23rd Joseph Sandler Psychoanalytic Research Conference

23rd Joseph Sandler Psychoanalytic Research Conference

23rd Joseph Sandler Psychoanalytic Research Conference 2023
Narcissism: Clinicians and Researchers in Dialogue
Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, 2023
Vienna, Austria


Friday, September 29

12:30 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome
Siri Gullestad, Chair, IPA Research Committee
Stephan Doering, Head of Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna

Plenary I: Narcissism and destructivity

Chair: Mark Solms

13.15 – 14:30 Werner Bohleber (Frankfurt a.M.) – Purity and unity – Narcissism and destructiveness in nationalistic and fundamentalistic ideologies
Discussant: Elisabeth Skale (Vienna)
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:15 Welcome of the IPA Board (N.N.) (online)

15:15 – 16:30 Siri GullestadMaster of life and death – Anders B. Breivik and the terror of 22. July, Oslo. A psychoanalytic perspective
Discussant: Daru Huppert (Vienna)
16:30 – 17:45 Gerd Koenen (Frankfurt a.M.) – Putin is not an answer but a question
Discussant: Hemma Rössler-Schülein (Vienna)

17:45 –18:45 Refreshments
 Public Lecture
Chair: Stephan Doering

18:45 – 19:45 Otto Kernberg (online - New York) – Pathological narcissism and large group regression

Saturday, September 30

 Plenary II: Neurobiological aspects of narcissism
Chair: John Clarkin (New York)
9.00 – 10.15 Mark Solms (Capetown) – A neuropsychoanalytic perspective on different types of narcissism
Discussant: Fritz Lackinger (Vienna)
10.15 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 11.45 Vittorio Gallese (Parma) – Intrauterine development and narcissism
Discussant: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber (Frankfurt a.M.)
11.45 – 12.45 Lunch Break

Plenary III: Clinical aspects of narcissism
Chair: Siri Gullestad (Oslo)
12.45 – 14.00 Helene Nissen Lie (Oslo) – “Before I was either a dog or a monster - now I am more like a human being”: Transference and countertransference dynamics working with a patient gradually emerging from psychic retreat
Discussant: Renate Kohlheimer (Vienna)
14.00 – 15.15 Victor Blüml (Vienna) – Omnipotent states of mind
Discussant: Erik Stänicke (Oslo)
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break
 Parallel panels
15:45 – 18:00 These panels are meant for in-depth discussion on specific topics in smaller groups
Panel 1: Pathological narcissism and political leadership Discussants: Anna Leszczynska-Koenen, Werner Bohleber, Gerd Koenen
Panel 2: Sexuality and gender
Discussants: Siri Gullestad, Mette Hvalstad, Mark Solms
Panel 3: Visions of psychoanalysis. Confronting modern Zeitgeist
Discussants: Erik Stänicke, Helene Nissen-Lie, Victor Blüml

18:00 Reception

Sunday, October 1

Plenary III: Clinical aspects of narcissism II
Chair: Erik Stänicke (Oslo)
9.00 – 10.15 John Clarkin (New York) – Narcissism and outcome in Transference-focused Psychotherapy (TFP)
Discussant: Rogerio Lerner (Sao Paulo)
10:15 – 11:30 Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber (Frankfurt a.M.) – Narcissism and depression – the MODE study.
Discussant: Hanne Strømme (Oslo)
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 – 13.15 Stephan Doering (Vienna) – Diagnosis and evaluation of narcissism
Discussant: Stephan Hau (Stockholm)
13.15 Closure of the conference
Siri Gullestad (Oslo) & Stephan Doering (Vienna)

The Sandler Conference 2023 is funded by: 



Lecture Hall of the Dental Clinic, Medical University of Vienna, Sensengasse 2a, 1090 Vienna


All registrations, cancellations, alterations: E-mail to [email protected]
Please give your name, email address and affiliation (e.g. university, society).

As soon as you have paid the registration fee you will receive a confirmation of your registration. Please transfer the fee to this bank account (take care that fees are paid by yourself):

ERSTE BANK - Address: Am Belvedere 1, 1100 Wien, Austria Account holder: Medizinische Universität Wien IBAN-Code: AT362011140410070700 BIC-Code: GIBAATWW Reason for payment: KO76600008 (this MUST be mentioned with your payment!)

Conference Fees
The conference fee includes lunch, refreshments and reception on Saturday

Registration until June 12, 2023 Registration after June 12, 2023

Standard Ticket 250 € 300 €
Student fee 60 € 100 €
Candidates in psycho-
therapeutic training 150 € 200 €
Day Ticket 100 € 150 €

Please supply a copy of a document confirming student status. If applying for a candidate/fellow ticket please provide evidence of your institute (documents must be sent together with your registration).
Cancellation until August 1, 2023: 100% refund
Cancellation from August 1 to September 1, 2023: 50% refund Cancellation after September 1, 2023: no refund

We have made pre-reservations at three different hotels with special rates for our delegates.

Hotel Wandl
Booking at: https://www.hotel-wandl.com (Use Code: 189509 – until September 15, 2023) Booking at: [email protected], phone: +43 1 534 55 0
Price range: € 115 - 185
This hotel is beautifully situated in the city center. You will need public transport or taxi to the congress venue – walking distance is about 30 minutes.

Hotel Atlanta (http://www.hotelatlanta.at) (Use Code: Sandler Conference – until August 31, 2023) Booking at: [email protected], phone: +43-1-405 12 30
Price range: € 94 - 119
This hotel is located next to the venue and the Medical University of Vienna. Walking distance to the city center is 20 minutes.

Hotel Boltzmann (https://www.hotelboltzmann.at)
Booking at: [email protected], phone: +43-1-345 50 800 (Use Code: Sandler Conference – until August 18, 2023)
Price range: € 84 - 112
This hotel is very close to the venue and the Medical University of Vienna. Walking distance to the city center is 20 minutes.
9/29/2023 - 10/1/2023