Psychoanalysis under Conditions of War

Part 6 of the discussion in English by the Freud Foundation U.S. and the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, in cooperation with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Lviv National Medical University

Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. CET / 12:30 p.m. EST



Françoise Davoine (Psychoanalyst, Paris)

Gerard Fromm (Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center)

Oleksandr Filts (Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University)

Moderator: Jeanne Wolff Bernstein (Freud Foundation U.S.)


Via Zoom - click here to join


Please note: Due to the current situation in Ukraine, it is possible that the discussion cannot take place as planned on short notice. In any case, we will meet at the scheduled time.

Psychoanalysis under Conditions of War

The question of an "ethical stance" has remained a central theme for psychoanalysts working right now in the midst of the war in Ukraine. Since many attendees and discussants expressed the strong wish to keep this discussion going after the first evening in the summer of 2022, the series continues. Françoise Davoine and Gerard Fromm will meet with interested psychoanalysts, psychologists and other professionals from the Ukraine and other countries.

This evening will provide another opportunity to discuss in detail clinical questions arising from the treatment of patients during war with the renowned trauma expert. Clinical cases will be presented by Ukrainian psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.

A critical point that has emerged during our last five discussions, is that the analyst may have to abandon her/his typical stance of neutrality and abstinence and will have to work within a very different frame setting, but that does not imply that s/he stops being a psychoanalyst in her/his thinking and treatment of severely traumatized patients. We will explore this and other clinical questions during our sixth meeting.

Translation (English-Ukrainian) will be provided.

Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of "Psychoanalysis under Conditions of War" on our YouTube channel!


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