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Department of Psychology
University of Parma, Italy
Director: Paolo Moderato, Ph.D.
in collaboration with the
Department of Mental Health
A.U.S.L. of Parma, Italy
Director: Angelo Righetti, M.D.
The scientific status
of psychoanalysis
Seminar for mental health professinals held on May 17, 2000,
at the University of Parma, Italy, by
Robert R. Holt and Morris N. Eagle
Chairman: Paolo Moderato. Introduction: Paolo Migone
Participants: Maria Pia Arrigoni, Marco Francesconi,
Massimo Pauri, Angelo Righetti, Francesco Rovetto

Translation into Italian by Paolo Migone

The VIDEOTAPE of the entire seminar is available,
in both languages (English and Italian).
For informations and orders, contact
Paolo Migone, M.D.,
Via Palestro 14, 43100 Parma, Italy,
tel./fax +(39) 0521-960595, E-Mail <>

Robert R. Holt, emeritus professor at New York University, worked, among others, with Hadley Cantrill, Gordon Allport, Henry Murray, and with David Rapaport. After Rapaport's death he directed, together with George S. Klein, his research group where he tried to continue the same line of research, both theoretical and experimental, around the psychoanalytic theory of thinking. He later took a critical stance toward the Freudian metapsychology. A collection of his writings was published in the book Freud Reappraised. A Fresh Look at Psychoanalytic Theory (New York: Guilford, 1989). (Go to a cultural and biographical sketch of Robert R. Holt)

Morris N. Eagle worked in the research group with Robert Holt and George Klein at New York University. Later he directed the Departmet of Psychology of York University in Toronto, e now he is professor at Adelphi University (New York). E' was nominated, first scholar in the behavioral sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, worked at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh together with Adolf Grünbaum and Carl G. Hempel, in the year 1993-94 was nominated "Erik Erikson Scholar-in-Residence" at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge (Massachusetts), and was elected President of Division 39 ("Psychoanalysis") of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of the book Recent Developments in Psychoanalysis. A Critical Evaluation (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984, reprinted by Harvard Univ. Press in 1987). (Go to a cultural and biographical sketch of Morris N. Eagle)

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Videotapes, CDs, or DVDs  for mental health professionals:

John F. Clarkin, "Personality and personality disorders" (1997) (6 videotapes, 17 hours)

Joel Becker, "Anxiety Disorders: Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapeutic techniques" (2000) (2 videotapes or DVDs, 5 hours)

Joel Becker & Gabriele Melli, "Recent advances in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" (2003) (1 videotape or DVD, 3 hours)

Robert R. Holt & Morris N. Eagle, "The scientific status of psychoanalysis" (2000) (1 videotape, 2.5 hours)

Robert R. Holt, Philip S. Holzman, Roy Schafer, Herbert J. Schlesinger, Fred Schwartz, Peter H. Wolff et al., "40th Anniversary of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group: Reflections on David Rapaport" (2003) (1 videotape, 2 hours, in English)

Adolf Grünbaum et al., "Questions and answers on psychoanalysis and philosophy" (1998) (2 audio-CDs)

Robert R. Holt, "A History of the Research Center for Mental Health, New York University (NYU)" (2006) (1 DVD, in English)

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