6/1/24 & 6/2/24 IPTAR Program Committee presents

Speakers: Joao Braga, Janine de Peyer, Ofra Eshel, Renaud Evrard, Julia Gyimesi, Fonya Helm, Thomas Rabeyron, Richard Reichbart, Ruth Rosenbaum, Mary Tennes.


Joao Braga

Paper Title: What can we think about mysticism with the help of Bion´s ideas?

João Carlos Braga graduated in Medicine at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (1966). He was a fellow at Baylor University, Department of Psychiatry, Houston, Texas, (1967). He was assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Federal University of Paraná (1968-1981). He was in private practice in psychiatry and psychotherapy (1968-1985) and graduated as Psychoanalyst at Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo (1985). Presently a full member, training and supervising analyst at the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Society of São Paulo, as well as Faculty member. He is founder, training and supervising analyst at Curitiba´s Psychoanalytic Group, Brazil. He has been in psychoanalytic practice in Curitiba, Brazil, since 1985. Dr. Braga has around 30 psychoanalytical papers and book chapters published in national and international reviews.

Janine de Peyer

Paper Title: Telepathic Transmission as Harbinger of Clinical Breakthrough

Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R is Faculty and Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, New York; the Florida Psychoanalytic Center; and the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center. She is Associate Editor with Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and has presented internationally on transference-countertransference, eroticism, dissociation, and uncanny communication in the therapeutic dyad. Publications include: Uncanny Communication and the Porous Mind, (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2016); Skating on Thin Ice: Clinical Dilemmas With the Uncanny, (British Psychological Society, Psychotherapy Section Review, 2022); Telepathic Entanglements: Where are we Today? Commentary on Paper by Claudie Massicotte, (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2014); and Unspoken Rhapsody: Female Erotic Countertransference and the Dissociation of Desire, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 2021). Originally from London, Janine is in private practice in New York City where she integrates EMDR within a relational psychoanalytic framework.

Ofra Eshel

Paper Title: Where Are You, My Beloved? On Absence, Loss, and the Enigma of Telepathic Dreams.

Ofra Eshel, PsyD, is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a member of the International  Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), an honorary member of NCP, Los Angeles,  and vice-president of the International Winnicott Association (IWA). She is founder and head of the post-graduate  track “Independent Psychoanalysis:
Radical Breakthroughs” at the advanced studies of the Program of
Psychotherapy, Sackler Faculty of  Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Her papers have been published in psychoanalytic journals and book chapters, translated into five languages, and presented at national and international conferences. She received the Leonard J. Comess Fund grant at NCP (Los Angeles, 2011), the David Hammond grant at MIP (Boston, 2016), was a visiting scholar at PINC (San Francisco, 2013), a visiting lecturer and supervisor at the advanced international training program in Winnicott’s psychoanalysis (Beijing, China, 2018), the lecturer at PCC’s 8th Annual Wilfred Bion Conference (Los Angeles, 2018), and the 2021 Robert Stoller Lecture speaker (NCP, Los Angeles, 2021). She was awarded the 2013 Frances Tustin International Memorial Prize and the 2017 Symonds Prize, and in 2012 was featured in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper and magazine) as sixteenth of the fifty most influential women in Israel. She is the co-editor of Was It or Was It  Not? When Shadows of Sexual Abuse Emerge in Psychoanalytic Treatment (Carmel, 2017), and author of The Emergence of Analytic Oneness: Into the Heart of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2019). She is in private practice in Tel Aviv.

Renaud Evrard

Paper Title: Psychical Research and Psychoanalysis

Renaud Evrard is a clinical psychologist, Assistant professor in Psychology at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. He co-founded in 2009 with Thomas Rabeyron the Center for Information, Research and Counseling on Exceptional Experiences (CIRCEE). He has been a president of the Parapsychological Association.

Julia Gyimesi

Paper Title: Sandor Ferenczi and the Problem of Telepathy

Júlia Gyimesi is a Senior Lecturer and Department Head of the Department of Personality and Clinical Psychology at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary.  She is Program Director of the Theoretical Psychoanalysis PhD Program at the University of Péc and  a Lecturer of the English-language PhD Program in Psychotherapy Science at the Sigmund Freud Private University in Vienna.

She is a historian of psychology with a particular focus on the esoteric antecedents of psychology and has published on the history of animal magnetism, spiritualism, psychical research, early parapsychology, hypnosis, epilepsy, and the Budapest School of psychoanalysis.Currently, she is the board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences and the Central and Eastern European Network for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism.

Selected articles on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the “occult”:

Gyimesi, J. (2016) Why ’Spiritism’? In: The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, (97)2, 357–383. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-8315.12364
Gyimesi, J. (2012) Sándor Ferenczi and the Problem of Telepathy. In: History of the Human Sciences.  25(2), 131-148. https://doi.org/10.1177/0952695111434253
Gyimesi, J. (2009) The Problem of Demarcation: Psychoanalysis and the Occult. In: American Imago, (66)4, 457-470. https://org/10.1353/aim.0.0064

Fonya Helm

Paper Title:   A Telepathic Dream

Fonya Helm, PhD, ABPP is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Virginia Beach, VA.  She is a Training and Supervising Analyst both at the Contemporary Freudian Society and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  For ten years, she was Chair of the Dynamics of Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Publications include:

Helm, F.L. (2020). Book Review of The Paranormal Surrounds Us: Psychic

Phenomena in Literature, Culture and Psychoanalysis by Richard Reichbart.  Jefferson, NC, McFarland & Company, Inc. 2019. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 101, 423-427.

Helm, F.L. (2018). Free association continues. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 38: 446-456.

Thomas Rabeyron

Telepathic process and the Orpheus model

Thomas Rabeyron is a clinical psychologist and a professor of clinical psychology and psychopathology at the university of Lyon at the Centre de Recherche en Psychopathologie et Psychologie Clinique (UR653) and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In 2009, he co-founded the Center for Information, Research and Counseling for Exceptional Experiences (CIRCEE), of which he is director of the counseling service. His research focuses on the clinic aspects of exceptional experiences, neuropsychoanalysis and the evaluation of psychoanalytic psychotherapies. Laureate of the Institut Universitaire de France as a junior member in 2021, he has published eighty scientific papers and two books about clinical psychology (Psychologie clinique et Psychopathologie, Armand Colin, 2018) and exceptional experiences (Clinique des expériences Exceptionnelles, Dunod, 2020).

Richard Reichbart

Paper Title: The Too-often Ignored Principles that Freud Enunciated About Telepathy

Richard Reichbart, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst and President at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is the author of the book The Paranormal Surrounds Us: Psychic Phenomena in Literature, Culture and Psychoanalysis (McFarland, 2019) which features the parapsychological elements in the works of Shakespeare, Joyce, Tolstoy, Foster, Chesterton and Ingmar Bergman; the principles enunciated by Freud with regard to telepathy in the clinical process; and the understanding of parapsychological phenomena  in Navajo and other indigeneous cultures.   He is a member of the Parapsychological Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)  and a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA).  He maintains a private practice for children and adults in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.

Ruth Rosenbaum

Paper Title: Telepathy–An expanded perspective: Implications for Clinical Practice and Beyond

Ruth Rosenbaum, Ph.D., L.P, is a faculty member, supervisor and training analyst at NPAP, and a member of the Editorial Board of The Psychoanalytic Review.  She also teaches at Columbia University’s Teachers College in the graduate Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department.  She writes and lectures on the process of change in psychoanalysis, bridging the analytic field with scientific fields such as neuroscience, quantum physics, and studies in psi phenomena.    She has been invited to present at scientific conferences on topics such as “Contemporary Psychoanalysis and New Models of Consciousness.”  She also lectures on the connection between the long-standing psychoanalytic taboo regarding psi phenomena and the field’s lingering blind-spots regarding certain aspects of female sexuality.  Among her publications: “Exploring the Other Dark Continent: Parallels between Psi Phenomena and the Psychotherapeutic Process” (The Psychoanalytic Review) and “Psychoanalysis, psi phenomena, and spiritual space: Common ground” (The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality).

Mary Tennes

Paper Title: Discussion of Eshel and de Peyer Telepathic Papers

Mary Tennes, Ph.D is a Supervising and Training analyst and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC).  She has taught, presented and published for the last 25 years on the intersection of psychoanalysis and the uncanny, most recently a presentation on Robert Stoller’s posthumously published telepathy paper and another titled “Tell all the truth and tell it slant: Psychoanalysis and the uncanny” to be published soon in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  She is in private practice in Oakland, CA.

Learning objectives:

-Participants will gain understanding of the role of telepathy in psychoanalysis from Freud to contemporary psychoanalysis.

-Participants will gain deeper understanding of how telepathy is used in the clinical setting.

-Through clinical examples, participants will become familiar with ways in which telepathy is differentiated from such psychoanalytic concepts as attunement.

6 CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements


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