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Laufer, E. Kahn, C. Edlow, M. (2010). The Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of the National Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(1):112-112.

(2010). Neuropsychoanalysis, 12(1):112-112

The Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of the National Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP)

Edith Laufer, Charlotte Kahn and Mary Edlow

The New York Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of NPAP, consisting of about 30 committed clinicians, is now entering its seventh year. We have continued to meet monthly under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Mark Solms and Dr. Anna Chapman, our psychiatric consultant. The center's main purpose is to demonstrate how clinicians are able to work psychodynamically with patients who have suffered trauma to the brain due to strokes, tumors, and other injuries. Currently we are treating and studying patients with diverse brain injuries, including strokes, epileptic seizures, and lesions due to operations for meningiomas. We hope to present these case studies in future Bulletins.

In 2009 we expanded our activities and developed from a clinical study group into The Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of NPAP. Aiming to spread the neuropsychoanalytic concept beyond our group to a broader audience, our Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center presented a workshop on 9 January 2010. Maggie Zellner, Ph.D., an affiliate of NPAP, lectured on “Brain Basics for the Psychoanalytically Minded.” The workshop provided a dynamic overview of the brain and was followed by several vignettes presented by Ann Rose Simon and Charlotte Kahn, who are psychoanalysts and members of our Clinical Study Center. The attempt to link psychodynamics to brain structure and function led to an interesting discussion. The audience participated in speculating about what might be happening

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