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Chicago Psychoanalytic Society | October 1998 Newsletter

The Institute Connection

by Jerry Winer MD, Director


Dear Colleagues,

What a sad way to begin writing these columns…sooner than expected because of the premature death of one of the kindest men I have known, Tom Pappadis. Someone recently asked me "Did you ever see Tom angry with anyone?" I quickly realized that I never had, despite seeing him provoked in various ways including his final illness. Even then his concern was focused on his patients, on the Institute, on what he could do for others and for psychoanalysis. Tom could find something good about each of us and help to develop it to the mutual benefit of the individual and the Institute. He often brought up the unconscious as the key element of the focus of a psychoanalytic clinician as if we needed reminding about its special place in our thinking. And we did. In the midst of our sophisticated understanding of our professional relationships with each other we have often forgotten that unconscious fantasies play their ineluctable part. Tom had planned to set down some of what he had learned as director and share those insights in print. We have lost those reflections, as well as a gifted clinician, a consensus leader, a skilled teacher, and a friend of all those who made psychoanalysis a central part of their lives. A memorial fund has been established at the Institute to sponsor future scholarly presentations.

Despite the sense of loss, the Institute is off to an exciting and busy Fall. The Core Program welcomes four matriculating students: David Garfield, M.D., Phillis Sheppard, Ph.D., Joshua Kellman, M.D., and Suzanne Rosenfeld, M.D. The Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program will have 9 students beginning classes in October. The CAPT Program anticipates 5 or 6 first year students. The Continuing Education Program is offering "Self Psychology in Clinical Practice," a two session course to be taught by Jill Gardner, Ph.D.

A Psychotherapy Conference will be held in the Spring of 1999. The Committee, chaired by Saul Siegel, is hard at work putting together the program for the sixteenth biennial conference.

Some of you may not be familiar with our current staff, all of whom have been very helpful to me during the transition. Pat Rueckheim has been serving as Director of Educational and Clinical Services for three years. Mary Pirau, who has been with us for 11 years, became our Business Manager when Joan Turk left last year. Chris Susman, our Office Manager, has been right-hand woman to the last 2 directors, and has kept a daunting array of details in clear focus for me. Martha Hardway, our receptionist, knows just where to direct each call and visitor. Helen Davis, our secretary for the Clinics and Core Program, keeps the flow of business moving along expeditiously. Bill Kelly, sees to the day-to-day details of the Library, as well as working for the CAPT program. Nancy Harvey is our experienced and able part-time librarian. My thanks to all of these dedicated staff members.

Chicago Psychoanalytic Society | October 1998 Newsletter