Making the Most of APsaA Meetings
Meeting attendees often note that the cost of attending a meeting is returned many-fold just in the referrals that come their way as a result of meeting analysts from other parts of the country as well as through developing new ideas about clinical work.
The information and tips below will help new and returning attendees at every career stage make the most of the meeting, enrich themselves and advance their knowledge.
The first step toward a productive meeting is to plan ahead. Review the preliminary program, and in particular, review the glossary where sessions and events are highlighted and explained.
Candidate Track Attendees
- Attend as many candidate programs as possible – you'll start to meet candidates from all over the country in small discussion group settings. It's a great way to get your "feet wet" at a meeting.
- Attend the Candidates' Council Breakfast, during which candidates and candidate delegates from each Institute get together prior to the meeting of the Candidates' Council, which is the national group of candidate members representing candidates at all APsaA institutes. The Council's purpose, through its delegates, officers, committees, and other candidate participants, is to improve the psychoanalytic training experience. Attend the breakfast only or stay for the entire meeting and participate in discussing issues that are relevant to candidates. This is an informal opportunity to meet the Candidates' Council's leadership as well as other candidates, and it's an opportunity to begin developing a professional network throughout the country.
- Sign up for the Senior Analyst Presentation – a unique opportunity for a small group discussion with a nationally prominent analyst. This two-part session is held on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sign up for Coffee with a Distinguished/Senior Analyst. This session provides the opportunity to meet with a distinguished analyst in an informal, relaxed setting. Check the preliminary program for the day and time.
- Attend the social events geared toward candidates – there are a number to take advantage of, in addition to the Candidates' Council breakfast, there is the Candidates Dutch Treat Lunch and the Candidates' Council's Annual Winter Bash. Again, meeting candidates at these social events is a great way to broaden your network of analysts.
"The meetings, more than anything else for me, are fun because of the social aspect. Having attended for the past three years, I can now count on meeting new colleagues and seeing familiar faces again to engage with and share common interests. That being said, all the other stuff, that is, work-related stuff, like training as a candidate, cases, referrals, theoretical concepts and discussions serves a beneficial role as well, but for me it's secondary. The vibrant, intellectual life of a psychoanalyst is nothing, if not to share it with others!"
- Wolfgang Rosenfeldt, M.D., candidate and former Candidates' Council secretary
Active Member Track Attendees
With close to 200 sessions from which to choose, take the time to review the preliminary program and make note of the sessions that pique your interest and connect you with colleagues of a similar bent. APsaA meetings provide an invaluable opportunity to meet colleagues from across the country which will help to expand your network for referrals.
- Look for new APsaA initiatives (e.g., Soldiers & Veterans Initiative, health care reform, patient-therapist privacy rights) which will be highlighted throughout the program. By debating these societal issues and staking out official positions, APsaA remains a respected authority within the mental health field. If you encounter a project of particular interest to you, you can contact the coordinator after the meeting and get more involved.
- Attend the ethics course (sponsored by Frenkel & Co.) and the ethics workshop sessions to learn how to best protect yourself and your practice.
- Attend the scheduled social events which are highlighted in the preliminary program. Get to know your colleagues in an informal setting and create lasting connections. Again, this is another opportunity for referrals.
"The benefit of attending APsaA meetings has been for the national referrals that I receive from colleagues across the country whom I have met at the meetings or through my committee work. Occasionally, patients move or someone is looking to refer a family member and my name will be suggested. Having a national network of colleagues has been helpful in building my analytic practice."
–Julio Calderon, M.D., Active member and former Candidates' Council president
Meet other child analysts at the many child-focused workshops and discussion groups – these provide occasions to work with a number of child analysts, something that may be lacking on the local level.
Sessions of interest to child analysts are:
- Committee on Child & Adolescent Analysis (COCAA) Workshop
- COPE Workshop for Child/Adolescent Supervisors and Associate Child/Adolescent Supervisors
- Child and Adolescent Two-Day Clinical Workshop
- Child and Adolescent Panel
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
- Attend the discussion group on Emerging Perspectives on LGBT Issues as well as the LGBT issues committee-sponsored workshop.
- One of the highlights is the presentation of the Ralph Roughton Award at the Meeting of Members on Friday morning.
- All are invited to attend the Reception to Welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgener Participants.
- The Psychoanalysis and Health Care Reform session (formerly called Spotlight on Capitol Hill) focuses on crucial health legislation currently being considered in Washington and how it will directly affect your practice.
The Psychotherapist Associates’ Committee provides opportunities for psychotherapist associates to meet each other and to navigate the program at the meetings. Attend sessions geared towards interest that include the practice of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy. Connect with analytically oriented psychotherapists from across the country at the many special sessions.
- Attend as many Psychotherapy Department sponsored sessions as possible:
- Discussion Group: “Psychotherapist Associates Present” – A closer look at the process and effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Psychotherapist Associates Committee Sponsored Workshop: The Business of Practice
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Programs Committee Sponsored Workshop: Workshop on Psychotherapy Training - an opportunity for representatives from Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Programs to discuss educational and organizational issues.
- Psychotherapy Department Information and Networking Event.
- Dine Around for Psychotherapists.
- The poster session is a popular and important research venue.
- Look for joint events sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Research Society (PPRS) and APsaA