HIV, Mental Time Travel and Psychic Continuity

This presentation explores the analysis of a long-term HIV survivor with an emphasis on time, the distortion of time, the re-emergence of a sense of psychic continuity and with it a hopeful sense of future. Freud’s observations about trauma-the loss of interest in the future, vulnerability to being “transplanted” back into experiencing the event and the nature of traumatic dreams will be explored in a contemporary context. A central theme of the presentation is that psychic continuity extends into the future, not just the present to the past.


Dr. Dennis Shelby is a graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, The Institute for Clinical Social Work and Loyola University School of Social Work. He has published and presented in a wide range of areas: Research on and Clinical work with AIDS/HIV, Clinical Qualitative Research, Gender and Sexuality, Psychoanalytic Theories of War Trauma and Psychoanalytic Education.  Currently, Dennis is a Supervising Analyst at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, teaches and consults on program development with the Si Chuan He Guang Institute of China and the HamAva Institute of Iran. His current interests include Classical Ottoman approaches to dream interpretation and mental illness, psychoanalytic interpretation of the Seyahatname, distance and cross-cultural psychoanalysis and consultation.

When & Where

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:00 – 8:30 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $35.00

THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – to stream this event, please complete registration and then contact Sebastién Beaudet.

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.

The Institute for Clinical Social Work, License # 159-0000152, is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)


For questions or more information contact Shawna Jennings or 312-935-4234.