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Construction Update: Work has begun in certain areas throughout the Library

Renovations in the Dana Medical Library will continue for the next several weeks. Here are some key projects to be aware of when using the library:

Workers have begun work on the new group study room in the back south end of the library. Expect construction activity and noise in this area.

Painting will begin in main areas of the library starting soon. Please pay attention to signs as this work begins.

Carpeting will begin shortly as well. Areas of the library will be blocked off as the carpeting is replaced. Make sure to pay attention to signs as the flow of traffic in and around the library will change depending on where the carpeting is being replaced.

Workers have blocked off the area that was once the Medical History Room. When this area is completed, the hallway will extend further and will accommodate additional seating for studying. Dana’s Administrative offices will gain a front door at the end of the hall.

Work has also begun in the room that was previously known as the Medical Student Quiet Study room. This area will be split into two rooms: one being an office for a librarian and the other being the new Medical History room.

Question about Dana’s Renovations? Contact Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library Director, at 656-3483.

Dana Exhibit highlights 14th Annual Gibbard Memorial Lectureship Program

Learn more about this upcoming lecture in April, sponsored by the Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, Department of Psychiatry.

You are cordially invited to attend The 14th Annual Bruce A. Gibbard, M.D. Memorial Lectureship Program featuring Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., Insight For All: Psychotherapy for Homeless Adults and Children.

Friday, April 7, 2017
The Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Education Center, Burlington

Morning Program:
10:15 – 10:30 A.M. Vermont Psychiatric Association Presentation of the
Bruce A. Gibbard, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence for 2017
10:30 – 11:45 A.M. Gibbard Lecture (Grand Rounds Workshop # 17-128-28)
Insight For All: Psychotherapy With Homeless Adults and Children
12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Lunch Reception—Davis Auditorium Lobby

Afternoon Program:
1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Clinical Workshop* (Davis Auditorium)
Winnicott, Lacan, and the Treatment of Homeless Adults
*The Afternoon Workshop is open to Clinicians and Mental Health Professionals only. Attendance and clinical affiliation will be taken at the door.

Lecture and Workshop Descriptions:
Morning Lecture: Insight For All: Psychotherapy With Homeless Adults and Children Therapies derived from psychoanalysis are typically assumed to be elitist and irrelevant to the poor and socially marginalized. This presentation will suggest that a desire for self-reflection and the capacity to form a therapeutic alliance are not limited to people of means. A program in Philadelphia called Insight For All (IFA) which connects analysts willing to work pro bono with homeless and formerly homeless adults and children will be described, as well as programs in other cities that have emulated its mission. While IFA does not have research tools or results available, anecdotal evidence after 12 years seems promising.

Learning Objectives: PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO: 1) Describe the challenges of working in an insight-oriented way with homeless and formerly homeless persons living in residence. 2) Identify two important features of a viable psychotherapy program for the homeless.
3) Summarize the important historical precedent of Freud’s free clinics in 1920s Europe.

Afternoon Workshop: Winnicott, Lacan, and the Treatment of Homeless Adults The program will begin with a 20-minute video about homelessness in Philadelphia. The presenter will describe Insight for All–her group of volunteer psychoanalysts who have been treating homeless patients for over a decade. Key concepts from the work of Donald Winnicott (the holding environment, impingement, fear of breakdown) and of Jacques Lacan (the three registers, the importance of names, and the jouissance of the symptom) which have proven useful in this work, will be outlined. Short case examples will be offered, followed by a discussion of Heinz Kohut’s idea that the goal of all psychotherapy should be achieving a sense of being at home.

Learning Objectives: PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO: 1) Define two key ideas of Winnicott’s in terms of their relevance to caring for homeless patients. 2) Define one Lacanian concept and its relevance to homelessness. 3) Discuss Heinz Kohut’s idea that the goal of all psychotherapy should be the construction of a sense of home.

About Our Speaker:
Dr. Deborah Anna Luepnitz is a faculty member in the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is author of two books: The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Family Therapy (1988) and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines (2002). She has presented lectures nationally and internationally on an array of topics including Devotion and Desire, Winnicott and Lacan, Dream Interpretation in Couples Therapy, and Psychotherapeutic Work with Homeless Patients. She has received awards from the International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology (2013), and the Distinguished Educator Award from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (2014). Dr. Luepnitz maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Continuing Education Credits:
The morning lecture (Workshop # 17-128-28) is part of the UVM Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds Series. Attendees will receive 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This educational activity is designated for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Afternoon Workshop is not accredited for CME Credits for physicians. Application has been made for 2 hours of CE Credit for the Afternoon Workshop for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Mental Health Counselors.

Registration and Program Fees:
No registration is required for the morning program. Attendance and clinical affiliation will be recorded for the afternoon program. The annual Gibbard Lectureship Program is provided at no charge to participants, thanks to donations made to the Bruce A. Gibbard M.D. Lectureship in Psychiatry Fund at The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

To learn more about the Gibbard Lectureship Fund or to make a donation, contact Allison Searson at 656-5270 or email:

Directions to Davis Auditorium:
From the UVM Medical Center Parking Garage Level 2 (orange), enter the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Once inside, follow the signs to the Medical Education Center. At the snack kiosk, turn left through the double glass doors. Davis Auditorium is on the right.

Directions to UVM Medical Center Parking Garage:
Enter “UVM Medical Center Parking Garage” into Google Maps for best directions.

Questions? Contact: UVM Gibbard Committee Co-Chairs Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D. at 802-651-7506 or
James Jacobson, M.D. at 802-847-4560, or Committee Members: Debra Lopez, M.D., Mina Levinsky-Wohl, M.D., LCMHC or Geri Oppedisano, Ph.D.

Statistics Help Available at Dana

Alan Howard, M.S. Biostatistics, from UVM Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services, is available to assist students and faculty with statistics and data methods questions. He will be holding open hours at Dana Medical Library from 2 to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email Alan to make an appointment or stop by with your questions.

For more information, go to the Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services link on the UVM Libraries website.