Upcoming Events

    • March 23, 2018
    • (EDT)
    • March 24, 2018
    • (EDT)
    • Invitees will be provided this information

    Dr. Lena Ehrlich will visit our Institute on Friday, March 23 and will stay through the morning of Saturday, March 24 to meet with the Institute candidates.

    *Registration limited to Institute Faculty and Candidates ONLY*

    • April 06, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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    Featuring Nancy Kulish, Ph.D.

    Date:  April 6, 2018 

    Time:  7:00-8:30 PM
    Where:  Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church
                  1980 Dahlia Street
                  Denver, CO  80220
    Cost:  Free of Charge

    The paper is a further development of the author’s work on the female oedipal or Persephone complex. Jockeying for position in the context of a threesome is a major preoccupation in female social behavior, and in female inner experience, throughout the life cycle. The author has named this oscillating phenomenon “twos and threes.” While such configurations are often understood in terms of sibling rivalry or social influences, the author focuses on   underlying female triangular dynamics.  Clinical examples and a contemporary novel by Tana French are presented to demonstrate how masked and overlooked female triangular Persephone conflicts may underlie these experiences and appear in the transference and countertransference in psychoanalytic treatments.

    Learning Objectives:

    After attending this presentation, the participant will better be able to:

    1. Distinguish oedipal rivalries from sibling rivalries
    2. Discuss the dynamics of the female Oedipus or  Persephone Complex

    Certificates of attendance only.  No CME credits are provided.

    • April 13, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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    The purpose of the film series is to encourage psychoanalytic dialogue with respect to creativity and movies. 

    The conformist is 1930s Italian Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a coward who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can "belong." Marcello agrees to kill a political refugee, on orders from the Fascist government, even though the victim-to-be is his college mentor. The film is a character study of the kind of person who willingly "conforms" to the ideological fashions of his day.

    - Rotten Tomatoes

     Cost:  Free of charge, donations are welcomed.

    Click here for a printable flyer

    • April 18, 2018
    • April 21, 2018
    • New Orleans, LA


    Please see the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Website

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past.—William Faulkner

    Moving through time, each generation passes forward values, traditions and conflicts. How do generational forces cast their shadow upon the future? From nursery to grave, ghosts and guardians are transmitted across generations.

    Psychoanalysis is unique in its dedication to engaging generational hauntings. Ghosts may terrorize within transference-countertransference and dreams or manifest as dissociated self-states. Guardians shepherd from without and within, supporting growth as well as offering ideals and models from which to learn. Memory, reflection, and internalization provide opportunities to transform conflictual generational forces into mourning and understanding. Where ghost was, guardian shall be.

    New Orleans has always been an intersection defined by the heritages and struggles of its generations: tradition is alive, cemeteries are architectural wonderlands, and funerals are parades. Our host city invites discussion of the traumatic legacies of slavery and colonization embedded within its foundation as well as the more recent tragedies and regenerations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Possessed by capacities for imagination and play, the Big Easy is committed to multigenerational expressions of art, music, and revelry that provide resilience as well as encourage the opportunity for greater community and commonality. 

    We invite you to journey to New Orleans during its tricentennial year and share your experiences of generations, ghosts, and guardians within psychoanalysis, the mind, and the world. 

    Keynote Speakers

    • Lynne Layton, PhD

    • Kirkland Vaughans, PhD

    • April 22, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • DCPA, Stage Theater

    Based on The Who’s iconic 1969 rock concept album, Tommy is an exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit. When young Tommy retreats into a world of darkness and silence after a deeply traumatic incident, he must navigate a harsh and unforgiving world with no hope of recovery. But when he discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who’s classic stadium rock as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.

    The Who are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, and together with La Jolla Playhouse’s then-Artistic Director Des McAnuff, they wrote the Tony Award-winning Tommy. Director Sam Buntrock has been nominated for Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk awards for his innovative work in theatre, film and animation. His edgy style was last seen on our stage when he directed Frankenstein in 2016, and he will reunite with Frankenstein Scenic Designer Jason Sherwood for this musical.

    Limited tickets to the play are available and are sold on a first come first served basis when paid in full.  Play tickets are $60 with a portion being a tax-deductible donation.

    The after-play discussion will take place at Backstage Coffee after the conclusion of the play.  Discussion will be led by Roy Lowenstein, M.D. with Paula Bernstein, Ph.D. as moderator.  Tickets are $35 per person.

    Deadline to reserve tickets in February 22, 2018

    There are NO refunds of play tickets. 

    The donation portion of the play and discussion tickets will be acknowledged in a letter within 6 weeks of purchase.

    Click here for a link to the printable flyer.

    • April 28, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. 1475 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80202
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    The Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society and the Denver Psychoanalytic Society present a half day conference titled "Life and Death, Loss and Grief"

    Life and Death: such fundamentally important phenomena, but under-represented in professional publications, teaching, supervision. This conference will review the theoretical and empirical literature about the epidemiology, neurobiology, biopsychoimmunology, and individual and interpersonal psychodynamics of relational loss and grief. We will discuss the diagnosis of pathological grief reactions and the incidence of grief-related mood and psychotic disorders. Also, a description of individuals at different stages of development, as well as various preventive and therapeutic intervention. In addition to this more academic content, our speakers will strive to be as personal as they are professional, to speak to heart as well as mind. More than just a lack of knowledge, there is a fundamental discomfort in dealing with situations associated with mortality; clinical responsiveness and attunement are frequently compromised. Walking out of this conference, we hope you will feel more aware, better prepared, more therapeutically sensitive.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the leading theories and empirical evidence regarding the biopsychosocial effects of relational loss and grief
    2. Make informed decisions regarding the diagnosis of pathological grief reactions
    3. Describe the epidemiology of child, parent, and sibling loss
    4. Appreciate the power of protective and risk factors with regards to adaptation, coping, resilience
    5. Understand preventive and therapeutic interventions and the evidence for their effectiveness
    6. Know the manifestations of grief across developmental stages
    7. Identify individuals and families most in need of interventions
    8. Become more comfortable thinking and talking about death and grief
    9. Learn about grief-specific therapy and support resources in our community

       7:45 am -   8:15 am Registration & Breakfast
       8:15 am -   8:35 am Welcome & Introduction
       8:35 am -   9:00 am  Jonathan Quek, PhD
       9:00 am -   9:25 am  Ben Green, MD
       9:25 am -   9:40 am  Break
       9:40 am - 10:05 am  Micki Burns, PhD and Brook Griese, PhD
     10:05 am - 10:30 am  Adam Burstein, DO
     10:30 am - 10:55 am  Bob Flory, M.Div, Chaplain
     10:55 am - 11:10 am  Break
     11:10 am - 11:35 am  Claire Zilber, MD
     11:35 am - 12:00 pm  Joan Heron, LCSW
     12:00 pm - 12:30 pm  Discussion
     12:30 pm  Adjourn

    • CCAPS/DPS/CPS Member - Early Bird (through February 28th) - $105
    • CCAPS/DPS/CPS Member - Regular Rate (March 1st - April 20th) - $130
    • Non-Member - Early Bird (through February 28th) - $115
    • Non-Member - Regular Registration (March 1st - April 20th) - $140
    • Med students/Residents/Fellows of CCAPS - $20
      Student/Trainees at CCAPS will be reimbursed the $20 after attending the conference.  Student/Trainees who do not attend the conference will not be reimbursed.
    • Student Rate - Other - $60
    • Late Registration (April 20th - April 28th) - $150

    Registration is not complete until registration fee is paid in full.

    There will be NO refunds after April 20, 2018; any refunds prior to April 20th will be less a $30.00 administration fee.

    Certificates of Attendance will be distributed.  No CME credits are provided.

    Thank you to our sponsors!  Please click on the company names below to learn more about these organizations dedicated to helping health professionals.  And be sure to stop by their table at the conference.   

      Logo  Professional Risk Management Servinces, Inc.  American Professional Agency Inc

    Speaker Bios:

    Jonathan Quek, PhD, a psychologist in private practice, gained another “graduate degree” in grief and grieving not by choice but by tragic circumstance when he lost his 25 year old son, Michael, to cancer in 2006. Michael was a doctoral student in psychology researching attachment and intimacy at McGill University when he died. To honor his legacy, Jonathan is now engaged in supporting other grieving parents through The Compassionate Friends, and specializing working with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy in his practice. His journey of grief led him to grapple with trauma, shame, and spiritual crisis, and to experience first hand the transforming power of mindful willingness, detachment, and self-compassion.

    Ben Green, MD. Early on, my childhood family experienced both death, and then depression; no surprise that I ended up with a mental health career. My education and clinical work as an adult and child psychiatrist, and then as a psychoanalyst, has taught me much, but overlooked much as well. The discrepancies between conventional thinking and my own therapy experiences led me to a sustained study of Attachment Theory and Relational Psychoanalysis. More recently, dealing with the sudden death of my young adult daughter in 2013, I was made aware of other aspects of my ignorance, and insensitivities. Preparing for this conference has challenged me to fill in some of these gaps— and I hope it will do the same for those of you who choose to join us.

    Brook Griese, Ph.D., Judi’s House/JAG Institute Co-Founder and CEO. At the age of 11, I decided to become a child psychologist. My mother was a psychiatric nurse, and my father the director of social services, so I was acutely aware of the profound impact of loss, trauma, and adversity for many members of our small, rural community. Seeing childhood friends struggle without access to resources or appropriate care drew me to the study of prevention, intervention, and resilience, and a Ph. D. in clinical psychology. A first date conversation with my husband, Brian, led to our 2002 co-founding of Judi’s House in memory of his mother who died when he was 12. Judi’s House provides free, comprehensive care to bereaved children and their caregivers, while research and training initiatives at JAG Institute focus on sharing knowledge and resources to ensure that youth and families in any community can access effective grief care.

    Micki Burns, Ph.D. Judi’s House/JAG Institute Chief Clinical Officer. The youngest in a family of 10, I spent my childhood observing relationships and behaviors. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a helper, but my life experiences clarified what that would look like. The senseless murder of a close friend when I was 17 had a tremendous impact on my decision to focus my education on disenfranchised populations. I received my doctorate in counseling psychology in 2003 and worked in community mental health for 10 years. In coming to Judi’s House 5 years ago, I’ve found a home that recognizes and celebrates the strength and struggle of families experiencing many types of loss.

    Adam Burstein, DO took a non-traditional path to a career in medicine. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and subsequently served four years active duty in the US Army as an engineer officer. Afterwards, he worked as a business consultant in Washington DC, at the Pentagon and various other DOD agencies. It was then that he decided to pursue a career in child psychiatry. Working as a mental health tech at the old Children’s Hospital during his application year, Dr. Burstein had always hoped to return to the Denver area. He attended NY College of Osteopathic Medicine and was thrilled to return to Colorado to complete his residency and fellowship at University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital.

    He is the current CCAPS President after serving five years on the Executive Committee and works primarily in his private practice. He is passionate about integrating mental health with primary care. Over the last year, he has partnered with Stapleton Pediatrics to build an integrated care model.

    Only recently did Dr. Burstein become absorbed in the topic of grief and loss after the death of his brother. He proposed the topic with hopes of raising awareness, educating others and providing some context to feel more comfortable talking about one of the most difficult, yet universal topics. In addition, it is his hope to remind colleagues of the importance of continually doing our own work – for our own benefit and that of our patients, families and friends.

    Bob Flory, M.Div., Chaplain is a native of Denver, CO. Bob and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1972. He left Colorado to attend Azusa Pacific University in the LA metro area. Graduating from APU he began his seminary studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. After graduating he moved to Seattle Washington to be the Youth Minister at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Bob was Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1981 and his first parish was in Galesburg, Illinois. In 1986 he moved to Minneapolis MN to specialize in hospital chaplaincy. He became the Director of Pastoral Care at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital before returning to Denver in 1997 to become the Director of Spiritual Care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. This year marked his 20th anniversary of working at Children’s. When Bob is not working, he enjoys bicycling, running, hiking in the out of doors. He has 3 dogs and 2 cats. He enjoys playing the hammered dulcimer and attends many music festivals throughout the country. He enjoys his get away time at his cabin in Grand Lake, CO.

    Claire Zilber, MD, is a Board Certified psychiatrist in private practice in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in combining psychopharmacology with eclectic, psychodynamically informed psychotherapy to treat anxiety and mood disorders, improve adaptation to chronic illness including HIV/AIDS, and address problems with identity and unresolved grief. She has been chair of the Colorado Psychiatric Society’s Ethics Committee since 2003, and is a corresponding member of the APA Ethics Committee. She writes a quarterly ethics column for the CPS newsletter, and a monthly column for Psychiatric News. She is on the faculty of the PROBE Program, an educational intervention in ethics for licensed health care professionals who have made an ethical misstep in their practice. She received her medical training at Jefferson Medical College and did her residency at the University of Colorado. She completed a two-year course in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.

    Dr. Zilber recently published Living in Limbo: Creating Structure and Peace When Someone You Love Is Ill with co-author Laura Michaels, MA. JD. Written for the many people who feel trapped in a state of limbo while they shepherd a loved one through a period of illness, this book weaves together a personal story and a clinical perspective, combining individual experience with professional insight. The story centers on Ms. Michael's first-person account of the process of learning about and responding to her husband’s grim medical diagnosis, and wisdom learned along the way. Dr. Zilber’s accompanying psychiatric and philosophical commentary provides an intellectual framework for the adaptation strategies offered in the story, incorporating elements of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies.

    Joan Heron, LCSW describes herself as a “newcomer” to the world of grief and loss until “suddenly, it became my whole life in catastrophic and unimaginable ways.” Having lost two immediate family members within three years, Joan says “nothing in my life prepared me for this.” Joan credits the experience of mindfulness, literary references of every kind and the love and support of family and close friends for her survival and growth. She will elaborate on the experiences of a grief journey of “the shattered self.”  Joan is Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an adult trained psychoanalyst. She is currently affiliated with Camp Erin, a grief camp offered for children, ages 7-17, offered through The Moyer Foundation. This camp and The Moyer Foundation was featured in the HBO documentary, “One Last Hug.” She is also involved with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) and the Hope Coalition in Boulder. The Hope Coalition supports depression awareness and suicide prevention in Boulder County.

    • May 04, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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    Featuring Ted Jacobs, MD

    In this paper, I take up secrets kept by patients, secrets kept by analysts, and the interaction of the two.  This interplay, which often remains covert and not dealt with by either party, can have profound effects on the analytic process.


    After attending this session, participants will:

     1) Discuss the role that secrets kept by patients and analysts play in the analytic treatment.

     2) Identify three types of secrets typically kept by analysts.

     3) Discuss the problem of collusions between patients and analysts in order to maintain secrets that both do not wish to confront.

     Click here for a printable flyer.

    This event is free of charge but we gladly welcome donations at the event or on our website.

    Certificates of attendance only.  No CME credits are provided.

    • May 11, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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    The purpose of the film series is to encourage psychoanalytic dialogue with respect to creativity and movies. 

    Nominated for nine Academy Awards, L.A. Confidential is a 1997 film noir directed by the late Curtis Hanson. The film explores the intersection between police corruption and Hollywood celebrity in the early 1950s. It stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.

    - Rob Rosenthal


    Cost:  Free of charge, donations are welcomed.

    Click here for a printable flyer

    • May 12, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Faculty Development with Dr. Lena Ehrlich.   A room on campus will be available for this teleconference.   More details will be posted.

    *Registration only for Institute Faculty*

    • May 16, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    CSCSW Salon Series: "It's Complicated: Lessons Learned Teaching Peace in a Time of War and Conflict", presentation by Melodye Feldman, LCSW


    For 20 years Melodye Feldman worked with young women living in conflicted and war-torn areas around the world. What she soon realized was that the conflict was only a part of multi issues that these young people were dealing with - on top of the ravages of war. Melodye will provide three case studies as she takes us through the process used for her work.

    See CSCSW website for more information or to register:


    • June 01, 2018
    • July 06, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Exact address given upon registration
    • 2

    Taught by Rex McGehee, M.D.

    This six week seminar will be a continuation of the ongoing seminar on psychoanalytic models of the mind.  Participants need not have taken previous modules, but must have completed the PTP program in order to join. 

    During this conference, we will focus on the contribution of Heinz Kohut to psychoanalytic metapsychology.  By constantly keeping ourselves attuned to what Kohut called "The Self,"  doors are opened to working more effectively with patients with narcissistic and borderline characters.  Additionally, we are more able to work with areas of narcissistic vulnerability with all of our patients.  In addition to several papers and a video of Kohut lecturing, we will read The Restoration of the Self by Kohut.  Many used copies of this book are available online if you do not already own it.

    Classes will meet from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Fridays: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 2018.  Location will be sent after registration.

    The course is limited to 8 people.

    Deadline to register is May 15th. 

    There will be NO refunds after May 15th, any refunds prior to the 15th will be less a $25.00 administration fee. 

    Certificates of Attendance will be distributed upon completion of the course.  No CME credits are provided.

    Click here for printable flyer.

    • June 17, 2018
    • June 24, 2018
    • Chicago
    • September 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • University Club, 1673 Sherman Street, Denver

    This event is open only to Institute Faculty, Candidates, Students, PTP graduates and their guests.

    The Institute's annual banquet and graduation will be held on Friday, September 7th, 2018.  Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m.

    Please RSVP by Thursday, August 23rd by sending in a registration form (coming soon).  

    The cost is $75 per person.  Because this is an Institute event, payment can be made by check or by utilizing the PayPal button in the Member area - under the Institute page or pay by check.  If paying with a credit card, please complete this online registration so we know what your food selection will be.

    If sending in a check, please make your check payable to:   The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis  and mail to  the Institute office.

    *please note that the University Club has a dress code; men are encouraged to wear coats and ties and women are encouraged to wear comparable attire; however, casual business attire is acceptable.

    • September 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • AMC
    Registration is closed

    Institute Faculty Meeting.

    This event is only open to Institute Faculty

    More details will be posted when available.

    • October 05, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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    Featuring Li Brookins, LCSW

    More information to follow.

    This event is free of charge but we gladly welcome donations at the event or on our website.

    Certificates of attendance only.  No CME credits are provided.

    • October 19, 2018
    • October 20, 2018
    • Rye, NY


    The International Journal of Psychoanalysis is celebrating 100 years!  

    A two-day retreat taking place in Rye, NY on October 19-20, 2018.  Attendance is limited, so early registration is required. 

    Register here:  http://www.theijp.org/centenary/   or email grainne.lucey@iopa.org.uk for more information.

    Please see the attached flyer

    • November 02, 2018
    • November 04, 2018

    NOT a Society or Institute program.

    More information will be posted when available

    • November 02, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
    • 100

    Featuring Karen Rosica, Psy.D.

    This event is free of charge but we gladly welcome donations at the event or on our website.

    About Karen Rosica, Psy.D.

    • February 06, 2019
    • February 10, 2019
    • New York Hilton, New York City, NY
    • March 01, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Institute Retreat - Faculty Meeting.

    This event is only open to Institute Faculty

    A registration form will be available summer 2018

    • March 01, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Institute Retreat - curriculum meeting.

    This event is only open to Institute Faculty

    A registration form will be available summer 2018

    • March 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Registration is closed

    This program is open to all Institute Faculty, Candidates, Students and graduates.

    There is a $15 fee.  

    More information will be posted when available.

     A registration form will be available Summer 2018

    • March 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Institute Retreat - Faculty Meeting.

    This event is only open to Institute Faculty

    A registration form will be available summer 2018

    • April 27, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. 1475 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80202
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    Save the date for a conference with Nancy McWililams.

    More information will be posted when available.

    • May 21, 2020
    • May 23, 2020
    • Florence, Italy

    Presenters will address various aspects of our overarching theme,

    Partners in Creation: “In the arts, as in psychoanalysis, partners in creation enjoy the pleasures of intimacy and mutual discovery, while also facing the perils of rivalry and fusion.”

    The planning committee looks forward to the return of well-received presenters from the 2017 Symposium and have also invited additional renowned speakers. Once again, we will offer tours of museums and other attractions in Florence, a city that overflows with superlative art and architecture, within a setting of inspiring beauty.

    Periodically, we will send updates on the 2020 symposium as venues are selected and speakers are added to the program. When the date draws near, we will also share information about hotel accommodations and registration details. If you are not on the mailing list, email: germana@enic.it

    To see the detailed website for the 2017 Symposium, please click here or copy and paste www.florencepsych-art2017.com into your browser.

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