- Written by Michael B. Donner, PhD
“How did you get interested in psychoanalysis?”
As part of our 75th anniversary, members are being asked to respond to different questions each month. This month, the question is “How did you get interested in psychoanalysis?” For me, as I'm sure is true for all of you, the answer is complicated.
My parents were both refugees from Europe, escaping the Holocaust as children. My father was from Hamburg, Germany, my mother from Linz and Vienna. These identities are deeply embedded in my unconscious. In our home, there were two books, high on a shelf, clearly indicating their importance and suggesting they should not be read by children. An impossible temptation. The books were Human Sexual Response by Masters and Johnson, and The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, edited by A.A. Brill.
- Written by Cathy Witzling, PhD, LCSW
In September we rolled out a feature—the Question of the Month—that accompanies the interviews we will be printing this year. Responses will be published in a column by that name. Perhaps people may be inspired by what they read to think about their own answers to some of the interview questions, and also to share some of their thinking with other members of our community. This is at any rate the hope: to begin a conversation. Which also means, that if you have reactions to any of the material you read here, please feel free to send them in, too. Please specify if you don’t want your contribution to be in our online edition. Because there was not very much time for people to respond last month, we are continuing this month with the same question: “How did you get interested in psychoanalysis?” In case you like to plan ahead, the next question will be: What was your initial contact with SFPI&S/SFCP?
We also hope you will enjoy our return to publishing in hard copy. You can look for print editions every other month.
Cathy Witzling, PhD LCSW
- Written by Cathy Witzling, PhD, LCSW
This month, we include select excerpts from Cathy Witzling’s interview with Jim Dimon, MD.
Jim Dimon, MD, has been an influential as a teacher and supervisor, and as a figure in the transformation in SFPI&S. He was a candidate from 1982-1989, and became a training analyst in 1994. Following are excerpts from an interview conducted in June, 2016.
- Written by Mary J. Ewert, DMH
Getting from Here to There: From Consultation to the Couch
a workshop on initiating psychoanalysis for graduate analysts
Open to SFCP Analyst Members only
Saturday December 3, 2016 | 09:00am - 12:30pm
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco
- Mary Ewert, DMH
- Robin Deutsch, PhD , William Glover, PhD and Steven Goldberg, MD
Maintaining an analytic practice post-graduation can be challenging. This workshop will examine the reluctance of both analyst and patient to beginning an analysis. Using a Working Party process with the focus on clinical material from one case, we will try to understand the conscious and unconscious dynamics at work in the analyst/patient encounter. Some of the questions to be considered are: How do we see the analyst working with the dynamics in the field? When does the couch enter the analyst’s mind? What is the nature of the internal work of the analyst? This is not meant to be a supervision group or a critical examination of one analyst’s work, rather an open discussion of how people would think about these issues with a particular patient.
- Written by Meryl J. Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division
We are finally getting our summer weather this year with record temperatures in the Bay Area. Classes in our training programs, year-longs, Community Forums, Scientific Committee Meetings and Post-grad meeting have started up and all are in full swing. It’s exciting to come to the Center and see so much activity, with people engaged with each other, classes and ideas.
We are looking forward to our Fall party, with good food, wine, the Bonafides (Craig Williams’ band) and, this year - a photo booth!! We hope to take many pictures of our current members to put up along-side our historical photos at our 75th Gala in October of 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel. So come prepared to take pictures with our props of bubble-gum cigars (sometimes a cigar is gum), busts of Freud and other psychoanalytic props. It promises to be great fun and a chance to mingle with old friends and meet new members.
- Written by SFCP
How did you get interested in psychoanalysis?
Originally, I became interested in psychoanalysis when I watched the film, Spellbound, produced by David Selznick and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. These men gave a great tribute to psychoanalysis by introducing it in such a fascinating and entertaining way. Salvador Dali was even hired for the artwork that represented the main character’s dream.
Later, I became more interested in psychoanalysis when I became disappointed with the psychology classes I was taking in graduate school. My classes were short on inspiration - the material lacked the breath of life. It wasn’t until I took a class taught by a psychoanalyst that I felt more color come into what I was studying. The instructor was straightforward in a kind way and made strong cases for her position while at the same time keeping an open mind. I enjoyed this attitude and thought she had been trained very well. I hoped that I might also be trained in what would be both a heartfelt and rigorous manner. I took psychoanalytic classes offered by NCSPP in pursuit of this goal while I went to graduate school - to keep me hopeful about the work I would be doing in the future.
Penn Barbosa, PhD, Candidate
- Written by Diane Donnelly, PhD, Chair, Faculty Appointment Sub-Committee
SFCP would like to welcome the following additions to the faculty:
- Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW, Adjunct Faculty
- Her teaching interests include: Teaching within Clinical Coalition of Social Work; helping to introduce and further the use and understanding of psychoanalytic theory and formulation to clinicians working in all kinds of social work settings/agencies
- Robert Bartner, PhD, Adjunct Faculty
- His teaching interests include Freud, British object relations
- Walt Beckman, PhD, Active Faculty
- His teaching interests include case conference, psychoanalytic listening/beginning treatment, trauma.
- Sarah Stadler, MD, Active Faculty
- Her teaching interests include relevance of gender, culture, and ethnicity to psychoanalysis, preverbal experience.
- Edit Markoczy, PsyD, Active Faculty
- Her teaching interests include Freud, clinical process/case conference, therapeutic action, French psychoanalysis particularly Michel de M’Uzan.
- Leora Benioff, PhD, Active Faculty
- Her teaching interests include comparative psychoanalytic theory, psychoanalytic couples therapy, case conference.
- Written by Eric Rosen, MLIS
By now the year has started. The last of the construction debris has been removed from the library, and the miscella-neous furniture that was stored here, blocking access to the books (and the view) have been put back in their place. It looks just the same as last semester - almost. The photocopier has been moved upstairs from the lower level to the mezzanine, and our purchase of a sturdy dual study carrel unit has increased the desk space available in the library for students and others doing research, and increased privacy, too.
Perhaps it would be presumptuous to say, but I hope that this will be a busy year for the library. It may not be the busiest in foot traffic, since our planned switch to all digital e-journal subscriptions in January will most likely reduce trips to the library. Still, I hope that our continuing acquisitions of books in print - still the premier medium in which the latest psychoanalytic literature is published - and now, at long last, the streaming videos of Scientific Meetings and Dialogues lectures, have the potential to encourage usage. I hope we can anticipate ‘remote use’ and requests over the internet, email, or phone, as well as increased usage of the electronic, audiovisual, and print resources overall. I also personally look forward to continuing work on projects that have been underway for more than seven years now, e.g., archival processing, the unpublished papers file, and audiovisual cataloging and transcription to digital media.
- Written by German Cheung, PsyD
SFCP Community Membership Committee (CMC) is looking for volunteers to join the committee. CMC supports the development of psychoanalytic education and training, professional development, and networking opportunities for a diverse group of non-analyst community members comprised of graduate students, post grads, early career clinicians, licensed and seasoned clinicians and non clinicians who have an interest in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In order to better serve the needs of this diverse group, we are looking for volunteers to join our monthly committee meetings. We meet at SFCP, but have the ability to have folks attend remotely; so if you live outside the city, don’t let this be a barrier to joining. Participation on our committee can enrich your sense of community and belonging at SFCP. Come join us in helping communi-ty members develop a professional home at SFCP.
- Written by Era A. Loewenstein, PhD and Greg Villalba, LCSW
Reflective Parenting Incubator Project receives a second grant from the American Psychoanalytic Foundation
The Reflective Parenting Incubator received a second grant from the American Psychoanalytic Foundation of the American Psychoanalytic Association. This past academic year we received $4,000 and in August 2016 we were granted $7,500 to continue our work. Era A. Loewenstein, PhD and Greg Villalba, LCSW, the Co-Facilitators of the Incubator and the co-chairs of the Reflective Parenting Project, wrote these two grants with the administrative assistance of Beth L. Schecter and Marian Banks-NickelBarry.
The Reflective Parenting Incubator consists of 12 members and includes SFCP analyst members, candidates, psychoanalytically oriented clinicians and early childhood educators who meet on a monthly basis to study, develop, and provide groups for parents of young children (ages 0 to 6). This year we are trying to launch Reflective Parenting Groups for parents of older children including parents of high school students. For the past two years we have been developing a model for parents education in the preschool. The model is developed in collaboration with Sally Large, the Executive Director of St. Francis Childcare Center (San Francisco), which is currently our lab school.