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The Piggle Reconsidered


A recent post on PsychologyToday.com entitled “Revisiting Child Psychoanalysis,” asks the question, “Why are young children in therapy without their parents?” The author, Claudia Gold, MD, a child analyst, was prompted to write the article after attending a presentation and panel discussion at the 2018 APsaA convention. This particular program, “The Name of the Piggle,” was organized by CPC faculty member Dr. Vera Camden, and was a reconsideration of D.W. Winnicott’s famous case study on the analysis of a little girl nicknamed “The Piggle.”

The program, a presentation by Deborah Luepnitz with a response by Justine Reeves, included past interviews with the grown up Piggle, whose real name is Gabrielle. Having read “The Piggle” Dr. Gold knew that Gabrielle’s mother did not accompany her to sessions with Dr. Winnicott, so she inquired of the presenters, why not? This led to a debate about the advisability of parental involvement in child analysis. In the article Dr. Gold presents a case of her own that illustrates the utility of treating the parent and child together, and in the following quote from the article she summarizes some of the supporting research.

But contemporary developmental science offers abundant evidence of the value of treating parent and child together. Arietta Slade’s compelling work illuminates the role of facilitating parental reflective functioning as I describe in my book, Keeping Your Child in Mind. Ed Tronick’s mutual regulation model, which he developed out of decades of observational research with infants and parents, shows us that healing and growth occur by repairing the countless moment-to-moment mismatches in the relationship between child and caregiver.

Dr. Gold concludes that Winnicott saw Gabrielle alone because that is how adult psychoanalysis is conducted, and at that time, practitioners were concerned that child analysis be considered true analysis.

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2018 Spring Workshop Series

Continuing education at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center seeks to provide the mental health community with a number of stimulating and thoughtful programs designed to enhance clinical skills and clinical understanding.  Programs include lectures by prominent psychoanalysts, courses for clinicians, and special topic seminars. Following is a list of upcoming programs.

CPC Library

Saturday, March 24, 2018

“The Pragmatic Psychodynamic Approach To Couples Therapy”

Terry Tobias, Ph.D., Psychologist

For licensed professionals only

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

3 CEUs included

Cost :   $90.00 CPC members, $105.00 non-members, $30.00 students with ID


Saturday, May 12, 2018

“A Discussion Of Current Perspectives On Clinical Practice From An Intersubjective View Point”

Kim Thompson, Ph.D., LISW, Social Worker

9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

3 CEU’s included

Cost :   $90.00 CPC members, $105.00 non-members, $30.00 students with ID


Saturday, June 9, 2018

“Understanding And Misunderstanding Perversions”

Devra Adelstein, MSW, LISW-S, Child, Adolescent Psychoanalyst, Adult Psychotherapist

Judith Pitlick, MA, LPCC, Child, Adolescent, Adult Psychoanalyst

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

3 CEU’s included

Cost :   $90.00 CPC members, $105.00 non-members, $30.00 students with ID



Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

Heights Medical Building

2460 Fairmount Blvd. Suite 312

Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106

Parking in rear of building

Online registration is available, please visit our website at psychoanalysiscleveland.org under the Continuing Education tab or contact:

Mrs. Deborah Morse, Administrative Coordinator

216 229-5959 x103 or dmorsecpc@sbcglobal.net


Please visit our website at psychoanalysiscleveland.org for additional information about our workshops and the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.


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What is Psychoanalysis and Who Are Psychoanalysts?

Anna Janicki, M.D.

The Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education Inc. (ACPE, Inc.) defines psychoanalysis in the following way:

Psychoanalysis is a specific form of individual psychotherapy that aims to bring unconscious mental elements and processes into awareness in order to expand an individual’s self-understanding, enhance adaptation in multiple spheres of functioning, alleviate symptoms of mental disorder, and facilitate character change and emotional growth. Psychoanalytic work is characterized by depth and intensity, which are achieved in the context of frequent treatment sessions over a long term.

Psychoanalysts come from a variety of professions in the mental health field. Those who have attained the highest degree in their particular field are eligible to apply to one of the psychoanalytic institutes accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association and spend an additional 7-10 years to become certified in psychoanalysis. Admissions are also dependent on assessing suitability, by which is meant that an applicant would be a person of good character who is capable of sustaining, nurturing and being nurtured by prolonged exposure in emotionally challenging relationships. Those that apply for psychoanalytic training will enter a tripartite process: their own psychoanalysis, theoretical and clinical seminars, and building of the clinical practice, which will require three analyses with three separate supervisory experiences. It will be on the average 5000-9000 hours of learning if training in child psychoanalysis is added to the program. Just imagine, it takes 1000 hours in the air to get a pilot’s license.

Those who will go on to train future psychoanalysts, after an additional five years of work, about 3000 hours, will have to submit their work to the scrutiny of their peers in the process of the certification by the Board on Professional Standards of American Psychoanalytic Association. The cost is comparable to yearly college tuition.

The job of the training analyst is to help students, referred to as candidates, get to know the most intimate explicit and implicit workings of their mind. A candidate experiences what it means to be in psychoanalysis, and is able to put herself or himself in the client’s shoes. In the psychoanalytic situation, both parties are powerless. Understanding and compassion represent power here. They are the discourse of mutuality in psychoanalysis. In this process, the candidate learns about transference and countertransference. She is learning to build a therapeutic alliance, a resilient way to observe her client’s and her own inner life, even when the anxiety level in the psychoanalytic treatment becomes too much. In the face of out of control levels of anger, despair, panic or arousal she is learning how to remain calm and think. She is learning what reaction of her own will illuminate her client’s emotional states, leading to positive change. In psychoanalytic training the candidate is establishing how to work independently as a psychoanalyst, and to be helpful by revealing unconscious aspects of her client’s functioning. In seminars candidates learn various theories and techniques of psychoanalysis. All of it is done to foster, recognize, and communicate in writing what is called the psychoanalytic process.

Each candidate is learning in her/his work with me, as a training analyst or as a supervising analyst, that in psychoanalysis, both participants have to rely on each other’s strengths, while openly acknowledging the embarrassment of shortcomings. Often enough, psychoanalysis identifies difficult questions and makes them solvable. It sees order where others see disorder. It pushes the envelope of individuality, while exploring the value of partnership. Psychoanalysis, sometimes leads to insight, always frees up curiosity, makes hope a reality, and inevitably produces change.

The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center invites those who are interested in becoming a psychoanalyst or in learning more about other applications of psychoanalytic ideas, to contact the Center’s Psychoanalysts Training Program (PTP).  For information call the Chair of the Admissions Committee Vera Camden, Ph.D. at (216) 407-7931.


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New Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy One-Year Program


The Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center has offered programs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for over 25 years.  Students and clinicians learn to apply psychoanalytic ideas in a variety of clinical settings with a wide range of clients and patients.

Our new one-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program is designed for practitioners who are eager to learn the principles and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy to enhance their clinical skills and deepen their work. It is also designed for professionals from related fields who wish to further their understanding of human dynamics. The program offers a theoretical beginning with clinically relevant readings and case vignettes.  In addition, participants will study child development and its applicability to psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults.  The course will cover important aspects of psychotherapy from the first phone call through termination.  We will address assessment, case formulation, the therapeutic relationship, and technique.

All students enrolled in the course are strongly encouraged to be in supervision.  Many of our former students have affirmed the importance of supervision and its usefulness in enhancing the didactic experience.  We will help connect students with psychoanalytic supervisors.

The program will begin in September 2017 on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm. The cost is $1550; student fee is $1085 with student ID. Payment plans are available and CEUs provided.

Application is due by June 1, 2017.  Questions: Contact the Program Chair, Colleen Coakley 216-287-7480 or by email colleen_coakley@yahoo.com.


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