- Written by Michael B. Donner, PhD
Gossip, rumors and appreciation
Over the last several weeks, I have had a number of conversations with members about things at the Center. Several people reached out to me, concerned about “things they had heard.” Many people have approached me, wondering about whether anyone had come for-ward and expressed an interest in serving as President. Division and committee chairs are struggling to find replacements. A close colleague asked an important question about whether anyone really appreciates the work that we do.
As I have been pondering these experiences, one other came to my mind. I spent some time with our new grant writer, Pon Thoummavong. She is preparing to approach foundations and other sources and is trying to learn about our organization. As I reviewed our history, and what we do, I had a fresh appreciation of something that we too often take for granted. I told her about our program offerings, all the education we provide, the thou-sands of people we have trained over the years, and all those people in our com-munities who would have benefited from our commitment to psychoanalysis. Like so many before her, she was surprised to learn that none of our members or faculty who do so much for so many are reimbursed for their efforts. To my colleague’s point, does anyone ever even say thank you? In some ways, that expresses a worry about our organization.
- Written by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MA
The Challenge of Change
Change can be frightening. Most of us dread going from the known to the unknown—it can sometimes put us off balance. However, over our 75 year history, there have been many transformations, and the organization has survived and thrived with each new challenge.
This coming weekend, November 5-6, we will once again put change on the table, as we embark on our strategic planning process. We will review our history, look at where we are today, and most importantly, assess where we want to go as an organization. As we further define our mission, vision and values, we can better chart our path. Yes, there will be some pitfalls and false starts, but there will also be enormous progress, and victories as we reach our next plateau.
- Written by Cathy Witzling, PhD, LCSW
The question of the month is about beginnings with SFPI&S/SFCP. This is about first impressions; also about the many different ways in which people have entered our community.
This month marks the last issue published by Lynda Connelly, who is leaving SFCP to take another position. She has been dedicated and flexible, and her contributions will be missed. Thank you, Lynda!
- Written by Various Contributors
How did you get interested in psychoanalysis?
As a boy, I was endlessly curious and fortunate enough to have a widely read father who could be counted upon to elevate my questions into fascinating conversations. Once after seeing a science-fiction film in which the ‘monster’ was actually the repressed unconscious of the principal character (a “monster” from the id according to the dialogue), we had an especially complex discussion during which he brought out a book by Thomas Mann entitled Freud, Goethe and Wagner as well as the five volume edition of Sigmund Freud: Collected Papers. I’m sure many seeds were sown that evening!
As a young man coming of age and facing the mysteries of human existence in the zeitgeist of the 1960s, I was keenly intrigued by everything that would elevate awareness beyond the conventions of culture and everyday normality. Both Jung and Freud were part of my undergraduate education and I also spent a formative year in a small study group reading and discussing Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces in fine detail. I became very involved in the many experiential communal, group, and individual modalities that were available for discovering one’s “true nature” and eventually wandered into my first individual analytic therapy in my early twenties.
- Written by Gary Grossman, PhD
SAVE THE DATE: GRADUATION, Saturday, May 13, 2017
SFCP Website Members’ Section
Aaron Chow is in the process of developing a password protected members’ section of the SFCP website. Each member will then have access to documents relevant to their member group. Analyst and candidate members will be able to view and download the PED meeting Agendas and Minutes. In addition, other PED documents, including, for example, the PED Policy & Procedure Manual and the Candidates’ Handbook, will be available to view or download.
Institute Choice Task Force (ICTF)
- Written by Meryl J. Botkin, PhD
On October 9th we had our annual Fall Party, sponsored by the Membership Integra on Commi ee, a commi ee of analysts, candidates and community members working together to bring programs and events to our larger community. As in years past, we had Craig Williams’ band, The Bona des, playing a terri c playlist. We had great food and this year, a photo booth, with props. At six o’clock, the big screen in our auditorium came down for the second debate between Trump and Clinton; it felt be er to watch in a larger crowd with all the “can you believe that” comments coming from all around. The photobook from the event will be available at our 75th Anniversary Gala in October 2017, along with pictures of members across the years. Many thanks to an amazing group of people who contributed to the party and its success: Penn Barbosa, Sheena Craig, Mary Ewert, Debora Fletcher, Catherine Witzling and Lynda Connelly.
- Written by Nathan M. Szajnberg, MD
Finding the Body in the Mind: Embodied Memories, Trauma and Depression. Marianne Leutzinger- Bohleber, MD. Karnac/IPA. 2015
Marianne Leutzinger-Bohleber (MLB) will receive the Sigourney Award for lifetime contributions to psychoanalysis this coming year. Her new book reveals why she deserves this honor.
A former opera singer, Marianne is Head Director of the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Professor at Kassel University and vice-chair of research for the IPA.
Embodied memories is a prominent topic today. To have MLB’s empirical study is a rare opportunity—or rather, opportunities, as this one book is composed of several books of research on psychoanalysis. It integrates psychoanalysis with neuroscience and embodied cognitive science (such as unrepresented images); it articulates what “embodied” means and how to study this, not only use it; it includes a study of ADHD using psychoanalysis; a study of psychoanalysis in 400 depressed analysands; and how to apply her findings to prevention, for instance in immigrant Turkish Moslem children and mothers. Impressive.
- Written by Eric Rosen, MLIS
Did you know…
The Library Committee and the librarian voted in September to change the time before a book you take out is considered lost and you will be asked to pay for it. It is now one month after a regular checkout and two months if you renew the book or
other library item. Please make a note of this to avoid unnecessary fees. People who took out books in September and October are still subject to the old rules, but it would be wise to bring back your overdue books (hopefully before they are overdue…)
And while we’re on the topic…
Remember some of these vanished books from long ago that were in the library for a relatively short time and then
disappeared? We’re starting a donation drive for people who have copies of those particular books in their personal libraries, so they may be shared once again between the patrons of the SFCP Library. This donation would be tax-deductible, and you would also be helping us to stretch book budgets at the library. Thanks in advance for checking to see if you have any of these relatively recent (published within the last 15 years) books. This list follows these announcements.