Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Gender-free Case: Into the Void (Routledge, 2005) This book is a compilation of articles from authors in Section III and addresses gender issues from a psychoanalytic point of view.

Ellen L.K. Toronto with Robert S. Toronto. Family Entanglement: Unraveling the Knots and Finding Joy in the Parent/Child Journey (CreateSpace, 2013) This volume follows the trajectory of family life encountered in raising four sons. Concepts are psychoanalytic but presented in ways that are accessible to a lay audience.


Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt.


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The following five books were authored by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt.:

“The Compulsion to Create:Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers” (Routledge 1994, Other Press 2000, Object Relations Institute 2013)

The Creative Mystique: From Red shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge 1996, In press withOject Relations Instiute Press).

“Mourning,Spirituality, and Psychic Change:A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis”

“The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation anf Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies” (2013)

“Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory.” (2013).

Knowing, Not-Knowing and Sort-of-Knowing

A contemporary, wide-ranging exploration of one of the most provocative topics currently under psychoanalytic investigation: the relationship of dissociation to varieties of knowing and unknowing. The twenty-eight essays collected here invite readers to reflect upon the ways the mind is structured around and through knowing, not-knowing, and sort-of-knowing or uncertainty.

The authors explore the ramifications of being up against the limits of what they can know as through their clinical practice, and theoretical considerations, they simultaneously attempt to open up psychic and physical experience. How, they ask, do we tolerate ambiguity and blind spots as we try to know? And how do we make all of this useful to our patients and ourselves?

The authors approach these and similar epistemological questions through an impressively wide variety of clinical dilemmas (e.g., the impact of new technologies upon the analytic dyad) and theoretical specialties (e.g., neurobiology). Some of the numerous issues under examination here include important and, in some instances, under-theorized topics in psychoanalysis such as uncanny communication as the next frontier of intersubjectivity, secrets, criminal violence, the relationship of the body to knowing, disclosure of the analyst’s joy, dissociative identity disorder, pornography and sex workers.


Chapter 17: Lights, Camera, Attachment: Female Embodiment as Seen through the Lens of Pornography was authored by Section Three Board Member, Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.  Dr. Jessica Zucker has been deeply impacted by her worldwide travels and extensive education revolving around women’s health and development. Earning a master’s degree at New York University in public health with a focus on international reproductive issues led to her working for the Harvard School of Public Health. After years of international public health work, Dr. Zucker pursued a master’s degree in psychology and human development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with the aim of shifting her work from a global perspective to a more interpersonal focus. Dr. Zucker is a psychotherapist and award-winning writer residing in Los Angeles . For more information, visit Dr. Zucker’s website:




marilyn-mongolsSection III’s former President, Dr. Marilyn Metzl, in her dedication to increasing psychoanalytic knowledge internationally recently traveled to Mongolia with Division 39 Membership applications and 2009 Spring Meeting Brochures in arm.  A group of psychiatrists gave her a tour of their only psychiatric hospital, which operates under the Russian model of mental health care.  Dr. Metzl lectured on the evolution of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to Beebe and Lachmann, and on the evolution of diagnosis.  Dr. Metzl led a discussion on the mutual exchange of approaches to differential diagnosis and treatment formulations using the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual as a comparative model.

Impressed and eager to hear more, their continued mutual excitement turned a two-hour lecture into a seven-hour one with a five-hour case consultation the next day. The Mongolian psychiatrists requested assistance with the increasing substance abuse in their country.  They were most eager to learn analytically informed ways to keep families together in the wake of the upheaval caused by the economic crisis that is badly having such a negative influence on their newly won independence after the breakdown of communist regimes in the late 90s.

Marilyn exuberantly reported that her colleagues were “so absolutely blown away” that three of them them sought her out at her hotel to inform her that although they had no idea how they might achieve their goal they “must get to the convention.”

The driving combination of their country’s growing mental health care crisis and deepening sense of professional obligation to respond resulted in them successfully raising funds and securing visas to travel the almost 7,000  miles to San Antonio, Texas in hopes of learning about psychoanalytically-based treatment models.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, Drs. Tuvshoo and Erka were provided with a warm welcome and informative tour of San Antonio Hospital to include a look at their robotic pharmacy!

A very special thank-you to the following professionals for extending their time and expertise to our Mongolian colleagues:

Bob Arizpe – Superintendent

Patti Rangel, Director – Community Relations – Public Information Officer

Lily Engles, M.D – Psychiatrist – Arnold Hall (Acute Care Adult Psychiatric Services)

Letty Rodriguez – Central Activities Coordinator

Steve Saklad, Pharm. D – Clinical Pharmacist

Larry Grosskopf, Ph.D. – Clinical Psychologist (Arnold Hall – Acute Adult Psychiatric Services)

John Jeffers, LCSW – Director, Social Services and Specialty Unit Cluster

My Father Before Me: How Fathers & Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives is a powerful depiction of the unexplored reciprocal relationship between fathers and sons by Michael J. Diamond, Ph.D.

Dr. Diamond is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst practicing in Los Angeles, CA.  He is currently Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, is on the Teaching and Supervising Faculty of the Wright Institute Los Angeles, and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA.  He is a Fellow both of the American Psychological Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association, and is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Michael Diamond

Michael has published extensively in professional journals and books, including over seventy articles and book chapters in the areas of fathering and masculinity, psychoanalytic gender theory, as well as on psychoanalytic technique, the treatment of early trauma and dissociation, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and group process.  He recently wrote the book, My Father Before Me: How Fathers & Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives after previously co-editing the 1995 book, Becoming A Father: Contemporary Social, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives, and is currently on the editorial board of Studies in Gender and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, Treatment, Research.  He has received numerous awards and prizes for his writing, teaching, and clinical work including the 2005 Distinguished Psychoanalyst of the Year from the Institute For Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York.


Psychodynamic Techniques

Helping therapists navigate the complexities of emotional interactions with clients, this book provides practical clinical guidelines. Master clinician Karen J. Maroda adds an important dimension to the psychodynamic literature by exploring the role of both clients’ and therapists’ emotional experiences in the process of therapy. Vivid case examples illustrate specific techniques for becoming more attuned to one’s own experience of a client; offering direct feedback and self-disclosure in the service of treatment goals; and managing intense feelings and conflict in the relationship. Maroda clearly distinguishes between therapeutic and nontherapeutic ways to work with emotion in this candid and instructive guide. For more about Psychodynamic Techniques, please visit

Karen Maroda, Ph.D. is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Maroda has been in practice for over 25 years and gives lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.  She is the author of several books and book chapters, and numerous journal articles and book reviews.  For more about Dr. Maroda and her work, please visit her Web site at: