Psychoanalysis and Leadership: Adventures from the Field with Kerry Sulkowicz, MD

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Dr. Sulkowicz will offer a psychodynamic perspective on leadership and examine why so little has been written in psychoanalytic literature on this topic.

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Psychoanalysis and Leadership: Adventures from the Field (The 2017 Adam Corneel Major Teachers of Psychotherapy Lecture)

Kerry Sulkowicz, MD (Presenter) is a Mananging Principal with the Boswell Group LLC. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the New York School of Medicine and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education in New York City.


Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS (Moderator) is a lecturer, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, an assistant psychiatrist at McLean Hospital, and a candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI). He has a private practice in Cambridge.


Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Location: BPSI Library (1st Floor), 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: Early Bird: $30 • Regular: $40 (after March 17, 2017 at 5pm)


The fee is waived for Residents, Students, Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Associates.

Scholarships are available upon request.


Dr. Sulkowicz will offer a psychodynamic perspective on leadership, developed over two decades as an advisor to CEOs and boards of directors, and then examine why so little has been written in the psychoanalytic literature on this important and otherwise ubiquitous topic. He will then make the case for why clinicians with a psychodynamic perspective can be particularly helpful to leaders and their organizations. Finally, he will suggest that this, and other forms, of applied psychoanalysis may play a central role in ensuring the viability and relevance of psychoanalytic ideas in society.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the ways in which unconscious processes are present in organizations and groups.
  2. Apply knowledge of psychodynamic factors in organizations and groups to their own clinical work.
  3. Meet the need for psychodynamically-informed consultation in the organizations with which they interact.


8:00 pm - 8:10 pm: Welcome & Introduction; 8:10 pm - 9:00 pm: Presentation; 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Discussion and Q&A.


Eisold, Kenneth (2009), What You Don’t Know You Know, Other Press.
Kets de Vries, Manfred (December 18, 2013), “The Eight Archetypes of Leadership”, Harvard Business Review.
Sulkowicz, Kerry (February 2004), “Worse Than Enemies: The CEO’s Destructive Confidant”, Harvard Business Review.
Tuckett, David (2011), Minding the Markets: An Emotional Finance View of Financial Instability, Palgrave Macmillan.

This program will be of interest to mental health clinicians at all levels of training and graduate students in the fields of psychology, social work, and psychiatry.


Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 1.5 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or for more information.

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Grievance Policy

Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/ Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

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