President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

A Culture of Giving: Thank you for your contribution….
Several things have come up in the last week or so that got me thinking about our “culture of giving.” This week I was the author of two letters thanking SFCP members for their kind and generous donations. At the beginning of the week I was surprised and delighted by a letter I received. A member of SFCP had sent us a check for $5000.00! This generous contribution was a gesture on the member’s behalf, intended to represent his gratitude and appreciation for our support of psychoanalytic training. There were no strings attached, although the donor, clearly a participant in some of our streaming programs, asked that we consider upgrading our microphones!

Message from the Board Chair

by Zach Cowan

Update on the Transition Process

This is an exciting time for SFCP as we move towards having a permanent executive director. The Board and its executive director search committee have begun in earnest on the search process. The purpose of this message is to bring members up to date and give you some idea of what the process will look like. The members of the search committee are: Zach Cowan, Michael Donner, Erik Gann , Kavoos Bassiri, Jessica Areen, Neil Talkofff, Clara Kwun, Walt Beckman

Our goal is to have a new executive director hired and on board by September 1st. This is an ambitious schedule, but we believe it is important to have a new executive director in place by the beginning of the academic year. The search committee is and will be working closely with the Board, but because of the schedule, will be taking on quite a bit of work by itself. After interviewing four search consultants, we have selected Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL; The search committee had its first meeting with CVNL on April 27th, immediately before the board meeting. We discussed the overall process as well as our respective tasks.

News from APsaA

by Christine Kieffer, PhD, Chair, APsaA Program Committee

The 104th Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association comes to San Francisco

The 104th Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association will take place at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel from June 5-7, 2015,and I would like to encourage all SFCP members to attend. The program committee is excited to be offering a variety of new features, along with some “old reliables,”in our streamlined Annual Meeting format.

In addition to presentations by national and international psychoanalysts, scholars and researchers, the San Francisco Bay Area will also be well represented at the June meeting. Among the offerings, our clinical events are a standout. Alice Jones, MD, will present a case at the clinical plenary, chaired by Nancy Kulish, PhD, with discussions by Aisha Abbasi, MD and Ellen Pinsky, PsyD. We will feature a film, Black Psychoanalysts Speak, followed by audience discussion led by Francisco Gonzalez, MD, Forrest Hamer, PhD and Donald Moss, MD. Among our popular two-day clinical workshops are featured discussants: Dominique Scarfone, MD, Anton O. Kris, MD, Eslee Samberg, MD, Wendy Stern, DMH and Alan Sugarman, PhD.

June, 2015 Visit — Giuseppe Civitarese

by Patricia Marra, MFT, Co-Chair, Visiting Professor committee & San Francisco Yearlong committee

Giuseppe Civitarese, MD. PhD will be visiting SFCP from June 7 to June 13, 2015, He will be presenting at the following occasions:

Sunday, June 7, 1;00pm – 3:00pm
Postgraduate Clinical Program with Giuseppe Civitarese, MD, PhD
Case Presentation: Adam Goldyne, MD

Monday, June 8, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Scientific Meeting: “Poetry of the Dream and De-personalization.”
Discussant: Alice Jones, MD

Friday, June 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm
SFCP Candidate Meeting
Case Presentation: Maureen Kurpinsky,PhD

Saturday, June 13, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical material based on “Transformations in Hallucinosis and the Receptivity of the Analyst” IJP, 2014.
Discussant: Rachael Peltz, PhD
Case Presentation: Laurie Goldsmith, PhD

Variations of the Eitington Training Model

by Bill Glover, PhD, Chair, Psychoanalytic Education Division

Roundtable contribution to an on-line IPA Debate begun on April 2.
The full debate can be found at

My contribution follows a thread begun in the debates on paternal function and on evaluation that preceded this one. I consider evaluation a manifestation of paternal function in psychoanalytic training, working to separate the candidate from his or her analyst and supervisors in way analogous to how the father applying his law separates the child from the mother.

In the debate on paternal function, Louis Brunet made the point that the father who separates the child from the mother must first be an ‘attracting father’ who is loved and admired by the child, not just a castrating father who influences by inspiring fear. In the evaluation debate Harvey Schwartz picked up on this theme, stating that evaluation, like learning, operates best via love. It follows that evaluation in psychoanalytic training is best when it’s an attracting experience, an opportunity to learn about oneself and about psychoanalysis based on love rather than fear.

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