President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

Announcement of Committee on Group Process

It is my pleasure to announce the formation of the Committee on Group Process and the appointment of Ray Poggi as Chair. In 2012, President Robin Deutsch convened a task force to study the vicissitudes of group process at SFCP and to make recommendations about the creation of a committee on group process. The Task Force completed its report to Dr. Deutsch and the Management Team in June 2013, and formed a study group to develop the skills to become useful to the SFCP community. At the December, 2014 meeting of the SFCP Board of Trustees, the Study Group was formally designated as a Committee on Group Process. Like the Ethics and Impairment Committee, this committee is established outside of the Division structure and the Chair will report directly to the President.

Consultations by the Group Process Committee to the SFCP community will be offered to work groups such as sub-committees of the PED within SFCP, and to other work groups within the organization as a whole. A future objective of the Group Process Committee will include consultation to small and large organizational groups outside of SFCP, such as schools, professional organizations, local civic and governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses.


Message from the Chair, Board of Trustees

by Zach Cowan, Chair, on behalf of SFCP Board of Trustees

Dear Members,

We thought it might be a good idea to give you all a brief update on what your Board of Trustees is up to.

The Board started the new year at its January meeting by taking a number of actions. Specifically, the Board adopted several long awaited organizational policies: a confidentiality policy (for board, volunteers and staff), a whistleblower policy, and a document retention policy. These are all policies that are required in order to maintain our tax-exempt status in good order, and, necessary to operate properly as a modern organization. Jessica Areen (community trustee) took the lead in moving these policies forward and making sure we adopted them. In addition, operating reserve and building reserve policies are being finalized for Board approval and adoption in the near future. Both are prudent fiscal measures to preserve the organization in the event of an emergency or temporary cash flow problems (operating reserve), and to ensure that we have the funds necessary to maintain 444 Natoma St. in good condition. Thanks to our Treasurer Michael Harrington and Dan Rosenbaum (community trustees) for those.

As you may know, we had a lot of turnover in the Board last June with terms expiring and new members being elected. I am very pleased with how the new members have jumped in and are getting to work. We are in the process of planning a new Board member orientation soon to augment the new member’s understanding and comfort with their role. One question that has come up in connection with finding a permanent replacement for Jeff Miller is whether the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) should be changed going forward. A Board transition committee, chaired by Audrey Dunn (community trustee) is hard at work considering this and related questions.


Report of the SFCP Treasurer

by Michael Harrington, JD

The Finance Committee meets monthly and we are pleased to report that SFCP is in a solid financial position. The overall cash flow for the first six months of the fiscal year (which ends June 30) is moderately positive, and market returns have resulted in an increase of the value of the marketable securities portfolio. Although we carry the real estate assets at book (meaning we do not reappraise the property), the overall market developments in the area have significantly increased the value of the office building.

SFCP has had considerable success collecting many owed pledges and obtaining new commitments. Many thanks for those contributors for adding to the financial viability and stability of the organization. We also appreciate those who make timely payments on their tuition and program fees. All of these actions support the positive cash flow we are now experiencing.


Membership Division News

By Meryl J. Botkin, PhD, Chair Membership Division

We had two extraordinary, moving events honoring Dr. Robert Wallerstein at SFCP, one on December 6, 2014, and the other on January 24, 2015. Dr. Shelley Nathan’s film of Bob Wallerstein, funded by the Emanuel Windholz Fund, was shown at both events. Dr. Nathan’s film, drawn from five hours of interviews with Dr. Wallerstein, chronicled his life and career in psychoanalysis, from his birth in Berlin in 1921, to his coming to America at the age of two, to his training at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, his presidency of the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations, and his Chairmanship of Psychiatry at Mt. Zion and UCSF, where he started the DMH program. Most of all, it showed a man of enormous integrity, passionately involved with his family, with his love of and research of psychoanalytic ideas, and his enormous leadership ability to create consensus and a common ground in psychoanalysis.

After the first event on December 6, 2014, where more than 150 people were in attendance, Bob Wallerstein talked with Shelley Nathans about another film event on January 24, 2015, to accommodate more people since the event on December 6th had many who were unable to attend, because of our space constraints with the first showing of Shelley Nathan’s film.


Community Membership News

by German Cheung, PsyD, Chair, Community Membership Committee

This past December, I had a chance to fly home to Hong Kong for my annual teaching assignment. Teaching aside, which I enjoy tremendously every year, it is my mother's cooking that I look forward to the most. She is not a Michelin-starred chef, does not use the most luxurious or exotic ingredients in her dishes, nor has the plating finesse that you see from home cooks on MasterChef, but somehow she always manages to prepare dishes that gratify both my palate and my soul. Even for the most ordinary dish—such as steamed spare ribs—my mother seems to have that magic touch to season and cook it just the right way and leaves everyone in the family satisfied.

This is home.


APsaA News, January 18, 2015

by Erik Gann, MD, BOPS Fellow, William Glover, PhD, BOPS Fellow, Gary Grossman, PhD, APsaA Executive Councilor

Topics include:

  • William Alanson White Institute joins APsaA
  • Honorary Membership
  • BOPS Approved SFCP Training & Supervising Analyst Appointments
  • Joint Executive Council/BOPS meeting
  • Proposed Externalization of Certification
  • Proposed By-Laws amendment
  • 104th Annual Meeting, San Francisco


A Tribute to Marshall Greene, MD

by Herbert J. Weiner, PhD, MSW

Marshall A. Greene
A pillar/
loyal foundation
of the San Francisco

Institute and Center
for Psychoanalysis
Since 1973 I
have known you

as a man who
was tough/formidable
especially on

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