Unorthodox: My Life In and Outside of Psychoanalysis: A Conversation with Arnold Richards, MD

April 6, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 4:30 PM on the day before the event.
  • The program presentation runs from 10 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2024.
  • This program is being presented in person only
  • No CE credits are offered for this program.  

From the Introduction by Daniel S. Benveniste to Arnold D. Richards's Memoir, Unorthodox: My Life In and Outside of Psychoanalysis:

In this memoir, Arnie Richards takes us on a tour of his family roots in Eastern Europe, his Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn in the 1930s, his stellar career as a student in New York Public Schools, Yiddish schools, University of Chicago, Downstate Medical School, residency at the Menninger Clinic, and analytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Up to that point, everything Arnie did was orthodox—orthodox Judaism and orthodox psychoanalysis. Then began the reflection and critique of all he had learned, which resulted in a career of literary, professorial, editorial, and political activism aimed largely at what he called “the politics of exclusion.” He highlights Abraham Arden Brill’s early efforts to medicalize psychoanalysis in the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsA) as well as at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He recalls APsA’s 1938 “resolution against the future training of laymen for the therapeutic use of psychoanalysis” and the 1945 reorganization of APsA establishing the hegemony of the Board of Professional Standards and the secondary status of those who were not or had not been granted training analyst status. He also finds certification to be another opportunity for exclusion of some and the control of an out-group by a self-appointed in-group.

Dr. Richard's presentation on his memoir will be followed by an audio/visual presentation of photos and other artifacts.


10 am - 11 am: A conversation with Arnold Richards
11 am - 12 pm: Brunch

Program Coordinator: Heather Silverman, MD


Arnold Richards, MD, was Editor of JAPA from 1994 to 2003 and, prior to that, Editor of TAP. He is a member of the Contemporary Freudian Society and an honorary member of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. He published a series of five volumes of his selected papers: Volume I: Psychoanalysis: Critical Conversations, Volume 2: Psychoanalysis: Perspectives on Thought Collectives, Volume 3: The Psychoanalyst at Work, Volume 4: The Peripatetic Psychoanalyst, and Volume 5: The World of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysts. He also wrote a memoir, Unorthodox: My Life in Psychoanalysis, and has co-edited four books. With Arlene Kramer Richards, he founded and has taught a psychoanalytic teaching program at the Mental Health Hospital in Wuhan, China, and is receiving an award from the hospital and municipality in Wuhan this spring. Dr. Richards is the publisher of


David James Fisher, PhD, is a Senior Faculty Member at NCP and a Training and Supervising Analyst at ICP.  He is a Research Psychoanalyst.  His new book, The Subversive Edge of Psychoanalysis, will be published this year by Routledge. He has 45 years of clinical experience and practices in West Los Angeles.

Sharon Zalusky Blum, PhD, is a senior faculty member at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She is an adjunct supervising analyst at the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training in Chevy Chase, MD. She has served as a North American Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (IJP) and served two terms as North American Representative to the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA).  Since 1995 she has been an active participant at the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsA). She has published many articles on the impact of technology on the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic process. She maintains a private practice in Brentwood, CA. 



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