by Robin Deutsch, PhD
In slightly more than the blink of an eye, another academic year has gone by; analytic graduation has passed and psychoanalytic psychotherapy graduation is soon to be upon us. It seems that such a short time ago, I was writing my first newsletter column as President, and now, I have arrived at my final newsletter column. On June 30, I will step down as SFCP President.
As I was sitting at the recent Faculty Retreat on the Evolving Analytic Frame, one of the presenters made a comment that stuck out for me in regard to the Center and it’s evolution. I am not quite certain which of the excellent speakers brought up this idea, and I apologize in advance for not giving adequate credit. In the speaker’s comments, she indicated that the frame is a shared skin and that shared skin is a way of being in the world together. I began to think about how the Center, itself, functions as a shared skin for those of us who belong. Before too long, I found myself also thinking about another phrase I read recently in an article about group process: “whose in your group?” I thought both these ideas described one tension of group life at the Center, and one that likely all groups, live with. Familiarity, propinquity, small and large group cohesion, and similarity influence our attitudes and actions. Understanding more about how our groups, formal and informal, join together to live within the frame of the Center and for the Center’s common good remains an important task for the future.