HPS News & Updates
Message from the President

As the 2020-2021 HPS year comes to a close, I would like to acknowledge the enormous contributions of time and effort by our HPS Board of Directors. Please give a special thanks to Anne Strain, LCSW, who is leaving the board after completing her term of service as President and Past President. As many of you know, HPS has flourished as a result of Anne’s leadership during a critical time in the history of our community. Special recognition is also owed to Dr. JoAnn Ponder, our President-Elect. JoAnn requested to stay on the Board as Program Chair rather than as President for the upcoming year. JoAnn’s unremitting dedication of countless hours to HPS programming cannot be overstated.

I would also like to acknowledge with gratitude the contributions of our colleagues who attend our programs, making possible the interchange of diverse experiences and expertise so important to our learning community.

Lastly, on behalf of HPS, I want to express our deep appreciation for generous monetary donations to HPS in 2020, and in previous years, by an individual who prefers to remain anonymous. These donations assure our survival, continued growth and outreach efforts, and provision of high-quality programs.

As we approach the new HPS 2021-2022 year, I want to draw your attention to the lineup of outstanding HPS Programs for the upcoming year, the theme of which is “Evolving Theories, Current Challenges, and Future Directions in Psychoanalytic Practice.” Our first conference, on August 20th and 21st, features Dr. Mark Solms, who will be speaking on neuropsychoanalytic revisions of Drive Theory and Ego Psychology, and application of these revisions to clinical practice. Please do take a moment join or renew your HPS membership now.  

I look forward to seeing you at HPS Events in the upcoming year!

Warm Regards,
Lisa Miller, MD, President

To review the lineup of outstanding HPS Programs for the upcoming 2021-2022 year, please click here.
Join/Renew Membership

We are pleased to announce that our first Conference on August 20th - 21st, presented by Dr. Mark Solms, will be included at no cost when renewing or joining the HPS community through membership. Dr. Solms is a world-renowned and incomparably engaging speaker.  

In addition to Dr. Solms' conference, members enjoy a number of other benefits including free attendance at Monthly Evening Speaker Series programs and significant discounts on all other HPS programs. Additionally, HPS is now an approved APA sponsor of CE’s for psychologists.

Read more about membership levels and benefits.
Upcoming Programs

Conference (6 CE/CME/CEUs | 3 per day)
August 20-21, 2021, 10:00am - 1:15pm CST
Neuropsychoanalytic Revisions of Basic Theory
Neuropsychoanalytic Revisions of Clinical Technique
Presented by Mark Solms, PhD

Evening Speaker Series (1.5 CME/CEUs)
September 9, 2021, 7:30pm - 9:00pm CST
Can I Get a Witness? On Being Seen and Heard in a Relational Psychoanalytic Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by Cynthia Chalker, MSS, LCSW, Psychotherapist-Psychoanalyst

Study Group (4.5 CME/CEUs)
3 Sessions | Sept. 8, 14 & 21, 2021, 7pm-8:30pm
From Transitional Space to the Analytic Third - Developmental and Clinical Implications
Facilitated by Margaret Jordan, PhD
HPS is now an APA-Approved Sponsor of CEs

HPS is now an APA approved sponsor for CEs for psychologists. This applies to programs for the upcoming 2021-2022 programming year.
Meet the Incoming Board of Directors for 2021-2022

Sharon Chada, PhD, President
Cynthia Mulder, LCSW, President-Elect
Bev Bontrager, LCSW, Treasurer
Ann Weiss, LPC, Secretary
Lisa Miller, MD, Past President
Felecia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC-S, RPT/S, Councilor
Kacie Liput, LCSW, Alternate Councilor
JoAnn Ponder, PhD, Chair of Programming
Elaine Loiselle, PhD, Chair of Marketing
Jessica Spofford, PhD, Chair of Membership

We are so fortunate to have this group of individuals working on behalf of our HPS community!
HPS Community News

Members of the HPS and CFPS (Center for Psychoanalytic Studies) communities volunteered to participate in a monthly lecture series on Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for fourth year medical students at the UT Health Sciences Center in Houston. Dr. Nick Patniyot, faculty at UT, and recent graduate of the Studies in Psychoanalytic Thinking Program, spear-headed this lecture series. The lecturers include Dr. Nick Patniyot, Dr. Lisa Miller, Dr. Lisa Valentine, Dr. Beverly Du, Dr. Chris Fowler, Linda Chase, LCSW, Dr. Shweta Sharma, Dr. Jon Allen, Ann Weiss, LCSW, Dr. Micah Knobles, and Felecia Powell-Willams, EdD, LPC-S, RPT/S.  
Support PsiAN - Please Read!!
Earlier this year, HPS joined the Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) as a Strategic Partner, with representation on its Steering Committee, adding to the roster of organizations, including APsaA, AAPCSW, Division 32, Division 39, psychoanalytic institutes, graduate programs and community mental health agencies, that support PsiAN.  

The PsiAN community is dedicated to promoting psychotherapies of depth, insight, and relationship, and to restoring these therapies to their fundamental place in the mental health landscape through activism, education, publicity, and legislative change. Please click here to read about how PsiAN is working to change the public narrative about psychotherapies of depth, insight, and relationship.

An important action that we can all take to support PsiAN is to join as individual members. I encourage you to join PsiAN by clicking hereMembership is free.

The Group for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Psychology (GAPPP) has awarded PsiAN a grant of $75,000, for a total of $100,000, contingent upon PsiAN’s raising $25,000 in matching funds.

Increase the impact of HPS donations with my matching donation of $500! Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation to PsiAN. PsiAN’s sole aim is to advocate for psychotherapists and psychotherapies of depth, insight and relationship. Supporting PsiAN supports us all.

Lisa Miller, MD, President
The mission of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society is to promote psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles and engage the community at large in creative discussions about psychoanalytic thought and application.
The Houston Psychoanalytic Society is a leading source in southeast Texas for continuing education for mental health professionals presented by experts in psychoanalytic research, practice, and application at discounted fees for members. If you are not a member and are interested in joining, or you are a member and would like to become more active, please contact a Board member and join us in our mission!
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