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Asia Law Weekly: David Scharff

David Scharff

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Monday, October 22, 2018
12:15-1:50 pm
Furman Hall Room 318
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012



David E. Scharff, M.D. is Chair of the Board, Co-Founder and Former Director, International Psychotherapy Institute; Chair, The International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Georgetown University; He is a Child and Adult Psychoanalyst in private practice with children, adults, couples and families in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Dr. Scharff has been author and editor of more than 30 books. He has taught internationally in 30 countries and on five continents. His recent initiatives involve organizing training programs in Russia and in China, where he has founded an innovative training program in couple and family therapy for students from across China, and is currently launching a Chinese online training program in psychotherapy. As Chair of the Couple and Family Psychoanalysis Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association, he has organized international congresses that further the study of family and couple psychoanalysis around the world.

His more than 30 books and 80 articles have included several articles on psychotherapy in China, and the book “Psychoanalysis in China,” edited with Sverre Varvin in 2014, and he is the founder of a journal devoted to the newly emergent field of psychoanalysis in China, called “Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China.”

Dr. Scharff’s current interest centers on the evolution and vulnerabilities of Chinese marriages and families, shaped and buffeted by social forces in China. These changes, mostly below the radar for those who focus on politics and national Chinese policy, will have a great effect on the future of Chinese society.