Twin Cities News & Events


Presented by: Jeffrey B. Rubin, Ph.D

“Meditative Psychoanalysis: The Marriage of Mindfulness, Meaning and Intimacy”
Tuesdays (September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5)
6:30pm to 8:30pm

SPS is pleased to announce the return of Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D., for a 4-part study series. Jeffrey Rubin presented at our 2016 Spring Conference with an overwhelmingly positive response. Due to ongoing interest, SPS is offering this study series with Dr. Rubin via video conference.

Course Schedule:
This study series will take place on September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

At the home of Nancy Bottorff
4128 Sheridan Avenue South
Minneapolis 55410.

Since space is limited to eight participants, please register early to assure attendance.

Registration Fee:
The registration fee is $250

Registration via PayPal - see the SPS website - OR

Registration via check – mailed to the SPS Office at
     2041 Virginia Avenue South
     Minneapolis, MN 55426

CE Credits:
Participants will earn 8 CE credits when attending the four study sessions in full.

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SPS Film Series - “Moonlight”
Friday, September 15
7:30 p.m.

“Moonlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The film chronicles the development of a boy, an adolescent and finally a young man contending with poverty, race and sexual identity. Profound trauma and disorganized attachment are portrayed in the film, as well. This content will bring about a lively discussion following the film.

Free to SPS members
$10 for Non-Members

The home of SPS Member Tod Wales
3023 Lynn Avenue South, Apt. 21
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Please reserve your space in advance by contacting Tod at or (651) 699-1062 or (952) 454-0660

Due to space constraints, this event is limited to ten attendees. If you plan to
attend and/or if you have any questions, please contact Tod.

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SPS September Fireside Presentation
Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

“Freud’s Single Session with Margarethe Lutz: Presence, Recognition and Transformation”
Presented by Eric Boone, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. and Mary Androff, M.D.

In 1936, Margarethe Lutz met with Sigmund Freud for a single 45-minute session which profoundly changed her life. This Fireside Presentation is inspired by a panel discussion led by Jonathan Slavin at the 2015 APA Division 39 meeting. The account of Margarethe Lutz’s experience and the responses to this account by seven prominent psychoanalysts were later published in Psychoanalytic Perspectives (2016). Slavin writes, “It is, at one and the same time, the Freud we have read about and know. And yet what happens contradicts all the usual and customary ways we have of thinking about the progenitor of classical psychoanalysis.”

At this presentation, we will read Margarethe Lutz’s remarkable account along with the responses written by Jill Salberg, Mia Medina, and Jonathan Slavin. We will discuss themes related to agency and authority, mutual recognition, the impact of time and history, and forces that foster transformation. An interactive discussion will follow.

 List three psychotherapeutic interventions employed by Sigmund Freud in his session with Margarethe Lutz.
 Explain two affective change processes from this single session that may have facilitated lasting change.
 Describe Freud’s paradoxical use of authority and the interplay between authority and agency in this session.

Mary Androff, M.D., graduated from Washington University Medical School, St. Louis and completed her psychiatric residency at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a certified AEDP therapist and an AEDP supervisor in training. Mary has a private psychiatry/psychotherapy practice in Roseville and works part-time at Hamm Clinic.

Eric Boone, MSW, LICSW, began his professional life as a dancer who performed and taught nationally and internationally, receiving two McKnight Fellowships (1998& 2002) and a Sage Award (2005) for outstanding performer. He transitioned into the world of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (MICP&P), where he completed his analytic training. He has worked in crisis intervention, as a psycho-therapist at the Center for Victims of Torture, and now works full time in private practice.

Fireside Location:
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Map and directions can be found at:

$20.00 per session - Member
$30.00 per session - Non-Member
***No Charge to Students, Interns, Residents and Fellows with ID***

Payments may be made in advance or at the door.
Advance Payment via credit card is available online at or mail payment to the:
            The SPS Office
            2041 Virginia Avenue South
            Minneapolis, MN 55416.

Credit card payment is only available in advance online. At the door payments may be cash or check. Program fees are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credits:
Each Fireside, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Joel Grostephan at There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. All presenters will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed including the validity and utility as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks as relevant.

A post- test will be provided for those who need this content for licensure.

Participants applying for a new LICSW license must meet new educational requirements.

For more information, please see:

SPS is a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work, CEP-130

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SPS October Fireside Presentation
Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Facilitating the Organization of Psychic Energy:
‘whether working with psychosis or spiritual emergency’
Presented by Lance Hauge, M.A.

The idea of psychic energy is a fundamental postulate of psychoanalytic theory. All three metaphysical points of view (topographical, dynamic and economic) include the idea of psychic energy. ‘Psychosis’ involves an experience in which a person is struggling to organize psychic energy into culturally normative psychic structures and/or behaviors. ‘Spiritual emergency” involves the very same struggle. Differentiating between psychosis and spiritual emergency inherently depends upon the clinician’s viewpoint regarding the source, validity, and/or usefulness of the psychic structures and/or behaviors manifesting in the individual’s psyche. Whether a clinician views the client’s experience as psychosis or as spiritual emergency, the organization of the psychic energy is the issue at hand. Lance will present a model of working directly with psychic energy in order to facilitate the client’s successful organization of psychic energy without needing to label the experience as psychotic or spiritual.

 What is “successful organization” of psychic energy?
 How can clinicians work with client’s who are organizing their psychic energy into structures and behaviors the clinician is unfamiliar with, without invalidating them?
 How does the facilitation of organization of psychic energy without imposing one’s own cultural normative organizations apply to psychotherapeutic work in general?

Lance Hauge M.A., is a clinical therapist who specializes in working with trauma. His experience in eastern consciousness approaches, shamanic healing, western psychotherapy, energy psychology, and structural bodywork inform his practice. Lance has maintained a private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over twenty years. He works with individuals, couples, and families.

In 2012 he founded Dimension Center, offering classes and trainings in meditation, transpersonal psychotherapy, and various bodywork techniques. He also teaches classes at the Chiron Center for Integral Relational Studies.

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SPS November Fireside Presentation
Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

“A Moving Perspective: How Psychotherapy has Changed, and What Remains the Same”
Presented by Anne Gearity, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.

With decades of clinical practice and a measured delight in research, Anne looks at what we are learning about the art and science of psychotherapy. Informed by long work with children (whose developmental processes provide a living laboratory), influenced by participation on psychodynamic practice and training, Anne asks this question: How will our professions transform, and what must we be doing to stay relevant to the needs of clients now? And as important, what allows us, as clinicians, to maintain delight in our work?

 Participants will consider traditional attitudes about psychotherapy and examine these in light of changing research.
 Participants will explore emerging ideas that could change how psychodynamic therapists interact with client experiences, past, present and future.

Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W. has practiced for over four decades. She maintains a clinical office in Minneapolis, in addition to doing applied psychodynamic work in schools, with agencies and with child protective services. She is author of “Developmental Repair,” a training and intervention manual that is based on attachment and mentalization research. In 2004, she was a research fellow in London, with a program sponsored by the International Psychoanalytic Association. She teaches child development both in the community and at the university.

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SPS January Fireside Presentation
Thursday, January 18, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Presented by Jean Balestery

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SPS February Fireside Presentation
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Presented by Sean Fields

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SPS March Fireside Presentation
Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Presented by Jim Mosher

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SPS 2018 Spring Conference
April 7, 2018
Presented by Amy Banks, M.D.

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SPS May Fireside Presentation
Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Presented by Elizabeth Cashin, M.A., L.P.

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Please mark your calendar and save the dates!
We hope to see you often during 2017 and 2018!