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The Institute

The Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute has an arrangement to support local students to train with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Psychoanalytic training is the backbone of our work. Without it there would be no steady stream of new psychoanalysts in our community.  To learn more about  Michigan's Psychoanalytic Institute click here.


Institute President:  Nancy Debbink , MD



The Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute is offering Early Admission Seminars and Clinical Moments Sessions.


(in collaboration with Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute)


5 sessions per topic on Saturdays


  •       The Patient's Questions and The Analyst's Need for Privacy/Secrecy: Theory and Technique            

        Aisha Abbasi, M.D. and  Nancy Debbink, M.D.                                              Sep 9, 16, 23, Oct 7, 14 


  •      On Psychoanalytic Practice

      Sally Rosenberg, D.O. and Susan Barbour, EdD                                             Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18


  •       Symptom Formation: Readings from Freud and Contemporary Analysts  

       Dr. Nancy Kulish, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Lennihan, LCSW                                  Dec 2, 9, 16, Jan 6, 13


  •           Wisdom Won From Illness       

            Melvin Bornstein, M.D., Richard Frank, M.D. and Jan Van Shaik, M.D.      Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24


  •          Working with Adolescents: Implications for Working with Patients in Other Phases of Life    

        Lorrie Chopra, M.A. and Denise K Ambre, LCSW                                                Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7   


  •           The Continuing Importance of Dreams in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Five Clinical Presentations                  

      Marvin Margolis, M.D. Ph.D., Kehinde Ayeni, M.D. and Nancy Debbink, M.D.     Apr 21, 28, May 5,12, 19    


  •         Working Within the Interpersonal Field             

     Nancy Blieden, Ph.D. and Denise K Ambre, LCSW                                                   Jun 9, 16, 23, 30




Attendance strongly encouraged:


No Class Sept 30, Nov 25, Dec 23, 30, Feb 17, Mar 31, Apr 14/Symp, May 26, Jun 9 or 16/APsaA mtgs




   Clinical Moments Schedule

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


On behalf of the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute

you are invited to our Clinical Moments Meeting.




A light dinner will be served from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


followed by a presentation by


Tareq Yaqub, MD


“Excitation in Therapy: When Enthusiasm is Soothing but not Healing”




Host and Location

Susan Davison

2540 W. Dunwood Road

Glendale, WI 53209

RSVP to Su Davison at 414-228-8687 or [email protected] by March 4, 2018




Educational Objectives:           

  • To explore how unconscious interactions between the patient and therapist can result in various levels of excitation within the therapeutic field
  • To incorporate Dr. Joseph Weiss’s hypothesis regarding how healing comes from disconfirming a patient’s pathogenic beliefs in the treatment of the sexually abused patient
  • To gain understanding of the role that parallel process between therapist and supervisor plays to further provide effective therapy for the patient
  • To develop an understanding of the role of soothing in the traumatized patient and the difference between soothing and healing
  • To discuss a clinical moment in which a shift in the patient’s transference led to a transition in therapy from soothing to more deliberate attempts at healing.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.




Helpful Forms

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