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  • January 15, 2024 2:53 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Facing Our Existential Realities: Group as a Source of Hope & Connection

    Friday, January 26, 2024

    • 12:45 PM - 4:15 PM

    • 3 Ethics CE Hours

    Presentation by: D. Thomas Stone, Jr., Ph.D. and Jake Pickard, Ph.D. 

    Location: Alamo Heights United Methodist Church
    825 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

    This workshop will focus on ethical self-care and the care of our clients as we face the existential threats present in our world today. We face the uncertainty and trauma of global political turmoil, war, catastrophic climate change, mass shootings, radical technological change, and ongoing health threats. How do we face these challenges in our personal and professional lives? To what values do we adhere to inform and guide us? How are we navigating our way through these rough waters? We will use our group to uncover our feelings about our present existence and to discover ways in which we can care for ourselves and for our clients.

  • December 29, 2023 4:34 PM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    Sign up now for our virtual spring workshop with Dr. Galit Atlas on Friday February 23 rd from 1 to 5. SASPS 2024 Spring Workshop: Emotional Inheritance

  • October 09, 2023 7:02 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Working with Patients Who Had a Severely Disabled Sibling

    Johanna Dobrich, LCSW-R

    Author of

    Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis:

    Ability and Disability in Clinical Process (2021, Routledge)

    Friday, October 27, 2023

    12:00PM – 1:30PM Central Time

    Live via Zoom

    *Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

    This event will not be recorded

    Registration Fees

    HPS Full Members: $25

    HPS Student Members: $15

    Non-Members: $30

    1.5 CME/CEU/CE Credits

    Instructional Level:Intermediate

    Working with Survivor Siblings in Psychoanalysis: Ability and Disability in Clinical Process explores a previously neglected area in the field of psychoanalysis, addressing undertheorized concepts on siblings, disabilities and psychic survivorship, and broadening our conceptualization of the enduring effects of lateral relations on human development. What happens to a person’s sense of self both personally and professionally when they grow up alongside a severely disabled sibling? This presentation will explore the themes that emerged in the book through a series of qualitative interviews held between the author and a sample of psychoanalysts-- all of whom grew up alongside a disabled sibling.

    More information and registration:


  • August 18, 2023 10:13 AM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Same Time Next Week: The Power of Couples Group Therapy

    Friday, October 27, 2023

    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 6 CE Hours
    • Lunch will be provided

    Presentation by: Ginger M. Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, AGPA-F 

    Location: Alamo Heights United Methodist Church
    825 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

    Are you looking to add an exciting and potent treatment modality to your clinical practice?

    Join us for an exciting day of exploring all things couples group therapy – the what, the why, and the how.

    In the morning, we will explore the odd-yet-winsome unique blend of modern analysis and Relational Life Therapy (RLT), a form of couple’s therapy which espouses full-respect living, with a heavy emphasis on truth telling.  RLT sets the frame and tells the story.  Modern analysis rewrites the story.  We will identify relational styles and how it detracts from psychological maturation and satisfying connection.  Essential concepts, such as grandiosity and shame, will be demonstrated experientially and didactically.

    After lunch, these concepts will come to life in an Experiential Mock Couples Group Therapy.

    Whether you plan to run a couple’s therapy group or not, the combination of these approaches can provide new and creative ways of working with individual couples.

  • February 25, 2023 5:37 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Sequel: Can a Post-Therapy Relationship Transcend the Transference?

    Joyce Slochower, PhD, ABPP

    Thursday, March 2, 2023

    7:30PM – 9:00PM Central Time

    Live via Zoom

    *Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

    Registration Fees

    HPS Members: Free

    Non-Members: $20

    CE/CME/CEU (1.5 hrs.) Fees

    HPS Active/Student Members: Free

    HPS Friend Members: $20

    Non-Members: $20

    Instructional Level: Intermediate/Advanced



  • February 25, 2023 5:31 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    San Antonio Group Psychotherapy Society




    From school shootings to mass disasters, the past several years have offered no shortage of sudden and shocking events that have disrupted communities. Group therapists are ideally situated to respond to these events, both in the immediate aftermath and throughout the extended period of recovery. This daylong workshop offers training on clinical work in the context of community and shared traumatic events, with a particular emphasis on the use of art-based, experiential, and embodied approaches. Such techniques are particularly useful in establishing safety, promoting self-regulation, and making meaning in the face of events that often defy the use of language.

    Topics will include the impact and nature of mass trauma; factors influencing individual and community responses; building resilience within the professional self; distinguishing between acute and long-term intervention; and the incorporation of creative approaches within group and individual modalities. Attendees will engage with both theory and practice, including in vivo demonstration of experiential techniques.

    WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023 9:00-4:30*


    6 CE hours

    *Lunch will be provided 




  • February 04, 2023 1:20 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    We will be having our regularly scheduled reading group this upcoming Wednesday, February 8th, at Trey's home at 7:30 pm.

    The reading material will be sent out soon! Thanks for your patience.  

  • January 19, 2023 7:48 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Ethical Considerations In Group Therapy With Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) Clients


    Presenter: Jennifer “Alison” Bess, Ph.D.

    (pronouns: they/ them) 

    Jennifer “Allison” Bess, Ph.D. has been an advocate for Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) individuals since they defended their dissertation in 2006, which was a qualitative study about experiences of TGD individuals in therapy. They are currently a Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Psychologist with South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), where they have worked for 9 years. They have facilitated the Transgender Veterans Group at STVHCS and have conducted mental health evaluations for gender affirming medical treatment there since 2014. They are currently a member of the national Transgender Care Coordination (TCC) Integrated Project Team (IPT), Care Coordination workstream, whose goal is to assess current services in Veterans Health Administration for TGD veterans and to plan, develop, and initiate the gender affirming surgery continuum of care. Dr. Bess also frequently provides consultation and didactic presentations to VA providers and staff regarding gender diversity, working with older LGBTQ+ veterans, minority stress, Neurodiversity, disability justice, and the social determinants of health.

  • January 19, 2023 7:45 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Houston Psychoanalytic Society


    Psychopharmacology for Non-Prescribers

    Catherine Stevenson, MD

    Saturday, February 18, 2023

    9:00AM – 12:15PM Central Time


    3 CE/CME/CEUs


    Live via Zoom

    *Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation


    Registration Fees

    HPS Active Members: $75

    HPS Friend Members: $90

    HPS Student Members: $45

    Non-Members: $105


    Instructional Level: Beginner - Advanced


    Psychiatric medications can be confusing for psychotherapists and psychoanalysts who have not been educated in psychopharmacology. What are the indications for a psychiatric referral? Why might a psychiatrist prescribe a particular type of medication, or even choose not to prescribe medication at all? This presentation provides an overview of current strategies and trends in prescribinging. It is designed to increase the knowledge of non-prescribing clinicians about medication and to aid in client care and coordination of care. This program will also consider the new horizon of ketamine and other psychedelic therapies.


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

    1. Explain why an antidepressant is not always indicated for depression.
    2. Identity 3 uses of antipsychotics for non-psychotic symptoms.
    3. Describe the downsides of sedative hypnotics.


    Dr. Catherine Stevenson is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Houston, Texas. She received psychiatric training at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, moving to Houston to complete her residency as part of the Menninger merger with Baylor College of Medicine. Her psychoanalytic studies, begun at the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, were completed at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute after the move. A former President of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society, Dr. Stevenson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor, where she teaches and supervises residents in psychotherapy. In addition, she is a member of the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.


    Mintz, D. L., & Flynn, D. F. (2012). How (not what) to prescribe: Nonpharmacologic aspects of psychopharmacology. Psychiatric Clinics35(1), 143-163.

    Bentley, K. J., Walsh, J., & Farmer, R. (2005). Referring clients for psychiatric medication. Best Practices in Mental Health1(1), 59-71.

    Gazzellone, M. J., Oliver, D., & Gomes, F. A. (2022). Psychopharmacology for the clinician. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN47(3), E194-E195.

    Lam, R. W. (2013). Psychopharmacology for the clinician. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN38(2), E5.

    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 3 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-

    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.

    1302 Waugh Dr. #276, Houston, TX 77019

    (713) 429-5810

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  • October 02, 2022 4:07 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Below are links to two different websites that offer training opportunities (not connected to SASPS).

    Houston Psychoanalytic Society

     Upcoming Events 

    Click here to be connected to their upcoming learning opportunities. They offer a range of topics; some are discussion based, others presentations. The CEU information is on their website.

    Union Square Psychotherapy

    Josh's List

    This list is updated monthly and is a comprehensive list of various training opportunities. Please click here to connect to the list. 

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