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Southwest Psychoanalytic Society

Enhancing the psychological growth and emotional well-being of Arizonans


Mark Twain famously said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”. Such is the case with the very much alive and well Southwest Psychoanalytic Society. Beginning this year, S.P.S. will once again become a welcoming home for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic therapists of every theoretical orientation.

The S.P.S. Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Society will hold two major scientific meetings this year. The first will be on Saturday, May 4th. Dr. Gil Kliman will present on Trauma and Resilience: Through a Psychoanalytic Lens at Hacienda del Sol. The second will be on Saturday, October 5th. Dr. Stephan Doering will present on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline and Other Personality Disorders. This meeting will be co-sponsored by UArizona, though details are still being worked out. Other activities such as salons are also being planned.

The renaissance of S.P.S. understandably brings with it the reinstatement of annual dues to support our activities and ongoing Society expenses. Membership is open to everyone interested in psychoanalytic thought and its clinical and theoretical applications. We strongly urge past members to renew their membership, especially prior to registering for our upcoming events. This will entitle you to discounted meeting fees.

Other membership benefits include:

  • Reduced fees to all major scientific programs.
  • Reduced fees to all meetings and continuing education credits, when available.
  • Scholarships to major programs, based on financial need.
  • Development of strong collegial relationships with other members when participating on SPS committees.
  • Listing on the SPS website.
  • The opportunity to present at SPS workshops and meetings.
  • One-to-one mentorship with advanced clinicians.
  • Use of the SPS listserv for distribution of information appropriate to the SPS mission.

Please note that our annual dues are the same as they were prior to the pandemic. Membership categories and their annual dues are as follows:

  • Licensed/Certified Clinician (renewing) $200.00
  • New Clinician Member (1st year only) $100.00
  • Early Career Clinicians (*) $100.00
  • First Time Clinician Member Retired** $100.00
  • Candidates $100.00
  • Residents/Students/Interns/Pre-License Clinicians $50.00
  • Non-Clinician Academics $75.00

*First 3 years of practice
**Dues are waived after membership has been maintained for 2 years

To pay your dues with PayPal, credit/debit card you can log on to our website . Click on Log In, enter user/email and password. (There is a Lost Your Password option at the bottom.) Select Renew My Membership from the left side menu, click Browse Products. Select your membership category and add it to the cart. Click View Cart and then pay. Checks can be sent to Laura Petrik, SPS, 3504 Highway 153, #304, Greenville, SC 29611-7553. If you have trouble logging in please contact Laura at for a reset.

If you are applying to S.P.S. to become a new member, please submit the required information and wait for approval prior to paying dues. Information and forms are on our website. Also, please keep in mind that licensed/certified clinicians must be in good standing with their licensing or certifying Board. If your membership category has changed (e.g., you have become licensed and you now qualify as a clinician, you may have retired, etc.), please let our administrator, Laura Petrik, know of any change in your status before renewing your membership. Please also let Laura know of any changes in your contact information.

Finally, we welcome donations! With the suspension of annual dues since the pandemic began, our need to pay ongoing organizational expenses has cut into our savings. Donations can be made through our website and/or by check.

Contact information:
Laura Petrik:

Membership Committee:
Tucson: Barbara Inselman-Temkin, Ph.D.

Phoenix: Richard Gottlieb, M.D., PsyD.


The Southwest Psychoanalytic Society (SPS) is a non-profit educational and community service organization founded in 1997 that is affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association. It is a place where like-minded psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and psychoanalysts interested in deepening their understanding of the mind and enhancing their psychotherapeutic skills can learn together. In this way, SPS hopes to enhance the psychological growth and emotional well-being of Arizonans in an enduring way.

If you are interested in learning more about SPS or are considering joining, our web pages provide additional information. Any questions or comments that you have about SPS and its activities can be forwarded to

SPS is a registered non-profit organization that can accept donations. If you are interested in supporting our work through a donation, it can be mailed to the address on the Contact Us page.

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