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2017 Seasoned Clinicians Program

Laura Dansky, PhD and Jan Messer, MFT, Co-Chairs

This year we will offer an eighteen week series of case conferences for psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians who have practiced psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years. The case conferences will be taught by SFCP faculty members. The program will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their clinical work through in-depth discussions with instructors and fellow seasoned practitioners. Accordingly, we will limit the number of participants to 10.

Wednesdays, February 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017
11:30am - 01:00pm
18 Sessions
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fees:
$ 500.00

A $ 100.00 registration deposit is required to secure registration space
CME/CE Credits fee are not included in the tuition
See Registration Deposits, Refund Policy, and CME/CE Fees Information tab for details
This program has been awarded a total of 27 CME/CE credits.
Maximum Class Size:
10 people


Case Conference #1

The case conference will be taught from the perspective of “The Independent Tradition”, making use of the nature of the emotional relationship between patient and therapist to better understand the nature of the patient’s internal relationships, unconscious fantasies, and the way in which treatment is meant to facilitate the development of mind.

Michael Wagner, PhD, LMFT
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE credits.

Michael Wagner, Ph.D., LMFT is a psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco, conducting psychoanalysis with adults, and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults and couples. He has taught for a number of years at SFCP, SFCP Extension Division, and has run a case conference for PPTP.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. recognize and identify the nature and fluctuations of the emotional relationship between patient and therapist.
  2. make use of the emotional relationship with the patient to make hypotheses about the patient's intrapsychic object relationships.
  3. make interpretations which facilitate the patient's access to their own emotional experiences.
  4. recognize indications of the development of the patient's mind in the context of the clinical hour.
  5. make interpretations which both identify and facilitate the developing mind of the patient.


Case Conference #2

We will teach the case conference from the Kleinian perspective, looking at the ways the patient uses the analyst and her own mind in the here and now. We will try to help the group get in contact with what the patient is communicating unconsciously and help in formulating how to reach the patient so that the material can deepen.

Katherine MacVicar, MD
Helen Schoenhals Hart, Dr. med.
Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE credits.

Katherine MacVicar, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at SFCP. She received her analytic education in San Francisco and became interested in British object relations  thinking through the Betty Joseph study group of which she was an original member. She practices in Berkeley.

Helen Schoenhals Hart, Dr. med, originally from Michigan, studied medicine and psychoanalysis in Frankfurt, Germany. She worked for many years as a training analyst of the Deutsche Psychoanalytische Vereinigung before moving to California in 2008. She has a psychoanalytic practice in San Rafael and is a training and supervising analyst at SFCP.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. learn to identify transference phenomena in the client's communications.
  2. learn to interpret transference phenomena.
  3. learn to identify countertransference phenomena.
  4. learn how to use countertransference phenomena in developing interpretations.
  5. learn how to assess the client's reactions to interpretations.


Case Conference #3

In every therapeutic relationship we are invited to embody the objects of our patient’s inner world.  We become a transference object; loving and hateful, loved and hated.  In our role as a “helping professional” we may feel more comfortable when we are seen and experienced as kind, benevolent, caring, loving and helpful.  More challenging for many of us, however, are those times when, for our patient, we are experienced as harsh, disapproving, attacking or rejecting.

This case conference will focus on patients with a primary experience of a “negative transference” and the pressures we must bear as a “bad object”.  We will draw on the contributions of Winnicott, Brenman-Pick and Carpy as we explore the complexities of hate in the transference and countertransference.

Gary Grossman, PhD
Wednesdays, March 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Gary Grossman, PhD is a Training & Supervising Analyst at SFCP, where he is also serving as Co-Chair of the Psychoanalytic Education Division.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF and is a supervisor and faculty at Access Institute and CPMC.  He is in private practice in San Francisco.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. describe and compare objective and subjective countertransference.
  2. apply the concept of "working through in the countertransference" to their work with psychotherapy patients
  3. describe transference love.
  4. describe transference hate.
  5. demonstrate increased tolerance for a full range of transferences and countertransferences.


Case Conference #4

The case conference will be taught from a perspective influenced by Bion’s work: a perspective that can inform how we listen and ultimately speak to our patients about what is experienced in the here and now but at the same time  has remained for the most part, unobserved and wordless. We will consider what the patient is communicating to the therapist and in turn how the patient is hearing and experiencing the therapist.  In this way there may be a fostering of the process that can take place between patient and therapist in which there is growth and development in the ability to think about difficult emotional experience.

Georgine Marrott, PhD
Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE credits.

Georgine Marrott, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at SFCP and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC.  She became interested in the work of Melanie Klein and especially in that of Wilfred Bion as an original participant in the long-running study group with Betty Joseph, which met in San Francisco and in London.  She practices in Berkeley.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. identify the effect of the patient's transference on the therapist.
  2. use their response to the patient's transference in making an interpretation.
  3. listen to the patient's communications in a manner that is wider than words.
  4. listen for the patient's responses to interpretations and understand how the patient is either using or not using the therapist's responses.
  5. identify interactions that facilitate and promote the development of thinking about emotional experience.


This program is a unique educational program for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years.  If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact either of the Seasoned Clinicians Program Co-Chairs: Laura Dansky, PhD, at 415-929-8239, or Jan Messer, MFT, at 415-821-1766.


Registration Deposit

A $ 100.00 registration deposit is due upon registration.  This $ 100.00 deposit is fully refundable until January 1, 2017, and the remaining balance is due in full by January 15, 2017.


CME/CE Credits Fee

The credits cost per hour is $10 for all SFCP members, and $12 for non-SFCP members. SFCP has established a cap cost of $200 for credits requested per program. The cost of CME/CE credits is separate from the programs fees and billed individually upon the request for credits at the end of the seminar.


Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before January 1, 2017.
  • There will be a 10% Cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after January 2, 2017. There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.


CME/CE Attendance Requirements

  • Physicians, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Registered Nurses will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ on an hour for hour basis; see the program description for the maximum of credits awarded for each program.

  • Psychologists participating in long-term programs (lecture series) who can demonstrate a minimum of 80% attendance for a seminar within the series, are eligible to obtain these credits by notifying the SFCP office after the seminar has ended. Seminars of 4 sessions or fewer require 100% attendance. Participants will pay the appropriate fee for the seminar (based on the number of credits they obtain), and then will receive a verification letter of their attendance.

  • 100% attendance is required for short-term programs (individual course).






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