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
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
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
The Myths of Free Association
and the Potentials of the Analytic
Irwin Hoffman, PhD
October 11, 2003
A Lacanian Approach to Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Francis Hofstein, MD
May 3, 2003
Approach to Conjoint Therapy
Philip Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD
October 12, 2002
Robert D. Hinshelwood, MD
of Interpersonal Relational Theory
aka, Control Mastery Theory
Joseph Weiss, MD
November 3, 2001
Person under the Problem: How Understanding
Personality Structure Empowers Psychotherapy
Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D.
The Psychoanalytic Perspective
"Empirically Validated Therapies"
Drew Westen, Ph.D.
Preventing Mass Murder in Schools:
Understanding Violent Children from "Peaceful"
Hope: Exploring Possibility
and Limit in Psychoanalysis
Steven Cooper, Ph.D.
Either/Or: Gender, Intersubjectivity and the Post-Oedipal
Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.
Got to Suffer if You Want to Sing the Blues:
Psychoanalytic Reflections on Self-Pity, Guilt and Romance
Stephen Mitchell, Ph.D.