Twin Cities News & Events


SPS September Fireside Presentation
Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“The Intersection of Two Perspectives on Trauma: Wilfred Bion and Neurobiology”
Presented by Kathleen Fargione, L.I.C.S.W.

This presentation will explore the similarities between what Wilfred Bion says about trauma and what neurobiology says about trauma. The overlap between these two perspectives seems important. Neurobiology is validating many psychoanalytic concepts including explaining the neurobiology behind the fragmentation that happens in trauma.

1. Learn the three things that Wilfred Bion says happens with uncontained, unmetabolized trauma.
2. Think about what techniques or stance we need to take depending on our patients’ particular needs.
3. Learn how these different perspectives (psychoanalytic and neurobiological) intersect and reinforce one another.

Kathleen Fargione, L.I.C.S.W., is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches classes in child development using both the Bowlby and
Fonagy models of attachment, affect regulation and mentalization. She also teaches a class in “evolving Psychoanalytic Concepts’ at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her
paper, “Masks, Walls and Metaphors,” which won the Diepernick Prize in 2018, as published in April 2019 in the book, “Reflections on Long-Term Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.” In 2018, she retired from her private practice in South Minneapolis.

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SPS October Fireside Presentation
Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“From Freud’s Mourning to Mourning Freud”
Presented by Madelon Sprengnether, Ph.D.

The modernist Freud of the early twentieth century has ceded to the postmodern Freud of the twenty-first. My book, Mourning Freud, examines this phenomenon from the perspective of Freud’s selfanalysis in relation to his generation of theory, the challenges and transformations wrought by feminism, cultural studies and postmodernism, as well as the speculations of contemporary neuroscience regarding the unreliability of memory. I will offer an overview of my argument, focusing on the preoedipal turn in psychoanalytic theory and the significance of mourning as a personal, cultural and political force for our time. In examining Freud’s own theories and practices of mourning, I open a path for us, as his intellectual heirs, to mourn him.

1. Participants will develop a critical understanding of the relationship between Freud’s biography and his theory.
2. Participants will be able to trace the evolution of mourning theory from Freud’s groundbreaking “Mourning and Melancholia” through the work of Karl Abraham, Melanie Klein, and other contemporary theorists, including Hans Loewald.
3. Participants will be able to assess the importance of the post-Freudian “preoedipal turn” in psychoanalysis in regard to their own theoretical orientation and clinical practice.

Madelon Sprengnether, Ph.D., is a poet, memoirist, literary critic and Regents Professor Emerita of the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. Her publications include The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation (1985), Shakespearean Interpretation (1985), Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender (1996), and The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism and
Psychoanalysis (1990). In addition, she has published three memoirs and three collections of poetry. Dr. Sprengnether’s most recent books are Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (2015), Near Solstice: Prose Poems (2015), and Mourning Freud (2018). She is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today.

For more information, consult her website:

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SPS November Fireside Presentation
Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“I accept that it happened, and it doesn’t define me” The application of Functional Psychotherapy to a Case of Childhood Sexual Trauma
Presented by Jim Mosher, Ph.D., ABPP, L.P.

In this presentation, I will describe a theoretically integrative model of psychotherapy process that I am developing which I call, “Functional Psychotherapy” (Mosher, 2019). A counter to predominant medical model perspectives of mental health which focus on diagnosing and treating symptoms, Functional Psychotherapy focuses on identifying the function of distressing emotions and then incorporating different techniques and theories to facilitate their resolution. Though Functional Psychotherapy subsumes, multiple theoretical orientations figuring into its structure most prominently are emotion theory (Greenberg& Safran, 1989), memory reconsolidation theory (Ecker, Ticic, & Hulley, 2012), person-centered (Rogers, 1956), and somatic experiencing (Levine, 2015). Generally, Functional Psychotherapy is very correspondent with short-term models of dynamic psychotherapy, humanistic, experiential and interpersonal perspectives; and, to a lesser extent, cognitive and behavioral.

First, I will briefly describe Functional Psychotherapy and its underlying theoretical tenets. Then, I will present the case of “Sharla” as a tentative proof-of-concept. We will observe interactions from a relatively brief therapy (i.e., four sessions) in which Sharla resolves longstanding struggles stemming from an experience of childhood sexual abuse, years ago. Change will be demonstrated both qualitatively and quantitatively, through Sharla’s in-session self-reports of her experience of change as well as her reports on several common symptom inventories.

1. Be able to describe a basic understanding of Functional Psychotherapy.
2. Be able to describe a basic understanding of emotion theory.
3. Be able to describe some basic ways of applying these principles.
4. Be able to describe some basic ways of applying these principles.

James K. Mosher, Ph.D., ABPP, L.P., is a clinical psychologist at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and he is in private practice in Minneapolis, MN. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Michigan State University (2004) and his Master’s (2006) and Doctoral degrees (2010) at Miami University (Ohio). His professional passions are the psychotherapy of trauma, personality disorders and serious mental illnesses; integrative psychotherapy; supervision, teaching, and writing; as well as qualitative psychotherapy research focusing on process, memory reconsolidation and theory development.

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Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN
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$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 Credit card payment is only available in advance online. At the door payments may be cash or check. Program fees are non-refundable.

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 Josh Goodwin 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 January Fireside Presentation
Thursday, January 16, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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SPS February Fireside Presentation
Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presented by Joel Grostephan, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

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SPS March Fireside Presentation
Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Spring Conference

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Film Series

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Social Hour

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SPS is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association MN Chapter of Division 39