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Upcoming Events:
Growing Old : A Journey Toward Self-Discovery
Danielle Quinodoz                
Friday, November 4  6:30-9pm


WPIC Auditorium, 3811 O’Hara Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213

$15 General Public/ $35 with 2 CE units Co-sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Special thanks to William Cornell and the "Keeping Our Work Alive Series"


Join PPC for an evening with Swiss psychoanalyst and psychologist, Danielle Quinodoz. She is author of numerous articles, and three books. She was awarded the Sacredoti Prize in 1989, and the Prix Psychologie, in 1995 for her first book. She will be presenting the conscious and unconscious difficulties that limit therapists’ ability to help patients reconstruct their internal past while also listening sensitively to current and future needs. Helping individuals to see their lives through the chronology of different phases, may help them to integrate joyful and painful experiences and provide a journey of self-discovery. Discussant William Cornell, MA, Private Practice. Appropriate for all audiences.  


“People react differently to the process of aging. Some people shy away from old age for as long as they can and eventually spend it reflecting on times when they were physically and mentally stronger and more independent. For others old age is embraced as a new adventure and something to look forward to.”

- Danielle Quinodoz


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Writing Your Life: A Journey Of Self-Discovery   4 Wednesday nights at 7pm

Nov. 16 & 30 and Dec. 7 & 14


PPC will offer a special life-writing course with Sharon Lippincott that will be based on some of the themes in Danielle Quinodoz’ book Growing Old: A Journey of Self-Discovery .  Life writing is open to any style of writing, and any level. The goal of the course is to reflect on one's personal story and develop a coherent self-narrative. Class size will be limited and preregistration is required.  

Cost $40 for all 4 sessions (Scholarships available)

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2011-12  Analytic Flick Series: Open to the Public

PPC’s Analytic Flicks/ Fridays 6:30 pm Bigelow Conference and Event Center


Analytic Flicks provides an opportunity to use film as a way of looking

at the human experience through the analytic lens.  Psychoanalysts and others in the mental health field will provide insight into the material presented in the films.  The series is offered on Friday evenings at the beautiful Bigelow Conference and Reception Center at 4338 Bigelow Boulevard, in the heart of Oakland, with convenient parking in Soldiers and Sailors lot.  (The Conference center is located next to the 20th Century Club. Some GPS systems may not correctly navigate to the address) Scroll to bottom of the page for a map.

Films in the series include:


The Fighter  Friday, December 2

Bill Cunningham New York Friday, April 13

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not Friday, June 1


Continuing education credits may be available

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Saturday, March 3, 2012   Freud’s Last Session: Tony-Award-Winning Play and Annual Fundraiser for PPC!  (Reception 6:30-7:30/Play 8:00 pm)


This exciting evening will feature a performance of the Tony Award play Freud’s Last Session at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre in downtown Pittsburgh. The play is based on the book “The Question of God,” by Armand M. Nicholi Jr. The evening will begin with delicious hors d’oeuvres, elegant desserts, coffee or tea, as well as a full cash bar.  A talk-back session will take place after the performance. You will have an outstanding intellectual and imaginative theatrical experience, superb food and an engaging talk-back - - all packed into a glorious, fun-filled evening to raise funds for PPC - - and only $95!


Lit’ Analysis: Reading Fiction With Freud /Saturdays 2-3 pm Main Carnegie Library


The PPC has teamed up with the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland,  to provide a chance to really analyze fiction.  PPC Faculty and Candidates will provide insight and analysis of popular fiction works in an informal discussion held at the Main Carnegie library in Oakland.  All Discussions will be held on Saturday from 2-3 pm in Classroom A.  (Free and Open to the Public)


March 24, 2012 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close discussion with Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.


April 28, 2012 Little Bee discussion with Candidate Matt Markon, JD., MSW


May 26, 2012 Room discussion with Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D.


June 23, 2012  The Tiger’s Wife discussion with Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.


Required CME Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential

Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and

(name of non-accredited provider). 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 a

maximum of [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians

should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in

the activity.


planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial

relationships to disclose.

Psychologists Pittsburgh  Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Assocaition to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work This program is offered for 2 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. 


To confirm that continuing education units are available for your profession please contact Maya Andlig at (412) 661-4224


Recent Events

The Symposium on Reducing Youth Violence June 16 & 17, 2011, at the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, 1815 Metropolitan Street in Pittsburgh, 15233. This two-day symposium focused on programs and strategies that reduce youth violence in Pittsburgh and other U.S. cities. It featured presentations by local and national experts followed by moderator-led discussions and Q & A sessions. 

50th Anniversary Celebration on June 3 & 4, 2011. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center took a look into its past and its future on the occasion of its 50th year as a psychoanalytic educational institution. The celebration included a  presentation, "The Remains of an Object: Graves, Ashes and Things Left Behind" by Salman Akhtar, M.D.

Analytic Flick: Babies on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh 15213. A 2010 documentary, "Babies" follows four infants in four countries: Mongolia, Namibia, Japan and the U.S.A. After the film, Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D., and Gary Swanson, M.D., lead a discussion on this early stage of human psychological development.

Past Events

Analytic Flick: The Story of the Weeping Camel on January 25, 2011.

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders," a training program offered on Saturday, November 13, 2010, in the Auditorium at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pitts-burgh, PA. 15213. Continuing education credits were available.

"The Mind and the Music of George Gershwin" by Richard Kogan, MD, on October 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m., in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15213

About PPC's Programs & Events

PPC offers a variety of educational programs for mental health practitioners and the general public. Continuing education credits are often available for Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists.  
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