Recipient: PA Psychiatric Society 2017 Presidential Award

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The 12th Annual Akhtar-Brenner Lecture on Psychoanalysis at Thomas Jefferson University

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The 12th Annual Akhtar-Brenner Lecture on Psychoanalysis, presented by Michael Vergare MD, was held at Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, PA on October 25, 2017.

The esteemed speaker was Jerome Blackman, MD with a talk entitled, “Psychoanalytically-Enhanced Mental Status Assessment.”

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IPA Buenos Aires 2017 Congress: Award

Dr. Ira BrennerFor his work “The Last Witness: Learning About Life and Death from Aging Survivors,” Dr. Brenner was presented with the Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at the International Psychoanalytic Association’s 50th Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

See a full list of award winners and a video snapshot of the conference.

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Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy Annual Conference 2017

RC PSYCHFaculty of Medical Psychotherapy Annual Conference 2017
April 5-7, 2017
Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

Trauma, Dissociation and Psychosis
An open conference for Medical Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists

Thursday, April 6

  • Plenary Session: “Dissociation and DID -Working with trauma and dissociation”
  • Workshop: “A proposed continuum of dissociative disorders”

See the full schedule of events — Programme

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Topic: ‘Peritraumatic Dissociation in Response to Terrorist Attacks’


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Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Thursday, November 17, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Scattergood Auditorium, Friends Hospital
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia

Peritraumatic Dissociation in Response to Terrorist Attacks

Presented By
Ira Brenner, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College and the Psychoanalytic Institute

Target Audience
Department of Psychiatry staff, clinical staff at Friends Hospital and clinical staff of affiliate programs, e.g., St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Northwestern Human Services and Northeast Community Mental Health Center.

via Drexel Med Monitor

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Keynote at ESTD 2016


APRIL 14 – 16 2016, AMSTERDAM
Trauma, dissociation and affect dysregulation across the life-span

Keynote speaker: Ira Brenner MD


Massive psychic trauma due to genocidal persecution leaves an indelible imprint upon the psyche. These effects, however, may be variable due to many factors, such as one’s age during the onset of the trauma, the nature of the trauma, it’s duration, post liberation experiences, etc. While these effects persist throughout one’s life, this presentation will focus on the the end of the life cycle, when survivors, like everyone else, are faced with the prospect of infirmity, illness, dependence, loss of loved ones, helplessness, and ultimately death. There may be an emergence, re emergence, intensification, and/or transformation of Holocaust memory and symptoms as the sands of time in the hourglass of life are running out. This phenomenon appears to be on a continuum with the so- called deathbed confession and the doorknob phenomenon at the end of a therapy session. The extent to which Holocaust trauma is integrated as opposed to being walled off through repression or dissociation also influences this “hourglass effect”.

Findings will be presented from the clinical situation, a semi-structured interviewing project with child survivors, survivors’ testimony, accounts in the literature, and personal relationships.

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The 10th Annual Akhtar-Brenner Lecture on Psychoanalysis at Thomas Jefferson University


The 10th Annual Akhtar-Brenner Lecture on Psychoanalysis, presented by Michael Vergare MD, was held at Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, PA on November 4, 2015.

The esteemed speaker was Susan G. Lazar, MD with a talk entitled, “The Cost-Effectiveness of Psychotherapy, The Role of Dynamic Therapies and Some Thoughts on the Power of Mind.”

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