As President, I warmly welcome you to the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society and our new user-friendly 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, which because of our capacity to offer Zoom meetings, has expanded to include participants from all over the world."

 We are having an exciting year of thoughtful, engaging and perhaps provocative speakers and invite you to join us. Because of the continued risk of the COVID virus, our speakers will continue to present via Zoom. Although we miss the joie de vivre of meeting in person, we have been pleased with the enthusiastic response and avid participation from people near and far.  Of course, we will monitor the situation before deciding when to return to in-person meetings but also value the benefit of reaching so many people interested in psychoanalysis.

 While all of our presentations are free, we urge you to become member in order to avail yourself of CEs as well as being listed in our Society referral network.  Full membership ($185) is offered to graduates of any psychoanalytic institute or center located in Chicago, another city or state, or any country in the world. Candidates attending psychoanalytic institutions can join for $40; students, and interested unaffiliated individuals can join for $90.  Please see the “JOIN NOW” tab below to learn more.    Lucy Freund, PhD


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

Writing and Righting and Selling the Cow for Beans: The Case of Tad

Presenter: Jeffrey Stern, PhD 

May 24, 2022, at 7pm – 9pm Central time, via Zoom. 

Jeffrey Stern introduces us to his patient Tad.  In working with Tad, Jeffrey found himself stalled, but he made an extraordinary journey into his own inner world with the result that he found a bridge from his personal experience to a deeper understanding of Tad.  The presentation provides an example of how a therapist’s encounter with himself can make the difference in his treatment of his patient.

Jeffrey Stern, PhD, a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is a former President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society, a faculty member at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and Associate Editor of the Annual of Psychoanalysis.  He has taught at the University of Chicago and Rush University.  Many consider his educational background to be the ideal one for a psychoanalyst; he received a PhD in English literature at the University of Chicago and wrote a dissertation on Shakespeare.  He has written some of the most intriguing and creative papers published in recent years, such as “Cyclones, Bi-cycles, and Psychoanalysis: The witch-of-us? Complex and the Wizard of OZ” (2003); “Psychoanalysis, Terror and the Theater of Cruelty” (2009); and “The Pilgrims’ Progress: A Therapist and Patient Journey to London” (2020).

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Appreciate how therapists’ understanding of themselves can be the central factor in their being able to connect with a patient;
  2. Define how “resistance” may stem not from the patient but from the therapist.


Admission is free. Registration is required in order to receive the zoom link. Continuing Education Credits are offered exclusively to Society members in all membership categories and those intending to join.

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