DSPP Program



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



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.
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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.