Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
6330 LBJ Freeway, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75240























DSPP is a Local Chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)
of the American Psychological Association

Psychoanalytic Thought and How It Interfaces with Our Work, Our Community, and Our Passion

This year’s program considers how psychoanalytic thought impacts our work, community, and passions. From existentialism to music to religion, the topics presented will encourage us to explore the wide ranging ideas and influence psychoanalysis has in the many areas of our lives, as well as our clients’ lives. Our fall workshop will be conducted by Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, professor at The University of Texas in Austin and recipient of many awards. Dr. Ainslie will explore with us psychoanalytic thought on repression, specifically community-wide repression of injustice and racism. Throughout the year, we will gain insight into psychoanalytic thought on the following issues: existentialism, music, group psychotherapy, Christianity, and Judaism. Dr. Flores will present our spring workshop, co-sponsored with the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center. Dr Flores will explore with us psychoanalytic thought on the treatment of addiction.

We thank our many speakers, both local and far, who are giving of their time and talent to make this program year a success. In particular, I’d like to thank the many volunteers who have contributed their time and energy to make this program year possible – especially Zane Dodd, David Young, Noelle McDonald Fischer, Kim Roaten, and Ken Trevino. A special thanks to Alicia Coleman for revamping our website!

It’s been a joy to be a part of the planning, organizing, and finally (!) the implementation of the events planned for this year. We hope you enjoy these conversations and feel re-energized and enthusiastic about all that psychoanalytic psychology offers us!

Warm Regards,

Gretchen Ladd, Ph.D.

DSPP President

2013-2014 PROGRAM YEAR

Psychoanalytic Thought and How It Interfaces with
Our Work, Our Community, and Our Passions

September 18, 2013 Being-in-the World Psychoanalytically: Working with the immediacy of the patient's subjective existential reality to illuminate, expand, and enhance subjective experience
David Young, Ph.D.

Contemporary psychoanalytic theory recognizes the role of the patient’s past in the here-and-now of the patient-therapist relationship. What about the patient’s future? Existential theory contextualizes the patient’s present in terms of the future toward which the patient is moving or not moving. Both psychoanalytic and existential frameworks are essential for understanding the patient’s subjective experience. Existential notions of the patient’s subjective experience will be considered in terms of their potential to inform evocative interpretations for helping the patient create new possibilities.

Summers, F. (2013). Temporality and futurity in the psychoanalytic process. The psychoanalytic vision (pp. 109-125). New York: Routledge.

Summers, F. (2013). The other as transcendental experience. The psychoanalytic vision (pp. 95-108). New York: Routledge.

Fall Workshop
October 19, 2013

Saturday 9am – 4pm
(Registration at 8:30am)
Psychoanalytically-informed interventions in communities marked by unconscious or disavowed collective processes
Ricardo Ainslie, Ph.D.
Professor and Fellow in the Charles H. Spence Centennial Professorship in Education at the University of Texas at Austin, Affiliate faculty member at the Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, Received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Texas Psychological Association in 2002, Received the Science Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis in 2009.

Like individuals, communities can engage in collective defensive operations aimed at containing, repressing, or disavowing conflicts that for a variety of reasons are congenial to the dominant narratives. How can we use psychoanalytic concepts and formulations to help us conceptualize these community processes and to help us develop interventions? This presentation will illustrate the concept of psychoanalytically informed community interventions, drawing on illustrations from two Texas communities in which Dr. Ainslie has worked (Hempstead and Jasper).

Case Presentation: To Be Announced

Bohleber, W. (2007). Remembrance, Trauma and Collective Memory: The Battle for Memory in Psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88:329-352.

Volkan, V. D. (1997). Chosen Trauma: Unresolved Mourning. Blood Lines: From Ethnic Pride to Ethnic Terrorism (Chapter 3). Boulder: Westview Press.

November 20, 2013
Wednesday 7 – 9pm
Psychoanalytic Thought on Group Psychotherapy
Gretchen Ladd, Ph.D. and Alison Ligocki, Ph.D.

Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to help themselves and one another. It provides a place where people come together with others to share problems or concerns, to better understand their own situation, and to learn from and with each other. Through discussion and insight, people can make significant changes. The underpinnings of group psychotherapy as it relates to psychoanalysis will be discussed and explored.

Burlingame, G. M., MacKenzie, D. & Strauss, B. (2004). Small Group Treatment: Evidence for Effectiveness and Mechanisms of Change. Handbook of psychotherapy and behavior change, 5thEdition, Bergin &
Garfield (eds.), (pp. 647-696). New York: Wiley & Sons.

Mackenzie, K.R.  (1987). Therapeutic factors in group psychotherapy: A contemporary view. Group, 11:26-34.

* January 29, 2014
Wednesday 7 – 9pm
Performance in Music & Psychotherapy:
Three Perspectives
Robert Aberg, Ph.D., Sarah Aberg, LCSW, and Denise Humphrey, Ph.D.

Denise Humphrey, Ph.D., Sarah Aberg, LCSW, and Robert Aberg, Ph.D. discuss the interface of their musical performance with their practice of psychotherapy. Each brings a unique perspective of accompanying, improvisation, and the lyrical narrative. Robert will focus on the concept of improvisation in jazz and therapy. Sarah will concentrate on the role of narrative in song and psychotherapy. Denise will discuss the impact of music in human lives (including her own life and a couple of composers), how musicality impacts our role as a therapist, and how that will then impact our patients. They will also share their personal passion for music with live performances, including classical piano, jazz guitar, and singing.

Ringstrom, P. (2012). A Model of Therapeutic Play in Relational Psychoanalysis. Principles of Improvisation: 443-474.

Salmon, D. (2008). Bridging Music and Psychoanalytic Therapy. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy (8).

Stein, A. (1999). Well-Tempered Bagatelles - A Meditation on Listening in Psychoanalysis and Music. American Imago, 4:387-441.

*This presentation will be at Steinway Hall at 5301 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 75205. Note that this Wednesday presentation is on the 5th Wednesday of the month.

February 19, 2014
Wednesday 7 – 9pm


Psychoanalytic Thought on Judaism
Ariela Goldstein, LCSW and Rabbi Howard Wolk

How has Judaism influenced Psychoanalysis? A look at this from a religious and historical viewpoint as well as discussing Freud’s influence on how we conduct psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Readings TBA


March 19, 2014
Wednesday 7 – 9pm
Love and Trust: Views from Christianity and Psychoanalysis
Laurel Bass Wagner, Ph.D.

Dr. Wagner is writing a book for the public which integrates two worldviews important to her:  Christianity and Psychoanalysis. The book creates an intersection between Christianity and a psychoanalytic understanding of how people develop, function and relate.  Written in large part for Christians who do not understand and may be leery of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories and treatments, the book examines important aspects of life – sense-of-self, relationships, love, trust, forgiveness, egoism – from both the Christian and psychoanalytic perspective. This presentation will focus on the specific topics of love and trust.

Meissner, W.W. (1984) Freedom in Psychoanalysis and in Theology.  Psychoanalysis and Religious Experience (pp. 219-240). New Haven CT:  Yale University Press.

Sorenson, R.L. (2004) Psychoanalysis and Religion: Are They In the Same Business?  Minding Spirituality (pp. 143-168). Hillsdale NJ: The Analytic Press.

**Spring Workshop
April 5, 2014

Saturday 8:30am – 3:30pm
(Registration at 8:00am)
Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Philip Flores, Ph.D.
Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy
Association, Adjunct Faculty at the Georgia

School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Supervisor of group psychotherapy at Emory University, Dr. Flores' latest book, Addiction as an Attachment Disorder, was the 2005 Gradiva Award Winner issued by The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

The emergence of Modern Attachment Theory reflects a conceptual revolution that has evolved over the last ten years which synthesizes the best ideas of the relational models of psychodynamic theory, the cognitive sciences, child development, and neurobiology. Not only has attachment theory helped shift psychoanalytic thinking from classical drive or instinct theory to a relational approach, it also furnishes an all encompassing theoretical formula for understanding addiction and the difficulties that the typical addict and alcoholic brings to treatment. This workshop will address the ways that Modern Attachment Theory and Affect Regulation Theory provide an effective theoretical formula for informing the delivery of therapy and the treatment of addiction.

Case Presentation: To Be Announced

Bowlby, J. (1979) On knowing what you are not suppose to know and feeling what you are not suppose to feel. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 24:403-408.

Flores, P.J. (2001) Addiction as an Attachment Disorder: Implications for Group Psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 51:63-81.

Khantzian, E. J. (2001). Reflections on Group Treatments as Corrective Experiences for Addictive Vulnerability. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 51:11-20.

**The Spring Workshop is co-sponsored by DSPP and the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center.

6 CMEs and CEUs provided for Fall and Spring Workshops, and 1.5 CEUs are provided for entire attendance at each monthly (Wednesday) meetings.


The Fall and Spring Workshops will be held at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, 8th Floor, Room NC8.212, 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75235. Maps for all program sites as well as updates will be available on the DSPP website at www.dspp.com.

All DSPP Wednesday evening monthly mini-workshops will be held at Pecan Creek Office Park, 8340 Meadow Road, Dallas, TX 75231. The Pecan Creek Office Park is near the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Greenville Avenue across from Presbyterian Hospital. Drinks and snacks will be served at 7pm, and presentations begin at 7:30pm. The mini-workshops are free to members and students. Non-member professionals may attend for $10 per mini-workshop, payable on site. The fee includes CEUs, drinks & snacks.

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