Hello Fellow DSPP Members,
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.
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