March 3, 2021

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Central

1.5 CEs

Meeting will take place via Zoom.

Registration coming soon.

Monthly meetings are always free of charge. CE certificates are $10 for non-members.

ABSTRACT: Effective treatment of persons with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) lies at the intersection of both a neurobiological and psychoanalytic approach. The addiction treatment field can often times be divided between these two approaches and there can be difficulty as to how to effectively integrate the biological and psychological into the treatment process. In this presentation, research will be highlighted to clarify the etiology of Substance Use Disorder along with challenges clinicians can experience when not having an informed understanding thereof in their practice. In this presentation, we will decode aspects of both the neurobiological and psychodynamic underpinnings of SUD along with specific interventions informed by a psychoanalytic approach. Tracking and working with selfhate will be elucidated as a highly necessary theme in a patient’s treatment. Participants will learn how to work with self-hate to effectively guide healing towards compassion, understanding and transformation. We will identify themes of hidden and unexpressed yearnings for relief and how these must be worked with for effective treatment.

BIO: Alana Smith, LCSW, LCDC is a graduate of the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. Her career has been dedicated to the treatment of persons with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the corresponding impact on
families. Alana has presented at national conferences on aspects of denial, grief, and family healing as related to SUD. In residential treatment centers she has served as clinical director, family program director and has had various roles in program development and staff training. Currently with a Texas based private practice she also has developed the family program and facilitates family therapy for The Prairie Recovery Center in Round Top, TX.
Alana’s clinical training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Coherence Therapy informs her work with those impacted by SUD to move beyond a mere behavioral approach into one that is more emotionally experiential and healing-focused. Alana completed a year long travel and volunteerism sabbatical in 2018 which included traversing India and trekking in Nepal. She lives in San Diego, CA.


1) Identify 5 symptoms and behaviors of Substance Use Disorder and at least 1 intervention for how to illuminate each with their patients.
2) Name 3 clinically relevant and adaptive aspects of working with self-hate with patients with Substance Use Disorder.

Jellinek, E.M. 1960. The Disease Concept of Alcoholism. New Haven, CT : Hillhouse Press.
McWilliams, N. 2004. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner’s Guide. New York: Guilford Press.
Vaillant, G.E. 1995. The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.



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