VAPS - a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association providing a forum for local professionals interested in psychoanalytic ideas, study and practice.


Saturday, November 5, 2022 

VAPS is pleased to announce the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting featuring Dr. Malcolm Slavin who will present “Grieving, existential trauma in development and psychoanalysis”. Dr. Slavin will begin the conference with a very interesting case of mother and child’s overwhelming fears. Dr. Slavin will discuss the case in relation to the larger, universally human, existential and relational issues that underlie the capacity for connection, aloneness, and the vital use of the other in development as well as in the therapeutic process.  We will discuss existential loss and trauma in relational psychoanalysis and empathy as a relational achievement. The presentation will be in person* at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain Hotel in Burlington, VT (please see our COVID Safety policy below). Registration now open! More information is available on our Events page.

*In the event of a COVID surge where public health recommendations discourage group gathering this conference will be held online via Zoom. This determination will be made by October 20th and all registrants will be emailed the appropriate link and instructions for attendance.


VAPS is committed to providing a safe and engaging learning experience for its participants.  We plan to enforce safety measures to ensure a healthy learning environment for the upcoming in-person scientific meeting to be held on November 5, 2022.  Participants will receive a KN95 mask upon registration and will be asked to wear it during our meeting.  Participants will be able to sit in a safe distance from one another in the meeting hall.  We strongly recommend wearing a mask at all times except while eating.  During lunch, participants will be able to socially distance while eating, and if anybody is uncomfortable with that option, they can take their meal to another open space in the hotel lobby area or our reserved lecture room.  If anybody has questions about our COVID safety policy, please contact our scientific meeting chairperson, Georgia DeGangi, at  We hope to see you at our upcoming meeting.