Analyze this: Local psychiatrist will help bring Freud to Russia |

Analyze this: Local psychiatrist will help bring Freud to Russia

Aspen Valley Hospital’s chief of psychiatric services, Dr. Jerome Karasic, will travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg later this month to participate in The American Psychoanalytic Association’s program to revive Freudian psychoanalysis in Russia.

The program, co-sponsored by the Joint Committee on Russian-American Educational Exchanges, seeks to educate Russian medical students and teachers in basic psychoanalytic principles and clinical applications. Additionally, the program aims to help selected students obtain analytic training in the United States.

Dr. Homer Curtis, director of the Joint Committee on Russian-American Educational Exchanges and a former professor of Karasic’s, invited the Aspen psychiatrist to participate in the program this year. Years ago in Los Angeles, Karasic supervised a Russian psychiatrist who was trained under the communist system. The experience left Karasic with the hope that he could someday contribute to the development of psychoanalysis in Russia, and his upcoming 10-day visit there will give him an opportunity to do so, according to an AVH press release.

Beginning in 1995, the International Psychoanalytic Association joined forces with the American Psychoanalytic Association to explore educational exchanges to develop schools for psychoanalysts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. And in 1998, teams of psychoanalysts from the APA began making monthly excursions to both cities.

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