Dr. Les Fleischer

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 705-330-4010ext. 2703
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Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD, Smith College; MSW, University of Toronto; FIPA; Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association


Papers in Refereed Journals:

  • Fleischer, L.M. (2020). Corruptibility of the superego revisited. Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 86-106.
  • Fleischer, L.M. (2019).Putting the social work academy on the couch: Exploring emotional resistance to psychoanalytic education. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 89, 132-156.
  •  Fleischer, L.M. (2018).Introduction to Death, Immortality, and Unconscious Fantasy: A symposium. Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 26(1), p.120.
  •  Fleischer, L.M. (2018). Concluding Comments on Death, Immortality, and Unconscious Fantasy: A symposium.Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 26(1), p. 165.
  •  Fleischer, L.M. (2017).“Her anger frightens me!” Using group work practice principles and feature films in teaching clinical practice in mental health. Social Work with Groups, 41(3), 244-258.
  •  Fleischer, L.M.  (2016). Body image and transience: Frozen in time. Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis. 24(2), 189-211.
  •  Fleischer, L.M. (2017).Ego psychological contributions to understanding micro-aggressions in clinical social work practice. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 24, 1-17. DOI:10.1080/15228878.2016.1226905. (published online Sept. 27, 2016).
  •  Fleischer, L.M. (2017). Countertransference challenges in working with diversity: A group worker reflects. Social Work with Groups, 40,137-141. DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2015.1070637 (published online May 6, 2016).
  • Fleischer, L.M., & Lee, E. (2016). The analytic principle and attitudes: mobilizing psychoanalytic knowledge to maximize social work students’ practice competence. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 23, 99-118. DOI: 10.1080/15228878.2016.1149776 (published online: April 13, 2016).
  •  Fleischer, L.M. (2015). Castration depression: Affect, signal affect, and/or depressive illness? Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63, 271297.
  • Lee, E., & Fleischer, L.M. (2014). Contextualizing psychopharmacological issues in social work education. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 24, 112.
  • Fleischer, L.M., & Lee, E. (2013). Ego psychological contributions to understanding psychopharmacology and clinical practice in social work education. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83(4) 446465.

Book Chapters:

  • Fleischer, L.M. (2020). Psychoanalytic theory. In J. Brandell (Ed.), Essentials of clinical social work (3rd. ed.) (pp. 39-65). San Diego, CA: Cognella
  • Auchincloss, E.L., & Sandberg, E. (Eds.). (2012). Psychoanalytic terms and concepts. New Haven: Yale University Press. Fleischer, L.M. (Contributing author to sections on sexuality, especially libido, perversion, and infantile sexuality).
  •  Rossi, M.F., Fleischer, L.M., Feldman, J., & Barwick, C.L. (2000). The too-quiet adolescent: An interprofessional diversity informed approach to healthcare. In E. Geva, A. Barsky, & F. Westernoff (Eds.) Interprofessional practice with diverse populations: Cases in point (pp. 4766). Westport, CT: Greenwood.

 Non-refereed Publications:

  • Fleischer, L.M., & Marcus, E. (2015). Psychoanalytic candidate dreams and daydreams about psychoanalytic training: The unconscious developmental process of becoming a psychoanalyst. The Candidate Connection Newsletter of the American Psychoanalytic Association Candidate’s Council, 17(8).
  •  Fleischer, L.M., & Sacks, D. (1999). Assessing and managing the difficult adolescent. Pro-teen (Canadian Association for Adolescent Health), 8(3), 1920.

 Papers in Progress

  • Fleischer, L.M. (2020). American ego psychology. In B. Huppertz (ed.), Underlying assumptions in psychoanalytic schools: A comparative perspective.