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Does my dog love me? Do I love my dog? Exploring a relationship between 2 species from a developmental perspective.

posted Aug 1, 2016, 11:20 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 6:39 AM by Cristy Jennings ]
HPS Presents: Does my Dog Love me?: Thoughts on attachment relationships across species. 

Almost 140 million Americans share their homes with a dog, yet this important relationship is seldom explored from a psychoanalytic perspective. In this presentation, we will apply what we have learned from infant attachment behavior in our relationship with our dogs, and from cognitive and behavioral zoology in our dog’s relationship with us. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016  |  6:30-9:00PM 

The Council on Recovery - Houston

Objectives: 
  1. We will describe the attitude, body language, receptivity and reciprocity between the human “mother” and her puppy “infant.” 
  2. We will differentiate the early attachment bond with “mother” and the development of the "pack" relationship. 
  3. We will see how the early attachment relationship with “mother” develops and informs the mature dog’s personality and behavior. 
  4. We will explore how healthy and balanced relationships are developed and maintained between the 2 species.

Presenters: 
Penelope J. Hooks, M.D. maintains a private practice of psychiatry and adult, child, and adolescent psychoanalysis in Houston. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst in both Child and Adult Analysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, where she initiated the Infant-Caretaker Observation Class that is now a required part of the first year curriculum in the Child Analysis program. 
Rebecca Clearman
Rebecca Clearman MD
 has an undergraduate degree in zoology; in graduate studies she concentrated her studies on Homo sapiens. She is a physiatrist in private practice and specializes in complex medical and neuropsychiatric care in the home setting. She is the current president of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society.