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Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis: History, Concepts, and Clinical Applications

January 17, 2022 5:55 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)


Houston Psychoanalytic Society

Study Group

Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis: History, Concepts, and Clinical Applications

Facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD

7 Tuesdays

January 25 - March 22, 2022

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Central Time

Live via Zoom

*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees

Active Members: $200

Friend Members: $260

Student Members: $100

Non-members: $310

10.5 CE/CME/CEUs

This intermediate to advanced-level study group will consider the roles of childhood and child development in psychoanalysis from Freud onward, examining how different images about babies evolved and influenced analytic theory and practice. We will integrate infancy research and neuroscience findings with concepts from various models of psychoanalysis (classical, Kleinian, object relations, and relational), considering implications for development and psychotherapeutic process with children and adults. The study group will utilize readings, discussion, and case examples. The group is open to clinicians who have an intermediate grasp of psychoanalytic theory and who work with children, adolescents, and/or adults. Registration is limited to a relatively small number of participants in order to allow time for them to grapple with the ideas and explore their own case material with the group. Participants should obtain a copy of the following textbook: Seligman, S. (2018). Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment. New York: Routledge. 


  1. Describe the classical Freudian view of the baby and what motivates human behavior.
  2. Identify 3 core themes and controversies in classical psychoanalytic theory.
  3. Describe how ego psychology and object relations offered different views of the baby from those of classical psychoanalysis.
  4. Explain what is meant by a robust developmental perspective.
  5. Identify some ways that infant research findings contributed to psychoanalytic views of development.
  6. Describe some clinical implications of infancy research.
  7. Describe ways that the relational baby differs from its predecessors.
  8. Identify how gender, sexualities, and the Oedipus complex are viewed in light of developmental intersubjective research findings.
  9. Describe some clinical implications of attachment theory.
  10. Differentiate Kleinian and intersubjective views of projective identification.
  11. Describe how time presents itself to the clinician.
  12. Explain what is meant by forms of vitality.
  13. Describe the analytic mindset as an agent of therapeutic change.
  14. Define dynamic systems theory.


Session Dates

Session 1 - January 25, 2022

Session 2 - February 1, 2022

Session 3 - February 15, 2022

Session 4 - February 22, 2022

Session 5 - March 1, 2022

Session 6 - March 8, 2022

Session 7 - March 22, 2022

Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment

pages 1 - 40

pages 41 - 82

pages 83 - 116

pages 117 - 142

pages 143 - 214

pages 215 - 248

pages 249 - 300


The group will be facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD, a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Austin working with children, adults, couples, and consultees. She completed her postgraduate training in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. She also completed postgraduate training programs in infant-parent mental health intervention; object relational child, couples, and family therapy; and psychotherapy supervision. She has presented at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. Her publications include a coedited book, book chapters, and journal articles about a variety of developmental and clinical topics including adoptive motherhood, therapy with children who lost parents, and clinical process with adults.

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

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, as a co-sponsor of Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

HPS, through co-sponsorship with the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, also offers approved CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

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