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Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch

Nov 28, 2021

“The students are fascinated to see that someone who ordinarily they know behind the couch can be on the stand and try to influence social justice, and influence foster care systems, influence schools, churches and often corporations.” 


Episode Description: We begin by recalling Dr. Kliman's 92nd birthday request of inviting trainees to participate in his work with the Harlem Family Institute and the Harlem Psychoanalytic Institute. He presents clinical examples especially around the issue of giving voice to those who suffered trauma. His teaching includes demonstrating how an analyst engages with the legal system in order to seek justice for ignored victims. We also discuss his recent thinking on PTSD and the altruistic communicative aspects of otherwise individually disabling symptoms. We close with his sharing with us his precarious health, the impact of his Holocaust family history, and the usefulness of his current analysis. 


Our Guest: Gilbert Kliman, MD. Medical Director, Preventive Psychiatry Associates Medical Group and The Children's Psychological Health Center, Inc. Chairperson, Harlem Family Institute. Recipient 2016 Anna Freud Award, 2020 Humanitarian Award of The American Psychoanalytic Association. 2020 Rieger Award, AACAP. Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Diplomate of Am. Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Life Fellow and Diplomate of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Certified Psychoanalyst for Children, Adolescents, and Adults, American Psychoanalytic Association, Diplomate; Fellow, American College of Psychoanalysts 


Recommended Reading: 


Schmidt Hellerau, C (2018) Driven to Survive. iP Books, NY NY (See especially the pages on “Reflective Network Therapy”, pages on “Results”, “Guided Activity Workbooks”) 


Jeffery, E (2001) The Mortality of Psychoanalysts. J. Am. Psan. Assoc. 49:1. 


Kliman, G (2010) Reflective Network Therapy in the Preschool Classroom. University Press of America, Durham MD. (available as hardcopy or Kindle at 


Kliman, G. (2020) Reflective Network Therapy for Childhood Autism and Childhood PTSD. J. Neuropsychoanalysis and Allied Disciplines. Volume 20, 2018 – Issue 2. 




________. (2020). Regularity of IQ Rise With an Interpersonal Preschool Treatment: 81 Treated Preschoolers vs 63 Comparison and Controls. Honors presentation – Rieger Award. 2020 Virtual Meeting, 2020 - For a copy of the data tables, write to 




__________ (2021 in preparation) A Unifying New Theory of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children. Draft available from 




Those who wish video recordings of my 2018, 2019 or 2021 seminars on Forensics or on Reflective Network Therapy, write