President’s Message

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.

Update of Safety Measures at SFCP, May 20, 2014

by Michael Donner, PhD, President-elect


  • We anticipate that a receptionist will be on duty Fridays when the new academic year begins in September.
  • Changes have been made to the way the door operates and more will be done over this summer.
  • Additional lighting was added and motion activated cameras monitor and record everything that happens outside our building.
  • A camera in the exterior foyer allows the staff to view anyone requesting access.

The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team can be reached at 415-734-4233. They are available 24 hours a day and the average response time is 30 minutes.

The San Francisco Police Department is aware of the problems we have had in the past and have stepped up foot patrols in the neighborhood.


SFPD EMERGENCY - 415-553-8090

SFPD NON-emergency number 415-553-0123

Calling 911 from a cell phone connects you to the California Highway Patrol. We urge you to program the cellphone emergency number.


Do not wedge the door open and leave it unattended.

Make sure the door has closed behind you as you enter and leave

Be mindful of your surroundings and limit the use of personal entertainment devices and phones.

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