ICP Presents: In Honor of Estelle Shane, PhD

The Creativity of ICP:

A Program in Honor of Estelle Shane, PhD

Saturday July 25, 2020

1:00-4:00pm PDT

CE Credit Available


*This program will take place via Zoom Webinar.*


Renowned psychoanalyst Estelle Shane, PhD, one of the twelve founders of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, is a much loved and respected figure in the contemporary psychoanalytic world.  Her influence has inspired generations of psychoanalysts in their creative clinical and theoretical endeavors.  On the occasion of her 90th birthday, this program will feature presentations by five psychoanalysts who have been influenced by Dr. Shane’s theoretical and clinical contributions over the many decades of her career.  With the overarching theme of creativity in the clinical process, the presenters will offer a varied selection of original contributions.

William J. Coburn, PhD, PsyD, will set the stage for our program by describing the evolution of his own ideas about complexity theory over the past 25 years.  In his presentation Dr. Coburn will illustrate the ways in which complexity theory is highly implicated in the vicissitudes of human relationships and their corresponding moments of creativity, the trajectories of which are understood as emergent properties of larger complex systems.

Next, two clinical phenomena will be featured.  Joan A. Friedman, LCSW, PhD, will present “A Twin’s Dilemma: Being Noticed or Being Known,” in which she will describe the specific developmental experiences of twins.  Twinship, a marriage that one does not choose, is a singular event that, for many twin pairs, dictates the course of their emotional lives.

Christina Emanuel, MFT, PsyD, will consider another clinical phenomenon in her presentation entitled, “Third Wave Autism,” in which she will describe the creative possibilities that emerge when we consider autism phenomenologically.  In contrast to traditional models for autism, Dr. Emanuel will show how contemporary psychoanalysis enables a fresh model for autism to emerge, one that, instead of centering autism amidst theories of pathology or etiology, places at the center the autism as experienced by actually autistic people.

The final two papers are a pair, one theoretical and the other more clinical in its focus.

Daniel Goldin, MFT, PsyD, will first present on the “invitation to intimacy” offered by cognitive psychologist and philosopher Jerome Bruner’s narrative mode of human knowing.  In contrast with the paradigmatic mode, the mode of social scientists, the narrative mode is the domain of, among others, fiction writers and therapists.  Dr. Goldin will show that the human creature naturally understands oneself and the world by telling stories, because storying ​is ​the human way of being, enabling us to put into words what we have already initiated in our actions or suffered in the world.

Joye Weisel-Barth, PhD, PsyD, will follow, with her presentation, “Empathy as an Act of Creative Imagination,” in which she too will take up narrative construction in the psychoanalytic process. Arguing that what patients and analysts do together in analysis is to create stories or fictions, Dr. Weisel-Barth will show that, to construct their stories, analytic partners retrospectively process their experience of complex therapeutic interactions, translating these experiences into words.  She will show that, whatever the various interests, theories, and narrative styles, at base the fiction writer and the analyst rely on their creative imaginations, particularly the capacity for empathy, to do the work.

Following these presentations, Dr. Shane will make some remarks.  Carol Mayhew, PhD, PsyD, will serve as interlocutor, with Kati Breckenridge, PhD, PsyD, moderating our program.  Jane Jordan, PsyD, will end our program with a few words of appreciation for Dr. Shane in honor of her birthday.



  1. Recognize the relationship between complexity theory and the vicissitudes of human relationships.
  2. Apply contemporary psychoanalytic concepts to clinical work with twins and autistic patients.
  3. Describe the narrative mode of human knowing, and identify the relationship between the capacity for empathy and narrative construction in the psychoanalyic process.



1:00-1:10pm    Welcome and Introduction, Kati Breckenridge, PhD, PsyD, Moderator 

1:10-1:30         “The Creativity of ICP:  My Evolving Theory,” William J. Coburn, PhD,  PsyD 

1:30-1:50         “A Twin’s Dilemma: Being Noticed or Being Known,”  Joan A. Friedman, LCSW, PhD 

1:50-2:10         “Third Wave Autism,” Christina Emanuel, MFT, PsyD 

2:10-2:30         Comments by Carol Mayhew, PhD, PsyD, Interlocutor, followed by Audience Discussion   

2:30-2:40         Break 

2:40-3:00         “Storying,” Daniel Goldin, PsyD 

3:00-3:20         “Empathy as an Act of Creative Imagination,” Joye Weisel-Barth, PhD, PsyD 

3:20-3:40         Comments by Carol Mayhew, PhD, PsyD, Interlocutor, followed by Audience Discussion  

3:40-3:50         Remarks by Estelle Shane, PhD 

3:50-4:00         An Appreciation of Estelle, Jane Jordan, PsyD 

4:00                 Program Concludes



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Estelle Shane, PhD, is a Faculty Member and Training and Supervising Analyst, New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; Founding Member, Member of the Board of Directors, Faculty Member and Training and Supervising Analyst, The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; Past President, Council Member, and Advisory Board Member, International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP); Adjunct Faculty, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Los Angeles; Consulting Editor, Psychoanalytic Inquiry; Editorial Board, Psychoanalysis, Self and Context; author of numerous publications; and co-author (with M. Shane and M. Gales) of Intimate Attachments: A Developmental Systems Self Psychology (Routledge, 1997).    

William J. Coburn, PhD, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in West Los Angeles. He is Founding Editor Emeritus of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context (formerly the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology), Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and an Editorial Board Member of Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He is a faculty member and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. In addition to having published articles in the areas of intersubjectivity, complex systems, countertransference, and supervision, he co-edited Self and Systems: Explorations in Contemporary Self Psychology (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2009) and Persons In Context: The Challenge of Individuality in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2010). His more recent book is titled Psychoanalytic Complexity: Clinical Attitudes For Therapeutic Change (Routledge, 2014).

Joan Friedman, LCSW, PhD, graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in 2006.  Her doctoral dissertation became the basis for her first book, Emotionally Healthy Twins (DaCapo Press, 2008).  Subsequently she published two more books with a focus on the developmental challenges of being a twin and the elucidation of “twin psychology,” integral to treating twin patients.

Christina Emanuel, MFT, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Pasadena, California.  She is a Training and Supervising Analyst and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, where she is also Chair of the Program Committee.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, where she is Chair of the Webinar Committee.  Christina writes, teaches, and presents about autism, disability studies, and relational psychoanalysis.

Daniel Goldin, PsyD, is a training and supervising analyst practicing in South Pasadena, California. He serves as an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Inquiry and as an associate editor of Psychoanalysis: Self and Context.

Joye Weisel-Barth, PhD, PsyD, is a senior instructor, training analyst, supervisor, and board member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She teaches Basic Concepts, Issues in Relational Analysis, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, and Freud.  Her psychological and analytic practice is in Encino, California. Joye has served as Book Review Editor for Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and is a frequent contributor to major psychoanalytic journals and guest presenter at psychoanalytic institutes and conferences.  Her book, Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives on Narrative in Psychoanalysis: The Creation of Intimate Fictions, will be published as soon as Covid-19 allows. 

Carol Mayhew, PhD, PsyD (Interlocutor), is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Brentwood, California.  She received her psychoanalytic training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, where she is past-president of the institute, as well as a training and supervising analyst and faculty member. 

Kati Breckenridge, PhD, PsyD (Moderator), is a psychologist and a psychoanalyst.  She got her analytic training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles in 1991, being in the first class of that then new institute.  She was a practicing psychologist for 20 years before that.  She is currently a faculty member and a supervising and training analyst at ICP.  She was president of ICP in 2000 and continues to be active in its administration.  She is currently on the ICP Board.  Dr. Breckenridge was on the Council of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology for a number of years and has presented papers at their conferences. 

Jane Jordan, PsyD, holds two analytic credentials from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP). She serves as a training  and supervising analyst, ICP. Former faculty, ICP and ICP North, of which she was also co-founder and coordinator. Editorial board, Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.  Founding member, International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.  Co-founder and coordinator, Self and Relational Psychoanalytic Colloquium. Private practice, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, California.


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