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Tools to Help Uderstanding Human Experience

Exploring and promoting psychoanalytic theory and its applications as a basis for understanding human experience and for various forms of psychotherapy. DSPP's members come from a number of mental health fields.

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2014-2015 Program Year

A Collision of Subjectives

Join us this year as our speakers will present on topics related to the therapist's and patient's subjective experience and how they dynamically interact to affect the shared, or intersubjective, space between them.

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2014-2015 PROGRAM YEAR INTRODUCTION

A Collision of Subjectivities

The analyst must be prepared to destroy and be destroyed by the otherness of the subjectivity of the analysand and to listen for a sound emerging from that collision of subjectivities that is familiar, but different from anything that he has previously heard - Thomas Ogden

The foundation of this growth process is an analytic situation that permits collisions between subjectivities to be negotiated - Philip Bromberg

We hope that you will join us this year for an exciting exploration of the collision of subjectivities that takes place within, and is always creating, the therapeutic space. Our speakers will present on topics related to the therapist's and patient's subjective experience and how they dynamically interact to affect the shared, or intersubjective, space between them. Others will speak on aspects of the therapeutic frame that change the nature of this space and collisions taking place within them.

Dr. Nancy McWilliams, noted psychoanalyst and author, will provide the fall workshop. She will speak on the capacity to understand and appreciate individual differences in patients and how these differences interact with those of the therapist to create the relationship between them. She will also explore the tension we must hold between our conceptualizations and the ability to maintain a beginner's mind when being present with our patients. Dr. Marilyn Charles is the president elect of Division 39, training and supervising analyst at multiple institutes, and senior staff psychologist at Austen Riggs Center. She will be presenting the spring workshop on the challenges to both the therapist and patient in maintaining the therapeutic space for those who have suffered trauma and resulting characterological difficulties.

I'd like to thank the entire executive committee for their continuing commitment and devotion to DSPP. I would like to thank Noelle Fischer McDonald and Gretchen Ladd in particular for their guidance in developing this program year. Additionally, Alicia Coleman and Scott Hickman have been instrumental in the smooth transition to our new list serve and revamped website. I'd also like to give a heartfelt thank you to Rose Rothmeier for her 15 years of incredible service as our treasurer!

I'm looking forward to a year full of excitement, energy, and growth. Hopefully the collision of our own subjectivities around our shared interest in psychoanalytic theory and therapy will further current relationships and lead to the development of new ones.

Warm Regards,
Zane Dodd, Ph.D.
DSPP President

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DSPP is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis, Division 39, of the American Psychological Association

Founded in 1983, DSPP directs its efforts to exploring and promoting psychoanalytic theory and its applications as a basis for understanding human experience and for various forms of psychotherapy.

DSPP's members come from a number of mental health fields and include psychologists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, physicians, and students. DSPP emphasizes the application of psychoanalytic theory to a variety of clinical settings.

Upcoming DSPP Events

November 1 2014 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm
DSPP ARTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS: First Annual Diversity Professional Devleopment Film Event

Home of Dr. Tratter
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November 22 2014 - 8.30am to 3.30pm
Fall Workshop

To Be Announced
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January 21 2015 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Monthly Mini Workshop

8340 Meadow Road, Dallas, TX 75231
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The ego is not master in its own house.

- Sigmund Freud