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. 

Danielle Knafo, Ph.D.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Guys & Dolls: Intimacy in a Technological Age

What is it that makes a doll the ideal woman in a man’s eyes? Why would a man prefer a doll to a real woman? The Pygmalion myth, in which a man creates the woman of his dreams, indicates that the appeal of a man-made woman reaches far back in time.

We are living in an age of unprecedented technological advances. These changes are influencing what it means to be human and how we relate to each other and to inanimate objects. The subculture of men whose desire is directed at high-end love dolls is discussed. Jack, who called himself an "iDollator," was living happily with his doll, Maya for 2 years. Eventually, he sought therapy. This lecture discusses how both he and Dr. Knafo changed in the process. It also raises questions regarding the future of relational life.

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Foundations Two Course for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

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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Michael & Cynthia Kampschaeffer, Ph.D.s

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Moonstruck: Love, Death and the Destiny of Desire

Moonstruck is an endearing film about love and triangles, including the universal triangle of the relationship one has with Love and Death.

This presentation will focus on how the characters and plot depict various important aspects of this core human experience.

Program:
  9:00-9:10am       Introductions
  9:10-11:00am     Film Viewing
 11:00-11:10am     Break
 11:10-11:45am     Paper Presentations
 11:45-Noon          Discussion 

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