Annual Fall Meeting with Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

  • 06 Dec 2009
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • St. Joseph's University The Haub Center in McShain Hall


  • *Early Career Professionals are those who are within three years of graduating with their doctorate or other professional degree.

Registration is closed

Everything, Nothing, and Something: On the Paradoxes and Intricacies of Narcissism
Charles Ashbach, Ph.D.

Schedule of Program
3:00 – 4:30pm      PSPP business meeting & presentation
4:30 – 6:00pm      Cocktail reception with hors d’ouerves

Narcissism has been one of the central concepts in psychoanalytic theory since Freud’s 1914 paper.  Far from being merely a “direction” of libido, an aspect of identity, or the aberration of a society, narcissism represents a complex dimension of Mind that operates on a unique and paradoxical set of principles. Narcissism stands as a core force powering the psyche in its search for perfection, plenitude and transcendent oneness.  Failing that, it can transform into a relentless energy seeking to destroy all difference and Otherness.  Clinically, it manifests as a prime source of resistance, impasse, perversion and addiction. Dr. Ashbach has been researching and pondering this phenomenon for some time and will take the opportunity to share some of his observations, questions and discoveries.

About the Presenter
Charles Ashbach, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Wyndmoor and Philadelphia.  He is co-author of the book,  Object Relations, the Self and the Group.  He is a founding faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute(IPI), in Chevy Chase, Maryland and is chair of the Philadelphia chapter of IPI. His research interests include Klein/Bion, narcissism, group psychology, and the role of suffering and sacrifice in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

PSPP Award
Please join us as we honor Linda Hopkins, Ph.D. as this year's recipinet of the PSPP award for her outstanding contribution to the education and professional development of local psychoanalytic and psychodynamic clinicians.

St. Joseph's University, The Haub Center in McShain Hall, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. The Haub Center is located in McShain Hall, on the west side of City Avenue, at the end of the pedestrian footbridge. For a map and directions visit:

Parking is available in the Hawk's Landing Parking Garage, a 6 story enclosed garage on 54th Street, just south of City Ave. Traveling south on City Ave, turn LEFT at 54th Street, then LEFT into the first driveway. Traveling north on City Ave, turn RIGHT onto 54th, then LEFT into the first driveway. The entrance for the parking garage is on the right. The garage gate will be open from 2 to 3:30 pm, and there will be volunteers to help with directions to 
the HAUB CENTER (a 5-10 minute walk from the parking garage). The Haub Center is on the 5th floor of McSHAIN HALL, which is the building attached to the footbridge on City Avenue. 

Brochures will be mailed the week of October 19, 2009. Registration is available online or by mail. Make checks out to 'PSPP' and send to:
Ellen Balze, Ph.D.
11 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Program Brochure/Registration Form

Registration Fees

If received by November 15, 2009
$35      PSPP members and family (per person)
$40      Non-members
$30      Early Career Professionals*/Candidates $20      Students
$20      Retired persons

If received after November 15, 2009
$45      PSPP members and family (per person)
$50      Non-members
$40      Early Career Professionals*/Candidates
$20      Students
$20      Retired persons

*Early Career Professionals are those who are within three years of graduating with their doctorate or other professional degree.
Available before November 15, 2009, less $10 for administrative costs.
Contact  Persons 
Julie Nemeth, Ph.D.
              215-399-4123         215-399-4123 |
or Ellen Singer Coleman, MSW
              215-990-6997         215-990-6997 |
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