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

We hope you will find a spot in one or more of these areas of OSPS that feels like a professional home. 

Joseph Aguayo, Ph.D.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Reconsidering the Contributions of Bion and Winnicott: Then and Now

In the first part of this presentation, Dr. Joseph Aguayo will discuss his review article, ‘A Lecture Tour of Wilfred Bion’s Complete Works,’ that appeared in the February, 2017 issue of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Aguayo will explore what Bion’s unpublished writings add to our knowledge of his clinical theories. He takes up what is distinctive and current about Bion’s World War I reminiscences, how Bion as an army psychiatrist worked with intra-group tensions, then translated his method to peacetime groups at the Tavistock Clinic after World War II. Dr. Aguayo will cover Bion’s Kleinian period, the psychosis papers of the 1950s, which formed the basis of the epistemological monographs of the 1960s. He pays special attention to the controversial ‘late’ or ‘California’ period (1968-1979) during which time Bion distilled the clinical method of inquiry he had spent so many years evolving.

In the second part of the presentation, Dr. Aguayo will discuss his article ‘Reconsidering the Contributions of D.W. Winnicott and W.R. Bion,’ in which he contrasts what makes the Kleinian understanding of disturbed states of mind different from the way in which D.W. Winnicott understood similar disturbances. Crucial differences, such as Bion’s marginalization of the patient’s early history vis-à-vis Winnicott’s insistence on a detailed early history of analytic patients will be discussed. He will also explore the difference between Bion’s concept of ‘container/contained’ and Winnicott’s emphasis on ‘holding.’ Lastly, Winnicott’s critique of the London Klein group will be explicated in terms of how he thought that Klein (and by extension Bion) conflated what ailed the young child with what ailed babies as cared for by their mothers.

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Russell Koch, Ph.D.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 10:30am Presentation

Jacob and the Angel

Dr. Koch will present his graduation paper which discusses psychoanalytic attitudes that are embodied in our psychoanalytic theories. He will discuss relational attitudes including radical hope, collaboration, and dealing with conflicting attitudes between analyst and patient with clinical vignettes that illustrate each. By making psychoanalytic attitudes explicit, a hunger for positive integrative experience is likely to emerge. The story of Jacob and the Angel is used as a metaphor of engagement whereas each might have differing attitudes, the relationship can result in mutual benefits in the therapeutic alliance.

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