It’s already time for Austin Psychoanalytic to start preparations for the next year, 2019-2020. We are excited to announce our theme for next year, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Human Sexuality. We are in the process of recruiting our conference speakers for the annual Clinical, Ethics, and Diversity conferences, and we are hoping to start reviewing proposals for our Wednesday night meetings and Salons as soon as possible. We want to invite all our members and interested parties to consider submitting proposals for a Salon, paper presentation or Discussion group topic. Brief descriptions of each are below.
For the monthly Wednesday night meetings, Paper Presentations are typically more academic in nature. Presenters in the past integrate theory and clinical material into a paper that can be presented in a 1-1 ½ hour framework with time for discussion.
Discussion Groups have been a popular medium for promoting group discussions on topical areas relevant to psychoanalytic theory. Typically, a small panel of Clinicians introduce the topic for the evening by sharing ideas, clinical material, professional experiences, etc and then facilitate a discussion around the topic.
More extensive trainings: Salons are for more in-depth inquiry into a specific area of Psychoanalytic theory or technique: e.g. Dream interpretation, Relational Psychoanalysis, or preparing for an upcoming conference by reading and discussing some of the Conference presenter’s papers. Salons can have multiple leaders, reading requirements, and typically entail multiple meeting times.
Austin Psychoanalytic provides Continuing Education Certificates for all of the above activities and our board will work with each presenter to maximize their experience. Note: Although we do charge the participants a fee for the Salons, we ask that the presenters offer their service on a voluntary basis. Please feel free to access our website for more information, or to speak to any of our board members with your questions and ideas.