Upcoming Events

    • April 24, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Virtual using Zoom
    • 100
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    CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

    "There is no love of truth without an unconditional acceptance of death" –Simone Weil

    The promise of psychoanalysis is simple: understanding leads to change. If there is no change, there has not been understanding. The analyst’s tool is the ability to smell denial, repression and dissociation, the particularly where these inhibit Eros: the capacity to love and to act on that love.

    Freud provided us with this tool and with a value system to guide us both in understanding the sources of our fears and the mechanisms of our liberation. Over the decades, Freud increasingly expanded the reach of psychoanalysis to include political analysis and change. Starting in 1915, he applied the theory of narcissism, and the life and death drives, as a response to the greatest threat of the 20th century: war.

    Today, we must use Freud’s tools and values to combat the threats of the 21st century: mass fear and denial in the face of the devastating effects of neoliberal capitalism. Because what neoliberal capitalism (the economic philosophy associated with free market capitalism) has unleashed - the climate emergency, the pandemic, racism, economic disparity, and the increasingly widespread desire for authoritarian government - are today’s equivalent of the world wars of the 20th century. Now, like then, civilization is facing a mortal threat; and if we are to avert it, our society desperately needs psychoanalysis.

    Objectives:

    1. Explain the origins of the development of psychoanalytic theory as it applies to social and political issues.
    2. Explain the development of Freud’s theories of narcissism, Eros and death to provide a context of activism and hope for our patients and colleagues.
    3. Utilize psychoanalytic theory to facilitate the pursuit of social justice.

    Presenter Biography: Steven Reisner, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and political activist. He is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Advisor on Psychology and Ethics for Physicians for Human Rights and past-President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He was a leader in the successful movement to prohibit psychologists from their central role in abusive CIA and military interrogation and detention processes. As a result of these efforts, psychologists were removed from detention operations at Guantanamo Bay in January 2016.

    Dr. Reisner has been a consultant on issues of trauma, torture, political violence, disaster and resilience in the face of catastrophic events for the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the International Organization for Migrations and other international humanitarian and mental health organizations.

    He has published in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post and in various academic journals. He has been interviewed on NPR, Al Jazeera, CBC, and the BBC, and has been on the teaching faculty of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, the International Trauma Studies Program at New York University, the NYU Medical School, the Psychoanalytic Association of New York, and the Women’s Therapy Center Institute.

    In an earlier career, Dr. Reisner was an Obie-award winning director and actor. More recently he was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9.

    REGISTRATION DETAILS

    Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at 10:00 AM MT on April 23rd.

    Cost:

    • DPS Members: $45
    • Non DPS Members: $55

    Cancellation and Certificate Replacement: There will be NO refunds after April 20, 2021. If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records.  There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

    Confidentiality: During conferences, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. No recording of case material is allowed. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this conference. 

    CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the entire session, and complete an online evaluation within 14 days after the program.  CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, attendance, and completion of the evaluation.  

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. 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 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    • April 27, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • Virtual
    • 20
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    It is our pleasure to invite you to our upcoming open house taking place virtually by zoom on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM MT.

    At the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, we understand the importance of your career decisions, and we are here to help you decide if a post-graduate program in psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is something you want to pursue.  We will start the evening by telling you about our programs and then answering questions.

    There may be time to speak with faculty and current candidates or graduates one-on-one.  

    Please register in the event listing and you'll get the email reminders and zoom link.  

    The new classes will start in September 2022, with application deadlines of January 15th (for the analytic program) and March 1st (psychodynamic psychotherapy program). 

    The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis values in-person learning. While Institute courses, analyses, and supervision are being conducted remotely during the pandemic, we intend for classes to move to in-person once it is safe to do so. 

    Waivers may be needed for those that do not meet the specific qualifications. We encourage you to speak to the chairs listed below, and apply early as the process can take a while.

    • May 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (MDT)
    • Virtual using Zoom.
    • 73
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    LECTURE DETAILS

    Description: Every psychoanalyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist has had the experience of being seen by the patient in ways that are different from how the therapist sees themself. Therapeutic dialogues across the borders of racial, ethnic, or other diversities can intensify this disparity between self-perception and the perceptions of the other. It can be extremely difficult, for example, to have the subjective experience of feeling dedicated to and engaged with the patient but, in contrast, be experienced by the patient as detached or insufficiently caring. Or, similarly, we may have the challenging experience of having predominantly benevolent feelings as we strive to be of help, but being experienced, nevertheless as traumatic or malevolent. Accordingly, we often attempt to prepare ourselves for our patients' foreign or discordant experience of us in the course of the therapeutic process through bolstering our preparation for their foreignness. We do this through deliberate acquisition of knowledge about their racial, cultural or other contextual feature, or we rely on the concepts of projection and transference to emotionally protect and sustain ourselves as we attempt to manage the task of surviving the personal associated with being seen in ways that are different from the ways that we see ourselves.

    This presentation offers an account of the presenter’s concept of “radical openness” as an alternative to a stance of emphasizing an orientation multicultural competence and as an alternative to interpreting the patient's apparent misrecognitions of us as transference. Radical openness will be described as a stance which seeks to receive our patients’ strange experiences, across the borders of racial, ethnic or other differences, as if they are bound to contain personal truths and insights, for both our patients and us alike, even if we at first believe that we are not implicated.

    Objectives: 

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the anxieties associated with engaging issues of diversity, difference and otherness.
    2. Discuss the central roles of curiosity and radical openness as antidotes to cultural ignorance and insensitivity and be able to cultivate such qualities in themselves and in their patients.
    3. Discuss pitfalls and breakdowns that can occur in diversity-related explorations and find ways to use these in the service of the restoration of open dialogue.
    4. Use their capacity for receptive engagement in the psychotherapeutic process by implementing a stance of radical openness.

    Biography: Dr. Hart is Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He has presented and consulted nationally and internationally. He supervises at several psychoanalytic institutes and at Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has published papers and book chapters on a variety of subjects including psychoanalytic safety and mutuality, issues of racial, sexual and other diversities, and psychoanalytic pedagogy. He is a Member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. He teaches at The Manhattan Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. Recently Chair of the Diversities Section in the Department of Psychoanalytic Education, he now serves as Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is in full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, individual and couple therapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York.

    REGISTRATION DETAILS

    Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

    • CME credit for DPS Members: $20
    • CME credit for non DPS Members: $30
    • No CME credit: Free - $0

    Registration: This lecture will take place virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. Registration will close on May 6, 2021. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the start of the event.

    Recording: Don't miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Hart speak in May as this event will NOT be recorded.

    Confidentiality: During lectures, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this lecture. No recording of case material is allowed. 

    CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the entire session and complete an evaluation within 14 days after the program.  CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, attendance, and completion of the evaluation. 

    Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy:  There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 7 days of the event.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

    This activity has 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 The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    • May 14, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (MDT)
    • Virtual using Zoom
    • 42
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    The purpose of the film series is to encourage psychoanalytic dialogue with respect to creativity and movies. 

    Description: Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).

      —  Summary provided by Rovi (Fandando)

    Objectives:

    1. Explain the connection between some forms of combat related PTSD, a felt sense of helplessness and grandiosity.
    2. Describe how social alienation can interact with some forms of PTSD to engender violent fantasies and actions.

    Discussant Biography: Dr. Stevens is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice who works with adolescents and adults. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from CU and received his psychoanalytic training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis where he has been a faculty member for more than twenty-five years.

    Registration: Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at noon on May 13th.

    Film: Please watch the film prior to the discussion. Taxi Driver is currently on Netflix (for those with a subscription). It can also be rented (from $2.99-$3.99) for viewing from many platforms such as Prime VideoiTunes, Vudu, FandangoNow, Google Play, etc.

    Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

    • CME credit for DPS Members: $20
    • CME credit for non DPS Members: $30
    • No CME credit: Free - $0

    Cancellation: There will be no refunds within 7 days of the event.

    CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, sign the attendance sheet, attend the entire session, and complete an evaluation within 14 days after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, sign-in, and completion of the evaluation.  

    Cancellation and Certificate Replacement Policy: There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 7 days of the event.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    • June 07, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom Meeting
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    6:30 PM MT Chat and Connect
    7:00 PM MT Meeting will begin
    Registration Required
    Virtual using Zoom 

    The Annual Business Meeting is ONLY open to Society members.

    Please consider joining us at 6:30 PM for time to connect in a smaller setting! Upon entering the Zoom meeting at 6:30 PM, you will be 'virtually' placed into a breakout room where you can mingle with 5 or 6 attendees until the meeting begins. This is a great time to connect with other members or maybe meet one of the new members as well. Then, at 7:00 PM, we will all come back together to begin the annual meeting. If you can't make it at 6:30 PM, we still ask that you join a few minutes early to begin the meeting promptly at 7:00 PM.

    FOR ALL MEMBERS (even if you cannot attend the meeting):
    If any of your contact information changed over the past year, please update your membership profile to reflect these changes before May 15th! This will help ensure the accuracy of the directory.

    The registration deadline is June 1, 2021.

    • September 17, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • September 19, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • Virtual

    SAVE THE DATE FOR APsaA's 110TH ANNUAL MEETING!

    The American Psychoanalytic Association is happy to officially announce the 110th Annual Meeting will take virtually from September 17 - 19, 2021

    Add the dates to your calendar now!

    More information will be posted to APsaA's Meeting Website when available.


    • February 08, 2022
    • (MST)
    • February 13, 2022
    • (MST)
    • Grand Hyatt New York, NY, NY

    NOT A SOCIETY EVENT

    Check out APsaA's website for more details.

For CME events that are not associated with the Denver Psychoanalytic Society, please visit the Non-DPS CME Offerings Forum page.

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