DSPP Program

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

Full List of Distinguished speakers 1983 - Present

March 30, 2019
Learning to Hear: History, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics
Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D.

November 3, 2018
On the Value of the Lacanian Approach to Analytic Practice & Love in the Analytic Setting
Bruce Fink, Ph.D.

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.