Mourning, Melancholia, and Loss:

Classical and Contemporary Perspectives


Membership is open to graduates of CFPS psychoanalysis and psychotherapy training programs, current candidates and trainees, and faculty members. Other clinicians may attend Alumni programs at the non-member rate.


The Alumni Group's program theme for 2021-2022 is Mourning, Melancholia, and Loss: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives. 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 CST, 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. Click here for special event information.

2021-2022 Round Table Discussion Meetings


Monthly meetings 1.5 CE/CMEs

RSVP Required to receive zoom link the morning of the meeting


JoAnn Ponder, PhD
CFPS Faculty Liaison

Ethan M. Klein, LSCW
Alumni Group Chair

Cristy Jennings
Executive Director

For more information: - (713) 524-0790

Mourning, Melancholia, and Loss: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

Theoretical Foundations and Controversies

  • 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

  • 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: Mourning a Massive Trauma - Facilitator: Sharon Chada, PhD

  • 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: The Child of Parents with Unresolved Mourning - Facilitator: JoAnn Ponder, PhD

  • May 6, 2022: Intergenerational Transmission of Loss - Facilitator: Dania Eldandashli, LPC


Alumni - $150

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Discounted Rate for Conferences/Special Events

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


Alumni Associate - $100

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Discounted Rate for Conferences/Special Events


Student Membership - $50

Students enrolled in a full-time program or CFPS Candidates and Trainees

  • Attendance at monthly meetings

  • 1.5 CE/CMEs per meeting

  • Discounted Rate for Conferences/Special Events

Non-Alumni Clinician Program

CME Fees

Monthly Meetings - $30

Five (5) Monthly Meetings - $150

Ten (10) Monthly Meetings - $225


Discounted rates for bundle pricing must be paid in advance