9/22/21 - DSPP Monthly Meeting
Belonging in the Shadow of the Pandemic
1.5 CE Credits
Meeting Location: Zoom
Melissa Wallace, MD, PLLC
Dale C Godby, PhD, PLLC
As we attempt to emerge from the trauma of the pandemic, we have the opportunity to reflect on how this trauma has impacted our sense of belonging: to DSPP, to our families, and to everything we love. Since we last met face-to-face, DSPP has witnessed the deaths of three of our past presidents, Pat Wood, Judith Samson, and Bill Gordon. In the shadow of these losses and the ongoing trauma of the global pandemic, we are presented with an opportunity to explore group attachment and what it means to belong. For our tenured members, DSPP has been a secure home from which we explore old and new ideas about the development and healing of the mind. Hopefully, our newer members will come to form secure attachments to the group and benefit from it in a similar fashion. Dale and Melissa represent these opposite poles-Melissa is relatively new to the group and Dale has been there from the start. It is our hope as presenters that representing the spectrum of membership in DSPP will aid in exploring the various experiences of belonging to the group.
All of us bring to the task of belonging unconscious social and cultural constraints. The ways in which we belong (or feel estranged) in our families, our schools, and our communities of faith make up part of our social unconscious and contribute to how we form attachments to an organization like DSPP. To what theory do we belong? What theory belongs to us? Or do we eschew theory in the service of being free? We all started out knowing nothing about theory. As we move from one theory to another, we are bit like immigrants, feeling awkward and wondering if we will ever be at home.
After some brief opening remarks, Melissa and Dale plan to invite the group into a conversation about the meaning of belonging in the context of DSPP as a professional home.
Learning Objectives-We plan to convene a conversation on the following:
- 1) Reflect on how the pandemic has impacted your relationship to organizations like DSPP.
- 2) Consider how your personal attachment style interacts with your organizational attachment style.
- 3) Think about how attachment to DSPP effects your work with patients.
Kinley, J.L. and Reyno, S. M. The price of needing to belong: Neurobiology of working through attachment trauma. Psychodynamic Psychiatry 47, 39-51
Dr. Wallace graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011, with a major in
physiology and minor in Spanish. She received her MD from Baylor College of
Medicine in 2015 and continued on to psychiatric residency at UT Southwestern.
During her residency, she taught medical student courses on pop culture's
relationship to psychiatry, chaired the residency's literature and psychiatry
committee, and received the John F. Hickman Award for Outstanding Resident in
Psychiatry. After completing residency in 2019, she joined the Group Analytic
Practice of Dallas as an associate member, primarily treating adults with a focus on
individual and group psychotherapy.
Dale was the 4 th president of DSPP and has remained active in many ways over the
years. This past year he and Tina Mohammad presented a workshop at the Group
Analytic Symposium in Barcelona on The Languages of Faith and the Dynamics of
Inclusion and Exclusion in the Social Pre-Conscious. Unfortunately, it was virtual. Dale
co-hosted the International Virtual Reflective Citizens' Koinonia Workshop with Serbian
colleagues. Tina and Dale along with help from Melissa Wallace and other members of
the Group Analytic Practice Dallas convened a monthly Reflective Citizens'
Conversation on Race for the year following George Floyd's murder. With colleagues
from the American Group Psychotherapy Association, he did a webinar on Experiential
Training Groups in Psychiatric Residency and Other Training Programs. In 2020 Dale
was awarded the Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award by the Psychiatry Residents
10/20/21 - DSPP Monthly Meeting
A Neighborly Psychology: Applied Psychoanalysis, Real Integration, and the Reclamation of Relational Politics
1.5 CE Credits
Meeting Location: Zoom
Nathaniel R. Strenger, Psy.D.
The time for neighborhood is now. Psychoanalysis, an institution among many, faces a political reckoning. This paper calls for, and moves towards, a renewal of real-life integration in the ways of clinical intervention and localism. Drawing on contemporary psychoanalytic theory, political philosophy, and case studies highlighting political difference, this paper aims to revive a neighborly American public sphere. One session at a time.
- 1. Summarize the role psychoanalysis has played in diminishing American neighborliness, and see the potential for restorative contribution it currently wields.
- 2. Integrate psychoanalytic and political lenses, using these to situate clinical work socially.
- 3. Draw on psychoanalytically oriented postures to promote neighborliness as a crucial element in any model of health.
Altman, N. (2005). Manic society: Toward the depressive position. Psychoanalytic Dialogues
, 15(3), 321-346.
Botticelli, S. (2004). The politics of relational psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues
, 14(5), 635-651.
Winnicott, D. W. (1986). Some thoughts on the meaning of the word 'Democracy.' Home is where we start from: Essays by a psychoanalyst
. WW norton & Company.
Nathaniel R. Strenger, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Clinical Advancement at The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology in Dallas, Texas. As such he provides a variety of clinical services, supervises training therapists, and develops continuing education opportunities for clinicians and the broader public alike. As part of his studies and professional background, he has taught, lead workshops, and written on topics ranging from trauma, spirituality across the lifespan and the practice of psychology, emotional regulation in children, teens, and adults, community coordination in care, parenting concerns, and clergy family issues. He has worked in outpatient community clinics, private practice, medical centers, and in university counseling.
DSPP Fall Workshop
Emotional Inheritance: Love, Loss and the Legacy of Trauma
Galit Atlas, Ph.D.
11/12/2021 - 5pm-7pm (2 CE Credits)
11/13/2021 - 9am-12pm (3 CE Credits)
Meeting Location: Zoom
This workshop will focus on ideas from Atlas' new book Emotional inheritance. It will introduce a
relational model to thinking about the ways two subjectivities collude in promoting dissociation
and the ways inherited trauma both finds shelter and comes to life in the analytic dyad. Atlas will
discuss cases from her upcoming book to illustrate how patient and analyst enter each other's
inner world and discover themselves as participants within each other's psychic life. The cases
will focus on loss and early trauma, the regulation of aggression, as well as the power of analytic
love to address the many faces of inherited trauma.
- 1. Participants will be able to define inherited trauma.
- 2. Participants will be able to explain the term Erotic Reparation.
- 3. Participants will be able to identify the analyst's dissociation as a defense against her family
- 4. Participants will be able to explain the ways emotional inheritance shapes are behavior.
- 5. Participants will be able to give at least one example of how analyst and patient collude in order to
- 6. Participants will be able to describe the relation between analytic love and regulation of aggression.
Dr. Galit Atlas is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and
Psychoanalysis, and faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP. She
is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis
(Routledge, 2015) and Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice (co-authored with
Lewis Aron, Routledge, 2017). She is the editor and a contributor to When Minds Meet: The
Work of Lewis Aron (Routledge,2020). Her next book Emotional Inheritance: A Therapist, Her
Patients and the Legacy of Trauma will be published by Little Brown in January 2022. Atlas
serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives and is the author of articles and
book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Her New York Times article "A tale
of Two Twins" was the winner of a 2016 Gradiva award. Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical
supervisor in private practice in New York City.
1/29/2022 - Diversity Workshop
Ambivalence, Racism, and Xenophobia: Loving/Hating Thy Neighbor as Thyself
3 CE Credits
Meeting Location: Zoom
Stephanie Swales, Ph.D.
Drawing from Stephanie Swales' recently published book, co-authored with Carol
Owens, Psychoanalysing Ambivalence with Freud and Lacan: On and Off the Couch (Routledge,
2019), this presentation will explore racism and other forms of xenophobia through a
psychoanalytic lens, using the key concept of ambivalence and highlighting how and why
libidinal investments, our modes of enjoyment, are wrapped up in our prejudices. Examples will
be presented both from clinical practice and from contemporary social events, such as some of
the social responses to the outbreak of COVID-19-including Sinophobia and "maskophobia".
Participants will gain an understanding of how to apply the theoretical material presented to
clinical work as well as contemporary social life.
Far from being about "mixed feelings," as Freud explained the concept in his paper Totem and
Taboo, ambivalence involves the conflict between two equally strong currents that are "localized
in the subject's mind in a way that they cannot come up against each other" (Freud, 1913, p. 35);
when one current is conscious, the other is unconscious. To have an unconscious in these terms
is therefore at one and the same time to be ambivalent. What is more, we are deeply ambivalent
about our own jouissance, our own modes of enjoyment, and employ various mechanisms to
reject the hated aspects of ourselves into the Other as embodied by our neighbor who may be
different from us in terms of race, gender identity, religion, and so on. We are fundamentally
ambivalent creatures, ambivalent about ourselves as well as about our neighbors, and therefore
any account of forms of xenophobia (as the fear of "the foreigner", of the outgroup), including
racism, must take into account our ambivalent human nature. Further, following the Judeo-
Christian dictate to "love thy neighbor as thyself" we can take from Freud's account of the
vicious punitive nature of the superego that we are actually not very good at loving ourselves,
that we hate ourselves just as we love ourselves, so it might be more correct to command, "hate
thy neighbor as thyself".
- 1. Learn how the concept of ambivalence can illuminate racism and other forms of xenophobia.
- 2. Learn how to understand racism and other forms of xenophobia as intimately related to our ways of enjoying.
- 3. Learn how to understand racism and other forms of xenophobia as phobias.
- 4. Be able to make connections between the theory learned and how it could translate to clinical practice.
Hook, D. (2018). Racism and jouissance: Evaluating the "racism as (the theft of) enjoyment"
hypothesis. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society
, 23(3), 244-266.
Recommended Reading: Especially the last two chapters of
Swales, S., & Owens, C. (2019). Psychoanalysing Ambivalence with Freud and Lacan: On and Off the Couch. New York & London: Routledge
Stephanie Swales, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas, a
practicing psychoanalyst, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a clinical supervisor located in
Dallas, Texas. She has authored two books: Psychoanalysing Ambivalence with Freud and
Lacan: On and Off the Couch (Routledge, 2019), co-authored with Carol Owens, and
Perversion: A Lacanian Psychoanalytic Approach to the Subject (Routledge, 2012). She is also
the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the theory and practice of Lacanian
psychoanalysis. She is the founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth area Lacan Study Group, serves as
Secretary for the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (APA's Division 24), and
is on the executive boards of the Dallas Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
as well as the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
2/16/2022 - Monthly Meeting
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Gender Diversity (Transgender/Transsexual): The Role of Mourning
3 CE Credits
Meeting Location: Zoom
J. Unterberg, Ph.D.
- 1. The attendees will be able to describe what Saketopoulou is referring to when she introduces the concept of "massive gender trauma."
- 2. The attendees will be able to describe what Saketopoulou and Hansbury mean when they write about the developmental task of "mourning."
- 3. The attendees will be able to describe a developmental approach to treating transgender/transsexual patients.
Saketopoulou, A. (2014). Mourning the Body as Bedrock: Developmental Considerations in Treating Transsexual Patients Analytically. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Hansbury, G. (2005). Mourning the Loss of the Idealized Self: A Transsexual Passage. Psychoanalytic Social Work
Jennifer ("J") Unterberg received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2003, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Medical Center at Dallas in 2004. After graduating as a psychoanalyst from the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center in 2015, she moved to Washington, DC. She joined the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, where she teaches the Gender and Sexuality course (she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2021), and co-chairs a monthly Gender and Sexuality Diversity Study Group.
At the Washington School of Psychiatry, "J" co-taught a class on Gender and Sexuality Diversity ("The Expanding Universe: Sexuality and Gender in the Clinical Encounter"). At ICP&P, she co-taught a course on Sexual Diversity and was a co-leader for a Faculty Development Workshop on Gender and Sexuality Diversity. She was the discussant for the WBCP's ethics workshop: Navigating Modern Sexuality and Emerging Gender Landscapes in Theory and Practice in 2018..
"J" returned to Dallas in April of 2020 and reunited with the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center (DPC) and the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (DSPP). AT DPC, she is co-chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI), and a member of three committees: programming, curriculum, and education. She co-facilitates two study groups with DPC and DSPP: Gender and Sexuality Diversity, and Psychoanalysis Culture, and Society. She is member-at-large for DSPP. At the American Psychoanalytic Association, she is a member of the Committee on Gender and Sexuality.
3/23/2022 - Monthly Meeting
Eating Disorders as Attachment Disorders
1.5 CE Credits
Meeting Location: Zoom
Whitney Hagan, MD
Eating Disorders are complex psychiatric illnesses that involve many aspects of psychology and biology, including attachment. Group psychotherapy can be particularly helpful in addressing the attachment aspects of eating disorders. I will present a group psychotherapy intervention that involved art therapy exercises, neuroscience education, and cognitive behavioral tasks that resulted in reduction in eating disorder symptoms months after the intervention. In order to understand the experience of participants in the group, our research group performed a qualitative analysis of participant surveys. I will present the results of this intervention and discuss the qualitative data in light of attachment theory.
- 1. Identify how attachment pathology factors in eating disorders.
- 2. Discuss therapeutic techniques - group, art therapy - that can address the attachment aspects of eating disorders
- 3. Describe a group psychotherapy intervention for eating disorders.
Hunt, B. J., Hagan, W. S., Pelfrey, S., Mericle, S., Harper, J. A., Palka, J. M., & McAdams, C. J. (2021). Pilot data from the self-blame and perspective-taking intervention for eating disorders. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
, 31(1), 57-66.
Hagan, W. S., Mericle, S., Hunt, B. J., Harper, J. A., Palka, J. M., Pelfrey, S., & McAdams, C. J. (2021). Qualitative patient experiences from the Self-Blame and Perspective-Taking Intervention for eating disorders. Journal of Eating Disorders
, 9(1), 1-11.
Whitney Hagan, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Dallas. She graduated from residency at UT Southwestern in 2018 where she founded the psychotherapy track and participated in eating disorder research. Whitney went to medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY and college at Barnard College. Whitney is currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center.