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

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

Eric Kulick, M.D.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Freud, Judaism, and Psychoanalysis: How Kabbalah Can Enrich and Expand Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Since the publication of David Bakan's book, Sigmund Freud and the Jewish Mystical Tradition, in 1958, there has been a burgeoning literature regarding Freud's Jewish identity, and the degree to which Judaism in general, and Jewish mysticism in particular, contributed to the creation and development of psychoanalysis.

In this presentation, we will discuss Freud's conflicted and ambivalent relationship with Judaism and Jewish thought. We will examine areas of convergence between psychoanalysis and our understanding of the human psyche or soul, and their implications for psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic practice.

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Anton H. Hart, Ph.D.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Can Psychoanalysis Stand to Turn Toward Diversity and Otherness?

Incorporating attention to the diversities into clinical work can be seen to be inherently psychoanalytic, not just an add-on. This presentation will examine both the resistances to, and the necessity for, psychoanalytic engagement—and prioritization—of issues of otherness, difference and diversity. Some of the root anxieties associated with genuine, curious, exploratory dialogue about diversity are identified.

The presenter argues for cultivating a stance of curiosity in relation to difference and also for an emphasis on the noticing of and learning from those moments where diversity-related communication—in the psychoanalytic classroom, supervisory, and clinical setting—seems to break down. Attention to such breakdowns is portrayed as key to facilitating dialogue that can lead to a more diverse—and diversely and ethically applied—psychoanalysis. The talk will include practical recommendations for incorporating inquiry into difference and otherness for both psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic training organizations alike.

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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

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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