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  • May 12, 2017 9:21 AM | Kim Fox (Administrator)

    San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies

    Division of Psychoanalysis Spring Meeting

    Yearly Activity Summary

    April 6, 2017

    SASPS continues to play a central role in the education and support for the importance of psychoanalytic theory, and psychoanalytically informed practice in our academic and professional community. Our active membership is a professionally diverse group of approximately 62 registered members. A significantly larger number of mental health professionals regularly attend our meetings and presentations. We are primarily Psychologists, but are well represented with Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and LPCs. A few are certified Psychoanalysts and Jungian Analysts. We have 12 Division members at present.  We now have 16 Graduate Student Members in psychology and psychiatry, a significant increase from past years. We continue to expand our working group by appointing new members to committees in order to spread the workload and get more members involved in sustaining the organization. We have an active and diverse board, representing Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Psychoanalysis, who come from academic, hospital and private practice settings.

    We continue to benefit from our close alliance with the Mind Science Foundation which has co sponsored several of our chapter activities and provided publicity and administrative support over the years.  We also have alliances with other community organizations, which help support our Continuing Education offerings this year, including The University of the Incarnate Word, and Trinity University, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Our society maintains a sound financial foundation, in part though our affiliation with, and support from local universities and community agencies.

    We have benefited from an organizational consultant who provides ongoing consultation regarding clarification of goals, diversifying leadership responsibilities, delegation of event planning, defining needs for administrative support, and upgrading our website.

    Our website is up to date, user friendly, and serves a number of our functions for member information, workshop registration, and communication. This has a significant positive impact on the efficiency of our event planning.

    The current leadership of our Executive Committee includes:

    Tom Stone Ph.D :  President

    Jacob Pickard, Ph.D : Past President

    Russel Thompson, Ph.D. President Elect

        Education Committee Chair

    Cynthia Dias De Leon, Ph.D.:  Secretary

    Paul Ingmundson, Ph.D.  :  Treasurer

    Kim Fox, Communications Committee Chair

    Ashley Powell, Ph.D. Membership committee Chair

    Bob Kalter, M.D.  Member at Large

    Sara Gill, Ph.D., Member at Large

    Carlos Velez, M.D. Member at Large

    Manu Gupta, Student Representative

    Shane Riggs, Student Representative

    Natasha Benatti, PsyD, Student Representative

    Wayne J. Ehrisman, Ph.D. ABPP:  Local Chapter Representative

    The Education Committee planned several professional and community educational offerings this past year. Our activities include:

    • (1)      Our monthly Psychoanalytic Study Group, led by local members, continues to meet in our homes, and reviews mostly contemporary psychoanalytic literature.  The group continues to draw approximately 15-25 members from a diverse group of mental health professionals and students, representing psychology, psychiatry, social work, psychoanalysis, and others interested in psychoanalytic ideas and their application to clinical theory and practice. Current topics have continued to focus on Relational, Self Psychology, Gender, Diversity, and historical Psychoanalytic Perspectives. We continue to send out our Newsletter electronically to a large number of our current and past members and attendees, which sustains interest and attendance.
    • (2)      For our Spring workshop on May 16, 2016 we sponsored a workshop by Jerry Gans MD on the topics of “Recognizing Shame and Acknowledging Courage in Group Psychotherapy” and “Money Matters in Psychotherapy”, conducted in a group  process format which was innovative and productive.
    • (3)      For our annual Paredes Lecture on October 7th, focused on community outreach, We presented a workshop on “Restorative Justice: Bursting the School to Prison Pipeline” with presentations by Juvenile Court Judge Laura Parker, Phillip Carney, Coordinator of Restorative Discipline NEISD, who developed a model program used in a local school district, and Anne Thomas, Ph.D., Deputy  Chief of Clinical Services for the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department.  This brought in attendees within the educational, juvenile justice, and mental health communities for an informative exchange of ideas about new innovations in the management of juvenile offenders.
    • (4)      For our Fall Workshop on November 11, we invited Neil Altman, PhD to present a presentation on “Race, Class and Culture in Psychoanalysis” followed by a Consultation with Dr Altman the next day.  A useful and informative discussion of the conscious and unconscious influences of these influences on the practice of psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy.
    • (5)      On May 19 of this year,  SASPS and the Mind Science Foundation will cosponsor a workshop entitled “From Self to Selfies: reflection on the Impact of Technological Change on the Psychology of the Self” presented by SASPS members  Cynthia Diaz de Leon, PhD., Joshua Essery, PsyD, ABPP, Paul Ingmundson, Ph.D, and Thomas Stone, Ph.D
    • (6)      On September 15, 2017 we plan to invite Ricardo Ainslie, Ph.D to present and discuss his documentary “The Mark of War” and intimate portrait of men who served in the Vietnam war.
    • (7)      On November 4, 2017 Melanie Suchet will present on Therapeutic Impasse and Race
    • (8)      We are in the planning for reviving our Film Society later this summer, with a film presentation of “The Danish Girl” to facilitate awareness and discussion of transgender issues.

    In other ongoing activities, several of our members continue to teach in both the Psychology and Psychiatry Residency Program at UTHSCSA, and function as co-leaders in seminars, and providing psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision.

    Our Psychodynamic Track in the Clinical Psychology Training Program continues to provide an internship such that  Psychology Residents are afforded many more opportunities for a specific focus on psychodynamic approaches to a broad range of clinical problems, within a Generalist model of training. We have involved several psychodynamic psychologists from our group who have Clinical Appointments at UTHSCSA to supervise our Residents.  The Track system has provided considerable improvement in the recruitment of interns,

    In summary, our organization continues to grow, with increasing membership, more diverse offerings, and more student involvement, and more administrative efficiency. There’s increasing interest in Division activities, including attendance at  Spring Meetings.

    Wayne J Ehrisman, Ph.D. ABPP

    Local Chapter Representative

    San Antonio Society of Psychoanalytic Studies


  • March 13, 2017 10:39 AM | Kim Fox (Administrator)

    "In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test’s creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance—and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant and original, The Inkblots shines a light on the twentieth century’s most visionary synthesis of art and science."

    Listen to the podcast HERE

    Find the book HERE  

    Damion Searls has written for Harper’s, n+1, and The Paris Review, and has translated the work of authors including Rainer Maria Rilke, Marcel Proust, and five Nobel Prize winners. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and Cullman Center fellowships.


  • February 24, 2017 6:09 AM | Kim Fox (Administrator)

    Dr. Ainslie will be presenting for SASPS in September.  Below is a link to his most recently published article:


     https://news.utexas.edu/2017/02/23/picking-fights-with-mexico-will-be-at-our-own-peril

  • February 21, 2017 2:53 PM | Kim Fox (Administrator)

    Spring Lecture: 

    From Self to Selfies: Reflections on the Impact of Technological Change on the Psychology of the Self.

    Since the invention of the telegraph, the construction of the self has been determined in significant ways by technological advances that now occur more rapidly than ever before. As mental health professionals, we are affected both personally and professionally by the pervasiveness of technology in our lives and the lives of our clients. This workshop will be an opportunity for us to take time out from being deeply immersed in our technologically driven life and reflect on contemporary views of the psychology of the self. Psychoanalysis provides us, regardless of our clinical orientation, with the tools to make sense out of this evolving sense of self. Through lectures, videos, small and large group discussion, we will provide a structure out of which all of us will be able to reflect upon and discuss this timely topic.

    Presenters: Cynthia Diaz de Leon, PhD; Joshua Essery, PsyD, ABPP; Paul Ingmundson, PhD; Thomas Stone, PhD.

    Date: May 19, 2017

    Workshop Length: 6 hours (lunch, CEU's included)

    Spring/Summer Film Series: SASPS will present The Danish Girl with a panel to discuss psychoanalysis and treating Transgender clients. More info to come!

    Fall Lecture Series:  Frank Paredes Memorial Memorial Lecture on Ethics and Culture features Ricardo Ainslie, PhD, presenting and discussing his documentary The Mark of War. Tentative date is September 15, 2017.

    The Mark of War is an intimate portrait of seven men who served in the Vietnam War drawn by a psychoanalyst-filmmaker keen on entering their worlds. In this film, Dr. Ainslie explores their lives before going off to war, their experiences fighting in Vietnam, and their lives since their return. 

    To  preview the trailer for his documentary, click HERE

    Stay tuned for details for these events!  


  • October 21, 2015 9:07 PM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    The IARPP offers monthly online colloquia to members. They will be discussing Galit Atlas's paper that we discussed in our reading group this month (“Touch me, Know me: The enigma of erotic longing” (Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32 (1), 123-139. 2015)). Panel members include: Shlomit Yadlin Gadot (Israel), Jill Straker (Australia), Jonathan Slavin (USA), Adrienne Harris (USA), Ann Pellegrini (USA), Stephen Hartman (USA), Andrea Celenza (USA), Rosario Castaño (Spain). If you would like to join the Association and participate, here is a link to the Colloquium Website

  • August 03, 2015 7:46 PM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    Save the Date for our Fall Workshop on Nov 6!!! See more information about the workshop here

  • July 29, 2015 7:34 AM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    SASPS Officers for 2015-16 were elected at the annual meeting on June 7. Beginning in August, the following new officers will begin their terms. 

    President Elect - Tom Stone, PhD

    Treasurer - Paul Ingmundson, PhD

    Members at Large:

    Ashley Powell, PhD, Bob Kalter, M.D., Jonathan Paul deVierville, MS, Kay Schanzer, PsyD, Clark Terrell, MD

    Other officers continuing or transitioning are at follows:

    President (Transitioning from President-Elect), Jacob Pickard, PhD

    Past-President (Transitioning from President), Josh Essery, PsyD

    Secretary (Continuing 2 year term), Russel (Trey) Thompson, PhD

    Division 39 Representative - Wayne Ehrisman, PhD

    Sara Gill was appointed as the Student Representative

    The members voted to make the following change to the bylaws:

    Change Section B.6 from "Two Members-at-Large shall be elected for one-year terms" to "At Least two Members at Large shall be elected for two year terms.

  • June 07, 2015 4:12 AM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    All members are invited to our annual meeting on June 10 at 7:30 pm. We will elect officers for the 2015-16 year. Location and directions are available in the members only area here: Members

  • April 11, 2015 7:32 PM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    The San Antonio Group Psychotherapy Society Annual Spring Party will be May 1 at the home of Robert and Cheryl Kalter 13807 Jess Gardens. From 6:30 to Closing time. All are welcome.

  • April 09, 2015 6:53 AM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    Here is a discussion forum where members can share thoughts on the Reading Group articles or other issues. Click here to visit the forum.

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