Deeper Connection: Accessing Body, Intuition and the Spiritual in the Analytic Hour

The Austin Psychoanalytic board is proud to announce three events for our 2022-23 program calendar, and has opened a call for program proposals for this year’s theme:

Deeper Connection: Accessing Body, Intuition and the Spiritual in the Analytic Hour.

Our upcoming theme invites presenters to explore the multiple (often uncanny and inarticulable) forms of knowing that occur in the therapy hour. Much is simultaneously elucidated and obscured by our theoretical scaffolding, and our understanding is always playing catch-up to the complexities that unfold between therapist and patient. Through the theme of Deeper Connection we hope to shed light on the role of the ineffable and uncanny by spotlighting the role of embodied experience, intuition and the spiritual in the clinical hour.

We currently have three conferences planned for Deeper Connection:

Our clinical conference with Donnel Stern, Ph.D., is scheduled for October, 2022.

Our diversity workshop is scheduled for November 12, 2022, with Lara Sheehi, Psy.D.

Our ethics conference with Karen Maroda, Ph.D., ABPP, will be held March 4, 2023.

Proposals for salons (or study groups) and monthly meetings are invited to further address the theme of Deeper Connection: Accessing Body, Intuition and the Spiritual in the Analytic Hour. Salon and monthly meeting proposals may elaborate on our theme; for example, considering how the therapist’s experience of intuition or a “felt sense” may lead to a deeper understanding and resolution of therapy impasses. Proposals may also contrast different psychodynamic theories of unconscious or “nonconcious procedural dimensions” of communication. Other possible topics include the role of spontaneity in treatment; how the dreams of a patient can be used to elucidate the unspeakable dimensions of a patient’s inner world; the benefits and pitfalls of therapist self-disclosure; understanding and working with enactments; the understanding and therapeutic use of embodied experience; the impact of our own spirituality on the therapy process; the use of a patient’s spirituality to enhance therapeutic work, to name a few of the myriad of possible topics. A salon may also function as a continued exploration of a conference topic and/or in-depth analysis of readings recommended by conference presenters.

Please be aware that presenters and facilitators of salons or monthly meetings are not paid for presenting. Participants’ registration fees are used to operate AP programs.

Monthly Meeting Programs may consist of lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, or guided group (audience) discussions. It is expected that presentations are informed by psychoanalytic theory and literature. (However, it is preferable if speakers do not read their entire presentation from a paper.) Regardless of format, presentations should allow ample time for the audience to interact and engage with the material.

Salons (or study groups) typically consist of 2 or more sessions conducted in the facilitator’s home or office, or online. Facilitators may require the participants to purchase a textbook or other book for the salon, or facilitators may email journal articles to participants.

Proposals are due by March 1, 2022. Your proposal should consist of a short paragraph about the content and format of the proposed salon or monthly meeting. Email your proposal to, with “Proposal for 2022-23” in the subject line. If accepted, presenters are required to submit a program syllabus, reference list, and learning objectives. AP Educational Committee members are available to help curate programs. We look forward to hearing from you!


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