Study Groups

OSPS occasionally offers the opportunity to learn about a specific subject in depth.  Sometimes these groups precede a speaker that will offer a seminar for OSPS.  Sometimes the subject is of interest to an OSPS member willing to teach.  And, sometimes a request to cover a topic is made and OSPS agrees to find faculty.  Typically, study groups are low cost, meet weekly for 6-12 weeks for 60-90 minutes, and meet at a location convenient to the faculty member.  Most of the time OSPS does not offer CEUs for study groups.  If you are interested in joining or forming a study group, please contact Carol Mason-Straughan.

Please find more information on the 2016-2017 OSPS study groups by clicking here


Study Groups 2019-20

Clinical Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas

A 10-12 week study group on the "Clinical Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas" will be offered this winter (exact dates TBA) to clinicians who have not yet had a chance to take our Foundations 1 course. Facilitated by our past-president, Jeff Fine-Thomas, LMFT, this is an opportunity for clinicians to bring their own case material and study together the ways that a psychoanalytic way of working, particularly one informed by a relational perspective, may be useful to clients. Participants will have a chance to get to know others who may be considering our Foundations 1 course for 2020-2021 and to work with one of our very experienced and well-respected Foundations teachers. The course has room for 11 students with 3 spots open at present, so if you have interest please contact Carol Mason-Straughan at carolms1223@gmail.com ASAP. (There is no charge for this group and no CEUs are offered.)

Starting a Psychoanalytic Private Practice

Over 12 weeks participants will design a plan to build a private practice utilizing a psychoanalytic attitude. The emphasis of the group will be practical and pragmatic. Topics covered will include: 

  • Choosing a practice model that is right for your needs
  • Designing space (literal and figurative)
  •  Developing forms that reduce risk, emphasize ethics, and convey your (psychoanalytic) values
  •  Thinking about money from insurance to accounting to paying yourself
  •  Choosing the right tech hardware and software for notes, scheduling, accounting, and interacting
  •  Learning to attract patients and to refer those who require skills you don’t have
  •  Building a multi-year plan for your practice that encourages your growth

This study group will be facilitated by Jeff Fine-Thomas, MA, MA. He is the past president of OSPS and is in private practice in OKC. No CEUs will be offered and the study group is free. Enrollment will be capped at 11. The group will meet on Friday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 during spring 2020 with exact dates TBA. Please contact our education chair, Carol Mason-Straughan, at carolms1223@gmail.com ASAP if you would like to be a part of this group.