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.


Study Groups 2019-20


Clinical Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas

Facilitated by Jeff Fine-Thomas, LMFT

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.)


Self-Agency in Psychotherapy

Facilitated by Amber Prather, LPC & Rebecca Thompson, LPC

This 4-session group will be an opportunity to deepen understanding of Self-Agency by discussing Jean Knox’s book: Self-Agency in Psychotherapy: Attachment, Autonomy, and Intimacy. The book is available on Amazon and a brief description is below:

A Discussion of the self, both in and out of therapy. For each of us, our thoughts, beliefs, desires, expectations, and fantasies constitute our own sense of a unique identity. Here, Jungian and relational psychoanalyst Jean Knox argues that this experience of self-agency is always at the heart of psychological growth and development, and it follows a developmental trajectory that she examines in detail, from the realm of bodily action and reaction in the first few months of life, through the emergence of different levels of agency, to the mature expression of agency in language and metaphor.

Knox makes the case that the achievement of a secure sense of self-agency lies at the heart of any successful psychotherapy and argues for an updated psychoanalytic therapy rooted in a developmental intersubjective approach. Drawing on a range of therapeutic disciplines--including interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, and developmental research--she proposes an integrated and flexible clinical approach that is based on the actual interpersonal agency of analyst and patient, rather than any one specific theory about the human unconscious being imposed on the patient by the analyst’s interpretations. Detailed clinical examples explore this approach.

Part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, Self-Agency in Psychotherapy deftly balances theory and practice, offering practical applications for groundbreaking research on self-agency.

This group will meet in Edmond on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-2:30. Tentative meeting dates are: Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 8, an Jan. 5. Please contact Amber at 405.206.4214 or Rebecca at 405.361.5227 for more information or to sign up.

Starting a Psychoanalytic Private Practice

Facilitated by Jeff Fine-Thomas, LMFT

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.

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