San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies


The San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (SASPS) is the local affiliate of Division 39, Psychoanalysis, of the American Psychological Association. The Society has met informally for over 15 years, and was formally incorporated in 2000.

SASPS is an interdisciplinary society, comprised of psychoanalysts, psychologists, physicians, social workers, and other mental health professionals who share an interest in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to understanding human nature and treating emotional problems. SASPS sponsors a variety of activities, including reading groups, films and film discussions, educational symposia and workshops. The focus is on discussion of contemporary innovations in psychoanalytic ideas in formats that encourage lively and informal professional interchange. Members meet monthly to discuss, dissect, and review psychoanalytic articles that address such issues as psychoanalytic theory, developmental issues and conflicts, gender issues in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, transference/counter transference, and successes and failures in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Participation in the reading group, and most of the Society’s educational activities, is open to individuals interested in psychoanalysis from all levels of training, from students to experienced practitioners.

In the past several years the Society has hosted visits from several distinguished psychoanalysts, including Donnel Stern, Owen Renik, Jessica Benjamin and Nancy McWilliams. These speakers have offered lucid and original discussions of theory as well as applications of psychoanalytic principles and techniques in the form of case presentations.

The Annual Frank C. Paredes lecture is a proud undertaking of SASPS. This annual event honors the memory of a colleague who made many distinguished contributions of our community, and also provides a venue for an ongoing discussion of how culture informs and shapes the development of personal identity. Past presenters such as Cynthia de las Fuentes, Ricardo Ainslie, Melba Vasquez, David Ramirez and Jose E. Limón have contributed to our understanding of, and appreciation for the interplay and dynamics between psychology and culture.

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Society membership is open to anyone interested in psychoanalytic studies. Member benefits include the option to participate in monthly reading groups that are authorized for CEU's with most mental health licenses, and reduced workshop rates. Students are encouraged to join and participate.

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P.O. Box 12128 San Antonio Texas 78212

Phone/Fax: (210) 733-7669


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