Scientific Program featuring Jon K. Meyer, MD

Saturday, September 14, 2024
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
at via zoom

Photographing What You Know: How a Psychoanalyst Became a Photographer

Presented by Jon K. Meyer, MD

Registration Fee: $60*

*Free admission and CE/CME credits for PCC members, LDC staff and board, full-time students with ID, and trainees in the Departments of Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Mental Health Counseling.

Program Description:

This is not your usual program and has been a very long time in the making. It is about a lifetime of experience in psychoanalysis at a personal level and the translation of the unconscious into poetry and visual images. There are two important components to analytic work:  the patient, of course, but also the analyst. This presentation is in large measure about the journey of the analyst within the analytic framework. While the analyst deals with words, and the actions embedded in words, those words should inevitably conjure up images. The skills of the photographer allow those images to find their expression and, as it were, their voice. In this presentation, poetry and images are used to give expression to the trajectory of analytic work.

About the Speaker:

Jon K. Meyer, MD is a past-president for the American Psychoanalytic Association and an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Meyer is a member of the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies and a previous Erik Erikson Scholar-in-Residence at the Austen Riggs Center. He was a recipient of the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award, Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst for the Washington-Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, and an honorary member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, and the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. Dr. Meyer is also the president of Cary Photographic Artists.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.    Be more attuned to the messages and imagery from the patient’s unconscious 
2.    Have an appreciation for the way that development as an analyst is always an unfinished, ongoing process
3.    Be more free to entertain visual images in the evenly hovering attention of one’s work with the patients

This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians or interested academics who want to look at the journey of the analyst within the analytic framework.

Confidentiality Statement: All case material will be carefully disguised. We ask that participants agree to hold all material presented with the utmost care, following ethical and professional guidelines.

Accommodation Statement: To request an accommodation for this program, please email  Kayla Schilke, PCC Training and Education Program Manager, at least two weeks before the start date.

1.    Meyer, J. (2007).  Training Analysis and Reanalysis in the Development of the Psychoanalyst. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55: 1100,1103-1128. 
2.    Sharpe, E. (1961).  Dream Analysis. London:  Hogarth, 211pp.
3.    Meyer, J, (2021).  The Photographer and the Inner World of the Mind.  FotoNostrum Magazine, Number 13, March 5, 2021, pp. 70-85.  


FotoNostrum Magazine is by subscription only so the entire contents cannot be seen with the link provided.  However, the table of contents can be seen.

For “In the Mind’s Eye,” the story of an analysis, please see  

For “Inner Darkness,” a very different story of an inner life, please see