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
2020 - 2021
Meeting Location: Zoom videoconferencing
Continuing Education: 3 CEUs are provided for the Mini Fall and Spring Workshops and 1.5 CEUs are provided for the Monthly (Wednesday) Meetings.
Title: Series on the Clinical Work of W. R. Bion
Presenter Name: Joseph Aguayo, PhD
Series Description: We are fortunate to have Dr. Joseph Aguayo share his work entitled "Series on the Clinical Work of W. R. Bion." The eight-part series will include videos and readings in advance of each session and will cover the four main phases of his psychoanalytic career as both a practitioner and theorizer: 1) The group period during the 1940s/early 1950s; 2) The psychosis paper period during the 1950s; 3) Theoretical Innovations in epistemology during the 1960s; and 4) The Clinical Seminars period, (1967-1979).
The initial seminars focus on Bion's work within the context of his life experiences and the development of his psychoanalytic thought and technique, starting with his birth and childhood in Colonial India, school years and service as a tank commander in World War I. These introductory seminars are geared towards enriching the clinical perspectives of attendees, so that their practices may be augmented with new ideas from an important tradition of British Object Relations theory. It is an aim of the seminar to stimulate attendees to further study of this most seminal thinker.
to develop an understanding of the history and development of Wilfred Bion's thinking about psychoanalytic theory and technique as it evolved from his clinical work and within the broader context of the history and development of psychoanalytic theory in general.
to develop an understanding of how Bion's ideas are applied in the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
to increase attendees' self-awareness in his or her personality of the subjective states of mind that Bion calls attention to for the everyday practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalytic treatment.
Part 1, Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, 9/16/2020 at 7:30-9pm (1.5 CEs)
Part 2, Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, 10/21/2020 at 7:30-9pm (1.5 CEs)
Part 3, Fall Mini Workshop I - Saturday, 11/7/2020 at 10am-1pm (3 CEs)
Part 4, Spring Mini Workshop I - Saturday, 1/23/2021at 10am-1pm (3CEs)
Part 5, Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, 2/17/2021 at 7:30-9pm (1.5 CEs)
Part 6, Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, 3/17/2021 at 7:30-9pm (1.5 CEs)
Part 7, Spring Mini Workshop II - Saturday, 4/17/2021 at 10am-1pm (3 CEs)
Part 8, Spring Mini Workshop III (Tentative) - Saturday, 5/22/2021 at 10am-1pm (3 CEs)
Eight-Part Series Materials:
Videos and readings for each session will be available to members online.
Dr. Aguayo is a Member of New Center for Psychoanalysis, an institute affiliated with both the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California and a Guest Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He currently maintains an online private practice in his home in Laurel Canyon. He currently is completing a book on the evolution of Bion's clinical method of inquiry with a team of British colleagues: R.D. Hinshelwood, Sira Dermen, and Nicola Abel-Hirsch-Bion's Own Clinical Work: His Method of Clinical Inquiry, (a submission for Routledge Bion Series, Howard Levine, general editor).
Dr. Aguayo developed a series of 16 video-conference lectures: 'Introduction to the Clinical Work of W.R. Bion' for Chinese students of psychoanalysis in Shanghai, (Ken Zhang, Director). His most recently submitted paper is to the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and is co-authored with Maxine Anderson, Peter Goldberg, Caron Harrang, and Bruce Reis and is entitled: 'On the Psychoanalytic Work of Thomas Ogden: A North American Regional and Group Perspective on British Object Relations Theory.'
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Aguayo has been a frequent contributor to the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Psychoanalytic Quarterly and co-edited two books on Bion's Clinical Seminars in Los Angeles, (2013); and Buenos Aires, (2017). He has also participated and presented consecutively on Klein and Bion's work at the International Psychoanalytical Association's bi-annual Congresses since 2002.