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 Writing 101

A Writing Salon Presented by

JoAnn Ponder, PhD

Meet Monthly from October 2016-May 2017

7-9 PM

14 CE/CME/CEU/Professional Development Credits

3660 Stone Ridge Rd., Ste. D-102

Austin, TX 78746

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 salon is intended for aspiring psychoanalytic writers, especially for persons interested in presenting at an ASPP monthly meeting in 2017-2018. Persons who are presenting this year, or who wish to submit a paper proposal elsewhere, also are welcome. The salon will be both didactic and experiential, involving some articles to read, but mostly short writing assignments and discussion of everything from the title of a paper to the references. Applied and clinical psychoanalytic topics will be appropriate. Participants will be taught the APA style of citing professional references, along with special considerations for written versus oral presentations. We’ll consider ethical dilemmas of confidentiality and informed consent in presenting case material. Participants will learn the traditional structure of a clinical paper, as well as how to craft an enlivened, experience-near case example. We’ll discuss factors specific to psychoanalytic writing, such as the use of personal pronouns in keeping with the presence of the therapist’s self in the clinical process. The salon offers a step-by-step approach that could culminate in the first draft of a paper if the attendee wants to write one.

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

1) List four types of psychoanalytic papers

2) Explain one advantage of an intriguing title versus a factual title

3) Explain one disadvantage of an intriguing title versus a factual title

4) Describe two reasons why the client’s “informed consent” may not be possible when presenting psychoanalytic case histories

5) Describe why disguised client information might not be scientific when presenting psychoanalytic case histories

6) Differentiate an experience-near case example from an experience-distant example

7) Describe what is included in clinical process material

8) State why psychoanalytic papers use personal pronouns to refer to the therapist

9) Identify and explain the three-part structure used to write about clinical process

10) Demonstrate how to list books and journal articles in a reference list, according to APA style

11) Demonstrate two ways of citing a source within the body of the paper according to APA style

12) Identify which type of citation is preferable in an oral presentation

13) Identify two things to include in the introduction to a paper

14) Identify two components of the paper’s summary

15) Describe two ways in which psychoanalytic writing can benefit the therapist   

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

JoAnn Ponder, PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst who completed the three-year New Directions program in psychoanalytic writing at the Washington Psychoanalytic Foundation in 2002. In 2004, she was awarded the annual David A. Freedman Candidate’s Paper Prize by the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she’s now a graduate and faculty member. She subsequently authored a journal article about the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and book chapters on (1) the treatment of children who lost a parent and (2) the psychological process of becoming an adoptive mother. Recently, she co-edited a book about women’s issues and began co-editing another about the nanny-child relationship and its ramifications. JoAnn has presented papers and clinical material at national and international psychoanalytic conferences.  

Topics and Reading List by Salon/Class Date:

Oct. 13, 2016   

Homework Assignment: Prior to the first meeting, participants should begin to think about the ASPP program theme for 2017-2018 (or other conference theme). It might be helpful to free associate to the theme. Hopefully, relevant topics will begin to bubble from the unconscious.

Class Agenda:    Introductions and personal goals

    Types of psychoanalytic papers

    Tips for titles: Intrigue or just the facts?

    Review of helpful resources for writing a paper (not required reading)

    American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American             Psychological Association, 6th ed. Washington, DC: APA.

    Auchincloss, E. L. & Samberg, E. (Eds., 2012). Psychoanalytic terms and                 concepts. New Haven: Yale University Press.

    Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP Web)

Nov. 10, 2016   

Writing Assignment: Select a topic and craft an interesting title

Class Agenda:    Presentation of topics and titles

    Ethics in presenting case examples

    Tips for summarizing the client’s social and treatment history    

    Creating enlivened, experience-near case presentations

Dec. 8, 2016

Writing Assignment:  Write a one-paragraph summary of the client’s social and treatment history and a brief paragraph with a behavioral description of the client

Class Agenda:    Use of personal pronouns in psychoanalytic writing

    A three-part structure for writing about the clinical process

    Presentation of paragraphs about client background and observations

Jan. 19, 2017.

Writing Assignment: Write several pages summarizing the client’s clinical progress, with periodic illustrations using dreams or process material, and mentions of transference-countertransference

Class Agenda:    Citations and reference lists, including considerations for written versus             oral presentations

    Presentations of client process


Feb. 9, 2017

Writing Assignment: Write a one-page literature review, demonstrating both ways of citing sources.

Class Agenda:     What to include in the paper’s introduction

    Presentation of literature reviews

Mar. 9, 2017

Writing Assignment: Write a short introduction to the paper.

Class Agenda:    How the writing process can affect the therapist and client

    Writing an effective summary or conclusion

    Presentation of introductions

May 11, 2017

Writing Assignment: Write a short summary for the paper.

Class Agenda:    Crafting interesting and relevant professional biographies

    Presentation of summaries




Aron, L. (2000). Ethical considerations in the writing of psychoanalytic case histories. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 10: 231-245.

Bernstein, S. B. (2008). Writing about the psychoanalytic process.     Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 28: 433-449

Eifermann, R. R. (1996). Uncovering, covering, discovering analytic truth: Personal and professional sources of omission in     psychoanalytic writing and their effects on psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 16: 401-425.

Jones, A. (2005). Generating words: One approach to teaching clinical writing. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 74: 835-852.

Ogden, T. H. (2005). On psychoanalytic writing. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86: 15-29.

Salon Location        Dr. Ponder’s Office

3660 Stone Ridge Rd., Ste. D-102

                  Austin, TX  78746

Continuing Education    

14 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 Lisa Madsen at(319) 400-7708. 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 14 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 14 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.

Salon Coordinator:     Lisa Madsen,  MD, Education Chair of ASPP

Contact Dr. Madsen at or (319) 400-7708 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 Writing 101 Salon

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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Salon Fees         Circle applicable fee:

ASPP Members $210

Non-Members of ASPP $250

Institute Candidates/ECPs* $190

* Early career professionals within 3 years of graduation

Full Time Graduate Students $155


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Refund Policy: Full refund, minus $25 administrative fee, is available with written notice of cancellation received by 10/13/17. No refund available on or after 10/14/17.

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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