Meet The Author of "The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten" via Webinar

Join us for a live webinar conversation about"The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten", a recent memoir by a BPSI Member, Joan Wheelis, MD. BPSI Members, Steven Ablon and Andrea Celenza will join Joan Wheelis for a virtual book discussion. The live event has been SOLD OUT (we can only accommodate 100 attendees), but the video recording will be available next day. Put your name on the Waiting List here (please copy and paste):

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Tuesday, June 2, 7:30-9:00 pm via Webinar


Joan Wheelis, MD, will discuss her new memoir The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten (W.W. Norton, 2019) with Andrea Celenza, PhD and Steven Ablon, MD.  The participants will have a chance to ask questions. Both of Joan Wheelis’s parents were distinguished psychoanalysts, and the particularities of their profession made vivid impressions on her curious young mind. The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten re-creates her childhood in a series of jewel-like vignettes. At age six, she began spying on her father’s office door through a small latticed window, eager to catch a glimpse of the mysterious patients who needed his help. On summer road trips to Puget Sound, her father would warn her of the dangers of self-deception, once scolding her for “acting falsely” when she waved at a truck driver through the rear window. The New York Times has shortlisted Wheelis’s book for the best memoirs of 2019.

Joan Wheelis is a BPSI Training and Supervising Analyst and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is on the clinical faculty at both Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and is the Founder and Director of Two Brattle Center and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA. Joan Wheelis is the author of several book reviews and articles on psychoanalytic treatment and DBT, and is one of the editors, with Joseph Shay, of Odysseys in Psychotherapy (Ardent Media, 2002).

About the Moderators
Steven L. Ablon, MD, is a Training and Supervising Adult and Child Analyst at BPSI and an Associate Clinical Professor of Harvard University Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Poet. He is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the author of five books of poems. Dr. Ablon's psychoanalytic writings include numerous articles on child analysis, dreams, technique, play, and children literature as well as two books, The Development and Sustenance of Self-Esteem in Childhood (1983) and Human Feelings: Explorations in Affect Development and Meaning (1993).
Andrea Celenza, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPSI, Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Assistant Professor, Part-time at Harvard Medical School.  She is a Co-Director of a blended, online program in Psychoanalytic Studies sponsored by William James College and the author of Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts (2007), Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios (2014). She is in private practice in Lexington, MA.


Book Sale

A limited number of signed books is available for purchase at the time of registration (select "Register and Purchase a Signed Book - $20" from the drop-down menu. Please provide your shipping address. Shipping cost is included in the book price). Webinar link and instructions will be sent to you later. The event will be recorded. 


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