Interpretation Today

Speakers:
Donald Campbell; Claire Cripwell; and Chris Mawson

plus special viewing of John Steiner's interview
Early Bird Discount available!


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Faculty Retreat

Panelists:
Henry Markman, MD; Sue von Baeyer, PhD; and James Dimon, MD


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The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program Open House

Thursday, February 25th
7:30pm – 9:00pm


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Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MA

Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MA
Black History is made every day.
The month of February is celebrated as African American/Black History month and has continued to be a topic of both celebration and criticism. During this month African Americans are mentioned, celebrated, seen and heard. For some it is also a time of reflection, a time to think about the continued need to have a separate month dedicated to the achievements of African Americans. Some people argue that African Americans are first and foremost Americans, and that their history should be intricately woven into the American experience. Most recently, the question of the inclusion of African Americans hit popular culture smack in the face, when the Academy Awards program was heavily criticized for not having African Americans other people of color represented in nominations for movies, directors, actors and actresses for the second year in a row.

Years ago when these oversights--or some would say slights--were the norm, African Americans created separate or-ganizations to highlight African American directors, actors and actresses, scientists and business people, and pay tribute to their accomplishments. Thus came the Black Entertainment (BET) and the Essence Awards shows.

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

Michael B. Donner, PhD
A protest on Martin Luther King’s birthday shut down the Bay Bridge and prompted a number of comments on Facebook and Twitter. Many of the comments unfavorably compared these protesters to Dr. King, and praised King for his peaceful approach. Most were critical of today's protesters for their disruption of traffic. One noted that his gentle, peaceful approach was the reason King was successful and revered as a leader of the civil rights movement.

This last comment stunned me. It was if the writer had forgotten that King was beaten, arrested, jailed, spied upon and ultimately assassinated. Although beloved by some of his followers, he was hated and reviled by many others. Dr. King was a disruptor who marched illegally, blocking bridges and roads in protest, disrupting a system and pushing against the boundaries of what was too long considered acceptable.

It was in this spirit that protestors shut down a bridge. It was disruptive political speech that demanded we pay attention, and debate and consider ideas that we might otherwise take for granted. When we argue about the appropriateness of college students' demands for safe spaces against microagressions, we consider something that we had previously taken for granted. Police brutality and the use of deadly force is not new, but iPhone videos are exposing practices that too many of us had not seen before.

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News from the APsaA meeting, January, 2016

by William C. Glover, PhD, Chair Psychoanalytic Education Division
BOPS Fellow, Alternate Councilor, to the Executive Council, APsaA

The By-Law amendment giving Executive Council authority and responsibility in all areas of organizational function-ing, including education, WAS APPROVED. 23 majority necessary for adoption. For – 930 (69.3%). Against – 412 (30.7%). This is a historic moment for APsaA as the long-running governance struggle over BOPS’s autonomy is decisively resolved.

Lee Jaffe won election as President-elect by a similar margin of victory. Harriet Wolfe takes office as President this June and Lee will succeed her in June 2018. Lee supported the By-Law amendment while his opponent, Harvey Schwartz, opposed it.

Councilors at Large; Sally Rosenberg, Jeffrey Seitelman and Fredric Perlman were elected. All three supported the amendment.

This decisive election gives a clear mandate for the 6 Point-Plan (6-PP) developed by the Executive Committee led by President Mark Smaller and Harriet Wolfe. Lee is also very supportive of the 6-PP. Council and BOPS have both endorsed the plan last June. The Work Groups for each of the 6 Points will continue to develop out specific proposals for deliberation and action by Council. The By-laws work group chaired by Drew Clemens will begin working on further By-law changes necessary to implement change. With Council’s authority now clearly established this can happen fairly quickly (12-18 months).

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SFCP members receive Special Recognition at APsaA 2016 National Meeting

Many SFCP members attended and participated in the program. The following members earned special recognition.

Educational Achievement Award:
Gilbert W. Kliman, MD, was awarded the Anna Freud Prize for combining the fields of education and psychoanalysis.
 
Sabshin Teaching Awards for educators of students who are not candidates:
Naomi Janowitz, PhD
 
Candidates’ Council Psychoanalytic Paper Prize:
Deborah Weisinger, PsyD: “Developing a Psychoanalytic Identity in the Presence of a Psychotherapeutic Identity.”
Semifinalist: Suzanne Klein, PhD: “Healing Psychic Trauma through the Psychoanalytic Relationship.”
 
Appointed Training & Supervising Analyst:
Gary Grossman, PhD
Helen Schoenhals Hart, Dr. med.

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News from the Child Colloquium Committee

by Sarah Stadler, MD, and Jacqueline Ward, PhD, Co - Chairs

The Child Colloquium is pleased to be offering two events this month. In the evening on Sunday, February 21 we will be showing a film. Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go →, is an intensive look at Oxford's Mulberry Bush School for emotionally disturbed children, made over a three month period. Shot in a vérité style this documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Kim Longinotto wrestles with the complexities of the lives of children living in this residential three-year program. Based on Winnicott's theories, this school provides a first hand look at the children’s emotional life and the clinicians and teachers who try to reach them. We will watch the film along with Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW who will both discuss the clinical issues in the film and lead a discussion with the audience.

Reyna Cowan, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst and child therapist in private practice in Oakland. She is a graduate of PINC and on the faculty at both SFCP and PINC, as well as a film critic at KPFA radio.

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