July 2, 2014 Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Aug 6, 2014 Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Sept 3, 2014 Full Board Meeting Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Oct 1, 2014 Executive Committee Meeting Cancelled
Oct 18, 2014 Annual Meeting UCLA Faculty Center 9:00 a.m.
Oct 18, 2014 Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecture and Luncheon UCLA Faculty Center 10:30 a.m.
Nov 5, 2014 Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Dec 3, 2014 Full Board Meeting Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Jan 7, 2015 Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Feb 4, 2015Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Mar 4, 2015 Full Board Meeting Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
April 1, 2015 Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
May 6, 2015 Executive Committee Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
June 3, 2015 Full board Meeting Marisa Leif Conf Room 7:30 p.m.
Marisa Leif Conf Room is in room 3200, Building 300, UCLA Med Plaza
UCLA Faculty Center is at 480 Charles E. Young Dr. East, Los Angeles, CA, 90095 near the intersection of Hilgard Ave. and Westholme Blvd.
The PCFA Newletter has been a source of news about the association's activities and events for decades. Executive Director Lela DeGolia has primary responsibility for producing the newsletter. Paul Bohn is editor.
Editor's Column from the Summer 2014 PCFA Newsletter
by Paul Bohn, M.D., Psy.D.
Airplanes are a great place to get work done. I’m currently seated in the coach section on a brutal 11 hour Lufthansa return flight from Florence, Italy. I just finished editing the last of the PCFA’s 2014 Newsletter articles. Now I need to decide on a topic for the Editor’s Column.
I’m on my way home from the Sixth Tri-annual International Symposium on Psychoanalysis and Art. The ambitious conference theme this year was: “Art/Object: The Artist, The Object, The Patron and the Audience.”The conference was fantastic! Among the 175 international attendees, I met psychoanalysts (MD and non-MD), artists, art collectors, and art therapists from all over the world. The people, the city, and the lectures were all incredible.
Socializing with international colleagues was the highlight for me (Ask Mike Gales and Heather Silverman, who also attended; I think they would agree.). One standout night I ate dinner with 5 other psychoanalysts from around the world: London, Israel, Holland, and Istanbul (Turns out there are only 50 analysts in the entire city of Istanbul; it’s still wide open there!). The discussion was intellectually stimulating with topics ranging from treating PTSD in Israeli bomb victims to practicing psychoanalysis in a predominantly Muslim country tilting toward Sharia law. However, the erudite nature of the conversation deteriorated substantially after the second bottle of Chianti Classico. We were laughing so hard that the waiter had to ask us to keep the volume down, which was particularly impressive given we were in Italy. Later he jokingly threatened to refuse to let us finish our last bottle of Chianti. Who knew psychoanalysts could be so rowdy!
As for the city, Florence is an astoundingly beautiful, easily navigated, historically amazing, tourist’s paradise. And this is an understatement. Largely due to their intense rivalry with neighboring cities, the Medici family fought a metaphorical “war of aesthetics.” They used their abundant banking wealth to make the city an art capital of Europe. The high quality and sheer quantity of Florentine art are indeed intimidating. The list of Florentine artists is the “who’s who” of the Italian Renaissance: Galileo, Giotto, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Machiavelli, Botticelli,Brunelleschi,Donatello, Dante, and several other hard to spell names. In the end, of course, we are the true beneficiaries of their cultural competition.
The symposium lectures were well done, although more slides would have been nice. Compelling talks included “Art, Empathy and Neuroscience” by art historian David Freedberg with discussion by mirror neuron expert Vittorio Gallese. Call me twisted, but my favorite lecture was, “Fashion as Fettish,” by art historian and fashion writer Amy Fine Collins. Her highly entertaining talk first detailed the history of foot fetishes, and later used psychoanalytic theory to explain women’s motivations for wearing high-heeled shoes (After this talk a colleague and I visited the Ferragamo Shoe Museum of Florence for homework.).
If this sounds appealing, mark your calendars for May, 2017; you have plenty of time to plan (http://www.florencepsychoart2014.com ). The Symposium is held every 3 years and is always in Florence.
By the way, for those of you interested in honing your CBT or ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) skills, consider attending the upcoming OCD Foundation Conference, which is being held in LA this year on July 18th, 19th and 20th.
Well thank god, the column wrote itself!