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DSPP Meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
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Title: Destroyer/Creator: Aggression in the Clinical Process 

Presenter: Adam B. Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Date/Time: April 17, 2023, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Location: The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology

Credit Hours: 1.5 Credit Hours



This monthly meeting focuses on the aggressive drive and its ubiquity in human relations and the clinical process, including rupture and repair.  I will present a general overview of the aggressive drive and the inherent “aggressiveness” of human beings, attempting a synthesis of neuro-psychoanalytic, Freudian/Lacanian, and modern psychoanalytic (Spotnitz and Meadow) views, then discuss aggression’s manifestation and handling in the clinical process.  My central goal is to show how aggression - much like love, grief, sex, playfulness, anxiety, and fear - not only demands our awareness in relating to our patients and how they relate to us, but can often serve as a constructive force of adaption and creation.  


Learning Objectives:


  1. Participants will be able to describe the functional purposes of aggression in humans.  

  2. Participants will be able to conceptualize how aggression manifests at different levels of psychological functioning.  

  3. Participants will be able to distinguish between destructive and creative forms aggression. 

  4. Participants will be able to identify ways to (1) respond to their aggression as psychotherapists and to (2) address their patients’ relationship to aggression.  



Selected References:

  • Giacolini, T., & Sabatello, U. (2019). Psychoanalysis and affective neuroscience. The motivational/emotional system of aggression in human relations. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 2475.

  • Lacan, J.. (2006). Aggressiveness in psychoanalysis. In Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (pp. 82-101). W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

  • Spotnitz, H., & Meadow, P. W. (1995). Treatment of the narcissistic neuroses. Rowman & Littlefield.



Adam B. Hinshaw, Ph.D. is a psychoanalytic psychologist in private practice in Dallas, Texas.  Adam graduated in 2017 from the counseling psychology program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Iowa from 2017-2019, where he provided supervision focused on brief psychodynamic psychotherapy and personality assessment.  In 2019, he moved to Dallas, TX and began working in private practice, first with Dallas Therapy Collective, then on his own in mid 2020.  He served as co-chair of the Division 39 Candidates Outreach Committee from 2019-2022, as DSPP Community Relations Chair from 2020-2022, and as DSPP President from 2022-2023.  His primary clinical and research interests are so-called “treatment resistant” or “complex” clinical presentations, Freudian/Lacanian theory, neuro-psychoanalysis, and the wide literature on transference and countertransference.  


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-