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Dr. Jon Mills, PhD PsyD, ABPP
Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and his Critics


"Jon Mills tells us "There is nothing more exciting than a clash of ideas, except for, perhaps, sex." I think that says it all. His controversial critique of Relational Psychoanalysis is provocative on many grounds. And the often-heated responses by his critics reveal both intellectual differences and personal affronts. In the end, it is the reader who benefits from this unique dialogue between intellectuals nimbly defending their own ideas. It will force you to think harder, and feel more deeply, not only about what you believe, but also how you practice."

-Karen J. Maroda, PhD, ABPP, author of Psychodynamic Techniques


Professor Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a Canadian philosopher, psychoanalyst, and retired clinical psychologist. He is a faculty member in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, USA; Honorary Professor, Department of Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK; and is Emeritus Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto, Canada where he taught for over 20 years. Recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship, he is the author and/or editor of over 25 books in philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, and cultural studies. Dr. Mills is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and cultural critic, award winning author who maintains an active writing schedule, and lectures worldwide. His professional website is :


Joseph Newirth, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., was a Professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, in Garden City, New York. He is the former director of the Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Adelphi University. He has taught and supervised psychoanalytic candidates at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. His book Between Emotion and Cogniiton: The Generative Unconscious (2003), published by the Other Press, received the Gradiva Prize. for critical analysis and interpretation in 2004. His second book, From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Process in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychology (2018) was published by Lexington Books and received the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis annual book award. He is currently working on a new book: The Unconscious: Contemporary Perspectives, for Routledge Press. His practice is in New York City. Dr. Newirth's faculty profile can be found here.

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