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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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2019-2020 Program Year

"Rational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy".

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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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DSPP 2019 - 2020 Program Year
Welcome Message

"Hello Fellow DSPP Members,

It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the DSPP 2019-2020 Program Year. We have an exciting group of local and national speakers who welcome the opportunity to inform and inspire us. This year's theme, "Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy", places us at the cutting edge of American Psychoanalysis. Many of us are interested in relational psychoanalysis and believe relational approaches offer the best opportunity to continue a dialogue with others at the boundaries of our discipline.

Relational psychoanalysis has emerged as a critique and alternative to the more traditional movements in psychoanalysis. Adrienne Harris comments, "The question of influence and multiple perspectives is particularly critical in thinking about the relational tradition. Those of us who might be termed the first generation at Psychoanalytic Dialogues (Aron, Altman, Bass, Benjamin, Bromberg, Davies, Dimen, Ghent, and Harris) were all, inevitably, some kind of immigrant, arriving at a relational address from a wide variety of analytic cultures. There is an interesting distinction between "small r" and "capital R" relational perspectives, relationalists who like hybridity (mixed models), and ones who want to deepen and particularize a Relational tradition". Regardless of your interest, this years' programs provide an opportunity for dialogue within our psychoanalytic communities.

In conclusion I again quote Adrienne Harris, "Relational psychoanalysis entails an understanding, sometimes reluctant, sometimes jubilant and confident, that analytic work proceeds with an irreducible degree of uncertainty. We don't work knowing nothing, but our awareness, our clarity of purpose, our intentions, and out decisions, spontaneous or crafted, all have aspects of unconscious forces that renders us incomplete masters in our own house. This is our challenge and our burden". It is my hope that this years' programs will continue to introduce us to different perspectives of local and national clinicians and scholars who think of themselves as relationalists of one kind or another.

You can find your own way of working within the tension among different psychoanalytic approaches. This is a time for enthusiasm as we can now feel free to work in both the internal world and external reality.

Our fall workshop, "The Dialogue of the Unconscious, the Mutuality of Analytic Relations and the Uses of Self" presented by Anthony Bass offers us the opportunity to better understand the role of imagination in psychoanalytic therapy as well as the therapist's uses of subjective experience and countertransference in relationally informed psychotherapies. Dr. Bass was formerly the chairperson of the Relational Track of the New York University Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He currently serves as President of the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies and is founding and current board director of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and is Joint Editor in Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

Our winter workshop introduces us to contemporary field theory in psychoanalysis. The presenter, Montana Katz, is a founding Co-Director of the International Field Theory Association and Editor of the Routledge Psychoanalytic Field Theory Book Series and has published about psychoanalysis, gender, and urban life for women.

"Psychoanalytic theory has been criticized for neglecting issues of social context and identity and privileging internal life over external realities (Tummala-Narra, 2018). Adding culture as a core aspect of one's identity formation can facilitate the integration can facilitate the integration of individual and cultural understanding in education. The final presentation by Gurmeet Kanwal in the spring, 2020, Culture, Attachment, and Integrative Individuation: An alternative to the Separation-Individuation Model, will provide us with an introduction to the role of interaction and interdependence in the understanding and treatment of non-western persons who do not experience themselves as independent 'individuals'.

I want to thank our immediate past President, Stephanie Swales, for setting a new standard for leadership; Alicia Coleman, without whom we might not survive; Berit Johnson who manages our continuing education speakers, and the DSPP Executive Committee whose long term leadership sustains our future. Finally, I want to thank Ken Trevino who has encouraged and inspired me to accept this role.

Thank you for your continued support and for joining us this coming year.

Monty Evans-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.

DSPP Scholarships

The Laurel Wagner Early Career Scholarship Award (download)
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The ego is not master in its own house.

- Sigmund Freud