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The Society

Students in psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and the humanities, as well as academics and those interested in learning about psychoanalysis on a deeper level attend the monthly meetings of the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society. Intellectual leaders in the field present their ideas at a Saturday morning meeting. 

Society Officers

President:     Valerie Laabs-Siemon, MS
President-Elect:     Elizabeth Lennihan, LCSW
Secretary:      Enis Novalija, MD, PhD
Treasurer:     Adam Moriwaki, PsyD



WPS Regular and Charter Members

Denise Ambré, LCSW
Susan Barbour, EdD
Cynthia Carlson, LCSW
Nancy Debbink, MD
Hope Erwin, EdD
Richard Frank, MD
Jon Gudeman, MD
Kenneth Johnson, MD
Valerie Laabs-Siemon, MS
Lisa Lennihan, LCSW
Virginia Linabury, MD
Jon Meyer, MD
Adam Moriwaki, PsyD
Enis Novalija, MD, PhD
Jan Van Schaik, MD
James South, PhD
Robert Welker, PhD




SOCIETY EVENTS 2018– 2019 


Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society
2323 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Society Meeting Schedule 2018 – 2019
Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital (main hospital)
2301 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Conference Room - G126A
(Garden Level, down the hall from Garden Cafe)
Park in Parking Structure A
*** 11:00am – 1:00pm ***


  • September 15, 2018                  Paul Holinger, MD – Chicago, IL

                                                                       "Title TBA"                          

  • October 13, 2018                       Monisha Akhtar, PhD – Philadelphia, PA

                                                                        “Title TBA”


  • November 10, 2018                   Richard Chefetz, M.D. – Washington, DC

                                                                         “Title TBA”


  • December 2018                         ***No meeting***                       


  • January 26, 2019                       Gabriel Ruiz, LCPC – Chicago, IL

                                                 “On Dreams in Contemporary Psychoanalysis


  • February 2019                                       ***No meeting***    


  • March 2, 2019                          Christine Sterkel, M.D.  – Chicago, IL

                                                                  “Title TBD”


  • April 6 or 13, 2019                        Gil Katz, PhD  – New York, NY

                   "John Lennon, Microwave Ovens, and the Enacted Dimension of Analytic Process"

                                                         **(Dr. Black Memorial Lecture)**


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 2.0 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.
Note: CMEs are $35 per meeting for non-members.





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