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Ferenczi Center Presents: Demons in the 21st Century Consulting Room

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Please join us for the first installment of the "Ghosts and Demons" series of 2018:  Demons in the 21st Century Consulting Room.

Freud was not joking when he wrote that the psychoanalyst is the true heir to the exorcist. But he never wove that idea explicitly into his theories about death instincts, negative therapeutic reaction, repetition compulsion, etc.
Fairbairn, in his paper,  "The repression and the return of bad objects", took up Freud's interest in demonology and laid out a stunningly lucid theory of how psychoanalysis can explain what used to be referred to as demonic possession.

In this workshop we will undertake a condensed close reading of Fairbairn's  1946 paper (a "demonology for dummies"). Then we will look at detailed clinical material and discuss whether Fairbairn’s idea of demonology is plausible and clinically useful in the 21st century.

The workshop includes clinical and theoretical presentations, and breakout groups.

Adrienne Harris, Moderator
With Michael Feldman, Heather Ferguson, Arthur Fox, Susan Klebanoff, Margery Kalb, Jade McGleughlin
Discussants: Hillary Beattie and Richard Brockman

CEs for social workers in NY State will be provided.  The New School for Social Research's Department of Psychology SW CPE 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 #0199. This training provides 5 hours of continuing education.


This event is sponsored by the Sandor Ferenczi Center at The New School for Social Research.

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Workshops and Training


General Public


Sandor Ferenczi Center


Psychology, Professional Development


Fees vary (ranging from $20 - $35). Please visit the EventBrite page for details.

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