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
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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.