Finding Ourselves in the Storms of Election 2020: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Political Moment, Part One

October 24, 2020, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Arriving at this Political Moment

with Peter Wolson, PhD, and Thomas Brod, MD

This meeting will take place online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive an email with the link and more information.

*** Registration will close at 4:00 PM the day before the event. No registrations are possible after this time.
The first three-hour workshop will offer a schematic psychoanalytic overview of the major issues in what many regard as the most important presidential election of their lifetime. In their presentations, Drs. Wolson and Brod will explore such seminal issues as the conflict between Republicans and Democrats, authoritarianism vs. democracy, presidential leadership and Covid-19, racism vs. multi-ethnic/culturalism, empathy vs. narcissism, science vs. conspiracy theories, capitalism vs. socialism, idealization and othering, etc.
After the presentations, Dr. Wolson will lead the audience in a psychoanalytic discussion that will give participants an opportunity to express personal opinions about the issues that concern them most. The psychoanalytic emphasis will be on speculating about the unconscious psychodynamics underlying the manifest content of the political issues and personalities that are addressed.
The opinions expressed by the presenters and participants do not represent those of the New Center For Psychoanalysis.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this program, participants should be able to: 

  • Differentiate between the object representations of Democrats and Republicans
  • Explain the psychodynamics of authoritarianism
  • Describe the psychological functions of idealization and “Othering”
  • Compare large group identity to conflicting super-ego identifications within the voting public
  • Recognize the therapeutic value of mentalization of affect instead of its discharge


images/Wolson.jpgPeter Wolson, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst and faculty member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. He has served as LAISPS’s president and director of training, is a co-founding member of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies, and was president of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. He is on the resident faculty of the Wright Institute Los Angeles and in private practice in Beverly Hills. His 2019 book, Psychoanalysis Enters the Political Fray: The Op-Ed Articles and Journal Blogs of Peter Wolson, argues that a psychoanalytic perspective is essential to deepen the public political dialogue. He has published professional papers on the vital role of adaptive grandiosity in artistic creativity and fatherhood, the existential dimension of psychoanalysis, the relational unconscious, analytic love and political power.

images/Brod.jpgThomas Brod, MD, is Senior Faculty at NCP. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Brod is an international presenter on Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, coordinates the Manifest Mind series, and is the Co-Chair of NCP's Film and Mind Series, where psychoanalytic perspectives are explored through contemporary films. His clinical practice, Self-Regulation Medical Group, in west Los Angeles applies psychoanalytic exploration of inner states.



Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

3 CE/CME Credits

General Registration: $50 by October 18; $60 after October 18

Students, candidates, interns, and residents: $30


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: 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 New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

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