Center Seminar Series

The Critique of Regression:

A Psychoanalytic Model of Irreversible Lifespan Development




Dr. Gregory Rizzolo will present a psychoanalytic model of irreversible lifespan development. Where classical psychoanalysis has found evidence of “regression” in human development, we can equally find the emergence of novelty in cognitive function and emotional experiencing.  He will argue that psychoanalysis works, not by facilitating a regression to infantile fixation points, nor by reviving archaic developmental needs, but by addressing the complexity of the here-and- now.

Learning Objectives:


After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1. Comprehend the meaning of and history behind the term "regression'' in the psychoanalytic literature.


2.  Learn how to identify novel elements in the experience and behavior that we typically label “regressive." 





Gregory S. Rizzolo, PhD, LCPC




Gregory S. Rizzolo, PhD is a faculty member at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and an advanced candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. His work has appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, among others.  He was awarded the 2017 JAPA Prize for the best paper of the year in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  He is the author of the recent book The Critique of Regression (Routledge, 2019) in which he draws on previous published work to articulate an irreversible model of lifespan development. In addition to writing and teaching, he maintains a private practice in Chicago.





Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, in the Large Meeting Room (map)

This Center Seminar is free to the public; $30 for a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credit payable at the door by cash or check.

For information, contact GKCTPC at 816-512-7438 or




About the Center

The Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is a nonprofit organization which provides a forum for discussion of theoretical, cultural, and clinical ideas regarding psychoanalysis, as well as networking opportunities for professionals, through community forums, professional workshops and annual film series. Membership is open to any person with a serious interest in psychoanalysis. The Center is the parent organization of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, which provides post graduate training in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. More information about the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center is available at





Continuing Medical Education Credits

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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. 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 1.5 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.