Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Monthly Meetings

All monthly meetings will be meeting in the auditorium in the Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road, across the street from the Long Center. Our first meeting of the year will be September 7th from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. Thereafter, we’ll meet on the first Wednesday of the month from October through May.


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 Conflict, Enactments and Resolution.

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Conference/ Workshop Cancellation Policy

A full refund minus $25 administration fee will be issued for all cancellation requests received one week prior to day of the conference or workshop. No refunds will be issued after that time.

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Upcoming events

    • 16 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • 4111 Medical Parkway, #201, Austin 78756
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    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)


    Interpretation of Dreams: An Exploration of Symbols, Word Play, and Manifest and Latent Content of Dreams

    with Tara Chivukula, LCSW

    Dates: Fridays - February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018

    Time: 1:00pm- 3:00 pm


    4111 Medical Parkway, #201

    Austin, Texas 78756

    12 CEs available

    Dream exploration and interpretation have been a central tenet of the psychoanalytic tradition since Freud’s seminal work, The Interpretation of Dreams, published in 1899.  In this salon, we will consider Freud’s formative influence on the role dreams play in psychoanalysis; we will also explore in depth the work of contemporary analyst Montague Ullman.  Using Ullman’s techniques, we will gain greater insight and appreciation for the symbols and meanings that manifest in dreams, as well as learn techniques for working with cour client’s dreams in the clinical setting.  Please join us for what promises to be an evocative and stimulating salon, as we journey down the royal road to the unconscious.   

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Understand the history of dream work in contemporary psychoanalysis via readings of Freud, Blechner, Ullman and others

    2) Gain greater insight and curiosity into the symbolic nature of their own dreams and its personal and clinical implications

    3) Attendees will learn to utilize dream interpretation in clinical practice 

    Tara Chivukula, LCSW, is a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in Austin, TX. She has an MSSW from Columbia University and completed analytic training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. Tara works with teens, adults and couples around issues related to race, culture, identity & transitions. She is in private practice in Austin, Texas and New York City

    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.

    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 13.5 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.  

    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 for social workers.

    ASPP is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education for marriage and family therapists. (#1138)

    Reference List:

    Freud, S. (1900). The Interpretation of Dreams. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IV (1900): The Interpretation of Dreams (First Part), ix-627

    2) Blechner, J. Mark. (2001). The Dream Frontier. Hillsdale, NJ,  The Analytic Press

    3) Blechner, Mark. (2001).  The Dream Frontier.  Hillsdale, NJ, The Analytic Press

    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road


    Facilitated by: Danielle Witchel, LCSW  and Sharon Horowitz, PhD

    As therapists practicing with a psychoanalytic orientation, we work to tease apart countertransference from transference and to be aware of moments where enactments are clouding our clarity.  An area where this can be particularly challenging is when navigating feelings about money.  How do we as therapists make helpful use of our greed, our shame, our competitive and resentful feelings in this realm?  Let's consider together — the many places where complicated feelings about money (feelings held by both therapist and patient) call for our careful attention.  

    For example...

    Navigating how collecting or changing our fee impacts clients differently based not only on their feelings about money but also on how much access to money they have. 

    The impact of insurance on our work with regards to handling no-shows, limits on the number of sessions yearly and what happens when we no longer accept insurance.

    Managing our desires in relation to money even when what we want or need conflicts with what a client wants or needs.

    Learning Objectives:

    1) Participants will be able to identify at least 2 examples from their own clinical work, in which patients’ access to money or lack of access to money, has impacted the treatment. 

    2) Participants will be able to identify at least 2 ways that their own relationship with money impacts their negotiations with patients around money and fees. 

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Doubletree Hotel, 1617 North IH-35, Austin 78702

    Psychoanalysis as an Ethical Praxis

    Ethics Conference with Marianna Adler, PhD, FABP

    April 28, 2018

    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The answers we give depend upon what and who we understand a human being to be, and how we find value in human life. Dr. Adler argues, that embedded in psychoanalysis itself is an ethical discourse and an ethical practice/praxis. Via an exploration of core psychoanalytic literature, she examines how the ‘fundamental rule' of free association, the efforts to make the unconscious conscious, and the analyst's responsibility to safeguard the place of the “other”--the space of difference- within the self and the therapeutic dyad, constitute the pillars of a psychoanalytic ethics. 

    Intellectually invigorating yet practical, Dr. Adler weaves together a theoretical and clinical exploration of ethics that clinicians at all levels of experience will find valuable.


    1.           Participants will be able to identify the ways in which psychoanalytic discourse constitutes an ethical praxis. 

    2.           Participants will be able to explain how the Fundamental Rule grounds a psychoanalytic ethics based on the commitment to pursue the individual’s truth. 

    3.           Participants will be able to discuss how psychoanalytic responsibility towards an otherness that can never be fully known  grounds the ethics of the relationship of analyst to patient. 

    Marianna Adler, Ph.D., FABP, is a Training and Supervising psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin, Texas. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis and is on the faculty of the Center For Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and Austin. Dr. Adler has previously presented papers to both the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Society and the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology on such topics as mourning and psychoanalysis, shame, Jacques Lacan, and creative inhibitions. Her paper “Bion and the Analytic Attitude” was the lead article for Round Robin, Winter 2010. “The Blank Page: Creative Imagination and its Inhibitions” was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis in 2008. 

    • 02 May 2018
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Austin Energy Building at 721 Barton Springs Road

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