Dear Candidates

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 National Meeting online in February!

Below is a listing of some of the programming and events that have been designed by and for candidates. Come and take advantage of the many opportunities to connect with your candidate colleagues from across the country and around the world. The APsaA meeting enriches our training experiences with thoughtful programming and provides opportunities to create enlivening professional networks. In all of these sessions, there will be opportunities for candidates to discuss with the presenters and share their ideas. 

Be sure to click on the links below for more information regarding more candidate opportunities. Here are a few highlights: 

Prior to the official opening of the meeting, we hope you will join us for the Candidates’ Council Meeting. Come to the Candidates’ Council Meeting on Sunday January 24th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm EST. At the Candidates’ Council, candidates from institutes all over the country get together to discuss what is going on at our home institutes, learn from one another, and share the experience of candidacy. The Candidates’ Council is the national group of candidate members representing candidates at all APsaA Institutes; all APsaA candidate members are automatically part of the Candidates’ Council. All candidates are welcome at the meetings. We invite all candidates to come and connect with other candidates!

As the meeting kicks off, during the first weekend of the meeting, we hope you will attend on Saturday February 13, from 3:00-5:00pm EST: Special Session 13: “Not That I’m A Racist, But…”: Working In The Realm Of Racial And Ethnic Dynamics. Chair Amber Nemeth and host Christopher Rigling will welcome Himanshu Agrawal as the presenter with discussants Aisha Abbasi, Michael Moskowitz, and Beverly J. Stoute.

During the second weekend of the meeting, on Saturday February 21st, the Senior Analyst Presentation will be chaired by Ethan M. Grumback and Elizabeth Diamond, featuring senior analyst Kathryn Zerbe. It will be a two part presentation from 2:00-4:00pm EST and from 5:00-7:00pm EST. This program is open to candidate members and students only and provides an opportunity to hear detailed clinical notes from a senior analyst and discuss the techniques utilized.

During the third weekend of the meeting, we will host several sessions and events especially geared towards candidates, and will have our annual candidate social event, so plan to attend this weekend!

On Saturday February 27th, join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm EST as we host candidates for our annual Conversation With A Distinguished Analyst, in which we welcome Dr. Jack Drescher for his presentation “A History Of Homosexuality And Psychoanalysis: From The Theoretical To The Personal.” Come and join Dr. Drescher for an opportunity to engage in dialogue on his insights from his professional and personal experience.

From 2:00pm – 4:00pm EST on Saturday, February 27th, join chair Rachel D. Maree and host Melissa Jenereski for the 2021 Candidates’ Council Psychoanalytic Paper Prize, in which prize winner Rochelle M. Broder presents her winning paper: “Low Fee, Rage, and Countertransference.” Discussant Joan E. Sarnat and Rachel Broder will engage in a conversation with candidates around this clinical challenge.

During the evening of Saturday February 27th from 7:00-8:30pm EST, we hope you will come to the Candidate Virtual Cocktail Party and have a chance to unwind, socialize, meet and network with candidate colleagues from across the country and around the world. This event is the primary opportunity to socialize with other candidates, make professional connections and develop friendships in a non-educational event. We will have a chance to talk as a larger group and break into smaller groups for informal conversation and socializing. Come and meet some fellow candidates!

On Sunday, February 28th from 11:00am – 1:00pm EST, we will honor Dr. Dionne Powell, the recipient of the Candidates’ Council Master Teacher Award. Dr. Dionne Powell will present: “A Movement Not A Moment: Sustaining A Diverse, Racially Inclusive Approach To Psychotherapy And Psychoanalytic Education.”
 The Candidates’ Council Master Teacher Award is the only award at APsaA given by candidates to honor a psychoanalytic teacher—plan to join us for this important conversation.

I hope you will come to APsaA’s 2021 National Meeting and take advantage of the many offerings by and for candidates. Make the most of the informative and compelling psychoanalytic sessions and enjoy all that the APsaA Community has to offer.

See you at the meeting!

Holly Crisp
President, Candidates’ Council