Events 2017

The Program Committee of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute 

presents a very special Scientific Program:

Making us Great Again? 

A Psychoanalytic Discussion of Populism

Leon Hoffman, M.D. and Coline Covington, Ph.D., B.P.C.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8 pm

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

247 East 82nd Street, NYC (btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves)

The presenters will discuss the political dynamics of populism from a psychoanalytic perspective. They will stress the group's sense of vulnerability and fear and the powerful role the populist leader plays for the group within this psychological state. A charismatic leader is chosen who promises to make the group powerful, perverting the truth by promoting "alt-facts" which fit into the fantasy life of the leader and group. Two approaches are discussed: (1) understanding how vulnerable groups attempt to deal with traumatic experiences by utilizing maladaptive defense mechanisms, such as denial and projection, in order to protect themselves from unbearable negative emotions and (2) understanding that when a large group's survival and identity are under threat, individual mindfulness is dissolved in the service of defending against the experience of loss and trying to restore a sense of potency within the group.  Please note: the presenters will allow ample time for discussion with each other and the audience.  All perspectives are most welcome. 

General Admission: $20

Student Admission (non NYPSI): $15

No charge for NYPSI members and students

To register, click HERE, visit or call 212.879.6900


Lois Oppenheim, PhDScientific Program Chair

Dr. Leon Hoffman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Training and Supervising Analyst in adult, child, and adolescent analysis, and co-Director of the Pacella Research Center at NYPSI. He is on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chief Psychiatrist at the West End Day School in New York City.

Most recently, Dr. Hoffman has developed the Manual for Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors (RFP-C): A Psychodynamic Approach, co-written with Timothy Rice and Tracy Prout, and published by Routledge in 2016. A clinical trial using the manual is underway at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, with Tracy Prout as Principal Investigator.

Dr. Coline Covington is a Jungian Analyst with a background in political science and criminology. She is a Fellow of the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI), a think tank formed by Prof. Vamik Volkan, Lord Alderdice, and Dr. Robi Friedman to apply psychoanalytic concepts to understanding political conflict. Dr. Covington's publications include: Terrorism and War: Unconscious Dynamics of Political Violence (Karnac, 2002);  Shrinking the News: Headline Stories on the Couch (Karnac, 2014); Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2015); and Everyday Evils: A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality (Routledge, 2016). She is in private practice in London.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1) assess political and sociological dynamics using a psychoanalytic framework.
2) broaden the scope of psychoanalytic application.
3) facilitate understanding of large group behavior and its relation to the state of mind of both the group and its leader.

NYPSI | 247 East 82nd Street, NYC 10028 | 212.879.6900 |

Beyond Good and Evil

Southbank Centre, London

Saturday 30th September 2017

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Are we ready to move past the ideas of good and evil? From Hollywood movies to Twitter and the media, the world is often divided into good versus evil.

From Hollywood movies, to Twitter and the media, the world is often divided into good versus evil. But does seeing the world in these absolute terms prevent us from seeing the moral complexity of the world around us? And does this stop us from understanding the most pressing moral questions of our times? Is this way of seeing the world a legacy of religious teaching which often casts good as the opposite of evil? Or are good and evil useful ways of seeing a troubled world?

A panel of philosophers, religious leaders and educators discuss whether humanity is ready to move beyond good and evil including:

- Coline Covington, a Jungian analyst in private practice in London. She previously worked as a consultant to local authorities and the Metropolitan Police in the UK on juvenile justice policy. She is former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a Fellow of International Dialogue Initiative. Her most recent book is Everyday Evils: A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality.

- Dave Tomlinson was a house church leader for many years and is now an Anglican priest. Unable to accept the narrow restrictions of his tradition, he founded the legendary Holy Joe's, a church in a pub in Clapham for disaffected church drop-outs. He is now Vicar of St Luke's, Holloway, a thriving parish church in north London. He is the author of the seminal The Post-Evangelical, I Shall Not Want and Re-enchanting Christianity, How to Be a Bad Christian, The Bad Christian's Manifesto and Black Sheep and Prodigals: An Antidote to Black and White Religion.

- Dr Julian Baggini, philosopher and author of numerous books including most recently The Edge of Reason: A Rational Sceptic in an Irrational World.

Chaired by Ike Anya, who was born in Nigeria and qualified at the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria in 1995. He is currently a consultant and associate director of public health and an honorary lecturer at Imperial College. He sits on the epidemiology and black and ethnic minority health section councils of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Chichester Speakers' Festival

Friday 29th September 18.45-20.00

Lewes Speakers’ Festival

Saturday 22nd July 18.45 - 20.00


In this talk Covington takes a psychoanalytic look at the evils committed by "ordinary" people in different contexts – from the Nazi concentration camps to Stockholm Syndrome to the atrocities publicized by Islamic State – and presents new perspectives on how such evil deeds come about as well as the extreme ways in which we deny the existence of evil.

Group behaviour, morality and forgiveness are considered. She explains how we demonize the "other" and how violent actions become normalized within communities, such as during the Rwandan genocide and Polish pogroms. The recent attraction of the Islamic State also highlights our fascination with violence and death.

This presentation blends psychoanalysis with sociology, history, and other studies of violence in order to develop a richer understanding of evil. Intending to make the unthinkable thinkable, this will appeal anyone who has ever asked the question: "How could anyone do something like that?

Dr Coline Covington is a senior Jungian analyst and psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experiences. She is former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council and Supervisor of the Society of Analytical Psychology, the British Association of Psychotherapists, and the London Centre of Psychotherapy. 

A Q & A session will follow.

The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, London

10th June 2017

“Mindlessness: the Deadliest Sin of All”

Dr Coline Covington BPC, PSA will be Speaker for our concluding CPD Seminar on the Seven Deadly Sins Revisited.  Coline is a Jungian Training Analyst with the SAP and BPF with over 25 years of clinical and professional experience.  She has written and published widely on themes relating to Terror, War and the Nature of Evil. 

Psychotherapy Sussex, Brighton

3rd June 2017

“The Path from Mindlessness to Immorality to Evil”

Details TBA

Details TBA

Journal of Analytical Psychology Conference, New York

20-23rd April 2017

“Trauma and Dissociation”

Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford

26th March 2017

AGIP Annual Lecture, London. 

4th March 2017

“Children of perpetrators”