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. 

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G Michael Kampschaefer, PsyD, ABPP

Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:30am to 9:00am Registration

9:00am to 1:00pm Presentation

Mike will be presenting a semi-final draft of a paper he has (finally) written summarizing his thinking about the "preconditions for conflict" that mediate the relationship between trauma and intrapsychic conflict in all people. Through the lens of contemporary, Nobel prize winning work by Tversky and Kahneman, this paper elaborates several specific primitive and phylogenetically transmitted "fallacies of the mind" which predispose us toward anxiety and depression-generating unconscious conflict in childhood. The presentation will use these "fallacies" as a lens through which to examine a case from what analyst Jaine Darwin has termed the "relational canon" (Hoffman's case of "Ken"). The goal is to make the essence of the Freud-Brenner Conflict Model (with it's goal of relative mastery) more comprehensible and useful with contemporary relational sensibilities. Time will be allowed for extensive audience discussion of both theoretical and case material.

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