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)

Psychoanalytic Book Club

The Play within the Play
The Enacted Dimension of Psychoanalytic Process
by Gil Katz

A Salon and Book Club facilitated by Letha Cole, MD

Thursdays November 17, December 1, December 15; 7-8:30pm

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. 

Our salons are friendly gatherings at the homes and offices of members of ASPP that intend to promote psychoanalytically and psychodynamically oriented knowledge at both beginning and advanced levels. The fees are aimed to support these and other ASPP programs. Our theme this year is “Conflicts, Enactments and Resolution.”

Participants in this course will read and discuss the book The Play within the Play by Gil Katz. In his book Gil Katz presents and illustrates the "enacted dimension of psychoanalytic process." He clarifies that enactment is not simply an overt event but an unconscious, continuously evolving, dynamically meaningful process. This course will explore the concept of enactment from multiple perspectives and its overlap with other psychoanalytic concepts.  Participants will examine case material provided by the author and salon participants illustrating concepts developed in the book. By the end of this course, participants will: (1) explain three characteristics of the presence and function of action in the therapeutic relationship. (2) describe a clinical example of utilizing awareness of actions in the dyad to promote therapeutic change. (3) describe the difference between Freud's concept of "acting out" and our current understanding of "enactment" within the analytic dyadic relationship. (4) identify two unconscious elements of  enactments arising in the therapeutic relationship. (5) describe two enactments in clinical material provided by other participants, the salon facilitator and the reading material.

Participants will learn to recognize the emotional readiness of a patient to consider the dynamic meaning of an enactment for the patient

CME/CE/CEU/PD credits: 4.5 (Participants must attend all 3 sessions for credit)

Facilitator: Letha B. Cole, MD has been a training and supervising analyst with the Center for Psychanalytic Studies since 2003.  She has been in the private practice of adult psychoanalysis and general and child and adolescent psychiatry since 1991, first in Houston and since 2007, here in Austin.  Upon graduation from residency training at UTMB in 1990 she was an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, training child and adolescent psychiatry residents and medical students as director of an outpatient clinic and partial hospital program at Depelchin Children's Center and Houston Child Guidance until 1996.  She continues to provide supervision to residents in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training at Dell Children's Medical Center.  She has served in numerous roles at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies over the years and has served on the Certfication Committee for the American Psychoanalytic Association.  She provides private consultation and supervision to practioners interested in applying psychoanalytic concepts in their clinical work.  
Location: 2525 Wallingwood Dr. Building D Austin, TX 78746
Dates/Times: 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 7-8:30pm
Contact:; 512-774-7144

Required reading:
References for session 1:
Chapter 1: In The Beginning:  The Taking Cure and the Problem of action, pages 3-13.
Chapter 2: Forerunners: The Transference-Countertransference Matrix, pages 13-23.
Chapter 3: The Emergence of a New Concept, pages 23-33.
References for session 2:
Chapter 4: Where the Action Is: The Second Dimension of Analytic Process, pages 37-43.
Chapter 5: Clinical Illustrations I: Reliving Preverbal and Unformulated Experience in the Enacted Dimension, pages 43-49.
Chapter 6: Clinical Illustrations II: An Enacted Process Within an Enacted Process, pages 49-57.
Chapter 7: Interaction in Psychoanalysis: Across and Through the Interpsychic "Cat-Flap", pages 57-65.
Chapter 8: Enactmentand Analytic Technique: What We Can Learn From John Lennon and Microwave Ovens, pages 65-71.
Chapter 9: Enactment and Actualization in a 13 Year Treatment, pages 71-91.
Chapter 10: The Enacted Dimension of Analytic Supervision: The Parallel Process Phenomenon, pages13 91-99.
References for session 3:
Chapter 11: Dissociative Identity Disorder and the Enacted Dimension, pages 103-115.
Chapter 12: Object Loss and Mourning in the enacted Dimension, pages 117-133.
Chapter 13: Transgenerational Transmission of the HolocaustTrauma in the Enacted Dimension, pages 133-151.

CME: These activities have 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 these live activities for a maximum of 4.5 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. 

CEs: These programs, when attended as required in each specific salon, are available for 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 at least 80% 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 Lisa Madsen at 319-400-7708 or 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. ASPP also provides Professional Development credits for psychologists in Texas.

ASPP is approved by (1) the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (Provider # 1138) to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas and (2) the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers.


Registration for Salon 2016

To register, (1) contact facilitator and (2) complete the following form and bring your payment to the first class or mail this form and payment to ASPP, P.O. Box 162082, Austin, TX  78716 

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Salon Fees                               Circle applicable fee:

                                                ASPP            Non-Members       Institute              Full-Time

                                                Members         of ASPP              Candidates/        Graduate

                                                                                                   ECPs*                Students

Salon: 4.5cr

Cole : Book Club                        $90                    $100                  $60                     $45

                                                   * 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 seven days prior to the event. No refund available seven days prior to the event.

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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