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Saturday, April 21st 2018

27th Annual Day in Psychoanalysis: Death, Immortality and Unconscious Fantasy

Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D. and Arnold D. Richards, MD | Stephen Leibow and Joseph Fernando, discussants
presented by tps&i - Toronto Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hart House, University of Toronto

$209 regular and $109 student* (early registration, by February 1, 2018)
$229 regular and $129 student* (after February 1, 2018)

Open to all by registration. Preregistration is required.

Death: Instinct, Drive or Fantasy?
Presenter: Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D
Discussant: Stephen Leibow, MD, FRCPC

This is a paper about the usefulness of the idea of death instinct. It compares the death instinct, death drive and unconscious or conscious fantasy of what happens after death.

Death and Immortality in Myth and Mind
Presenter: Arnold D. Richards, MD
Discussant: Joseph Fernando, MD

This paper will be concerned with death and immortality fantasies. It proposes that the conscious and unconscious immortality fantasies operate in dreams and waking life. The wish for immortality is expressed in myths in many cultures and in religions as well.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

• Evaluate the usefulness of the death instinct.
• Compare the death instinct, death drive, and conscious or unconscious fantasy of what happens after death.
• Understand how death and immortality fantasies operate in dreams, waking life, myths, and religion.
• Apply knowledge of conscious and unconscious fantasies of death and immortality to clinical cases.


8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 am – Introduction

9:15 am – Arlene Kramer Richards: Death: Instinct, Drive or Fantasy?
Discussant: Stephen Leibow

10:45 am – Break

11:00 am – Open discussion for audience and panel

Noon – Hart House gourmet lunch, included in fee

1:00 pm – Arnold Richards: Death and Immortality in Myth and Mind
Discussant: Joseph Fernando

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Open discussion for audience and panel
3:45 pm – Closing remarks

Annual Day Committee

Les Fleischer, PhD, RSW, FIPA, Chair
Madhu Vallabhaneni, MD, FRCPC, Co-Chair
Cyril Levitt, PhD, RP
Sarah Usher, PhD, CPsych


Arlene Kramer Richards, Ed.D, is a Training and Supervising Analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association and Fellow at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also a poet. She is currently faculty at the NYFS, IPTAR, and Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology at Wuhan, China. She was previously faculty at NYU and Smith College. She has served on many IPA committees and boards, and was the North American representative from 2015-2017. She leads ongoing Study Groups at the American Psychoanalytic Association, including, Towards an Understanding of Loneliness and Aloneness (2001-present), Postmodern Feminism (2005-present), and Beauty (2009-Present). She is well known for her expertise on female development, sexuality, modern conflict theory, Freud, Hilda Doolittle, and unconscious fantasy. She has published and presented on many topics, including female sexuality, perversions, loneliness, beauty, jokes, telephone analysis, dreams, death and mourning, creativity, gambling, and the internal world of artists and poets. A collection of her major works was compiled in Psychoanalysis: Listening to Understand. Selected Papers of Arlene Kramer Richards, Nancy Goodman (Ed.) (2013) New York: IPBOOKS 2010. In 2014, along with Lucille Spira and Arthur Lynch, she was the recipient of the Gradiva Award for Anthologies for their work: Encounters with Loneliness, Only the Lonely. In 2015, along with Spira, she published Myths of Mighty Women. In 2011, her poetry was published in The Laundryman’s Granddaughter: Poems by Arlene Kramer Richards, New York: IP Press. She is in private practice in New York City.

Arnold D. Richards, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and is on the faculty of the NYU and Mount Sinai Medical Schools, Departments of Psychiatry, the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology at Wuhan, China. He was Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association from 1994 to 2003 and before that he was an editor of The American Psychoanalyst. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and received its Distinguished Contributor award in 2004. He received the Mary S. Sigourney Trust Honorary Award in 2000 for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis and the Hans Loewald Award of the IFPE (2013). He was the 47th AA Brill Lecturer of the New York Psychoanalytic Society; the New Jersey Psychoanalytic Freud Lecturer in 2015; the Sigmund Freud Award lecturer of the Society of Psychoanalytic Physicians in 2013; the plenary speaker of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2004, and delivered the Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture in 2006. He has published on numerous psychoanalytic topics, including modern conflict theory, the Isakower phenomenon, narcissism, transference, psychoanalytic education, pluralism, dreams, Freud, religion, the replacement child, and self-mutilation. A collection of his works can be found in Controversial Conversations: Selected papers of Arnold Richards (2016), Volume 1, Arthur Lynch, Ed. He has edited many books, including Psychoanalysis: The Science of Mental Conflict – Essays in Honor of Charles Brenner, Fantasy, Myth, and Reality: Essays in Honor of Jacob Arlow, and The Spectrum of Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Martin S. Bergmann. He is the Editor of and the Publisher of

Stephen Leibow, MD, FRCPC is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is on faculty at the TPS&I, where he has taught on hysteria, phobias, obsessions, infantile neuroses, the Rat Man, and Ego Psychology. He has provided multiple presentations, including, his paper, “Work and Utopia, A Problematic Pair” and was a discussant for Horowitz’s, “Revenge and Masochism.” He recently published book reviews in JAPA on Spontaneity, and in the CJP on Creating a Psychoanalytic Mind. He is in private practice in psychoanalysis in Toronto.

Joseph Fernando MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is past President of the TPS, and is presently Associate Director of the TIP and chair of the Student Progress Committee, and is on the faculty at the TIP. He was the recipient of 2010 Gradiva prize for his work, The Processes of Defense. He has provided national and international presentations on trauma. He has published papers on guilt, narcissism, the exceptions, and the superego. He is presently working on a book on trauma and zero process, and a book on psychoanalysis and the evolution of the human mind. He has been in private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for over 20 years in Toronto.

*Proof of 2017/2018 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

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