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  • September 06, 2022 7:31 AM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

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  • June 04, 2022 6:35 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues:

    The IACP is requesting referrals for psychologists to help with the Texas shooting. 

    Please email me as soon as possible if you are available, or have any recommendations. My email address is:

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Gina Gallivan, Ph.D., ABPP 
    Board Certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology

    General Chair and Executive Board Member Police Psychological Services Section International Association of Chiefs of Police

  • 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.

    Houston Psychoanalytic Society

    1302 Waugh Dr. #276, Houston, TX 77019

    (713) 429-5810

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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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  • October 18, 2021 3:30 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Bexar County Psychological Association

    Connections Social Hour

    What: A virtual opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues, make new connections, enjoy some unstructured “down time”

    Why: Most of us have been challenged by a lack of in-person gatherings this past year. We imagined that an informal get-together would be one way to support and strengthen connections within the psychological community

    When: Monday, November 15th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Where: From the comfort of your home, office or wherever you may zoom

    How: Simply show up by following the Zoom meeting ID details: Meeting ID: 881 3287 2411

    Passcode: 043793

    Dress: Casual, food and drink are up to you! Hope to see you on November 15th for our third quarterly get-together this year! No need to RSVP!

  • October 12, 2021 8:40 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Socratic Dialogue and Collaborative
    Empiricism: Practical Strategies to Overcome
    Common Pitfalls  

    Presented by Scott Waltman, PsyD, ABPP

    About this virtual workshop:

    Socratic questioning is a transtheoretical omnipresent psychotherapeutic process. Effective use of Socratic questioning in session is predictive of symptoms change; this relationship holds even after controlling for the relationship. However, there is some evidence that learning to artfully and competently use Socratic strategies in session is among the hardest skills for a psychotherapist to learn. Of course, Socrates was not a therapist and a pure application of the Socratic Method with a perfect fidelity would not be therapeutic. 

    This virtual workshop presents a more empathic and collaborative approach to using Socratic strategies in a clinical context; Socratic strategies are integrated with good clinical practices in a manner that is consistent with the evidence-base of what constitutes effective therapy. This workshop presents a framework for teaching clients and therapists how to use Socratic cognitive and behavior change strategies. This framework is based on methods that have proven effective training several thousand frontline public mental health therapists in how to deliver high quality cognitive behavior therapy

    Participants will be taught how to use a four-step framework for Socratic questioning. Collaborative empiricism appropriately describes this process of using collaborative strategies to join with the client in applying scientific curiosity to their thought processes. Participants will learn how to use Socratic questioning strategies both within a single session and consistently across a number of sessions to bring about change in patient schema (i.e., core beliefs). Workshop will focus on applied examples and demonstrations.

    Scott H Waltman, PsyD, ABPP, is a clinician, international trainer, and practice-based researcher. His interests include evidence-based psychotherapy practice, training, and implementation in systems that provide care to underserved populations. He is certified as a qualified Cognitive Therapist and Trainer/Consultant by the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies. Currently, he works as a clinical psychologist in private practice and a managed care system, where he is a frontline clinician and practice-based researcher.



    Based on the content of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify key cognitions and behaviors that are optimal targets of Socratic change strategies
    • Use validation and perspective taking strategies to develop a better understanding of the target cognition and behavior
    • Use collaborative empiricism and curiosity to create fuller and more balanced perspective
    • Summarize and synthesize the Socratic dialogue to consolidate learning and create a focus on behavior change

    Cost for this workshop:

    Student Members $20
    Members $30

    Non-Members $40

    Register here

    With questions, please email

  • October 08, 2021 5:55 PM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 18, 2021



  • September 25, 2021 10:03 AM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

  • September 25, 2021 9:58 AM | Jacqueline Herrera (Administrator)

    Our second annual McCary Fund Donors’ Conference will be held on Sunday, October 24 from 11AM to 1PM via Zoom.  This year's conference will feature our 2020 grant recipient Katie Lewis of Austen Riggs for her project "Longitudinal Adaptation to Loss During COVID-19." We are thrilled to have Nancy McWilliams join us to discuss Katie's work, and we will allow plenty of time for audience participation.    

    Katie's important study uses attachment theory as a framework for understanding different responses (impairment vs. resilience) to the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please RSVP  to Steve Axelrod at

    This exciting event is open to all McCary Fund donors.  So if you have not yet donated to the Fund but want to attend this event (and those in the future) please become a donor and help shape the future of our profession.  You can donate online at the American Psychological Foundation Website and specifying the McCary Fund for Psychoanalysis -
    Or by printing out the pledge form and mailing in your donation-

    You can find out more about the McCary Fund for Psychoanalysis here -

    Katie Lewis, Austen Riggs
    Nancy McWilliams

  • August 28, 2021 10:00 AM | Russel (Trey) Thompson (Administrator)

    LONE TWIN: Mourning the Loss of a Twin

    An Online Film Screening and Panel Discussion with

    Ricardo Ainslie, PhD, Mary Burke, LCSW & Joan E. Friedman, LCSW, PhD


    (click on the readings to view document)

    Engel, G.L. (1975). The death of a twin: Mourning and anniversary reactions. Fragments of 10 years of self-analysis. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 56: 23-40.

    Hayton, A. (2009). Attachment issues associated with the loss of a co-twin before birth. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 3: 144-156.

    Additional References/Resources (partial list)

    Ainslie, R. (1997). The psychology of twinship. Northvale: Jason Aronson.Burlingham, D. T. (1949). The relationship of twins to each other. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 3: 57-72.

    Burlingham, D. T. (1963). A study of identical twins—their analytic material compared with existing observation data of their early childhood. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 18: 367-423.

    Friedman, J. A. (2008). Emotionally healthy twins. Philadelphia: Perseus Books.

    Friedman, J. A. (2014). The same but different. Los Angeles: Rocky Pines.

    Friedman, J. A. (2018). Twins in session: Case histories in treating twinship issues. Los Angeles: Rocky Pines.

    Piontelli, A., Piontelli, A., Bocconi, L., Kusterman, A., Butt, K., Osborne, J., & O'Brien, G. (1997). Patterns of evoked behaviour in twin pregnancies during the first 22 weeks of gestation. Early Human Development50: 39-45. 

    Segal, N. L. (2000). Entwined lives: Twins and what they tell us about human behavior. New York: Plume.

    Segal, N, L. & Ream, S. L. (1998). Decrease in grief intensity for deceased twin and non-twin relatives: An evolutionary perspective. Personality and Individual Differences, 25: 317-325.

    Woodward, J. (1998, 2nd edition in 2010). Lone twin: Understanding twin bereavement and loss. London: Free Association.

    Lone Twin (D: Anna van der Wee, 2011). Brussels, Belgium: Wild Heart Productions.

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