The Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (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. DSPPs 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.
hosts a series of monthly presentations from September through April on psychoanalytic
theory and its clinical applications. Fall and Spring workshops feature
some of the worlds leading psychoanalytic theorists. DSPP also offers courses for
those interested in learning more about clinical practice utilizing psychoanalytic theory
and principles. The Arts Committee sponsors a number of events at which
members informally discuss and explore the psychoanalytic aspects of a wide variety of
artistic endeavors (e.g., films, performing, visual and literary arts).
encourages all its members to participate and contribute to the organization through an
active committee structure, which currently includes the Program Committee,
the Membership Committee, the Education Committee, the Continuing
Education Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Arts
Committee, and the DSPP Bulletin. In short, DSPP strives
to be an intellectual "home" for those interested in exploring and developing
psychoanalytic theory and practice in its broadest applications.
HISTORY of DSPP