Events

There are three vehicles for learning through OSPS:  Seminars, a course titled Foundations in Psychoanalytic Thought, and Study Groups.  In the left hand column below you will find a listing of our monthly seminars.  Speakers come from all over the country as well as locally to discuss a myriad of analytic ideas.  We offer CEUs for these events and they vary in length from 2 to 5 hours. 

Our course in Foundations in Psychoanalytic Thought is an intensive survey course covering Freud, Object Relations, and relational theories.  It starts in late August or early September and ends in May and meets on Friday afternoons from 1-4.  This is a very popular course and we encourage you to get more details in the right hand column. 

Study Groups are a fun way to learn about a specific topic.  Typically study groups are short term and cover a topic the faculty is interested in but we also have a few study groups that are longer term and cover a subject in great depth.  Occassionally we will start a study group to correspond with a speaker's presentation at one of our seminars.  If you are interested in a particular subject and would like OSPS to start a study group on that topic, please contact Sharon Neuwald at sharon.neuwald@cox.net.

We hope you will find a spot in one or more of these areas of OSPS that feels like a professional home. 

Martha Stark, M.D.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

A Heart Shattered, Relentless Despair, and the Unlived Life

Patients who have never fully confronted – and grieved – the pain of their early-on heartbreak will often cling to their hope that perhaps someday the “object of their desire” will be forthcoming. But there are others who, because of catastrophically shattering early-on disappointments and losses, withdraw completely from the “world of objects” – only to find themselves then overwhelmed with a terrifying sense of alienation, existential angst, and harrowing loneliness. Instead of “relentless hope,” their experience is of “relentless despair.”

Clinical vignettes will be offered that speak to how the therapist, ever attuned to the patient’s intense ambivalence about “remaining hidden vs. being found,” can facilitate the emergence of “moments of authentic meeting” that will restore purpose, meaning, and direction to an existence that was otherwise desolate, impenetrable, and empty.

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Norka T Malberg, PsyD

Friday, March 15, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Relationships, Play and Playfulness: A Developmental View

Dr. Norka Malberg will talk about Play and Playfulness, how they are the main way in which human beings find themselves and others. This presentation will focus on the developmental, social, and emotional benefits of play and the value of playfulness for children and adults. Examples of how play and playfulness helps us manage emotions, relate and communicate better and support children in the process of learning and growing will be presented.

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Foundations Two Course for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

This class has a full enrollment. If you would like to be on the waiting list for future spots in this course, please contact Carol Mason-Straughan at carolms1223@gmail.com

Specific dates TBA

The OSPS Education Committee is pleased to announce a Foundations Two course for the 2018-2019 academic year, offered to students who have completed Foundations One. To facilitate deep and focused discussion, enrollment will be limited to the first eight registrations received, with names drawn if multiple registrations are post-marked on the same day. Please consider carefully the course description attached. If after reading you have interest and feel able to commit to the level of participation needed from students, please return the attached registration form and deposit as soon as possible. The enthusiasm for and participation in Foundations One over the years has been excellent and much-appreciated, and we are excited to offer Foundations Two as a next step in learning more about a psychoanalytic way of working.


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