The Therapuetic Action of Working with Erotic Transference in Memory of Lew Aron at ORI

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Dear All,

You are invited to be a part of the conference of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Pre-registration is still open. Here is some information about the conference:


When: Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 (9:30am-4:30 pm) Where: St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus,  101 Astor Place, NYC, 10003 or via VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION

Keynote speaker: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, DLitt, NCPsyA
Discussants: Margaret Yard, PhD, APRN & Stephanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R, NCPsyA
Moderator: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP
In Memoriam: Dr. Lewis (“Lew”) Aron

During the last month’s preparation to this conference, we’ve learned about untimely death of Dr. Lew Aron, a distinguished psychoanalyst and teacher, and an open-minded and giving colleague, collaborator, and friend. At this conference, we will gather as a community to remember Lew and will see his image coming alive during viewing some segments of his presentation @ 2010 ORI’s conference.

About the conference:

This conference will focus on the therapeutic action of working with Erotic Transference from various object relations perspectives, distinguishing erotic from eroticized transference, and resistance from the transitional use of the analyst as an erotic object, on multiple levels of development and on multiple levels of unconscious conflict.

The clinical journey we take will be accompanied by historical precedent and historical dilemmas. Going back to Sigmund Freud’s “Observations on Transference Love” (1915), we see the challenge laid before us, as Freud struggled with erotic transference as a resistance versus erotic transference as a conduit for the deepest unconscious desires and conflicts to emerge. The two disparate courses that the erotic transference can take oppose one another.  To the degree that the erotic transference is a resistance it fails to be a conduit for unconscious desires. When the erotic transference is a conduit for unconscious desires, it allows those desires to be understood within the course of psychoanalytic treatment, reducing all forms of resistance.

Our discussants will comment/ contrast the traditional object relations views with the ones of relational and other schools. All theoretical propositions will be illustrated by clinical examples. There will be enough time for discussion of this fascinating subject.

For more information about the presentations and the registration & payment/ discounts/ cancellation policy – please visit or contact ORI administrator by phone at 646-522-1056) or via email To register, please fill out the registration form at or simply write to ORI Administrator (include your full name, educational credentials, contact info, and your intent to register) at

6 CEUs (for Licensed Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists) will be granted for completing the full conference program, pending approval by NASW-NYS, and 6PDU (for educators, legal professionals, candidates in training) from  ORI, a NYS chartered educational training institution.

With best wishes,

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