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. 

(On a mobile device, please click "Navigation" to see Study Groups and Foundations links.)

Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 12:00pm Presentation

Hopes, Fears, Shame and Dignity in the Therapeutic Relationship

Many of our patients know indignity all too well. They enter our office suffused with shame, sometimes conscious sometimes not. And just the fact that they are seeking our help is another indignity.

Shame in its many forms, from embarrassment to mortification to humiliation, can be considered the primary emotion of indignity, and our patients may well feel ashamed that they have not been able to solve their life problems using their own resources. Instead they must bare their souls to a stranger, someone who may or may not welcome their fears, their longings, their vulnerabilities, their failures and their shame.

They come with hope that the therapy will not compound their shame, and fear that it will. A patient's sense of dignity is never far from my mind when I'm having conversations with my patients, or when I am bearing witness or even when I am arguing with them. There is an overall felt sense that all of our conversations are navigations through the waters of dignity and indignity.

Register Today