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Chicago Psychoanalytic Society | October 1998 Newsletter


HELEN MEYERS, M.D.,
the First Traveling
WOMAN PSYCHOANALYTIC SCHOLAR

NOVEMBER 13 & 14

by Brenda Solomon, M.D.

A program for a traveling woman psychoanalytic scholar, sponsored by the American Psychoanalytic Association’s COPE (Council on Psychoanalytic Education) Workshop on Issues in the Psychoanalytic Training of Women, will be launched this fall in Chicago. Helen Meyers has been selected as the first scholar. The Candidates Association of the Chicago Institute initiated the request to host this lecture. The program offers psychoanalytic institutes and societies across the country more contact with and exposure to outstanding female analysts.

In Chicago, Dr. Meyers will give a paper Saturday afternoon, November 14, at the Chicago Institute, at 1:30 pm. On Friday evening, Novemeber 13, all candidates are invited to an informal cocktail reception at Brenda and David Solomon’s apartment. On Saturday, candidates will present clinical case material to Dr. Meyers.

Dr. Meyers is a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center. She is renowned internationally as a leader in psychoanalytic education and as a psychoanalytic thinker and writer. Instrumental in establishing the House of Delegates of the International Psychoanalytical Association and herself one of the nine North American delegates, she was recently elected as the representative delegate to the Executive Council of the IPA. For 15 years, Dr. Meyers has led the Regional Council of Greater New York, which sponsors joint meetings between the New York and Philadelphia psychoanalytic societies and institutes. A leader in the American Psychoanalytic Association, Dr. Meyers has served on the Board of Professional Standards, the Executive Council, the Committee on Certification, The Program Committee, and the Committee on New Training Facilities and as a councilor-at-large.

At Columbia, she has served in virtually every major leadership position. As curriculum chair, she revolutionized the curriculum by integrating different frames of reference with a developmental perspective. This idea became a model for curricula throughout the country.

Dr. Meyers has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychotherapy and the JAPA. She is widely known for her writing on gender, perversions, masochism, adolescence, aggression, psychic reality and psychoanalytic education. As a plenary speaker at the 1997 International Congress in Barcelona, she gave a talk on sexuality in the clinical situation.

Long interested in issues relating to women, Dr. Meyers runs an international women’s study group on pregnancy. She and Barbara Deutsch were founding chairs of the COPE Workshop on Issues in the Psychoanalytic Training of Women. Thus, it is fitting that she has been chosen as COPE’s first traveling scholar. (extracted from TAP, vol 32:2, p.9.).


Chicago Psychoanalytic Society | October 1998 Newsletter