometimes frustrating, always candid, sessions with patients. Ms. N, a famous artist, dreams of abandonment and sits in the analyst's chair rather than on the analysand's couch; a young chador-clad woman expresses shame because she has lost her virginity; an eloquently suicidal young man cannot kill himself. As a psychoanalyst, Homayounpour knows that behind every story told is another story that remains untold. Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran connects the stories, spoken and unspoken, that ordinary Iranians tell about their lives before their hour is up.

July 23-26, 2012

28th Annual Cape Cod Summer Institute: Pleasure in Everyday Life

This year the Cape Conference is devoted to life within the pleasure principle. We plan to have as much fun as possible, to figure out what gives us pleasure, and to have more of it while together on the Cape.

Cape Conference Schedule and Information

Cape Registration Form 2012

Lecture: The Immoral Morality of the Superego: Re-thinking the Psychoanalytic Theory or Morality

7:30 PM
BGSP Library
1581 Beacon Street
Brookline, Massachusetts

Donald L. Carveth, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, York University Training & Supervising Analyst, Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis Director, Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis (IPA)

Eli Sagan, Author & Social Philosopher, Honorary Guest

Siamak Movahedi Ph.D., Discussant & Moderator Training and Supervising Analyst Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston

This event is free and open to the public.

BGSP's First Annual Alumni Weekend: Reunion, Reflection, and Recreation

Join fellow alumni, faculty, and students for a day of reunion, reflection, and recreation. Alumni weekend provides an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with friends and acquaintances, share experiences, network, and reflect on how they apply their psychoanalytic training to their professional lives. View the brochure below for a full schedule of events.

Our morning career panelists include Leah Alexander, Eva Silver, Melissa Fristrom, Janet Pocorobba, Vincent Panetta, and William Sharp. Our afternoon research panelists include Michael Ginach, Helen Michael, and Rick Stecker.

To register online please email BGSP with your name, address, phone number, and which events you will be attending.

Mail a check payable to BGSP or use the menu below to select the events you will be paying for via PayPal.

Alumni Event Brochure

BGSP Presents: A film screening and discussion

Our Disappeared-Nuestros Desaparecidos

A Film by Juan Mandelbaum

  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena
  • New York Jewish Film Festival Lincoln Center
  • Museum of Modern Art New York

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Screening of the film followed by a discussion featuring Juan Mandelbaum and BGSP faculty

Dr. Lynn Perlman, Dean of Graduate Studies, BGSP

Juan Mandelbaum, Writer, Producer, and Director

Dr. Stephen Soldz, Professor, BGSP and Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA

There is no charge for this event but pre-registration is recommended
To pre-register: Email or Call 617-277-3915

This Event is Open to the Community

Dr. Stephen Soldz Gains Recognition for His Effort in Social Justice and Ethical Mental Health Practice

Dr. SoldzBGSP faculty member Dr. Stephen Soldz has been active for several years on issues regarding potential misuses of knowledge in the mental health professions.    This November, Dr. Soldz's work for social justice and ethical mental health practice was recognized by the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) when he was presented with their Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator award at their annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

In  addition, Dr. Soldz and  his colleagues were featured in recent articles in the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education, in response to their published critiques of the Army's $120 million Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program.   Their work led to Congressional inquiries, and was selected by Project Censored as one of the top underreported  stories of the year.

Dr. Soldz's recognition also includes  quotes in the New York Times Magazine and being referenced in several documentary films. A report he coauthored with Physicians for Human Rights, Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Research and Experimentation in the Enhanced Interrogation Program, received extensive press and was selected as a  Top Scientific Story of the Year by Discover magazine.


BGSP establishes the Dr. Stephen D. Hayes Memorial Fund in honor of Chairman of the Board

Dr. Stephen Hayes graduated from BGSP with his Certificate in PsychoanalysisDr Hayes photo and was Chairman of the Board for the second time from 2002 until his death on May 28, 2011. Dr. Hayes, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, was a renowned advocate for integrating mental health services into community health.  As co-founder of the Lynn Community Health Center, he devoted much of his professional life to community mental health. He was also a staunch supporter of BGSP and his loss will be deeply felt.  Dr. Hayes asked that contributions in his memory be made to BGSP, the Lynn Community Health Center, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, his other alma mater.

To read a poem about Dr. Hayes written by Elizabeth Babcock, former Executive Director of Lynn Community Health Center, click here.
To read Dr. Hayes' obituary in the Boston Globe, click here.
To donate to the Memorial Fund at BGSP in honor of Dr. Hayes, please make your check out to:
Dr. Stephen D. Hayes Memorial Fund at:

1581 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Graduate and Board Member of BGSP Publishes Political Book
Dr. Frederick Stecker, a graduate and board member of BGSP, has written a book entitled The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate.
Visit to learn more about Dr. Stecker and his book.

Stecker BGSP Graduatestecker book cover from BGSP graduate


Psychoanalysis in this month's The New Yorker!
Click here to read the article "The Pictures: Transference" written by Abby Aguirre. Among the many interviewed, our very own Evelyn Liegner is quoted.

Dr. Stephen Hayes, Chair and Graduate of BGSP, passes away
Dr. Stephen D. Hayes, the chair of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Board, died on Saturday, May 28th, 2011. This is a great loss to the BGSP community; he has been a steadfast friend and supporter over the years since his graduation from the Certificate program, and was serving as the chair of our Board for the second time. He also co-founded the Lynn Community Health Center and devoted much of his professional life to community mental health. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 2nd, at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA, at 11:30am to celebrate his life.
Click here for the Boston Globe Obituary


"Psychoanalysis and Addiction", an interview with Dr. Rodrigo Barahona
Faculty member (on leave) Dr. Barahona was interviewed for WUNR on the topic of Psychoanalysis and Addiction, on 4/28/11. Interview is in Spanish.
Click here to Download Interview


Lynn Community Health Center building named after Chairman of the BGSP Board
The Lynn Community Health Center has announced that it will name its new building the Stephen D. Hayes Building, in honor of founder and longtime Director of Behavioral Health and Integrated Care Services.

As one of the founding directors 40 years ago, he has helped the BGSP facility evolve from a small storefront mental health clinic of a few staff to being the largest private, not for profit, outpatient medical center on the North Shore.  Dr. Hayes is trained as a child and adult clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and addiction specialist.  His mission in his professional career has been to develop and provide comprehensive integrated primary and behavioral health care of the highest quality for anyone regardless of their ability to pay.  His area of professional interest involves integrating behavioral providers into primary medical teams for more effective coordination of patient care.  He has also been recognized for his commitment to teaching, training, and supervising psychologists, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social workers, and clinical nurse specialists, in providing mental health and substance abuse services in community health care programs. 

He has received honorary doctoral degrees from two of his many alma maters, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, who have recognized his outstanding leadership in the field of community mental health, health psychology/behavioral medicine, and integrated care, as well as his life long dedication to serving underserved populations by creating access and reducing barriers to obtaining health care.. His commitment to serving on several community and academic boards has also been an important component in practicing his philosophy of caring for others. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, he has been a role model for how certified psychoanalysts can contribute to their communities.
Hayes Building Dedicated at LCHC


BGSP Faculty Member (on leave) Has Article Published
Dr. Rodrigo Barahona's article, "Shared unconscious fantasy: when resistance appears as an artifact of the psychoanalytic interaction" has just been published in the Spanish language psychoanalytic journal, Giros, from the Association of Social-Critical Psychoanalysis, San Jose, Costa Rica. It is available in Spanish on request by contacting Dr. Barahona directly, at
Barahona, R. (2010) Shared unconscious fantasy: when resistance appears as an artifact of the psychoanalytic interaction. GIROS de ASPAS, (9). Asociacion de Psicoanalisis Critico-Social. pp. 50-58.


Doctoral Graduate to speak at Conference at Princeton University and NPAP
Dr. Gohar Homayounpour, a graduate of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, is the invited speaker at the Princeton University Conference on Freud and 20th Century Culture to be held Friday–Saturday, December 3–4, 2010.

She has also been invited to speak to the Scientific Meeting of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) on Sunday, December 5th, 6:00 pm in the NPAP Library located at 40 W 13 Street in New York City.


Please join Gallery 1581 at The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis for"The Emergence of Self Through Creative Collaboration" on Saturday, October 2nd.
12:30-2 pm: Viewing of the Art Exhibit and Gallery Talk
2 - 4 pm: Panel and Discussion

The C.G. Jung Institute-Boston will join together with the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis at BGSP’s Brookline Campus to celebrate our many years of creative collaboration. The public is invited to view the Jungian inspired art exhibit of artists Louise and David Weinberg which will be followed by comments by the artists, Jungian Analyst Cornelia Dimmitt, Ph.D., and Modern psychoanalyst Mara Wagner, Psy.D. The program will explore many themes including individuation, creative work, creative collaboration, and the process of analysis itself. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.

To pre-register and for inquiries about obtaining CE's, contact BGSP at or 617-277-3915

The C.G. Jung Institute - Boston:
The artists’ works: and


BGSP Names Dr. Jane Snyder as Next President
The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) welcomes new President, Dr. Jane Snyder.  She succeeds Dr. Dena Reed, who is stepping down after 6 years as President.  

The appointment concludes a national search by the BGSP Board of Trustees.  Dr. Jane Snyder, Provost, was unanimously recommended by the faculty and unanimously selected by the Board to assume the Presidency of BGSP, effective August 1, 2010.

Dr. Snyder has held many administrative positions at the school including Director of the Extension Division, Coordinator of the Institute for the Study of Violence, Dean of Graduate Studies and most recently as the Provost. She has worked for many years as a part of an administrative team on degree program development. In addition to her new role as President, she will continue to co-chair the Research Committee, teach, supervise, and conduct training analyses.

 “BGSP is a unique school; our programs are solid and growing,” stated Dr. Snyder.  “I look forward to building on the strong foundation already established by former presidents Dr. Meadow and Dr. Reed over the past 38 years and to continuing to engage in innovative psychoanalytic education.”

Dr. Snyder holds a BA in English from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University, and an M.A. and Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.   She has written and presented on topics including treating the action prone patient, adolescent issues, family violence, and psychoanalytic research. 

BGSP is the only regionally accredited, degree granting, independent psychoanalytic school in the country. Since its founding in 1973, BGSP has opened doors to psychoanalytic study to exceptional students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Graduates of the school apply what they have learned in clinical settings as well as in education, business, politics, and the arts. Details on the school and its program can be found on, or call 617-277- 3915 for more information.


Connection or Disconnection: Psychoanalysis and the Technological Revolution.
Join us for the 26th Annual Cape Conference in Welfleet, MA, August 2nd through 6th, 2010. Come experience the real, the not real, and the virtual real! For registration information click here.


BGSP 2010 Commencement
BGSP held its Spring 2010 graduation ceremony on May 15 at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Massachusetts.  Thirty-six students received Certificates, Masters Degrees and Doctorates in six different programs; four in the one year program, twelve in the Master of  Arts in Psychoanalysis, twelve in the Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Counseling, one in the Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis and Culture, two in the Doctor of Psychoanalysis and Culture, and five in the Doctor of Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Jane Snyder welcomed the large audience of faculty, friends and family, commenting on the impressive variety of degrees and number of graduating students. “Psychoanalysis”, she said, “is alive and well.”

Dr. Dena Reed, president of BGSP, then took the podium to award an honorary degree of Doctor of Psychoanalysis to Stephen Hayes.  Dr. Hayes was a member of the first graduating class at the Boston Center for Modern Psychoanalysis and has remained a valued member of the BGSP community ever since.  He has devoted his professional life to community mental health and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of BGSP, earning the admiration and respect of those who have worked with him over the years.

Dr. Lynn Perlman introduced the traditional reading of final logs, commenting that this is her favorite part of the program, revealing the students’ perception of their emotional and intellectual growth during their years at BGSP or CZMI (Cyril Z. Meadow Institute) in Vermont.  The logs, read by all the Doctoral students and one representative from each of the other programs were at once humorous, heartfelt, personal and profoundly moving.

The program closed with the awarding of degrees by members of the faculty most involved with the students in various programs.


Gallery 1581 Presents "About Face"
Gallery 1581’s recent art exhibition at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis collected work on the theme “About Face” exploring the possibilities for self-representation through various media.   The final show displayed 78 works of art selected by jurors Gunta Kaza and Linda Bourke of Mass Art, and opened with a reception on April 30th, followed by a public gallery showing on May 1st and 2nd .  We had one of our largest turnouts in terms of contributing artists as well as attendees to the reception. 

As part of Brookline Artists Open Studios Weekend, the public gallery showing displayed Leela Wagner’s “In the Mirror” in the event’s weekend flyer and studio map.  This large oil on canvas painting captured the theme of the show, both in its title and in the image portrayed.  The face, set in a slightly upward tilt, wore a confident and bold expression which seemed to call the question, “Who do you wish to be?”  The soft colors and sensual features conveyed a sense of calm and poise, as though this woman had made a decision to confront the world.  Such an evocative image served as a useful segue to the larger exhibit in its ability to gesture towards self-searching – a valuable message for viewing the show at large. 

The entire exhibition certainly embodied the theme “About Face.”  Contributing artists depicted courageous depths of human emotion and demonstrated the many variations that can be produced by one’s perception of the self.  It has been fascinating to study psychoanalysis in a space that portrays such a wide range of feelings.  Discovering pieces of ourselves in the surroundings can be both exhilarating and terrifying.  It seems that art and psychoanalysis each contain healing elements in their ability to provide the artist or analysand an opportunity to explore perceptions of the self—whether casting a reflection of one’s self-image onto a canvas or onto an analyst.
Submitted by Ms. Tayloe Denton for Gallery 1581


The Forum of Social Theory at the University of Massachusetts Boston held its seventh annual meeting this year on April 7th  to 9th  around the theme of  “Critical Social Theory: Freud and Lacan for the Twenty First Century.” The aim of the conference was to invite Freud along with Lacan back to the United States—not to psychiatry or psychology departments but to humanities and social sciences departments. Dr. Siamak Movahedi was the chair of the organizing committee and coordinator of the conference. Judith Feher Gurewich and Robert Samuel were the two keynote speakers. Many major educational institutions such as Sigmund Freud Foundation Museum & Library (Vienna), University of Rome Tor Vergata, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy (Rome), City University of New York Department of Sociology ( New York), Boston College Department of Sociology & Psychoanalytic Studies, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, Brunel University School of Social Sciences (London), and the Clark University Department of Language and Culture had sponsored the conference. Over 200 psychoanalysts, professors of humanity and social sciences, psychoanalytic candidates and graduate students attended. There were over 30 different sessions, each organized around different topics. The relationship between critical social theory and psychoanalysis was examined from different theoretical perspectives.   From its very beginning Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis has walked the border as a kind of fugitive discipline in academia yet one multifarious in its influence on the mainstream. Surely the welter of hostile and critical responses accompanying its trajectory in the history of ideas bears a kind of testimony to its rich intellectual underpinning.  In sociology it has had a creative influence on critical theorists such as Herbert Marcuse,  Eric Fromm, and others of the Frankfurt School, and now has engaged feminist theorists, post-structuralists and other sociologists interested in the way in which unconscious processes figure in the construction of hierarchical social relations. Jacque Lacan’s French reading of Freud comes particularly close to the sociological imagination. His theory of the symbolic order and the linguistic precursors of the unconscious have added additional dimensions to the discourse of social theory. His notion of the decentered and alienated self rooted in the intellectual culture of Emile Durkheim, Ferdinand de Saussure, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Michel Foucault find its corollaries in the writings of sociologists and philosophers such as George Herbert Mead, Charles Horton Cooley, and Erving Goffman.  The conference participants and presenters employed rigorous analyses and interpretations of the past and present of various intellectual engagements that form the foundation of contemporary psychoanalysis and modern social theory. Submitted by Dr. Siamak Movahedi


BGSP Graduate Book Chapter Published
Dr. Rodrigo Barahona's chapter (co-written with Eddy Carrillo) "Costa Rica: Attitudes towards war, peace, and torture", in State Violence and the Right to Peace: An International Survey of the Views of Ordinary People, has just been published (November, 2009) by Praeger Security International. This chapter contains original qualitative research dealing with the consequences of events such as the Spanish conquest, the civil wars in Central America during the Cold War, and the current debates on free-trade, the Iraq war and torture, on the unique socio-cultural-political identity of the average Costa Rican citizen.