Celebrating the Ornsteins

On Nov 7, 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Committee of PPSC hosted an all-day celebration of the lives and work of the renowned self-psychologists Anna and Paul Ornstein. The Ornsteins each read from papers specially prepared for the conference and answered questions posed by Judy Levitz and Amy Schaeffer. Discussant Shelly Doctors provided a background for placing the Ornsteins’ work in a larger psychoanalytic context. What permeated the presentation was a profound type of kindness and an appreciation for love and familial bonds as evidenced by the Ornsteins’ gracious manner with their hosts and their fond description and their children, all three have grown to be trained medical and analytic professionals.