DSPP Program

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.

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


The Fall Workshop will be held at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, 8th Floor, Room NC8.212, 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75235.

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
Frontiers of Dialectical Constructivism:
The Myths of Free Association
and the Potentials of the Analytic Relationship
Irwin Hoffman, PhD

October 11, 2003
A Lacanian Approach to Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Francis Hofstein, MD

May 3, 2003
A Relational/Intersubjective
Approach to Conjoint Therapy
Philip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD

October 12, 2002
"Reflective Space"
Robert D. Hinshelwood, MD

April 6, 2002
Originator of Interpersonal Relational Theory 
aka, Control Mastery Theory
Joseph Weiss, MD

November 3, 2001
The Person under the Problem: How Understanding 
Personality Structure Empowers Psychotherapy

Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.

March 24, 2001
The Psychoanalytic Perspective vs.
"Empirically Validated Therapies"
Drew Westen, Ph.D.

March 15, 2001
Preventing Mass Murder in Schools:
Understanding Violent Children from "Peaceful" Families

November 4, 2000
Objects of Hope: Exploring Possibility
and Limit in Psychoanalysis

Steven Cooper, Ph.D.

April 1, 2000
Beyond Either/Or: Gender, Intersubjectivity and the Post-Oedipal
Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.

November 13, 1999
You've Got to Suffer if You Want to Sing the Blues:
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Self-Pity, Guilt and Romance

Stephen Mitchell, Ph.D.