Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society

The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society is an affiliate society of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and a member society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA).  And every year in February, we collaborate with the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA) to provide continuing education for psychiatrists from locations all around the state.

Closer to home, the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society provides a community venue for continuing education, lively collegial discourse, and fellowship among professionals who share a common interest in psychoanalytic thought and psychoanalytically-informed treatment. We meet six to eight times per year, usually on Friday evenings at the Petite Auberge restaurant in Atlanta.  After a hearty three-course dinner, we hear from our featured speaker and engage in spirited discussion of the topic presented by the speaker.

Each year, our speaker series includes nationally and internationally renowned psychoanalysts, some of whom are members of our own Society.  Typically, the speaker presents an unpublished paper or other original material on a topic that is at the cutting edge of modern psychoanalytic theory and technique.  While the price of dinner is an unbeatable $40.00, the programs are free to all Society members (as well as to students and candidates), and they are open to non-members for a fee of $25.

The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society also sponsors a paper prize award every two years for the paper by a trainee that has been judged to be the best paper on a topic relevant to psychoanalytic theory and/or treatment.  Eligible trainees include candidates at the Institute or psychiatry residents-in-training.  The winner receives a cash prize of $500, and he or she is invited to present their paper to a meeting of the Society.

The Society also periodically sponsors half-day clinical workshops featuring distinguished psychoanalytic clinicians addressing topics such as couples’ therapy and the treatment of eating disorders.  These workshops are open to all licensed mental health professionals.

Many Society members are clinicians who love to treat people and who are taking new referrals. If you are interested in treatment, read more about who to see.

We welcome new members!  We are a diverse group, comprised of clinicians, students, professors, attorneys, businesspeople, and community leaders, but we share a passion for psychoanalysis and the insights it can bring to our work, our personal lives, and our community more generally.  If you, too, share these interests, please consider joining us! For more information about membership contact our president, Bruce Rudisch, MD, at 404.237.4968 or president-elect, Robert Elliott, MD, at 404.727.5886 for more information.