In this panel Jill Gentile and Jonathan
Slavin will undertake an assessment of some of the fundamental theoretical and
clinical issues raised in Jody Davies' now classic paper, "Love in the
Afternoon," as reflected in the evolution of psychoanalytic issues in the
subsequent nearly two decades.
Davies' original paper broke new ground
about the nature of the developmental process as seen
through the lens of relational psychoanalysis. Her clinical example raised
profound and controversial questions that continue to be debated. Gentile and
Slavin, in their own clinical and theoretical papers, build upon this work by
exploring psychoanalysis as a dialogue of embodied desire, as a potential space
for the reinjury or repair of the patient's psychic integrity, and as an
arena for negotiating fantasy and reality - and truthfulness -
especially in situations of conflict and impasse. Gentile and Slavin will
be joined by a distinguished panel in exploring the boundary-setting, wounding,
healing, and liberating function of truthfulness.
We invite participants to join our
dialogue as we reflect and speak about that which is often silenced in our
- Jill Gentile, Ph.D., is a faculty and supervisor at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity; faculty and co-chair,
Independent track, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and
Psychotherapy; faculty, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Center
for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ; corresponding editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and Editorial Board, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. She has published
several essays describing a psychoanalytic developmental trajectory of semiotic
empowerment and desire, agency, and intersubjective discovery.
- Jonathan H. Slavin, Ph.D., ABPP, is clinical
instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; founding president,
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and served twice as president of
the Division of Psychoanalysis (39), APA. Dr. Slavin has taught and consulted
most recently for the Ministry of Health, State of Israel; the Israel Defence
Forces: the Romanian Foundation for Psychoanalysis; and the Cleveland Center for
Psychoanalysis. His published work has focused on fundamental human elements in
the psychoanalytic relationship including love, sexuality, desire, and
truthfulness, and their role in the repair of the mind.
- Jody Davies, Ph.D., is editor in chief emeritus, and current associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; faculty, supervisor and former co-chair of the Relational Track, NYU
Postdoctoral Program; founding VP of IARPP, founding member of the Stephen
Mitchell Ctr for Relational Psychoanalysis, and faculty and supervisor at NIP,
MIP, and at Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, LA. She is on the
editorial boards of Gender & Sexuality, and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and is co-author (with Frawley-O'Dea) of Treating the Adult Survivor of Chilhood Sexual Abuse.