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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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2021-2022 Program Year

On Belonging
Exploring connection and togetherness

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DSPP 2021-2022 Program Year Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,
Since the start of 2020, we have experienced a multitude of collective traumas that have driven us apart: the beginning of a global pandemic, racial reckoning, political unrest, distrust in leaders, and the attack on our nation's capital, to name just a few.

Above all, as tensions in seemingly every socio-political sphere have grown, these traumas have consequences: from intolerance in "othering" views to blocking one another on social media platforms to even collective calls to "cancel" fellow humans, denying their shared personhood and inherent value.

In our separateness, we have developed a preoccupation with self-preservation: How close will you get to me? Am I safe in your presence? Will your closeness kill me? Can I trust you? Will you protect me and my loved ones?

And yet, our disparate virtual worlds have left us bereft of true connection as we seek genuine closeness: How's our connection? Where'd you go? Did I lose you? Can you hear me? Can you see me? Are you there?

And finally, after being trapped within physical masks, social distances, and a disconnected virtual world, we have started to reemerge from the confines of our personal spaces. Despite the obvious social anxieties and lingering questions about safety and trust, we are still working to understand all that has happened, how to navigate reintegration, and ultimately how to reimagine life in co-existence with one another, again.

Hence, the theme of the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology 2021-2022 program year will be "On Belonging", with a focus on Relational Theory, in which we will explore what we all need more of--connection and togetherness.

My name is Jessica Glenn and I'm honored to serve as your incoming president this year. I'm a New York native and LCSW-S in private practice. I have a background in emergency psychiatry (CPEP) and supervising inpatient psychiatry units at Bellevue Hospital in NYC, where I worked after completing my Masters in Social Work at Columbia University. I held a private practice in Manhattan, took classes at NYU's Psychoanalytic Association of New York and participated in psychodynamic clinical supervision. When I moved to Dallas I joined Lew Aron's reading group and worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. My current practice focus is adults struggling in relationships, and I also greatly enjoy developing young social workers by demystifying psychoanalytic theory through teaching at UT Arlington School of Social Work and providing clinical supervision.

In my program year, we will examine this innate need for belonging--to one another, to our clients, to our bodies, to our histories, our families of origin, to our communities, to our humanity. We hope you will join us-together-this year!

As the pandemic is an ever-changing situation, we will be evaluating the ability to meet safely in person on a month by month basis. We will meet virtually for the first three meetings in 2021 and will re-evaluate our location for our 2022 meetings.

Please be on the lookout over the next few weeks for information about membership renewal and sign ups for events!

Jessica Glenn, LCSW-S
DSPP President, 2021-2022

American Psychological Association and President-Trio of Division 39 Release Statements on Issues of Racism and Social Justice

APA Press Release:

Email from Division 39 President-Trio to Membership:

Dear Division 39 members,

We wanted to write to you in light of recent events concerning the shocking killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, other recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of police, and the subsequent protests. We wish we had words to adequately express the outrage and horror that we've been feeling. Not only are the police afforded a unique role and level of power in our society, but they also receive special protections, including, at a structural level, qualified immunity. Therefore, it is essential to add our voices to those warning about the dangers of unchecked policing power and the resistance at many levels of government to oversight of that power.

As psychoanalysts, we acknowledge the ubiquity of unconscious influences in ourselves and others, including unconscious racial biases, in addition to conscious and overt biases. Because of these biases, it is incumbent upon society to have appropriate oversight of the powerful organizations, which are entrusted with the enforcement of laws across the country. The death of George Floyd is but the latest example of the risks such power can have.

Our Executive Committee has discussed issuing a Division statement about this. We highly value statements, but the institutional processes would take longer than we were comfortable with and instead agreed that the presidential trio could communicate to members more quickly, albeit still not quickly enough. Our discussion has led us to reflect upon the need to examine ourselves more critically and how we, as a Division, can create a more inclusive functioning group that does not recapitulate the systemic racism we are criticizing the police for.

The EC is discussing the value of having outside consultation to assist us in examining our processes in order to lead us to become an organization that leads in equality. We will be seeking various modes of input from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) so we ensure that we can create the foundations for a diverse governing and membership body. Toward that end, we will take a concrete step. It is admittedly small, but a beginning.

Barry will step aside from the Mission & Goals task force and appoint someone in his place to expand the diversity membership for the task force. This task force aims to help the organization clarify and carry out our mission and goals and thus addresses the most fundamental aims of SPPP. As such, we feel it is important that a member of the "old guard" willingly relinquish such a role in order to improve the perspectives considered by the task force and better represent the future of the organization.

We will detail our attempts to create a more egalitarian group as soon as we are able.

Barry Dauphin, PhD, ABPP

President SPPP

Dennis Debiak, PsyD

Past President SPPP

Joe Schaller, PsyD

President Elect SPPP

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About Us

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.

DSPP Scholarships

The Laurel Wagner Early Career Scholarship Award (download)
The Judith Samson Student Scholarship Award (download)

The ego is not master in its own house.

- Sigmund Freud