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DSPP:The Analyst's Desire: The Ethical Foundation of Clinical Practice with Mitchell Wilson, MD

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

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Please join the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology for
our in-person Spring Workshop
The Analyst's Desire:
The Ethical Foundation of Clinical Practice
Presented by
Mitchell Wilson, M.D.


Saturday, April 1, 2023:  10am-3pm (5 CE CREDITS)
Please try to arrive by 9:50am
The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology
4305 MacArthur Ave
Dallas, TX 75209


Dr. Wilson will discuss the psychoanalyst's basic desiring position, a topic that within the history of analytic theory (with the exception of Lacan) has been left at the doorstep of the analyst's office. Without desire as the key feature of the analyst's activity, important questions regarding the countertransference, the structure of clinical impasses, and the analyst's ethical responsibility for the other cannot be adequately formulated, let alone convincingly answered.


Learning Objectives:
1.   Describe the variable manifestations of the analyst's desire in the clinical setting.
2.   Identify features of the analyst's desire that inform countertransference experience.
3.   Name the key elements in the clinical impasse.
4.   Explain how the analyst's ethical responsibility must take account of their desire in the clinical moment.


Mitchell Wilson, MD is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Wilson has published widely on a variety of topics that cohere around a theory of ethics, desire, and the psychoanalytic process. His book, The Analyst’s Desire: The Ethical Foundation of Clinical Practice, was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury Press. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. He is in private practice and leads study groups in Berkeley, CA.


Registration Details:
·      To register, if you have not already, please visit the DSPP website at the following link:
o   If you have already purchased your DSPP membership for the year, please note that the membership does not include this workshop.  Don’t forget to sign-in on the website before you purchase the workshop, so that you can purchase it at the membership rate.
o   If you have not purchased a membership (i.e., are not a DSPP member) and want to purchase only this workshop, follow the directions in the link above.
o   Any questions, please email Adam Hinshaw, DSPP President at