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SFCP will be closed from Saturday December 20, 2014 to Sunday January 4, 2015 for the winter holiday. We will reopen on January 5th, 2015.
Thank you for contacting SFCP and we wish you a very Happy Holiday season.

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

As I was thinking about my message for the month, I was also planning our families Thanksgiving menu, reflecting on Thanksgivings past, friends, family, successful and sometimes disastrous meals (don't get me started on carving a turkey). My thoughts turned to all that I'm thankful for, and I began to think about all that I'm thankful for at SFCP.

I am grateful to the dedicated staff who have worked so hard to ensure the success of our programs. I am grateful to Jeff Miller for so much, not the least of which was helping us move into our new neighborhood and building. I am very grateful to Beth Schecter, the Interim Executive Director who came to work at our complicated place and with a steady hand has kept us on track and open for business. I am especially grateful to Aaron Chow, Laura Ingram, Lynda Connelly, Tia Perrot and Eric Rosen who stepped up and did an amazing job as they began what had to be a very difficult transition. They have all worked very hard to fill the gaps between the departure of Jeff and the arrival of Beth. With grace and commitment, the Staff have all made sure that our Center could carry on and we have done so with nary a hitch.

Recommendation for Proposed Structure Model to be considered by the Transition Committee

by Catherine Witzling, PhD, LCSW, Newsletter Editor

It is probably well known to our readers that in the wake of the departure of our Chief Operating Officer Jeff Miller, a Transition Committee has been formed, charged with considering the way SFCP functions and potentially suggesting improvements. We are including a summary of material, with relevant quotes, that appeared in a hyperlink to the President’s Message last month, so that members who don’t follow hyperlinks can see and understand the changes proposed by the Transition Committee. We are taking our lead from the Committee, which has said that these significant changes “should be discussed carefully.”

Most prominent is the change from a model with a Chief Operating Officer (such as Jeff Miller) to one with an Executive Director (hereafter referred to as ED). It is felt that the COO had too much responsibility without enough authority:


Membership Division News

By Meryl Botkin, PhD, Membership Integration Committee, Chair

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and is gearing up for Chanukah, Christmas and the New Year, which are coming up fast.

We have a new transition in leadership for the Post-grad Committee. Leora Benioff,PhD, is taking over the helm from Sue von Baeyer, PhD, as of January 1, 2015. Sue chaired the Post-grad Committee for the last six years and was responsible for the well attended Klein series. She also instituted a program called “Us teaching Us,” where one of our faculty would teach in the area of their expertise. Also, she created a writing series, in which people brought works in progress that senior analysts and others would discuss, and offer ideas for publication. Sue was also responsible for the many post-grad dinners and post-grad meetings with our Visiting Professors over the years.

I will send out a special profile for our new incoming Chair, Leora Benioff, in our January issue. We are very happy to have her and welcome her to her new position as Post-grad Chair.

Learning from Experience: a Visiting Candidate Program

by Robin Deutsch, PhD

IPSO? What’s IPSO? IPSO was established in 1973 to provide candidates an opportunity to come together to discuss issues of training, theory, and practice, as well as to provide a social context for candidates’ cross-cultural engagement. It is the candidate’s organization for all candidates training at IPA component societies. However, it is not a component of the IPA, rather it is an independent organization, with it’s own officers, programs and budget. IPSO is committed to the belief that exposure to the pluralism and diversity of psychoanalytic traditions is an important part of a candidate’s education. By offering opportunities to recognize and explore both analytic similarities and differences, IPSO helps candidates appreciate the diversity and richness of the many psychoanalytic traditions. The goal is to make today’s world of psychoanalysis more intimately interconnected (click here to visit IPSO's website).

Candidates are often excited to discover that the educational culture at other institutes is both similar to that of their own and also rather distinctly dissimilar from it. In 2003-04, IPSO introduced a Visiting Candidate program, intended to be stimulating not only for the individual candidate who participates, but also for the Institute community that, by hosting a candidate, invites him or her into the local psychoanalytic culture. It is through immersion in such collegial partnerships that the IPSO Visiting Candidate program hopes to extend and develop linkages and dialogues within the wider international psychoanalytic community. Ideally, such discussions will generate research, international collaboration, educational creativity, and individual integration of theory and practice.

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