The VAPS Annual Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 11th at Main Street Landing, Great Room, in Burlington, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The business portion of the meeting will include the election of officers and committee reports. (Please see the link on the right titled "Brochure" to obtain a copy of the ballot.) In addition, there will be an educational portion: a video presentation of Christopher Bollas speaking about “Mental Pain” followed by a group discussion of the film.
The following is a description of the video by the talk's hosts at UC Berkeley:
"Christopher Bollas, one of the most influential psychoanalysts writing in English today, asserts that mental life is innately hazardous. The steps we take through childhood are marked by mentally painful episodes that constitute ordinary breakdowns in the self. Adolescence stands as the most painful such period, during which some of the major disturbances of self arise, including anorexia, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and sociopathy. Rather than approaching mental pain as a condition to be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, Bollas examines it as a constitutive element of human psychic development."
The event is free of charge and includes lunch.
Main Street Landing is located at 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401, on the corner of Lake and College. The Great Room is on the third floor. Free parking is available on Sundays in the lot situated diagonally across the intersection as well as behind 86 Lake Street (Otter Creek Associates).