Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (ASPP)

A local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39) of the American Psychological Association (APA)


Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CFPS)

A center affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)

Listening, Learning, and Development in Psychoanalytic Supervision: A Self Psychology Perspective (and Other Complementary Matters) 

A Psychotherapy Supervision Conference Presented by

Ed Watkins, PhD

Saturday, February 11, 2017            9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (8:30 a.m. sign-in)

3 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits in the topic of supervision

DoubleTree Hotel (SE corner of IH 35 and MLK)

University Hall (separate building in back), 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


This conference considers the matter of development in psychoanalytic supervision and how supervisees learn and grow across supervisory space. While long viewed as fundamentally developmental in nature, the process of psychoanalytic supervision has not been specifically examined and explicated from a developmental learning perspective. Dr. Watkins proposes here some ways in which a developmental learning view could complement a psychoanalytic view of supervision. Blending therapist/supervisee developmental conceptualization (e.g., Ronnestad & Skovholt, 2013; Skovholt, 2012; Stoltenberg & McNeil, 2010) with a self psychology focus on the therapist self, Dr. Watkins take up three issues: (a) a vision of learning in supervision; (b) the evolving sense of practice self during the supervisory process; and (c) how three listening/experiencing perspectives contribute developmentally to the supervision experience. This perspective is informed by and grounded in the foundational assumption that: Psychoanalytic supervision is a developmentally-anchored educational experience in which the supervisory relationship serves as the crucible of supervisee change. Other complementary concerns that will also be considered are: (a) sources of conflict in the supervision relationship, particularly with regard to the potential misuse and abuse of parallel process; and (b) the fundamental and foundational variables that appear most crucial in making any and all psychoanalytic supervision work.

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:

1) identify and describe three tenets of a self psychology vision of supervision

2) identify and describe three stages of supervisee development from a self psychology perspective

3) identify and describe three self psychology supervisory listening/experiencing perspectives

This is a beginning to advanced-level conference, intended for clinicians and graduate students in mental health disciplines.

Ed Watkins, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of North Texas. His primary clinical supervision interests focus on psychoanalytic, trans-theoretical, and common factors perspectives. He is editor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Supervision (1997) and co-editor (with Derek Milne) of the Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision (2014).

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration, with coffee and tea

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Presentation and workshop  

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Presentation and workshop

12:00 p.m.-12:15 p.m. Evaluation  



Watkins, C. E., Jr. (in press). Self-psychology and psychoanalytic supervision: Some thoughts on a contextualized perspective. International Journal of Psychoanalytic      Self Psychology.

Watkins, C. E., Jr. (in press). Listening, learning, and development in psychoanalytic supervision: A self psychology perspective. Psychoanalytic Psychology. doi.     10.1037/a0038168 (available online)

Watkins, C. E., Jr. (2013). Why subject-centered listening is so crucial for the supervision of beginning psychoanalytic supervisees. International Journal of Psychoanalytic      Self Psychology, 8, 525-527.

Watkins, C. E., Jr. (2013). The contemporary practice of effective psychoanalytic supervision. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30, 300–328.

Watkins, C. E., Jr. (2011). Toward a tripartite vision of supervision for psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapies: Alliance, transference-countertransference    configuration, and real relationship. The Psychoanalytic Review, 98, 557–590.

Conference Location        DoubleTree Hotel (SE corner of IH 35 and MLK)

University Hall (separate building in back), 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas


Continuing Education            

3 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development credits in clinical practice if the conference is attended in its entirety.

CEs: This program, when attended in its entirety is available for 3 continuing education credits. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to JoAnn Ponder at (512) 496-8244. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity and utility of the content and associated materials, the basis of such statements about validity/utility, and the limitations of and risks (severe and most common) associated with the content, if any. The program also provides 6 Professional Development credits for psychologists in Texas.

CME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose.

ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas.

ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education activities for social workers.

Conference Coordinator: Michael Donnell, PsyD, Co-President of ASPP

Contact Dr. Donnell at with questions or concerns about the program content. Contact the ASPP Administrator, Beth Martinez, at or (512) 481-2484 with questions about payment.                              

Registration for Supervision Conference

Please pay online through the ASPP website,, or mail this form and payment to ASPP, P.O. Box 162082, Austin, TX  78716 

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Conference Fees  (Coffee & tea included)                              Circle applicable fee:


ASPP Members


Candidates / ECPs

Graduate Students

Full Session (Early Bird)





Full Session (After  1/29)





* Early career professionals within 3 years of graduation


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Refund Policy: Full refund, minus $25 administrative fee, is available with written notice of cancellation received by 02/03/17. No refund available on or after 02/04/17.

Replacement Fee for Certificate of Attendance: There is a $10 fee to replace a lost Certificate of Attendance, or to provide a Certificate because the attendee did not get it at the conference.

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