News & Updates
Cynthia Mulder, LCSW-S

Leticia Fallick, LPC

Sharon Chada, PhD
Immediate Past President

JoAnn Ponder, PhD
Program Chair

Elaine Loiselle, PhD
Marketing Chair

Kervil Durand, LCSW
Membership Chair

Kalonda Bradshaw, MD

Bev Bontrager, LCSW

Kacie Liput, LCSW
(Representative to APsaA Council)

Felecia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC-S, RPT/S
Alternate Councilor
Message from the President

As our 2021-2022 year winds to an end, I would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of time and effort by our HPS Board of Directors. As we continued to grapple with the impact of the pandemic, our commitment to virtual learning allowed our community to grow nationally and internationally. I want to give special recognition to JoAnn Ponder, PhD, our program chair, who created an incredible year of learning, reflecting, and bringing our HPS community together. The combination of conferences, study groups and evening speaker series provide rich and textured learning opportunities. Our discussions were meaningful and we grew a Zoom community of recognition and excitement to be together.

Please give special thanks to Ann Weiss, LPC, who has been a devoted member and board member of HPS for many, many years and is stepping down from the board. I have personally appreciated Ann’s knowledge of the history of HPS as I step into my role. Thank you to Jessica Spofford, PhD, our membership chair, who also steps down. Her work to grow our membership has been vital, we have a solid increase in students and friends, thanks to her dedication. I want to recognize Lisa Miller, MD, who has served as president, past-president, and co-chair of membership. She is stepping down after writing numerous CME applications for the coming year. She single handedly completed the APA application to allow PhDs to receive CEUs. I also want to recognize Sharon Chada, PhD, who began the year as President of HPS. In January of 2022, Sharon became ill with COVID-19. I became Acting President (from President Elect) to allow her to focus on her health. We continue to wish Sharon well and continued recovery. I look forward to seeing our amazing leaders in our future events!

I would like to express gratitude to all of you who attended our events. Your participation allowed our community to grow and deepen our learning through vibrant discussions.

Thank you to our donors. Your gifts allow HPS to invite preeminent speakers, assist in our continued growth and outreach measures, and continue offering high quality programs.

As we approach the 2022-2023 year, we welcome new board members and an incredible calendar of programming. I look forward to seeing you in our Zoom classroom for another year of exciting opportunities for learning and sharing.

Cynthia Mulder, LCSW
News from the Program Chair

The HPS program theme for 2022-2023 is Conflict and Discord. Our educational programs focus on intrapsychic conflict, interpersonal discord, large group conflicts, ego defense mechanisms, and developmental, theoretical, and clinical considerations from a variety of psychoanalytic perspectives. We’re offering 5 conferences (ethics, diversity, developmental/clinical, 2 clinical), 7 evening lectures, and one author discussion, which will be presented by local, national, and international scholars and clinicians. For those wanting to delve more deeply into these topics, we’re offering 7 study groups facilitated by pairs of clinicians, mostly local. A full calendar of educational events is posted online.
All educational programs will be held online via Zoom. This eliminates travel and lodging costs for speakers, enabling us to sponsor more events with renowned speakers from local areas and beyond, attract diverse audiences from local areas and abroad, and offer more convenience to program attendees. Most importantly, the elimination of travel reduces fossil fuel use that is contributing to climate change and environmental damage to our planet. At the same time, we recognize that some people miss having in-person meetings and direct interaction. Therefore, we will offer 2 in-person business meetings and a few social events this year for those in the Houston area. In the meantime, please note the following educational programs, which are being offered in September and October.
JoAnn Ponder  
September Events
Thursday, September 8, 2022 
Evening Speaker Series Event

Substance Abuse in an Adolescent Boy: Waking the Object

Presented by Mary T. Brady, PhD, Psychologist-Psychoanalyst
Private practice & San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, San Francisco             

7:30pm - 9:00pm Central Time
Friday, September 16, 2022 
Conference, Part I  

Infant-Parent Interaction, the Power of Discord, and Treatment Implications, Part I: Mutual Regulation Model

Presented by Ed Tronick, PhD, Clinical/Developmental Psychologist & Researcher, University of Massachusetts-Boston & Harvard Medical School

With Parent-Child Case Presentation by Fabia E. Banella, PhD, PsyD, Psychotherapist-Psychoanalyst in private practice, Brazelton Touchpoint Center & Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology, Rome

10am-1:15pm Central Time
Saturday, September 17, 2022 
Conference, Part II 

Infant-Parent Interaction, the Power of Discord, and Adult Treatment Implications Part II: Dyadic Expansion of Consciousness (Meaning Making)

Presented by Ed Tronick, PhD, Clinical/Developmental Psychologist & Researcher, University of Massachusetts-Boston & Harvard Medical School 

With Adult Case Presentation by Cynthia Mulder, LCSW, Psychotherapist-Psychoanalyst in private practice & Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston

10am-1:15pm Central Time
3 Mondays | September 19 - October 3, 2022 
Study Group

The Findings of the Iconic Ed Tronick: Infant-Parent Interaction, the Power of Discord, and Adult Treatment Implications

Facilitated by JoAnn Ponder, PhD, Psychologist-Psychoanalyst in private practice, Austin
Ryan Parker, LCSW, Psychotherapist, Psychoanalytic Candidate in private practice, Austin & Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston 

7:00pm - 8:30pm Central Time        
October Events
Thursday, October 6, 2022 
Evening Speaker Series Event

The Therapeutic Action of Psychoanalytic Therapy and Psychoanalysis

Presented by Glen Gabbard, MD, Psychiatrist-Psychoanalyst
Baylor College of Medicine & Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston          

7:30pm - 9:00pm Central Time
4 Tuesdays | October 11 - November 1, 2022 
Study Group

Sibling Issues, Rivalry, and Psychic Representations

Facilitated by Jean Goodwin, MD, Psychiatrist-Psychoanalyst in private practice, Galveston & Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston          
Gretchen Heyer, PhD, LPC, Psychotherapist & Jungian Analyst in private practice, Houston & Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts

7:00pm - 8:30pm Central Time
Friday, October 14, 2022
Meet the Author

Siblings and the Lateral Dimension in Psychoanalysis

Juliet Mitchell, FBA, Psychoanalyst, Author of Siblings: Sex and Violence (Polity, 2003) University College London
12:00pm - 1:30pm Central Time
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