About SPS MN Chapter


The Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (SPS) is a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, which is a division devoted to the study and practice of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychoanalytic theory.  The Society promotes its interests through conferences with national speakers and through Fireside Series with local presenters.  The membership is open to students, newcomers and lay individuals as well as experienced therapists and analysts.

This diverse amalgam gives SPS its special character, with all members benefitting from the multiplicity of viewpoints.  Members of SPS find stimulating, practical training opportunities along with fellowship in a community of supportive, vital, and involved professionals.  SPS regularly sends a designated member to the Annual Meeting of Division 39.  Here, ideas are exchanged and assistance is gained for all participating local chapters.  SPS is committed to a broad and contemporary view of psychoanalytic theory, embracing its rich history as well as exciting new developments in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering.  Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, as well as the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient's life.  Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.  New research published by the American Psychological Association indicates that the benefits of the therapy continue to grow after treatment has ended.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Helen Schucman