San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Listening

2014 — 2015 San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminars

These seminars are offered as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.   The courses are offered free of charge to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and pre-licensed MFT and social work interns currently in clinical placements.

Title: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Listening
Dates: Wednesdays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015
Time: 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Instructor: Jacqueline De Lon, MFT
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: Free
To Register: Please click here to register online now


Freud spoke of listening with “evenly hovering attention.”  Bion focused on listening “without memory or desire.”  Ogden highlights the significance of reverie. Buddhists teach mindfulness. 

Listening psychoanalytically is an elusive state of mind, the development of which sometimes gets neglected as attention is focused on how to interpret what it is we hear on the latent or symbolic level, specifically informed by our theoretical preference.

In this seminar we will begin by engaging with poetry, music and meditation in ways that might broaden and deepen our capacity to listen psychoanalytically to our patients. In the last two meetings we will listen to a case presentation, keeping in mind what we have learned and how that might allow us greater access to what it is that is missing in a patient’s experience of him or herself. This seminar offers the opportunity for participants to share clinical material from their cases, however, it is not a requirement.

Jacqueline De Lon, MFT, Advanced Candidate and Associate Faculty, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis; Faculty, Access Institute; Private Practice, San Francisco.  (415) 922-2608,

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