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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

The Freud / Ferenczi Letters

A Staged Reading of Selected Letters

freud ferenczi letters

Saturday, November 1, 2014

3 - 6 PM  (1.5 CE)

University of Denver
(Craig Hall, Community Room)

Four prominent clinicians will enact a staged reading of selected letters from a remarkable correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi. This dramatic reading highlights the history of the founders of "the talking cure". The complex emotional texture of this highly creative relationship led to the growth of the practice of psychotherapy. Their tensions stimulated the development of the art of psychotherapy. The echo of their personal struggles still reverberates in the contemporary dialogues and debates in our field. The strength of their disagreements at the dawn of the 20th Century led to the roots of Freudian and Relational trends in psychotherapy today.  Many of the issues that each of us face in our daily clinical practice will be illuminated by an appreciation of how Freud and Ferenczi confronted and handled the challenges of their psychotherapeutic work.

This program has been presented to audiences of psychotherapists in Prague, New York, and next year in London. We are fortunate to have Denver counted among those cities.

After the staged reading and a discussion led by a moderator, there will be a social hour with food and drink. 

Online registration ended 10/29; Please be in touch if you plan to register on site.


$25 - Students         
$45 - Members *       
$55 - General          

* Faculty/Alumni of GSPP, GSSW, or DU; Denver Psychoanalytic Society Members

If necessary, ticket purchases may be refunded through 10/24.

Meet the Performers! 

  • adler

    Elliot Adler, PhD, ABPP is a current faculty member and former Director of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychology. He is also a former President of Section One, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. He is coauthor, with Janet Bachant, of "Working in Depth: Framework and Flexibility in the Analytic Relationship," published by Jason Aronson. He maintains a private practice in Westchester and Manhattan.

  • decosta

    Louise DeCosta, PhD, LCSW is a faculty member, supervisor, and training analyst currently affiliated with the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Institute and a member of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology. In private practice for more than thirty years, her training includes work and study in the USA, Mumbai, India, and London at the Tavistock Clinic. Dr. DeCosta is the Creative Director for both dramatic readings: "The Freud/Jung Letters" and "The Freud/Ferenczi Letters" which premiered in Prague, August 2013.


  • skolnick

    Neil Skolnick, PhD is a faculty member, supervisor and past co-director of the Relational Track at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Additionally, he is faculty member and supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) and the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and edited two books: with Susan Warshaw, "Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis" and with David Scharff, "Fairbairn: Then and Now." He maintains a private practice in Manhattan, where he also conducts study groups.

  • tylim

    Isaac Tylim, PsyD is a Training Analyst and Fellow of IPTAR, member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program. He has published widely on psychoanalytic issues, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Tylim is a member of the Foreign Press Association and a regular contributor to the Buenos Aires Herald. Since 1997 he has served on the IPA Committee of the United Nations.


The Moderator

  • buirski

    Peter Buirski, PhD holds two diplomates from the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis). He received his psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in NYC. He has authored "Practicing Intersubjectively" and co-authored "Making Sense Together: the intersubjective approach to psychotherapy" with Pamela Haglund, and edited or co-edited three other books. He moved to Denver in 1991 and served as Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver until 2012, when he returned to the GSPP faculty. He is a member of the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and a member of the Denver Psychoanalytic Society.

Learning Objectives

1.  Observe the correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi that led to the growth of psychotherapy. 

2.  Describe how the conclusions drawn by Freud and Ferenczi can be applied to issues faced by psychotherapists today.

Please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 303-871-4161 or with questions or accommodation requests (including accessibility concerns, dietary restrictions, private room for nursing).

The University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.