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A Memorial Conference in Honor of Donna Bentolila, Ph.D., LCSW - Sponsored by The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Florida Psychoanalytic Center, and The Ticho Foundation.

  • 10/06/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
  • Riverside Hotel, 620 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301


  • SEFAPP Members ONLY - Student ID Required
  • Student ID Required
  • Friends and family of Donna Bentolila for the memorial
  • UNLICENSED student with valid student ID
  • UNLICENSED student with valid student ID


Walk-Ins Accepted

Saturday October 6, 2018

Special Presentation by: 

Françoise Davoine, Ph.D.

9:00 am - 3:45 pm

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

Morning Session:

Madness and the Social Link: Collaborations with Jean-Max Gaudilliere on the Intersection of Creativity and Psychosis.

Afternoon Session:

Clinical Encounters with Psychosis from Lacan and Beyond.

CEs: 5 CEs are awarded upon completion of the program in its entirety.


The Southeast Florida Association For Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Florida Psychoanalytic Center and the Ticho Foundation present a memorial conference in honor of Donna Bentolila, our friend and colleague who died last year and whose 70th birthday would have coincided with this event.  Our invited speaker is the internationally renowned psychoanalyst, Françoise Davoine, who dedicates her talk to the memory of Donna with whom she enjoyed close collaborations over the years as well as a dear friendship. 

In the morning presentation, Madness and the Social Link, Dr. Davoine will discuss one such point of connection which occurred through the Lacan Forum at the Austen Riggs Center.  Dr. Davoine had been invited as an Erickson scholar to transcribe the work that she and her late husband, Jean-Max Gaudillière, had produced during their four decade long weekly seminars at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris under the title “Madness and the Social Link.”  

Dr. Davoine’s presentation emerges out of that collaboration, touching in particular on a poignant conversation she remembers having with Donna in 2017 sparked by Freud’s “curiosity” in the first pages of his book on W. Jensen’s Gradiva (1907).  Here Freud writes about the dreams and delusions of characters imagined by creative writers as “valuable allies and their evidence is to be prized highly, for they are apt to know a whole host of things between heaven and earth of which our philosophy has not yet let us dream. In their knowledge of the mind they are far in advance of us everyday people, for they draw upon sources which we have not yet opened up for science.”  As a testimony to Donna’s common engagement with these creative allies, Dr. Davoine will discuss how the work of writers such as Toni Morrison, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut and others give us precious tools for our work with psychosis, trauma and primitive psychic states.  

The afternoon presentation, Creativity and Psychosis, will have a more clinical focus.  Dr. Davoine will present more specific clinical examples from her own practice to illustrate how the link between creativity and psychotic processes can aid the clinician in understanding and treating the complex intricacies of a psychoanalytic approach to psychosis and the primal aspects of all personalities.  Participants will also be encouraged to present their own clinical examples in a more interactive fashion.


Françoise Davoine is a psychoanalyst who maintains a private practice in Paris after a long tenure at the Hôpital Paul Guiraud in Villejuif.  Before specializing in Psychoanalysis, she obtained degrees in Classical Literature and a Ph.D. in Sociology.  She also served as a faculty member (now retired) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris where she taught, along with Jean-Max Gaudillière, a weekly seminar for forty years under the title “Madness and the Social Link.”  She was an Erickson scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Massachusetts and is an active member of The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS, US Chapter).  Dr. Davoine has presented widely in Europe, USA and South America on psychoanalytic approaches to psychosis and trauma.  She is a prolific author whose work has been translated in many languages.  In English, her books include: A Word to the Wise: Don Quixote Returns to Fight Perversion (2018); Fighting Melancholia: Don Quixote’s Teaching (2016); Mother Folly: A Tale (2014); Wittgenstein’s Folly (2012); History Beyond Trauma (2004).  Most recently in French, she published Comme des fous: Folie et trauma dans Tristram Shandy (2017).  For a more in-depth biography, we invite you to refer to her website


1. Participants will be able to identify cultural and psychological crossovers between madness and society.

2. Participants will recognize ways in which literary representations of dreams, delusion and madness enhance psychoanalytic conceptions of psychosis and primitive mental states of all patients.

3. Participants will learn innovative treatment modalities and clinical interventions derived from the presenter’s direct work with patients.

4. Participants will recognize ways in which theoretical insights into psychosis lead to more effective clinical treatment of major mental illnesses and primal aspects of all patients.

5. Participants will learn how the work of Jacques Lacan informs contemporary conceptions of psychosis and its clinical treatment.


8:30am – 9:00am  Registration and continental breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am  Introductions

9:15am – 10:15am  Françoise Davoine – Madness and the Social Link – Part 1

10:15am – 10:45am - Discussion

10:45am – 11:00am – Break

11:00am - 12:00pm – Françoise Davoine – Madness and the Social Link – Part 2

12:00pm – 12:30pm – Discussion

12:30pm – 1:45pm – Lunch on your own

1:45pm – 3:45pm – Françoise Davoine – Creativity and Psychosis

3:45pm – Complete Learning Assessment and Adjourn

NOTE: All checks and online payments must be received by 9/30/2018 for “Early Bird Rates.”


If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP  or The Florida Psychoanalytic Center and benefit from the member discount, please do so before you register so your reduced fee will be applied.

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Accommodations, Restaurants and Parking 

Room Rates:          $135 to $175   (CODE FLL 2016) 

Restaurants:          The hotel has 2 restaurants inside and one just outside on the Intracoastal. There are numerous restaurants and cafes just outside the hotel on Las Olas Boulevard

Parking Available in the hotel for a fee of $4/day, with additional parking near Las Olas


SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587 EXP. 3/2019) (CE Provider # 50-1832).. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 5 continuing education credits.  Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to or by phone to (954) 597-0820. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

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