The Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (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 hosts a series of monthly presentations from September through April on psychoanalytic theory and its clinical applications. Fall and Spring workshops feature some of the world's leading psychoanalytic theorists. DSPP also offers courses for those interested in learning more about clinical practice utilizing psychoanalytic theory and principles. The Arts Committee sponsors a number of events at which members informally discuss and explore the psychoanalytic aspects of a wide variety of artistic endeavors (e.g., films, performing, visual and literary arts).
DSPP encourages all its members to participate and contribute to the organization through an active committee structure, which currently includes the Program Committee, the Membership Committee, the Education Committee, theContinuing Education Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Arts Committee, and the DSPP Bulletin. In short, DSPP strives to be an intellectual "home" for those interested in exploring and developing psychoanalytic theory and practice in its broadest applications.