Academy for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts



Rethinking psychoanalysis as being outside of a medical model


The Academy's Mission is to advance the study of psychoanalytic epistemology, theory, practice, ethics, and education within a psychological framework consisting of philosophy, the arts, and the anthropic sciences as opposed to biology, medicine, and the natural sciences. Carpe Diem.


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In Memoriam: Thomas S. Szasz, MD, 1920 - 2012

by Patrick B. Kavanaugh, Ph.D.



Stories from the Bog:

On Madness, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis

by Patrick B. Kavanaugh, Ph.D.











David St. John  is a core doctoral faculty member at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, in Farmington Hills, MI. His is also a board member of the Academy for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Arts, and has a private practice in Plymouth, MI. This paper was first published in the October 2009 Newsletter of the Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.



Maxa Ott is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Pasadena, CA, where she is a also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (now New Center for Psychoanalysis) in Los Angeles, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and holds an M.A. in both Linguistics and History from the Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany. She is the author of “First Steps in the Clinical Practice of Psychotherapy. She has presented two papers for publication on the Academy's website. They are:



Michael Larivičre was born in Montreal, Canada. He moved to France in 1971 to study Philosophy and eventually earned doctoral degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, and French Literature. He has met and worked with many scholars including Derrida, Barthes, Lacan, Lyotard and Dolto. Dr. Larivičre speaks (and works) in four languages: English, French, Italian and German. Currently, his practice is in France and he has lead seminars internationally in Italy, Canada, United States and Switzerland.



Barry Dauphin, Ph.D. Barry Dauphin, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department of the University of Detroit-Mercy.  He has served as president of the Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (1997-99; 2003-2009).  He is a past president of the local chapters section of Division 39.  He has written on psychoanalysis & culture, psychoanalysis & philosophy and issues involved in psychoanalytic therapy with children and has published the book Tantalizing Times: Excitements, Disconnects, and Discontents in Contemporary American Society published by Peter Lang in 2006.






The Academy is a Section of the Michigan Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, 

the Michigan Chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis,

of the American Psychological Association


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