Psychoanalysis and the Humanities: Memoir, Twinship and Mental Health, a Conversation

July 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and requires advance registration. 

Marilyn Peterson Haus’ affective memoir Half of a Whole: My Fight for a Separate Life provides a rich basis for a discussion on memoir, mental health, and family. The panel will reflect on her experience with a twin with serious mental health struggles, and the act of writing a memoir about a complex family in the context of her own experience of psychoanalytic therapy. Discussants Jane G. Tillman, PhD, and Joan Kavanaugh, PhD, will bring their perspectives as psychotherapists and ordained ministers to the conversation.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Librarian/Archivist Alison Lotto, MA, MLIS: alison.lotto@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5259 

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Marilyn Peterson Haus, photo credit Edward Acker

Discussants include:    

Marilyn grew up on a Minnesota farm. Having retired from a business career, she enjoys gardening, cross country skiing, and listening to classical music. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts. For more information, visit: marilynpetersonhaus.com

Joan Kavanaugh, PhDJoan Kavanaugh, PhD 
Dr. Kavanaugh is a psychotherapist and ordained minister (UCC) who founded the Counseling Center at New York City's Riverside Church in 1978. She served as director of the Counseling Center and as clergy at Riverside through 2011. She holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary; Certificates in Pastoral Psychotherapy and Marriage and Family Therapy from Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute; and a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from Andover-Newton Theological School. She received a "Distinguished Alumna" Award from BGPI for her leadership in the field. She is currently in private practice in New York City. For more information about Dr. Kavanaugh, visit: www.joankavanaugh.com  

Jane G. Tillman, PhD is the Director of the Erikson Institute of Austen Riggs.Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP 
Dr. Tillman is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research.  A board certified clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst, Dr. Tillman is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and a Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tillman serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is the past-president of the Section on Women, Gender, and Psychoanalysis of Division 39, served two-terms as the chair of the Ethics Committee for Division 39, and past board member of the Western Massachusetts Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (WMAAPP). Dr. Tillman is the Principal Investigator on an externally funded study, States of Mind Preceding a Near Lethal Suicide Attempt

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1 hour