As President, I warmly welcome you to the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society Website.

The Chicago Psychoanalytic Society (The Society) is a professional organization offering educational events, a forum for discussing psychoanalytic ideas, and resources for mental health professionals and the community at large.  Because of our capacity to offer Zoom meetings, we have been able to present talks by speakers all over the world.

We began this academic year with an exciting LIVE presentation, which was also available on zoom for those who could not attend.  Jonathan Lear, noted philosopher/psychoanalyst gave an informative, lively and engaging talk entitled Gratitude and Meaning.  Lear looked at the under-explored concept of gratitude, and its place both in psychotherapy and in life, combining philosophical ideas of Aristotle with the psychoanalytic ideas of Melanie Klein.  More than forty people enjoyed the event held at the University Club, staying following the presentation for refreshments and talking with Jonathan and old friends.  Over one hundred twenty five folks logged on to Jonathan’s talk via Zoom.

Since we are assuming the worst of the pandemic is over, we are offering a number of hybrid events (live presentations in Chicago but simultaneously available on Zoom) during this year.  Our presenters are Michael Diamond, David Brooks, Kathleen Kelley-Laine, James Anderson, Andrea Celenza, Yvonne Maratos,and Dominique Scarfone.  Please log on to “Upcoming Events” on our web page to see dates and times.  As always I am urging you to become members.  Members receive CEUs for all our presentations, and can be listed in our “ Therapist Directory”.    In addition we are planning to have small study groups organized to read papers, and share ideas with others, prior to some of the speakers’ talks.    These groups will be an additional benefit for members of the Society.  As always, I wish everyone good health throughout the year.   Warmest wishes,  Lucy Freund


Announcing The Hannah Ray Weiss Memorial Fund

I wanted to express my profound sadness at the death of Hannah Weiss. Hannah was a very central part of the society’s operation for many years. She was the administrator of the society, had set up our earlier website, took care of membership, and served on the program committee. During my presidency, she was responsible for suggesting and bringing in Ben Garber to give a talk about his experiences during the holocaust—one of our truly memorable presentations. Hannah was a valued member of our community and gave her energy, thoughtfulness and her heart to the society. We will miss her deeply. 

Many have asked for a way to donate to the Society in Hannah's memory, so we have set up this page for donations in her honor.  You may visit the link below to donate to The Hannah Ray Weiss Memorial Fund.

Warmest wishes, Lucy

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Organized June 8, 1931 and accepted as a Constituent Society by the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1932, the Society's mission is to advance the field of psychoanalysis through the promotion of education and research by its members and the the community-at-large; to maintain and promote professional and ethical standards of the profession; to promote professional activities of its members by assisting career development and generating marketing opportunities; and to enhance the vitality of the Society by encouraging a diversity of opinion, assessing the interests of its members, facilitating member involvement in Society activities and fostering a collegial community.

The Society is committed to maintaining an educational environment free from sexual harassment, sexual violence, and discrimination based on race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law. It also strives to initiate, welcome, and maintain ongoing conversations and discussions related to inclusivity among its members and the community-at-large.

Upcoming Program

Diversity, morality, and politics in analytic group life: Carving out some time to think

Presenter: David M. Brooks, PhD, PsyD
We are pleased that the new President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute has agreed to give a presentation for us.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 7:00 – 9:00 PM Central time

In person at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, 122 S. Michigan Ave, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL

And By Zoom

Light refreshments will be served after the talk.


Topic:  Diversity, morality, and politics in analytic group life: Carving out some time to think

Presenter: David M. Brooks has been the President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute since October 1, 2022.   He is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and a member of the faculty at both institutions.  He graduated from The Psychoanalytic Center of California in 2014 with a clinical doctorate in psychoanalysis. 

David came into psychoanalysis through philosophy.  For his BA he completed a double major in Philosophy and the History of Science, and double minors in comparative literature and the classics.  His earned a master’s is phenomenology and his clinical doctorate in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University.  He is interested in the intersection of phenomenology and psychoanalysis and the various roles and meanings of despair in clinical work, particularly in clinical impasses with difficult-to reach-patients.   He is also interested in the application of analytic principles to group and social life.

Talk Description: What does it mean to be a citizen (member) of an analytic institution?  What do politics and morality have to do with analytic citizenship?   What does it mean to elevate “diversity” as a value for analytic group life?   Politics deals with (1) inevitable human conflicts between authority, obligation and liberty, which are byproducts of the group’s effort to pursue the moral; (2) the goals we can share about the kind of life we want to have living together as a community; and (3) what we want the “good life” of an analytic institution to be like.  Elevating diversity as a moral value, as a good, will add something “more” to our group life together.  Politics and morality, to be realistic, have to be grounded in a picture of the human condition or human nature.  Psychoanalysis can provide such a picture; the aim of this talk is to elaborate the fundamental principles of analytic morality as a basis for rethinking what being a citizen of an analytic institution can mean when diversity is elevated as a political (and moral) virtue.

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. appreciate the benefits of a psychoanalytic institution valuing diversity;
  2. describe the fundamental principles of analytic morality.
Admission is free. Continuing Education Credits are offered exclusively to Society members in all membership categories and those intending to join.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. *Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. 


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