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May 3, 2019 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Apr 5, 2019, 1:10 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Apr 5, 2019, 3:55 PM ]

                                                                                    Karen R. Strupp, PhD.
                                                               The Therapist's Musical Reverie 

Lombardi discussed the functions of time and musical reverie in the clinical process. Given that music is associated with the concrete world of bodily sensations and with symbolic expressions of culture, it may serve as an important transitional phenomenon in analytic communication at both conscious and unconscious levels. Nebbiosi compared musical patterns to the patient’s emotional patterns, asserting that musical thinking could help in understanding clinical processes and impasses. He presented an evocative case study which illustrated the use of musical reverie and embodied experience in the clinical encounter.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 Noon to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 

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April 5, 2019 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006Untitled Post

posted Mar 4, 2019, 2:48 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 2:50 PM ]

Glen Gabbard, MD, The End of the Hour: Exit Lines Gabbard defined exit lines as the patient’s last words dropped at the end of the session in order to keep them out of the therapeutic process and render the therapist impotent and unable to respond. He provided clinical vignettes to illustrate the heightened transference-countertransference that occur in these sorts of enactments. Learning objectives: 1. Define what is meant by “exit lines” in clinical work, including their defensive functions. 2. Explain why exit lines are considered enactments. 

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 Noon to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 

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March 1, 2019 - CFPS Library - 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Feb 11, 2019, 12:46 PM by CFPS Information   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 2:30 PM ]

Efrain Bleiberg, MD
The Use of Humor - The use of jokes and humor
from clinical and theoretical perspectives
Newirth reviewed Freud’s concept of “joke-work” as parallel to “dream-work.” He presented clinical examples in which humor was a vehicle for interpreting, organizing, perceiving, and generating unconscious meanings and developing deep intersubjective experiences of emotional connection. Corbett illustrated the psychotherapeutic action of comedy in the opening phase of treatment of a man with an early history of neglect. Comedy helped to defy neurotic gravity, reanimate primal density, open a maternal erotic transference, and access underlying aggression.


CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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February 1, 2019 - CFPS Library - 11:00 - 12:30 PM 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:35 AM by CFPS Information   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:51 AM ]

Felicia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC
Cultural Biases Underlying Psychoanalytic Theory
Lynne Layton proposed that identity has both oppressive and facilitating characteristics. She suggested that inequalities in the social world may produce narcissistic wounds that are then enacted by patient and therapist. Through a variety of enactments with an Asian American patient, Layton began to recognize the unconscious racial and cultural biases underlying some “basic” psychoanalytic ideals, such as independence, happiness, and love. Sue Grand similarly used a clinical impasse in an extremely poignant case to examine the philosophical premises and cultural biases within the foundations of psychoanalytic theory. Her patient had a collectivized self, but no individual psychology. His Christian worldview collided with the Jewish ethos of psychoanalysis. Grand concluded that we need to reconceptualize our understanding of the psychoanalytic subject.


CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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January 4, 2019 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Nov 6, 2018, 4:19 AM by Cristy Jennings


Jean Goodwin, MD
Sequelae of Massive Trauma
Based on Kay Souter’s psychohistorical examinations, Bion’s theories were informed by his horrific experiences as a teenage tank commander during World War I. Bion not only described how trauma affects the psyche through attacks on thinking and linking, he also applied his insights to the infant-mother relationship, emphasizing the necessity of intermind experiences for psychic survival. Years later, Samuel Gerson built on object relational conceptions of trauma after observing Holocaust survivors and their children. He described how massive trauma resulted in the collapse of the transitional space and contributed to the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Both articles emphasize the essential role of witnessing to sustain life after severe trauma.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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November 2, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CFPS Library - 900 Lovett, Houston, TX 77006

posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:41 PM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Oct 13, 2018, 7:24 AM by Crissy Nolen ]

Join us for our Alumni Round Table Discussion Series:
Alana Spiwak, MD
New Topics in Psychological Development
Christopher Bonovitz asserted that young adulthood is a developmental stage in its own right, distinct from adolescence. The primary developmental task of young adulthood is separation from the parents, which involves a symbolic parricide. Bonovitz illustrated his ideas with a case of “failure to launch,” in which the patient’s development was stalled by a narcissistic vulnerable parent unable to allow the self to be “killed off.” While classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theories focus on the parent-child relationship with regard to personality development and psychopathogenesis, sibling relationships are relatively unexamined and undertheorized by comparison. Marilyn Charles’ evocative paper examines sibling relationships, providing examples of how they may foster or impede psychological development.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

posted Oct 3, 2018, 12:35 PM by CFPS Information


Join us for our Round Table Discussion Series 
Lost and Found
Facilitator: Jay Alan Davis, MD    
 These articles explore the dynamics of losing things, getting lost, being forgotten, and forgetting one’s self. According to a classic paper by Anna Freud, the child is more prone to get lost when the mother is unable to hold him/her in mind and engage in a process of mutual holding in memory. Sheldon Bach described how such issues may result in problems with self/object constancy, anxiety, memory, and learning. When these problems were revived in the transference and counter-transference in his treatment of a young adult patient, the therapist and patient struggled to keep each other alive in memory. In modern parlance, these are relational traumas and the therapeutic interventions must promote development of mentalization functions.

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

posted Jul 25, 2018, 7:53 AM by Cristy Jennings   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 12:26 PM by Cristy Jennings ]

Join us for our Round Table Discussion Series 
 "The Evolution of  Psychoanalytic Theory From the Oedipus complex to the infant-parent relationship"
By JoAnn Ponder, PhD
CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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Friday, March 2nd, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

posted Feb 12, 2018, 11:07 AM by CFPS Information   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 11:11 AM ]

Join us for our Monthly Round Table Discussion
"Experiences of Loss at the End of Analysis: The Analyst's Response to Termination"
By Judith Viorst
CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us on every first Friday of the month, from 11:30am to 1pm to discuss a selected paper. 
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Friday, February 2nd, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 900 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:54 AM by CFPS Information   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 11:02 AM ]

Join us for our Alumni Round Table Discussion of

"H. Bruch _ CH5_ On talking & Listening"

CFPS Alumni Group invites you to join us on every first Friday of the month, from 11:30 am to 1 pm to discuss a selected paper.
Boxed lunch will be provided if you RSVP with lunch (if you RSVP Yes with lunch and don't show up without notifying info@cfps-tx.org,

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