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DSPP Meeting: Belonging in the Shadow of the Pandemic

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM
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Dallas Psychoanalytic Center 


Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


Title: Belonging in the Shadow of the Pandemic

Presenter(s): Melissa Wallace, MD & Dale C Godby, PhD

Date/Time: September 22, 2021 7:30-9:00 PM

Location: Zoom Meeting

Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
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Workshop Description: As we emerge from the pandemic, we can reflect on the impact this trauma has had on our sense of belonging: to DSPP, to our families, to whatever and whomever we love. Since we last met face to face DSPP has witnessed the deaths of two our past presidents, Judith Samson and Pat Wood. Both of these outstanding women belonged to DSPP much of their professional life. 

Melissa and Dale represent two poles of belonging to DSPP. Melissa is relatively new and Dale has been here from the start. We are hoping Melissa will develop a secure attachment to our organization and Dale will have space for saying goodbye. A space not granted to Judith and Pat.  For those of us who have been here for a while, DSPP has been a secure home from which we explore old and new ideas about the development and healing of the mind. We all bring to the task of belonging the social and cultural constraints of which people are unaware. The ways in which we belong in our families, schools, communities of faith, make up in part our social unconscious and contribute to how we form attachments to an organization like DSPP. To what theory do we belong? What theory belongs to us? Or do we eschew theory in the illusion of being free? We all started out knowing nothing about psychoanalytic theory and as we move from one theory to another, we are bit like immigrants, feeling awkward and wondering if we will ever be at home. The longing for belonging permeates much of what we do. It is our hope tonight that we can explore together the dynamics of belonging in the context of DSPP. What makes for a sense of inclusion and exclusion and how as an organization can we make DSPP a secure base from which to develop ourselves and our profession. 

Learning Objectives:

1) Reflect on how the pandemic has impacted your relationship to organizations like DSPP.


2)Consider how your personal attachment style interacts with your organizational attachment style.

3)  Think about how attachment to DSPP affects your work with patients.




Kinley, J.L. and Reyno, S. M. The price of needing to belong: Neurobiology of

working through attachment trauma. Psychodynamic Psychiatry 47, 39-51


Continuing Medical Education

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 the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and The Dallas Psychoanalytic Center (DPC). APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of ____ 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. *Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. -Updated July 2021-


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