Alumni Group

2021-2022 Alumni Group Program Theme:

Mourning, Melancholia, and Loss: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives Theoretical Foundations and Controversies



A Clinical Conference


Peter Shabad, PhD

Saturday, May 21, 2022

9:00 am-12:15 pm Central time

Live Zoom Presentation


Register for Zoom invitation (link will be emailed the day of the event)


$50 CFPS Faculty, HPS Member, Alumni Group Members * $25 CFPS Candidates , Trainees, Alumni Student Member * $60 Non-members

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During each Round Table meeting, participants will discuss approximately 3 journal articles. They include classical and contemporary papers with theoretical, developmental, and clinical emphases. The program is like a course, but you can choose which meetings to attend. The discussions will be facilitated by psychoanalysts and psychodynamic psychotherapists who have publications, clinical experience, and/or special interest in the topic.

Round Table Discussion Meetings are scheduled once or twice per month from August 2021 through May 2022 for a total of 13. The group will meet from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM Central Time through video sessions only. Log-in information will only be sent to those who register at least two hours before each session.

There are 5 special events (film screening, 2 lectures, panel discussion, and conference) related to our theme.


May 6, 2022 - Intergenerational Transmission of Loss

Guest Facilitator: Ethan M. Klein, LCSW

11:30 am to 1:00 pm CST - Video Session

Over the past 50 years or so, clinicians have become increasingly attuned to the ancestral haunting that may occur when one generation’s unmourned losses and trauma more

August 6, 2021: Mourning and Melancholia: Foundational Perspectives - Facilitator: Alana Spiwak, MD

September 10, 2021: Defenses Against Mourning: Unresolved Grief and Pathological Mourning - Facilitator: Richard Michael, PhD

September 24, 2021: Ordinary People: Loss and Grief in the Family System - Facilitators: Jamie L. Loveland, PhD, LCSW & Ellen Safier, LCSW (Please note new time)

October 1, 2021: Parent Loss in Childhood: Are Children Able to Mourn? - Facilitator: JoAnn Ponder, PhD & Ann Weiss, LPC

Mourning as Part of the Developmental Process

October 22, 2021: Losses and Mourning on the Developmental Journey to Adulthood - Facilitator: Carol Wolfe, LPC

November 12, 2021: Losses and Mourning Among Older Adults - Facilitator: Nancy Warren, PhD

Multiple Facets of Loss and Mourning

December 3, 2021: Into the Fog: Dementia Patients and Their Family Caregivers - Facilitators: James Lomax, MD & Sheila LoboPrabhu, MD

January 7, 2022: Losses and Mourning in Immigration - Facilitators: Asli Baykal, PhD; Tara Chivukula, LCSW; Leticia Fallick, LPC & Denise Lemos Zaborowski, PhD, LPC-S

January 28, 2022: The Child of Parents with Unresolved Mourning - Facilitator: JoAnn Ponder, PhD & Kristina Schellinski, MA

March 4, 2022: Mourning a Suicide - Facilitator: Cynthia Mulder, LCSW

Intergenerational Transmission of Unmourned Loss and Trauma

March 25, 2022: Historical Trauma and Racial Melancholia Among Chinese Americans: Clinical Implications - Facilitators: Beverly Du, MD & Christina Treece, MD

April 8, 2022: CANCELLED

May 6, 2022: Intergenerational Transmission of Loss - Facilitator: Ethan M Klein LCSW


Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

August 28, 2021, 10am- 1:15pm: LONE TWIN: Mourning the Loss of a Twin an online film screening and panel discussion with - Discussants: Ricardo Ainslie, PhD; Mary Burke, LCSW & Joan A. Friedman, PhD
3 CE/CMES - $50 CFPS Faculty, HPS Member and Alumni Group Members; $25 CFPS Candidates and Trainees; Alumni Student Member; $60 Non-members. Register Today

Lecture and Book Discussion

December 9, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm: The Melancholy of Race Revisited - Presenter: Anne Anlin Cheng, PhD
1.5 3 CE/CMES - $20 CFPS Faculty, HPS Member and Alumni Group Members; $15 CFPS Candidates and Trainees; Alumni Student Member $40 Non-members. Register Today

Clinical Panel Discussion

February 26, 2022, 9:00am-12:15pm: Losses, Mourning, and Adaptation in the Adoption Triad: A Birthmother, Adoptee, and Adoptive Mother Speak - Presenters: Joellen Peters, PhD; JoAnn Ponder, PhD & Sharon Horowitz, PhD
3 CE/CMES - $50 CFPS Faculty, HPS Member and Alumni Group Members; $25 CFPS Candidates and Trainees; Alumni Student Member; $60 Non-members

Community Event

RESCHEDULED to April 29, 2022, 5:00pm-7:00pm: Memorial Tattoos - Presenter: Maureen Murphy, PhD & Mary Joy Scott
2 CE/CMES - $20 CFPS Faculty, HPS and Alumni Group Members; $15 CFPS Candidates and Trainees; Alumni Student Member; $40 Non-members

Clinical Conference

May 21, 2022, 9:00am-12:15pm: Hope, Disillusionment, and Recovery: Psychic Loss and Mourning - Presenter: Peter Shabad, PhD
3 CE/CMES - $50 CFPS Faculty, HPS Member and Alumni Group Members; $25 CFPS Candidates and Trainees; Alumni Student Member; $60 Non-members


All CFPS graduates of the studies of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy are eligible to join the Alumni Group.

Monthly Round Table Discussions are only available by video.

Alumni - $150

Alumni who want PEP-WEB

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Discounted rate for Conference/Special Event

  • Year-long subscription to the PEP-WEB online psychoanalytic library

Alumni Associate - $100

Alumni who do not want PEP-WEB

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Discounted rate for Conference/Special Event

Student Membership - $50

Students enrolled in a full-time program

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Discounted rate for Conference/Special Event

Non-Alumni Clinicians Program CME Fees

1.5 CE/CMEs and lunch include with RSVP

Monthly Round Table Meetings - $30

(6) Six Monthly Round Table Meetings - $150 No Longer Available

(13) Thirteen Monthly Table Meetings - $250 No Longer Available

Discounted rates for bundle pricing must be paid in advance.


Only graduates/alumni from CFPS are eligible to join the Alumni Group. All others may pay the fee to attend the round table discussions, conferences, and special events.



Ethan M. Klein, LCSW 730 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 350Houston, TX 77025Phone: 832-282-4456


Karen R. Strupp, Ph.D.

krstrupp@aol.com2430 Sunset Blvd.Houston, TX 77005Phone: 713-522-9022 Fax: 713-520-6001

Beverly Bontrager, LCSW

4200 Montrose, Ste 510Houston, TX 77006713-858-3221

Adriana Martinez Crane, LCSW

Studies in Adult Psychoanalysisamcrane74@yahoo.com3100 Richmond Ave. suite 403Houston, TX 77098Phone: 281-468-1281

Jason G. Garvin, D.O.

jglenndo27@aol.com3000 Richmond Avenue, Suite 425Houston, TX 77098Phone: 713-337-0177Fax: 713-337-0178

Peter Wu, MD 3355 West Alabama Street Suite 1180Houston, TX 77098Phone: 281-401-9421


Ariela Alpert, LCSW 2923 West Dallas St
Houston, TX 77019
Phone : 832-878-6826

Monica Altamirano, LPC
alta_monica@yahoo.com1302 Waugh Dr. #704)Houston TX 77019Phone: 713-298-4645

David J. Ansell, D.O. 707-B Sabine St. Houston, TX 77007 Phone: 281-782-4208
Fax: 832-565-1494

Kriste Babbitt, MD 4295 San Felipe St. Suite 205Houston, TX 77027Phone: 713-337-9009 Cell: 713-364-4694 Fax: 832-827-8507

Alexandra Blekhman, LPC 2211 Norfolk, Suite 615,
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 832- 455-0515

Paul Boone, LPC 15904 Royal Ashdown Drive
Austin, TX 78717
Phone: 512-636-6810

Dana Levy Boyko, LCSW
900 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006Phone:713-857-8467
Kalonda Bradshaw, MDStudies in Child Psychoanalysiskbradshawmd@gmail.com6701 Fannin St., Suite 1740Houston, TX 77030Phone: 832-822-2787

Justin Cullers, APRN, PMHNP-BC 11009 Alhambra
Houston, TX 78759
Phone: 512-466-1293

Susan Depew, LCSW

5909 West Loop South, Suite 265Bellaire, TX 77401Phone: 713-306-8393

Leticia Fallick, MA, LPC 14027 Memorial Drive #132 Houston, Texas 77079-6826Cell: 832- 423-0543

Maryrose Galluzzo, LCSW 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd. Ste A3 Austin, Texas 78759 Cell: 512-981-8281
Sharette Gray, MD, FAPAStudies in Child Psychodynamic Psychotherapydrgraypsychiatry@gmail.com1914 Justin LaneAustin Texas 78757Phone: 512-300-0428Fax: 512-300-0846

Barton Jones, LCSW 3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 204 Houston, Texas 77098
Phone: 832-263-3275

J. Nan Lefforge, L.C.S.W.

lefforgenan@gmail.com4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 352Houston, TX 77027Phone: 713-840-0333Fax: 713-840-0188
Nadia Leibovitz LMSWnadia.n.leibovitz@gmail.com730 N Post Oak Rd #301Houston, TX 77024Phone: 713-303-1328
Linzi Leighton PMHNP-BC linzi0105@gmail.com8588 Katy Freeway, Suite 350Houston, TX 77024Phone: 713-426-3100

Elaine M Loiselle PhD 4550 Post Oak Place, Ste 252 Houston, TX 77027Phone: 832-567-2860

Martha Maer, LPC 2726 Bissonnet StSte 240 PMB 623 Houston, TX 77005 Phone: 713-252-1671
Adriana Martinez Crane, LCSW
Studies in Adult Psychoanalysis 3100 Richmond Ave. suite 403 Houston, TX 77098 Phone: 281-468-1281
William A Myerson PhD MBA 4203 Montrose Boulevard Suite 370Houston, TX 77027Phone: 713-527-9854
Ginger Paskowitz, LCSW 5757 Flewellen Oaks Lane Suite 304Fulshear, TX 77441Phone: 281-456-3941 Cecilia Samish, LCSW
10303 Willowgrove Dr
Houston, TX 77035 Phone: 713-661-4332
Stephanie Sim, MD 10701 Corporate Dr., Suite #243 Stafford, TX 77477 Phone: 832-541-0609
Seema Thekdi, MD
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 530
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: 832-919-6223

Karen Winston 6300 West Loop S #330 Bellaire, TX 77401 Phone: 713-826-5984

Denise Zaborowski, PhD, LPC-S

4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste C-8 Austin, TX 78759 Office Cell 512-573-2669

2021-2022 Continuing Education Accreditation and Evaluations

Program evaluations are emailed to participants with 1-3 business days and must be completed and submitted within 30 days of the event to receive credit for a CME certificate. No exceptions.

These activities have 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 Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. 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 [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (sponsor number CS1391) is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Social Worker Examiners to offer continuing education units to the social workers.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (CE Provider Number 379) is approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to offer continuing education credit to licensed professional counselors.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (Continuing Education Provider Number 340) is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide continuing education activities for marriage and family therapists.

The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies maintains responsibility for the program.

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