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Paul Lerner Scholar's Symposium: James Gorney, PhD

  • 20 May 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center


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Paul Lerner



History Beyond Trauma: 

The Enduring Legacy of 

Davoine and Gaudilliere

presented by 

James E. Gorney, PhD


Saturday, May 20, 2017


followed by the 

APS Membership Meeting

from 12:30-1:30pm.

University of Tennessee Medical Center

Morrison Education and Conference Center

1924 Alcoa Highway

Knoxville, TN 37920

Description of Program: Lerner Symposium

Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere have provided the social sciences, and in particular psychoanalysis, with a profound and original illumination of the theory and treatment of psychosis. They have taught, lectured upon, and researched the field of madness throughout the world, including two memorable visits here in Knoxville. This program is In Memorium, commemorating the recent tragic and untimely death of our teacher and friend - Jean–Max.

In the first part of this program, Dr. Gorney will explicate the singular theoretical and clinical contributions of Davoine and Gaudilliere, with a particular focus upon their landmark book – History Beyond Trauma. This book summarizes and synthesizes their many years of brave and highly innovative explorations into the nature of madness and the development of a unique psychotherapeutic approach to guide its treatment and transformation. 

In the second part of the program, Dr. Gorney will demonstrate the immediate applicability and relevance for ongoing clinical practice of Davoine and Gaudilliere's highly original conceptions of the psychotic process  and their guidelines for its treatment. This will be accomplished via a detailed presentation of the course of outpatient psychotherapy with a psychotic patient.


8:30am   Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:50am Introduction to 2017-2018 APS Board

9:00am   Lerner Symposium, Part I: 

The Enduring Legacy of Davoine and Gaudilliere

10:30am   Break

10:45am   Lerner Symposium, Part II:

Case Presentation - The Lost Tribe: Micro and Macro History in Recovery From Psychosis 

12:15pm   Complete Evaluations.

12:30pm   Membership Meeting.  Please join the APS Board for a discussion hour regarding activities and programs. 

Educational Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level program in full, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the key concepts developed by Davoine and Gaudilliere in explicating the multi-generational transmission of trauma.

2. Describe how to implement the clinical approaches of Davoine and Gaudilliere in an ongoing practical way while engaging in psychotherapy with patients inhabiting an immediate zone of trauma,  and/or with traumatic family history.

3. Describe the pivotal role of  intergenerational and individual  trauma in the eventuation of psychotic experience.


James E. Gorney, PhD, is a psychoanalyst in independent practice in Knoxville. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the William Alanson White Institute. He was a member of  the supervisory staff at the Austen Riggs Center and has taught at New York Hospital-Cornell, Duquesne, and the University of Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Lacan, Winnicott, Self-Psychology, Erikson, and innovations in psychoanalytic technique. Last year, he was the recipient of the APS Hans Strupp Award.


This program is open to all APS members. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.

Registration Fees and Policies:

Members are asked to register online in order to help us plan the event (and especially the breakfast!), but there is no charge for this event.

Online registration will close on May 18, 2017.

Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Heather Hirschfeld, PhD.

APS Membership:

Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2016-2017 program year for $70. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $35. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.

American Psychological Association Approval Statement:

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education:

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.

Selected References and Recommended Reading:

Alexander, J.C., Eyerman, R., Giesen, B., Smelser, N.J., & Sztompka, P. (2004). Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

American Psychological Association Journal: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Caruth, C. (Ed.) (1995). Trauma: Explorations in Memory. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Davoine, F. and J-M Gaudilliere (2004). History Beyond Trauma (Trans. Susan Fairfield), New York: Other Press.

Davoine, F. and J-M Gaudilliere (2012). Wittgenstein’s Folly (Trans. W.J. Hurst). New York: YBK Publishers.

Davoine, F. (2014). Mother Folly (Trans. J. Miller). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Davoine, F. (2016). Fighting Melancholia: Don Quixote’s Teaching. New York: Karnac Books.

Fromm, M.J. (Ed.) (2012). Lost In TransmissionLondon: Karnac.

Ornstein, Anna (2012). My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl. Covington, KY: Clerisy Press.


Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to APS President Heather Hirschfeld, PhD.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Division 39, APS, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed

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