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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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2020-2021 Program Year

Engaging with the Unknown

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DSPP 2020 - 2021 Program Year Welcome Message

I would like to welcome you all to the 2020-2021 programming year of DSPP. My name is Will Collins and I am the incoming president. Did you ever do one of those "get-to-know-you" icebreaker exercises? The one where you're supposed to say a few facts about yourself but add in some unique flavor? Well, in that vein, I'll tell you that I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in University Park, and that I studied psychoanalysis in Berkeley at the Wright Institute, where I received my doctorate. Sometime later while living in Seattle, I took classes at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute as well as at the Center for Object Relations. More or less interestingly, (you decide!) I am a former musician, a lover of sci-fi, and recently a mid-life tattoo-ee. To cap it off, I am named after the disgraced-Harvard-psychologist-turned-spiritual-guru, Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass (Richard is my first name). All that to say, it's nice to meet you!

Ok, on to business: The 2020-2021 programming year will be very different than those of the past. Due to concerns about Covid-19 and out of an abundance of caution I, along with the Executive Council, made the decision to offer this year's continuing education via Zoom videoconferencing. We did this because we don't know when it will be safe for all of us to meet in person. And with all that uncertainty churning about, we felt having something stable might be of use. Our plan is to continue to make decisions about additional (and possibly in-person) events at appropriate times and with the health of our members in mind.

Our theme for this year's programming is "Engaging with the Unknown." We will be spending the year with psychoanalyst and historian, Dr. Joseph Aguayo. From September through April, Dr. Aguayo will lead a series of discussions in which he will talk about the history and clinical work of Bion and we will engage with the material, with him, with ourselves, and also with each other (see series description below). Prior to each meeting, members will be able to login to our website and access a video and reading selection. Looking over these materials before the meeting will give you the deepest learning experience, but we understand that this isn't always possible. Don't panic! Even if you don't get a chance to look at the materials, you will still be able to benefit from the meeting. Additional information about logistics and zoom login will be provided as we get closer to the first meeting.

I also want to take a moment to express my gratitude to our executive committee members and past presidents - Monty Evans, Alicia Coleman, Christy Tucker, Berit Johnson, Scott Nelson, Zane Dodd, Amanda Moates, Jason Berman, Susan Rosenberg, Stephanie Swales, Angelica Tratter, Jeremy Cooper, Ken Trevino, Scott Hickman, Adam Hinshaw, Sara Arnold, Jessica Glen, and with special thanks to my wife, Carissa Collins. These folks really run the show here at DSPP and you won't meet a kinder and more thoughtful group of people. Very honestly, it's never been more true for me to say that I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. One more thing - DSPP will continue to co-host our programming year with the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center and we are very appreciative of Monique Losson's assistance with obtaining CMEs.

Will Collins, Psy.D.
DSPP President 2020-2021

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 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.

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The Laurel Wagner Early Career Scholarship Award (download)
The Judith Samson Student Scholarship Award (download)

The ego is not master in its own house.

- Sigmund Freud