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Professor Claude Barbre, Ph.D., Receives the 2015 Gradiva Award for Best Article In Psychoanalysis and the Humanities

(CHICAGO) (December 2, 2015) Claude Barbre, M.S., M.Div., Ph.D., L.P., full professor in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, received the prestigious 2015 Gradiva Award in the Article Category for his book chapter, “Django Unchanged: Identifications with the Oppressor and Intergenerational Cycles of Traumatic Hauntings and Reenactment” in Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering: Trauma, History, and Memory, edited by Michael O’Loughlin and Marilyn Charles (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). Dr. Barbre has received the Gradiva Award five times in four separate categories to date. Dr. Barbre is course-stream coordinator of the psychodynamic orientation at The Chicago School, and also teaches in child and adolescent studies as well as psychology and spirituality. He is a board member and training supervisor at The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP), and maintains a private practice in Chicago.

The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) established the Gradiva Awards to honor “our valuable allies,” including writers, poets, artists, producers, directors, publishers, who have created works that advance psychoanalysis and the humanities.

Presenting the award to Dr. Barbre, the Gradiva Awards Committee noted that “This important article is a beautifully crafted essay that skillfully weaves various psychoanalytic theories with experiential understanding about the link between oppressor and oppressed.”

Accepting the award, Dr. Barbre said, “I am deeply grateful and honored to receive this award. I want to thank Michael O’Loughlin and Marilyn Charles who included this article in their edited book. I want to especially thank Margaret Morgan Lawrence M.D., a dear colleague and friend, who inspired the paper. As many of you know, Dr. Lawrence is the first African-American psychoanalyst and female-pediatrician trained in the United States. Margaret and I have spoken often through the years about the burdens and blessings of Southern, and American, history—for as Malcolm X said well, “South is south of the Canadian border.” These conversations led me to think in this essay about the powerful bonds between the oppressor and oppressed in intergenerational trauma, and the destructive binds that link oppressors and oppressed. Drawing from Sandor Ferenczi’s writing on the identification with the aggressor, the French psychoanalysts’ theories on traumatic induction — theories illustrated by contemporary film examples — I explore ways to recognize and break the repetitive reenactments found in identifications with the oppressor so that these binds can become transformed, freed to become our human bonds, our shared lives together.”

About the book Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering where Dr. Barbre’s book chapter is published, Vamik Volkan writes, “This book is an important resource for analysts…to consider psychodynamically informed societal interventions dealing with the effects of massive ancestral trauma. It is also informative for analysts in treating individuals who are carriers of trauma that is cultural as well as personal,” JAPA, 2015.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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