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Saturday, October 14th 2017

Transcending Trauma Through The Arts

Spyros D. Orfanos, Ph.D. and Sophia Richman, Ph.D.
presented by TICP

Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON

About the Day

Morning: Sophia Richman, Ph.D.
The Pathologizing Tilt in Holocaust Trauma Theorizing

This presentation challenges sweeping generalizations about survivors and identifies theoretical assumptions which have led to the pathologizing tilt in our trauma literature. It offers a more balanced view of Holocaust survivors which includes resilience and coping mechanisms like “healthy” dissociation and doubling as well as the use of artistic self-expression to work through traumatic experience. Case examples from literature and art illustrate the mending potential inherent in the creative process.

Afternoon: Spyros D. Orfanos, Ph.D.
The Creative Pulse and the Great Wound

The narrative of creativity and imagination throughout the history of psychoanalysis has involved acts of engagement and renunciation. The celebration of the uniquely creative individual is a modern phenomenon emerging in the eighteenth century. This has yielded to contemporary claims for the genius in us all. Drawing on the today’s relational views and deep contextualism , this multimedia presentation will examine two artists (the composer Mikis Theodorakis and the vocalist Lina Orfanos) whose lives have been marked by trauma. The focus will be on how they have fashioned their own vitality in uplifting service to artistic and activist pursuits.

This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

Learning Objectives

• To recognize prevailing pathologizing generalizations about survivors of massive psychic trauma and the faulty assumptions they are based on.
• To develop a more balanced view of survivors by identifying coping strategies and healing potential in the aftermath of catastrophic trauma.
• To understand how artistic self-expression can facilitate mourning, witnessing, and healing.
• To identify creativity as an area of study in psychoanalysis and the history of ideas.
• To compare and contrast psychoanalytic theories about creativity including contemporary relational ideas.
• To demonstrate the concepts of dissociation and witnessing as experienced by two artists who have been subjected to trauma.

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Schedule for the day

10:00 am Introduction of speaker (Dr. Judi Kobrick)
10:10 am The Pathologizing Tilt in Holocaust Trauma Theorizing Dr. Sophia Richman
11:00 am Dialogue between audience and Dr. Richman
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm The Creative Pulse and the Great Wound Dr. Spyros D. Orfanos
3:00 pm Dialogue between audience and Dr. Orfanos
4:00 pm Closing remarks (Dr. Kobrick)

About the Speakers

Sophia Richman Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst and a supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and other psychoanalytic institutes. She has authored numerous articles on the subject of art and trauma and supervised and led writing groups. In 2002 she authored the award winning memoir, A Wolf in the Attic: The Legacy of a Hidden Child of the Holocaust (Routledge 2002). Her most recent book is Mended by the Muse: Creative Transformations of Trauma (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Richman is also a painter who has had solo exhibitions in New York and in New Jersey. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis’ Who’s Who.

Spyros D. Orfanos, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinic Director at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Senior Research Fellow, Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Queens College, City University of New York; Editorial Boards, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books; Past president the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the APA, and the Academy of Psychoanalysis of the American Board of Professional Psychology;, and the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Founding Board Member of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Studies Center; National and international lecturer and author on the clinical process, creativity, culture, and social justice; Co-editor (with Eliot Jurist), “Psychoanalysis and the Humanities,” special online issue Psychoanalytic Psychology (2016, 33, Suppl 1); Producer of six music albums: Greek Songs for Romantics and Realists (Greek), Enchanted Night (Greek), Ay Amor (Spanish), Mauthausen (Hebrew), Essentially Ella (English), and On the Shores of the Moon (Greek); and independent practice, NYC.

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