NIPPA Fall Colloquium 2017 Call for Papers

Deadline May 15, 2017

NIPPA's Annual Fall Colloquium Committee is seeking papers for the 2017 Colloquium, which will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  

The Fall Colloquium gives NIP graduates and current candidates an opportunity to present a paper to the NIP community, an audience of peers and colleagues. Two senior analysts are invited to comment on the paper as discussants. 

We encourage those who have never presented or published their work, and fall into one of the following categories, to submit papers: alumni and candidates of NIP's Adult Training Program, National Training Program, and Supervisory Training Program; alumni of NIP's one year Child & Adolescent Program; and alumni and candidates of NIP's Integrative Trauma Treatment Program who have completed analytic training at NIP or another institute.

Papers may be up to 30 double-spaced pages, typewritten, including the title page and references. After being selected, the author will be asked to hone the paper to a 20-25 minute oral presentation. The author will assist the committee in selecting the discussants. 

Please submit papers by Thursday, May 15, 2017 to The subject line should read "2017 Colloquium Paper for Submission." Information identifying the author will be removed and the paper will be forwarded to the committee for review and selection. Only after a paper has been chosen will the author's identity be disclosed to the committee.

We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity and submit your work. The Fall Colloquium is a congenial event - with a very friendly and supportive atmosphere. Please consider taking this first step into the world of analytic writing and presenting.

NIPPA Fall Colloquium Committee

Past NIPPA Colloquia

2016 - What's Good Got To Do With It?: Conceiving a New Perspective on Object Relations When Dealing with Trauma

In cases of massive childhood trauma where there has been little or no positive relational experience, this presentation proposes that a good object is not internalized, and only defensive, pathological internal structures are formed. In such cases, therapeutic action turns both on the internalization of a new good object through the treatment relationship, and a loosening of ties to old bad objects. 

Presenter: Merav Ben-Horin, LMSW
Discussants: Marc Sholes, LMSW & Neil Skolnick, PhD

2015 - The Bitter Pill of Hypochondriasis

What would cause a bright and beautiful woman to torment herself with fears of an inner sickness?

Presenter: Kelli Novak
Discussants: Roger Rosenthal, LCSW & Janice O. Bennett, Ph.D.

2014 - Analysis in the Cloud: The Virtual Self, the Enigmatic Message & Electronic Communication

This presentation explored the purposes, meanings, and contents of text communication within a psychoanalytic dyad.

Presenter: Konstantine Pinteris, LCSW
Discussants: Jackie Gotthold, PsyD & Eric Mendelsohn, PhD

2013 - Finding Words: How Hidden Aspects of a Treatment Can Be Revealed in the Process of Psychoanalytic Writing

This presentation considered the overlap of psychoanalytic writing and psychoanalysis itself, positing that the experience of striving to generate language is at the heart of both endeavors.

Presenter: Rachel Altstein, LP, JD
Discussants: Anthony Bass, PhD & Steven Kuchuck, LCSW

2012 - "They Feel Like I'm a Different Person": Working with Dissociated Selves

Augmenting an analysis with painting allows a patient and analyst to confront a painful multiplicity and piece together just who is painting what.

Presenter: Maggie Robbins, MPS
Discussants: Elizabeth Hegeman, PhD & Donnel Stern, PhD

Being Railroaded

2011 - Being Railroaded: An Analyst's Struggle to Stay on Track

How do we manage shame, despair and frustration in difficult treatments?

Presenter: Matt Aibel, LCSW
Discussants: Darlene Bergman Ehrenberg, PhD, ABPP and Robert Grossmark, PhD