The Role of Play in All Things Human

The Bruce Wine Memorial Conference

This program was presented on

Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
8:45 am – 5:50 pm



Russell Meares, Ph.D.
Frank Lachmann, Ph.D.
Gianni Nebbiosi, Ph.D.
Alexandra Harrison, Ph.D.

Presented by:

The Bruce Wine Memorial Fund
The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
The International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

Program Description

Play, playfulness, and flexibility are all contributors to vitality and positive relationships. We will explore with Russell Meares  and his discussants, these concepts from his  esteemed book The Metaphor of Play. Our speakers will illustrate the beneficial experience of play as it extends across a wide range  of human endeavors. Frank Lachmann and  his discussants will consider the remarkable impact that play and its twin — humor —  can have in promoting the “free” in free  association and relational moments of closeness in therapy. Play is so integral to  imagination and improvisation as to be  synonymous with creativity. Using music as  an exemplar of the range of human creativity, Gianni Nebbiosi and his fellow musician discussants will describe the role of play in  music’s composition and presentation. We  identify the mode of treatment for children  as “play” therapy. Alexandra Harrison and her discussants will consider the significance of play and the creation of an imaginary virtual reality space and the particular affect state that characterizes playful interchanges in the therapy of children.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the wide influence in therapy  of “play” as a metaphor for playfulness,  elasticity, humor, imagination, and openness.
  2. Summarize the contribution of play to innovative problem solving in dreams, psychoanalytic therapy, and creativity.
  3. Recognize clinical opportunities for humor, playfulness, imagination, and  conceptual “play” in the treatment of  adults.
  4. Explain how play is associated with improvisation and creativity in a non-verbal symbol system such as music.
  5. Describe clinical opportunities for playfulness and imagination in the treatment of children in play therapy.
  6. Apply to clinical work, the continuity  of modes of play beginning with mother-baby play in the formation of secure attachment and continuing into peer play and lifelong needs for humor and  recreation.

This conference is appropriate for all levels of expertise.

Featured Speakers

Russell Meares is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Sydney University. He  was trained at Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals and co-developed the conversational model of psychotherapy with Robert Hobson. He is the founder of the Department of Psychiatry, Austin Hospital, University of Melbourne, was the Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of  Sydney University at Westmead Hospital,  and was the Foundation President of the  Australian and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy. His articles appear in 250 scientific publications. His most recent books are Intimacy and Alienation (2000) and The Metaphor of Play (revised  and enlarged edition, 2005). In 2007, he  was awarded the Psychiatrist of the Year at UCLA.
Frank Lachmann is a member of the  Founding Faculty of the Institute for  the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity,  New York, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is author or co-author of more than 100 publications on topics ranging from self psychology, narcissism, music and creativity to aggression and serial killers. He is co-author with Joseph  Lichtenberg and James Foshage of four  books, including most recently, Psychoanalysis and Motivation: A New Look  (2010) and co-author with Beatrice  Beebe of Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions (2002).  He is the sole author of Transforming  Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor and Expectations (2008). He is an honorary member of numerous analytic societies including the Council of the International  Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, the William Alanson White Society (New York) and the Vienna Circle for  Self Psychology (Austria).
Gianni Nebbiosi is President, the  Founding Member of, and a Supervising and Training Analyst with the Instituto di  Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del See Psicoanalisi Relazionale – Italy. He is also a Training Analyst with the National Institute for Psychotherapies in New York, a member of the Board of the International Association for Relational  Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and a  member of the International Council for  Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He is on editorial boards of several journals: Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry,  Progress in Self Psychology, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and the European journal  Selbspsychologie. He has received degrees from several Italian conservatories and a  degree in Professional Music, Berkeley College of Music, Boston.
Alexandra Harrison is a Training and  Supervising Analyst in adult, adolescent,  and child analysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and an Assistant Clinical  Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance.  Her experience as a member of the Boston Change Process Study Group was transformative in that it introduced her to developmental science and to videotape observational  techniques. One outcome of this integration  is her Parent Consultation Model of child  mental health evaluation. An adaptation of  this model is being used by professional volunteers to support caregivers in developing  countries through telephone or Skype  contact. When abroad, she gives workshops  emphasizing quality caregiving relationships  through video illustrations. She documents these projects on her blog, Dr. Harrison has also  developed a specialty in autistic spectrum  disorders and has begun a program for treating ASD children in the preschool classroom  using a psychoanalytic model. She is widely published.

Neither Russell Meares, Frank Lachmann, Gianni Nebbiosi, nor Alexandra Harrison have any relevant  financial relationship with any commercial  interest.

Continuing Education  Credits

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) maintains  responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this educational program. ICP&P is approved by the American  Psychological Association to sponsor  continuing education for psychologists.    ICP&P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because  ICP&P has approval from the Maryland  Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP&P  may also be claimed by social workers  licensed in Virginia and the District of  Columbia. These continuing education  credits meet the ANCC approval standards  for nurses and the approved standards for  marriage and family therapists. Attendees  from the above professional groups will earn 6.25 CE credits for attending the conference. Attendance in full is required  to receive the designated CE credits.  MedChi, the Maryland State Medical  Society, has accredited ICP&P to provide  continuing education for physicians. ICP&P  designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category I TM  Credit(s). Physicians should only claim  credit commensurate with the extent of  their participation in the activity.

Conference schedule

8:00 am Coffee & registration
8:45 am Welcome
9:00 am Introduction & Presentation    Russell Meares, Ph.D.  The Metaphor of Play
9:45 am Panel & Audience Discussion  Amanda Kottler, M.A. &  Hans Peter Hartmann, MD, Psy.D.
10:35 am Break
10:55 am Introduction & Presentation    Frank Lachmann, Ph.D. The Role of Play and Humor in Therapy
11:40 am Panel & Audience Discussion  Alan Kindler, MBBS, FRCP &  Amanda Harms, Ph.D.
12:30 pm Lunch on your own
2:00 pm The Legacy of Bruce Wine
2:15 pm Introduction & Presentation    Gianni Nebbiosi, Ph.D. The Role of Play in Music
3:00 pm Panel & Audience Discussion  David Wyner, LCSW &  Steven Knoblauch, Ph.D.
3:45 pm Break
4:10 pm Introduction & Presentation    Alexandra Harrison, Ph.D.  The Role of Play in Play Therapy
4:55 pm Panel & Audience Discussion  Ruth Gat-Dubrov, M.A. &  Estelle Shane, Ph.D.
5:50 pm Conference adjourns

Staying in Washington

Information about your stay in Washington


Registration is closed.


Early Registration (on or before September 1)
ICP&P Member  $125.00
Non Member  $150.00
IAPSP Member  $135.00
Student**  $ 70.00

Late Registration (after September 1)
ICP&P Member  $145.00
Non Member  $180.00
IAPSP Member  $155.00
Student**  $ 90.00

**To be eligible for the student fee, students must present a valid ID  showing current student status at an institution of higher learning or a  letter from their training institute.

Refunds will be made, less a $30 processing fee, to participants who cancel registrations on or before September 29. No refunds will be made  after that date.

Dress Code

The Cosmo Club requires all men to wear suit jackets and ties in the  public areas. Jeans and tennis shoes are prohibited. Ties and jackets  can be removed inside the conference meeting rooms. Dresses, suits,  or clothing of comparable formality are required for women.

The Bruce Wine Memorial Fund

The mission of the Bruce Wine Memorial Fund, created in 2008, is to sponsor conferences  that bring creative and  innovative theoretical and  clinical perspectives to  ICP&P and to the  larger mental health  community. The  Fund’s central mission  is focused on fulfilling  Bruce’s wish to bring  cutting edge thought  to theory building  and clinical  practice.