Sept. 7, 2016   Community Interactive Discussion: What is it like to practice psychoanalytically in Austin?  

   Joellen Peters, PhD and Michael Donnell, PsyD    

   Private practice, Austin, TX                        1.5 CE/CME/CEU/PDs (Clinical)

Location: Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road

We invite the community to join us in a new format for our monthly meeting which aims to seek out the wisdom of the collective rather than the individual.  This interactive discussion will engage all audience members to think and discuss together as a group on the various benefits and challenges of working psychoanalytically in Central Texas.  Our inaugural topic will help us all get a sense of how others are feeling about the state of psychoanalytic clinical work in our community and begin an on-going discussion of how to further and expand our work.

Michael Donnell, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice in downtown Austin and an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. Michael works with adolescents, adults and couples from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. His most recent publication, which explored the intersection of age and desire in gay men, was published in the June 2013 issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Prior to his move to Austin, Michael taught and supervised at various graduate schools and training programs in the San Francisco Bay Area; was a staff member at the Mills College Counseling Center, where he led didactic workshops and supervised doctoral-level practicum trainees; and was an executive board member of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. He is an active member of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association.

Joellen M. Peters, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in south Austin.  Joellen works with children, families, adolescents, and adults from an interpersonal, developmental, and self psychology perspective.  She has a specialization in issues related to adoption, including work with adult adoptees, birth parents, and families going through reunions.  She has presented papers related to adoption on the local, regional, and national level.  After completing her PhD at UT Austin, Joellen participated in a 2 year post-doc, which focused on self psychology.  She has been a member of ASPP since she was in graduate school.  This is her 4th year on the board and currently she is serving as Co-President.

Learning Objectives:  At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Identify three specific challenges to working psychoanalytically in Austin.

·         Describe two ways that they combat the perspective that psychoanalytic work is not evidence-based.


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