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Violence on the Couch:

Studying Franco Fornari's The Psychoanalysis of War

with Annette Ephroni, APRN and Jill Jones, PhD, LCSW

Note: This reading group has been postponed, but will be offered again in 2020. Please check back for more information.


This six-session reading group will explore Fornari’s 1966 text treating war and societal violence as expressions of individual and cultural Unconscious processes. In an open-discussion format, we will work through the book chapter by chapter. Along the way, we will clarify foundational concepts in object relations and other psychoanalytic theories that Fornari references. We will consider the role of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its practitioners in addressing violence and polarization among nations and between groups or factions and individuals.  

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  1. Participants will be able to summarize the thinking of Freud and other early psychoanalytic writers about the psychic purpose of war. 
  2. Participants will be able to discuss Fornari’s challenge to earlier ideas based on the dawn of the nuclear era. 
  3. Participants will be able to compare and contrast generative and psychotic or destructive psychic processes that define group functioning and inscribe individuals as part of a group.
  4. Participants will begin to articulate their own formulations of the role of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in addressing current national and global events.

GROUP LEADERS: Annette Ephroni, APRN and Jill Jones, PhD, LCSW


Annette Ephroni, APRN, earned an undergraduate degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences/Women's Studies from the University of Utah and holds the degree of Master of Science in Nursing from Yale School of Nursing. She has studied at the Personality Disorders Institute at New York Presbyterian University, the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society, and the International Psychotherapy Institute in Washington, DC. She has served on the faculty of IPI-SLC since 2013. She maintains a psychotherapy and psychopharmacology practice in Salt Lake City.





Jill B. Jones, PhD, LCSW, was born and raised in Salt Lake City.  Currently Emeritus Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno, she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work from the University of Utah and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College.  She taught in undergraduate and graduate social work programs at Bryn Mawr College, University of Utah, University of Tennessee, and University of Nevada, Reno until her retirement from teaching and her return to Utah in 2008.  In 2011, Jill’s book, Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places, was published by Cornell University Press (coauthored with a UNR colleague).  A paperback edition was released last year.   Since her retirement, Jill has opened a private therapy practice. She has been particularly taken with a relatively new development in her practice: many of her clients are not only interested in exploring their own personal issues but what is happening politically and environmentally in the world.  Franco Fornari’s Psychoanalysis and War is an excellent example of this critical melding of personal and political realities.  


DATES: Oct 2, Oct 16, Oct 30, Nov 13, Nov 20, Dec 4, 2019

TIME: 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.

LOCATION: Faculty Lounge, Foster Hall, Westminster College

CE CREDITS: 9 CE Credit hours


You may register either through our Online Registration page, or by downloading the 2019-2020 Registration form from our Downloads Page and mailing it to: IPISLC, 150 S. 600 E, #5C, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102. Pre-register to receive readings and parking passes in advance. For registration questions, contact Ashley Mason, CMHC, IPISLC Director of Training, 385-495-1718 or ashley.mason@gmail.com.

STUDENT DISCOUNTS: proof of current full-time enrollment in a course of study related to mental health required (contact Ashley Mason, CMHC at ashley.mason@gmail.com to complete enrollment).

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