Weekend Conference October 2018

International Psychotherapy Institute  
Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852


Weekend Conference October 12-14, 2018

The Contribution and Influence
of Enrique Pichon Rivière

Weekend Co-chairs:  James Poulton, PhD and David Scharff, MD

Saturday morning October 13 lecture & small group
$10, 2.5 CE credits

Although Enrique Pichon Rivière was a pioneer in the development of such pivotal psychoanalytic concepts as the link (vinculo), the internal group, and the unconscious as a chronical of the history of social experience, his work has remained relatively unknown to non-Spanish speaking clinicians.

Taking its cue from a recent book of translations of Pichon Rivière's most important essays, edited by Roberto Losso and IPI's own Lea de Setton and David Scharff, this conference will examine not only Pichon Rivière's ideas and clinical innovations, but also his influence on psychoanalysis (an effective and empirically validated treatment modality for a broad range of psychological complaints and disorders) and psychoanalytic writers from around the world.  

The conference will include presentations by David Scharff, MD, and Lea Setton, PhD, on Pichon Rivière's key ideas and clinical techniques, Joaquin Pichon Rivière, PhD (Enrique's son), on his father's application of psychoanalytic principles to groups and organizations, Sheila Hill, MSW, and Yolanda Varela, PhD, on the ideas of Pichon Rivière's colleague, José Bleger, and Jim Poulton, PhD, on the Barangers' ideas on the analytic field and Rene Kaës' applications to families and groups.

The conference will include lectures, case presentations, large and small group discussions, and a dinner on Saturday night.  

Full Conference Fee

$485 up to 21 days in advance; $505 thereafter 
(IPI full members: $350; associate members: $400).
Full time students: $150.  

Saturday morning lecture and group discussion only:  $10


Weekend Conference, October 12-14, 2018: 
Approximately 14 credit hours 

Saturday morning lecture & group discussion, 9-noon
2.5 credit hours

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Lea S. de Setton, PhD, in the practice of Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with individuals, couples and family; provides supervision, seminars in family therapy, and teaches in courses of IPI - Panama. Faculty member of IPI DC and chair of IPI - Panama.

James Poulton, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City and a member of the national faculty of IPI. He is the author of Object Relations and Relationality in Couple Therapy: Exploring the Middle Ground and co-author of Internalization: The Origin and Construction of Internal Reality.

Joaquin Pichon Rivière, PhD, is a social psychologist in Buenos Aires who uses operational groups (the group innovation of Enrique Pichon Rivière in his consultation with institutions.

Sheila Hill, MSW, is a member of the IPI national faculty and the chair of IPI's Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. She is in private practice in Knoxville, TN.

Dra. Yolanda de Varela is a training analyst with IPA, FEPAL, GEPP, and IIPT, President of the Psychoanalytic Group of Panama, a founding faculty member of IPI in Washington DC, the founder of IPI Panama, and an international teacher and speaker. She has published numerous articles on couples and individual psychotherapy.


This conference is designed to help participants:

  1. Demonstrate at least two clinical techniques based in Enrique Pichon Rivière's theory of the link (for David Scharff and Lea de Setton's presentation)

  2. Give examples of a "bastion" and an "unconscious alliance" as they occur in couple and group interactions (for Jim Poulton's presentation)

  3. Compare operative groups with psychotherapy groups and list two features that distinguish them (for Joaquin Pichon Rivière's presentation)

  4. Identify, in a clinical vignette, an example of a patient's "internal group" and describe its effect on the therapeutic relationship and progress (for Student Case Presentations)

  5. Analyze the role of the psychoanalytic frame in eliciting - via repetition compulsion - primitive, undifferentiated aspects of the personality from the earliest stages of life (for Sheila Hill and Yolanda de Varela's presentation)


  1. Bernardi, R. and De Leon De bernardi, B. (2012).  The Concepts of Vinculo and Dialectical Spiral: A Bridge between Intra- and Intersubjectivity.  Psychoanal. Q., 81(3): 531-564.

  2. Scharff, D.E. Losso, R. Setton, L. (2017). Pichon Rivière's Psychoanalytic Contributions: Some Comparisons with Object Relations and Modern Developments in Psychoanalysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(1):129-143.

  3. Baranger, M. and Baranger, W. (2008). The Analytic Situation as a Dynamic Field. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 89(4):795-826

  4. Kaës, R. (2007). Unconscious Alliances. In Linking, Alliances, and Shared Space: Groups and the Psychoanalyst (A. Weller, Trans.) (pp. 205-230). London: International Psychoanalysis Library.

  5. Bleger, J. (1967). Psycho-Analysis of the Psycho-Analytic Frame. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 48:511-519

  6. Scharff, D. (in press). Symbiosis and Ambiguity: A Psychoanalytic Study, by Jose Bleger, 1967, translated and published in English, 2013. A Re-Review by David Scharff. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn.

Optional reading:

  1. Losso, R., de Setton, L. S., & Scharff, D. S. (2017). The Linked Self in Psychoanalysis: The Pioneering Work of Enrique Pichon Riviere. London: Karnac

  2. Sosnik, R. (2011). Three Modern Clinician-Theorists: Simbiosis y Ambiguedad [Symbiosis and Ambiguity]. By José Bleger. Buenos Aires: Editorial Paidos, 1967, 307 pp.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 59(4):847-858.

  3. Shedler, J. (2010). The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, American Psychologist, 65(2):98-109.

  4. Levy, K.N., Ehrenthal, J.C., Yeomans, F.E., & Caligor, E. (2014). The Efficacy of Psychotherapy: Focus on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as an Example. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 42(3): 377-421.

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.

Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for this conference will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.

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Joaquin Pichon Rivière, PhD

Saturday Morning Only 
October 13  9:00 - Noon 

Lecture followed by
small group discussion

$10 - 2.5 CEs

Enrique Pichon    Rivière, Operational Groups and Social Psychiatry


Joaquin Pichon Rivière, PhD

Lecture  9-10:30am  

Small Group Discussion 11 am - noon   

The Saturday morning lecture is FREE.  Attend both the lecture and the small group discussion following the lecture for $10 and receive 2.5 CE credits

Affective Learning and the Small Group

The Affective Learning Model is an educational format derived from the theoretical principles of Object Relations. Faculty, candidates, fellows, students and weekend attendees learn together, from didactic material and experience, to integrate theory and technique, cognitive and affective elements, and intrapsychic and interpersonal dimensions.

IPI's affective learning groups represent a core component of the weekend learning. Each participant meets in a consistent group, twice daily and once on Sunday morning during the weekend conference. The affective learning process provides an essential vehicle for learning at IPI, giving participants an effective way to integrate their intellectual and emotional responses to the material at individual and group levels, and to apply this learning to their clinical work. Participants value the small group as a place that fosters their development as clinicians, by giving the learner a close-in opportunity to discuss, argue, and wrestle with concepts and emotional responses to the material.