The Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute (GKCPI) offers training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, to both qualified mental health professionals and interested scholars and practitioners from other disciplines.
The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center (GKCTPC) provides individuals interested in psychoanalytic thought with a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas, networking opportunities and a place to discuss practical issues of concern.
The Kansas City Psychoanalytic Foundation provides financial support for the educational, clinical, and research programs of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Center and Institute. As part of its mission, the Foundation supports outreach to foster the development of psychoanalysis as a resource to the Kansas City community and to increase overall awareness and appreciation of psychoanalysis.
Dr. Vamik Volkan
PSYCHOANALYTIC POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY and EXTREME RELIGIOUS TERRORISM
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00 am to 4:30 pm Lunch Provided
For over 35 years, Dr. Volkan, continuing a tradition begun with Sigmund Freud, has been interested in the psychology of large-group human behavior, political leader-follower relationship, political ideologies, religion, and wars. Especially after the Holocaust, many psychoanalysts began to examine the influence of massive trauma at the hand of the Other and its transmission through the generations. This presentation describes Dr. Volkan's findings in large-group psychology and explores collaboration between psychoanalysis and diplomacy. He describes large-group identity, be that identity tribal, ethnic, national, religious or ideological, how it develops and how that identity - an identity that does not have one brain to think of two eyes to cry - can inspire people to kill in its name. When ten thousand or millions of members of a large group share a psychological journey, what we see are social, cultural and political processes that are specific for the large group under study. The presenter provides detailed information on historical events and individuals involved in these groups to illustrate the large-group process and their consequences, in a way similar to that of a psychoanalyst presenting the necessary case materials to show the manifestations of a patient's individual psychology.
Dr. Vamik Volkan
Registration deadline: April 3, 2015