As president it is my pleasure to welcome you to the DSPP 2016-2017 Program Year. We have an extraordinary group of local and national speakers, who, I believe, will inform and motivate us both intellectually and emotionally.
This year's theme is "Subjectivity and Beyond," which involves an exploration of how our personal and individual life experiences contribute to the way we do therapy and analysis. We often overlook the role of subjectivity, and in particular, personal life experiences in how we conduct our work. I believe, however, it plays a crucial role in how therapy, works or doesn't work. Our personal experiences, culture, religion, genetic makeup, individual struggles and much more comprise our subjectivity. Our concept of the role of subjectivity has evolved tremendously. As Hirsch (2014) writes, "The concept of analyst as objective observer has evolved to analyst as subjective, participant observer, to analyst as observing participant and more recently as mutual enactor" (p. 2). Steven Kuchuck, our Fall Workshop presenter, takes the concept of subjectivity further: "By expanding psychoanalytic study beyond clinical theory and technique to include a more careful examination of the psychoanalyst's life events and other subjective phenomena, readers will have an opportunity to focus on specific ways in which these events and crises affect the tenor of the therapist's presence in the consulting room, and how these occurrences affect clinical choices" (Kuckuck, 2014 p xi) Melanie Suchet, our Spring Meeting presenter, will discuss subjectivity from a sociopolitical vantage point, particularly providing an understanding of transgender issues. It is an exciting year including the advent of a winter three-hour workshop and a visiting professional presentation, which I discuss below. I look forward to our meetings and am excited about the discussion they will generate.
Hirsch, I. 2014). The Interpersonal tradition: the origins of psychoanalytic subjectivity. New York: Routledge.
Kuchuck, S. (Ed). (2014) Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience. New York: Routledge.
This year we have a new location for our monthly meetings: Texas Health Resources University Dallas, 8194 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas TX 75231 (map and directions). I am also pleased to announce that DPC will jointly sponsor all three of our workshops this year.
The process of organizing this year's program involved the combined effort of many individuals who I would like to thank. I would like to thank Christy Tucker for taking the initiative to find a new location for our meetings. I would like to thank all the members of the DSPP Executive Committee for their continued effort and support. As with previous years members of the Executive Committee have worked hard to ensure that our organization continues to be able to promote the application of psychoanalytic theory as a basis for understanding human experience and for various forms of psychotherapy. Finally I would like thank Laurie Bass Wagner for her guidance in helping me to develop this year's theme. Laurie has played a crucial role in helping to identify and recruit many of our speakers for the year.
Thank you for being part of DSPP, and joining us for an exciting year!
Ken Trevino - DSPP President
MONTHLY MEETING LOCATION CHANGE: UT Southwestern Seay Biomedical Building (NC building on attached map) (map and directions).
6 CMEs and CEUs are provided for the Fall and Spring Workshops, 3 CMEs and CEUs are provided for the Visiting Professional Presentation and Winter Workshop, and 1.5 CEUs are provided for entire attendance at each Monthly (Wednesday) Workshop.
September 21, 2016 (Monthly Workshop)
We will begin the year with Ken Trevino, DSPP president, presenting on "The Role of Religion and Socioeconomic Status in Psychotherapy: The Christian and the Atheist." As a means of introducing this year's theme, he will present a clinical case in which my own subjectivity played a crucial role in both the successes and failures of the patient's psychotherapy. This case will demonstrate the impact of ignoring or minimizing one's subjectivity, as well as the therapeutic value of embracing it.
This year we welcome Steven Kuchuck who will give a presentation entitled "Into the Mind of the Analyst: When the Personal Becomes Professional." In keeping with our theme for the year, this workshop will explore the impact of the therapist's life experience and psychological make-up on the treatment. His presentation will expand beyond the study of psychoanalytic theory and technique by including an examination of the clinician's life experience. He will then describe how these experiences influence the clinical judgment and nature of the therapist's presence in the consulting room. He will also explore and differentiate between a therapist's subjectivity and the issue of self-disclosure, two concepts that are often confused. This presentation is intended to highlight the therapeutic value of using our subjectivity during the course of therapy, as well as the limitations of ignoring or dismissing it.
Steven Kuchuck, LCSW is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Associate Editor of Routledge's Relational Perspectives Book Series, Board Member, supervisor, faculty and Co-Director of Curriculum for the training program in adult psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), and faculty/supervisor at the NIP National Training Program, the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and other institutes.
He is on the Board of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy where he co-chairs the Local (international) Chapters Committee; on the steering committee for the 2017 APA Division 39 annual conference; and co-chairs the Division 39 International Outreach Task Force.
His writing focuses primarily on the analyst's subjectivity and most recently, he is a contributor to, and editor of, Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional (Routledge, 2014), The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (co-edited with Adrienne Harris, Routledge, 2015), and an upcoming volume of analysts writing about the professional impact of their own analysis (Routledge, in press). In 2015 he was awarded the Gradiva Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for best edited psychoanalytic book.
VISITING PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION - Saturday, November 5, 2016
Presentation by Derek Hook, Ph.D.
The objective of this talk is to explore key facets of melancholia, and to do so by making reference both to a clinical case and to Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer's (1996) book depicting the tragic story of Christopher McCandless. My more specific aims are twofold. I want, firstly, to engender a distinctively Lacanian perspective on melancholia. Secondly, bearing in mind Freud's (1923) remark that in melancholia we observe "a pure culture of the death instinct" (p. 53), I want to foreground the role of the death drive in melancholia. As will soon become apparent, the approach I will develop toward melancholia may initially appear at odds with Freud's (1917) account which focuses largely on the role of a previously loved yet subsequently hated and internalized lost object. A different set of conceptual priorities comes to the fore in a Lacanian reading, particularly so given Lacan's insistence on the death drive as enacted within the symbolic realm. This is the death drive understood not as a quasi-biological or organic force, nor as most fundamentally a will to self-annihilation. The Lacanian death drive is instead a type of life in excess of life, and it entails the wish to break from - even to destroy - the network of given symbolic roles, debts and obligations that structure social existence.
Dr. Derek Hook
Dr. Derek Hook is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University and an Extraordinary Professor of Psychology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. A former lecturer at the London School of Economics, he is the author of 'A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial', 'Post-apartheid Conditions' and 'Foucault, Psychology and the Analytics of Power'. In addition to his academic work, Derek works also as a clinician. He conducted his psychoanalytic training at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. His forthcoming book is entitled 'Five Moments in Lacan'
This presentation Will be held at the Texas Health Resources University Dallas 8194 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75231
The Fall monthly workshops will conclude in November with David M. Young who will present on "Therapeutic Entanglement." Quantum physics proposes that consciousness is required for anything to exist at all; the qualities of the observed depend upon the qualities of the observer. Likewise, an understanding of the patient requires an understanding of the therapist. He will draw from quantum physics, philosophy, the history of psychoanalysis and his personal history in examining how the dynamic unconscious is created in a therapy encounter.
We will start off the New Year with our first ever Winter Workshop, The purpose of this DSPP and DPC cosponsored event is to increase our awareness and understanding of the very real and serious issue of rape on college campuses and the sociopolitical and economic influences on how college rape is "handled" by administrations.
We will have the pleasure of welcoming Sofie Karasek, Director of Education and Co-founder of the organization End Rape on Campus (EROC). She will give a presentation entitled "Breaking the Silence: The National Movement Against Campus Sexual Assault." This presentation will provide a detailed account of the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses and focus on common issues that arise when dealing with sexual violence within a college campus and criminal justice setting. This workshop will also cover survivor-centric policy recommendations for enhancing prevention and response to campus sexual violence. Laurie Wagner will provide introductory remarks and Julie Hobdy will provide discussion.
This workshop is also intended to raise money for EROC by having all proceeds of this event donated to this organization. Attendees will be asked to make a donation of $35 for attending this workshop; however, larger donations are encouraged and appreciated.
My interest in organizing this Workshop came after seeing the compelling and disturbing documentary, The Hunting Ground, which provides a comprehensive description of the issue of sexual violence on college campuses. The issue of sexual violence on college campuses has always generated a strong emotional reaction in me. It is my hope that through continued awareness, education, and advocacy our profession will be able to play a significant role in addressing this particular form of human suffering.
Our monthly workshops will restart in February with Callie Emery who will give a presentation entitled "What We Don't Say: The Professional Frame in Light of Our Blind Spots." This workshop aims to increase reflection and insight on each of our personal and professional areas of poorly understood bias, countertransference and resistance. She will discuss her own experience of recognizing potential vulnerable areas and working through experience, analysis, training, and supervision to be more thoughtful in attention to these areas as they intersect with her professional cases.
NEW LOCATION: UT Southwestern Pickens Biomedical Building (ND building on attached map)
6001 Forest Park Road, Dallas, TX 75235
Ground floor, room ND3.218
**NOTE: DIFFERENT LOCATION FROM OTHER SPRING EVENTS**
**FREE PARKING IN ADJACENT VISITOR GARAGE, IN YELLOW ON THE ATTACHED MAP**
March 4, 2017 (Spring Workshop)
This spring we welcome Melanie Suchet who will give a presentation entitled "Who Are We Outside the Room and Within?"
This workshop will increase our awareness of how we construct and understand race, class, gender and sexuality self-other binaries. She will examine ways in which the analyst's subjective experience, embedded in the context of the sociopolitical, becomes significant; influencing and shaping the conduct of our work with patients. Dr. Suchet will also provide an emphasis on understanding transgender issues, through the presentation of clinical material (working with individuals transitioning as well as couples dealing with a partner transitioning).
Melanie Suchet is a Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Faculty member at the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a contributing editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She is the originator and coeditor of Relational Psychoanalysis: Volume 3 dedicated to bringing to the fore newer ideas, especially political and social issues. She is co-editor of the Routledge book series Psyche and Soul. She works on the edges of psychoanalysis, attempting to bring into the center what has been excluded and dissociated. Her interests also lie in the analyst's subjectivity, and specifically in the subject positions the analyst holds with respect to race, class, gender and sexuality.
The DSPP Program Year will conclude in April with Marc Litle who will give a presentation entitled "Altering Life by Holding it Still." The artist Robert Frank said, "The eye should learn to listen before it looks." The presenter will consider the influence that friends who were photographers had on his development. Photography opened up a larger world of humanity making the exotic familiar and the familiar exotic. Themes of memory, loss, desire, time, truth interpretation and deception will be explored.
The Spring Workshop and all other workshops and monthly meetings will be held at UT Southwestern Seay Biomedical Building (NC building on attached map) (map and directions). . 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.
March 7, 2009
Spring Mini-Workshop: Adoption: The Known, Uncertain and Fantasized Ties that Bind
Joellen Peters, Ph.D., JoAnn Ponder, Ph.D., Sharon Horowitz, Ph.D.
November 8, 2008
Fall Workshop: Pamela B. Sorensen, Ph.D., MACP (Brit) “What to do? Thoughts about Linking Dynamic Formulation and Treatment Intervention.”
November 3, 2007
We Are Driven: Modern Drive Theory and Practice
Fall Workshop with Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, Ph.D.
March 8, 2008
The Lacanian Unconscious in America
Spring Workshop with Judith Feher Gurewich, Ph.D.
April 12, 2008
Therapeutic Constructions and Our Multiple Selves
Closing workshop with Kenneth Gergen, Ph.D.
April 22, 2006
Chronic Sorrow: Dream and Reality
Susan Roos, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD, FT
November 13, 2004
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Race, Class, and Culture
Neil Altman, Ph.D
April 24, 2004
The Myths of Free Association
and the Potentials of the Analytic
Irwin Hoffman, PhD
October 11, 2003
A Lacanian Approach to Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Francis Hofstein, MD
May 3, 2003
Approach to Conjoint Therapy
Philip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD
October 12, 2002
Robert D. Hinshelwood, MD
of Interpersonal Relational Theory
aka, Control Mastery Theory
Joseph Weiss, MD
November 3, 2001
Person under the Problem: How Understanding
Personality Structure Empowers Psychotherapy
Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
The Psychoanalytic Perspective
"Empirically Validated Therapies" Drew Westen, Ph.D.
Preventing Mass Murder in Schools:
Understanding Violent Children from "Peaceful"
Hope: Exploring Possibility
and Limit in Psychoanalysis
Steven Cooper, Ph.D.
1, 2000 Beyond
Either/Or: Gender, Intersubjectivity and the Post-Oedipal
Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.
Got to Suffer if You Want to Sing the Blues:
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Self-Pity, Guilt and Romance Stephen Mitchell, Ph.D.