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President’s Message
"You're a hard act to follow."

by Michael Donner, PhD

Michael B. Donner, PhD
Last month, I wrote an email to the membership about the difficulty the Nominating and Governance Committee (that I chair) has had finding someone to serve as President-Elect. I had noted that I would be stepping down as President in June, 2017, and that someone else needed to step up. That email prompted a number of conversations with a range of SFCP members, and a common refrain was the refrain “you’re a hard act to follow.”

I have been puzzled by this comment, but because I heard it so frequently, I have also been giving it a lot of thought. It is an interesting contrast, and perhaps an adjunct to something I was told at the outset of my tenure: “beware of the projections of others.” I have been thinking about what these two comments have in common, and would like to share some of my thoughts about them here. Initially, I thought the comment about the projections of others reflected the possibility that people would see me as dangerous, a threat to the established order. I had some “new” ideas about how to keep the Center moving forward, and was aware that this might seem disruptive and problematic to some.

News from the Psychoanalytic Education Division

by William C. Glover, PhD, Chair

2015-16 has been another busy and successful year for the PED. On May 21, Steve Baum, Debbie Duggan and Edit Markoczy will graduate from the Adult Psychoanalytic Training program and Louis Roussel from the Child Analytic Training program. Abby Wolfson is the graduation speaker. We will have a small, excellent class beginning training in the fall.

Gary Grossman and Helen Schoenhals-Hart were appointed Training Analysts at the January APsaA meeting in New York. Gil Kliman was honored as the recipient of the Anna Freud Prize for combining the fields of education and psycho-analysis, Deborah Weisinger was awarded the Candidates’ Council Psychoanalytic Paper Prize, Suzanne Klein was the runner up, and Naomi Janowitz received the Sabshin Teaching award.

Adult and Child Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduates, 2016

We would like to recognize the 2016 graduates of the Child Analytic Training Program and the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program.

Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Program

  • Louis Roussel, PhD

Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program

  • Steven Baum, PsyD
  • Debbie Duggan, LCSW
  • Edit Markoczy, PsyD

“Psychoanalysis and Social Injustice: A personal call to participate”

by Mary Margaret McClure, DMH

For all of us who have chosen to work as psychotherapists and psychoanalysts in our effort to understand ourselves and the psyche, it is always a challenge keep in mind the social and cultural world that surrounds us all and is in us all. We hope to transform pain and suffering by creating a space for thinking, but in psychoanalysis we risk attending to the internal world in retreat from or as a way to cope with the confounding problems and the terrible pain in the world around us. In our dedication to psychoanalytic principles we must develop our capacity to consider social injustice, environmental issues, and other sources of suffering in our world.

Many of you are doing work to address these challenges, and this is an invitation to keep us all informed of your efforts and to share your thinking. I am writing this now to let you know about promising programs at upcoming meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association in Chicago this June, with brief mention of upcoming meetings in New York next January 2017 and in Austin, Texas next June 2017. I hope many of you will be interested to attend.

How Does the Work of the IPA’s COCAP Promote Practice of Child Psychoanalysis?

by Mali Mann MD

This article was reprinted in its entirety from the newsletter of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis/Spring /2016 and sent in by Mali Mann, MD.

As a child psychoanalyst/ psychiatrist and Chair of Northern America Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis of IPA, I constantly try to evaluate and compare the value of many types of child treatment modalities including child psychoanalysis. To me demonstrating the relevance and clinical indications of child analysis for the emotional disorders of childhood is a crucial goal for our profession. My hope is to create a sufficient appeal to individuals inside and outside of psychoanalytic organizations and child psychoanalytic training centers.

I believe we, as child and adolescent psychoanalysts are able and well equipped to find an effective way of presenting and promoting child psychoanalysis, locally, nationally and internationally. For a broader propagation of child analysis, we need to actively participate in outreach programs and its visibility by speaking out on important social issues to facilitate it’s promo-tion and improve public education.

Membership Division News

by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division

Members Present offers a forum for all members to present their work in many different formats. On April 17th, Helen Schoenhals Hart showed a film, for which she had written English sub-titles, about Ernst Federn, who had been picked up by the Nazis three days after they occupied Austria. Federn, a Trotskyist, was sent first to Dachau, and then to Buchenwald. He survived the camps and told his story of life under terror to the filmmaker, Wilhelm Rosing, and his wife, Marita Barthel-Rosing. The film is a horrifying look at life in the camps. Ernst Federn is the son of Paul Federn, an analyst who joined the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association in 1903, and was a close confident of Freud’s. He emigrated to New York and was an influence in the development of psychoanalysis in the US.

Helen Schoenhals Hart is a Training and Supervising Analyst at SCFP and the Deutsche Psychoanalytische Vereinigung. Originally from Michigan, Helen moved to Frankfurt, Germany where she went to medical school and went into analytic training. She practices in San Rafael. She saw the film in Europe and was moved by Federn’s experiences and his ability to talk about his life under constant terror. She decided to make it available to our community by translating the German into English sub-titles.

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