2017 - 2018 East Bay Yearlong Program

Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW and Lara Weyland, PhD, Co-Chairs
Diana Fuery, PhD and David Socholitzky, PhD, Committee Members

Psychoanalysis and Modern Life: Politics, Culture, Race, Gender, and Attacks on Thinking

Mrs. Klein interpreted [that Richard’s] fears about the dangers she would be exposed to [on her trip to] London was much increased by other fears….[She] reminded him of his …jealousy about her son and his fears about the unknown and internal Mr. Klein.  Richard, [she said], was wondering whether they were like Hitler, injuring Mrs. K., or whether she was uniting with them against Richard.  Richard felt that he could not protect either Mummy or Britain or Ms. K. from the bad Hitler-father and from himself.

 . . . . Melanie Klein to ten-year-old Richard, somewhere outside London.

Our clinical work is affected by the world outside the consulting room in numerous ways.  Social and political trends, such as the movements  of the 1950’s, 60’s  and 70’s for civil rights and women’s rights, profoundly influenced the development in subsequent decades of psychoanalytic theories of clinical interaction and technique. These movements highlighted inequalities of power and authority in the country and, subsequently, in the therapeutic dyad, and helped foster profound revisions of psychoanalytic theory and practice. One such insight that found its way from these social movements into the consulting room was the awareness that a subject’s warded-off interpersonal attitudes could only be perceived by an involved observer.  This notion helped revolutionize analytic ideas about neutrality, power, and “the patient’s [role in the] interpretation of the countertransference.” 

Contemporary social pressures can affect even more directly what we and our patients feel, think and say day-to-day in our consulting rooms, as they do currently.  The responsibility of psychoanalysis and its practitioners to foster symbolic and critical thinking and to affect social life as well as individual life has rarely been so challenged.   

The 2017-2018 East Bay Yearlong courses will examine psychoanalytic theory and practice from a social, cultural, and political perspective.   Situating the individual in a social setting, courses will attend at one and the same time to the psyche of the patient, the external social world, and the society of the therapeutic dyad, using theories of intrapsychic and interpersonal psychology and of the internalization of cultural beliefs and socially generated constructs of perception.

We begin the year with a discussion about the power of culture to influence assumptions concerning what is meaningful in ones participation in the social world.  Subsequent courses examine social influences upon our patients and our own work more directly and specifically, through discussions of unconscious perceptions of racial and sexual differences and of unintegrated perceptions of Otherness.  Within this attempt to conceptualize the individual in a social setting we consistently return to examining the implications of theoretical understanding of these social issues for the work of the individual clinician seeking to foster thinking and symbolic functioning.  

Dates: Fridays, September 8, 2017 - May 11, 2018
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Sessions: 33 Sessions
Location: The Dream Institute
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tuition Fee: $ 1,260.00

Readers Fee are not included in the tuition
A Two-Installment-Plan option is available
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David Socholitzky, PhD, Member, SFCP
Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, September 8, 15, 2017

The issue of attacks on thinking (linking) in individuals and groups will be explored drawing on the work of Bion and Volkan.  The concept of attacks on linking can be extended to group functioning, particularly utilizing Volkan’s concept of "the chosen trauma" and its role in becoming the receptacle of evacuated/unthought and unmetabolized group emotions.   Finally, we will think about these processes with culture in mind.  What role does culture play in developing or perverting alpha function in individuals and groups?  We will read excerpts from Pierre Bourdieu's work on habitus and doxa to supply us with some conceptual handles to think about the role culture plays in the development or inhibition of thinking.

Karim Dajani, PsyD, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017

This course will study the characteristics of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Authoritarian Variant, and explore the seductive social fit between this type of personality and the group Other. Readings will include Jorge Maldonado and Herbert Rosenfeld in order to understand the mutually interactive dynamic experienced individually and interpersonally in psychoanalytic treatment.  With this as foundation, we will explore implications pertinent to mutually interactive group dynamics experienced in current social and political life.

Margot Beattie, PhD, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 2017

David Socholitzky, PhD, Member, SFCP
Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, December 8, 15, 2017; January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 2018

In this four-week seminar, we’ll consider race and racism through an exploration of the fantasy of whiteness.  Particularly, we’ll discuss whiteness as an idea, an ideal, an ideology, and as nationalism.  And, we’ll make use of sociological and psychoanalytic discussions of whiteness in and outside of the clinical situation. 

Forrest Hamer, PhD, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, February 9, 16, 23; March 2, 2018

Bion’s “Experiences in Groups” and Hanna Arendt’s “Origins of Totalitari

This course will look at bridging the individual, social and political with readings from Bion's "Experiences in Groups" and Hanna Arendt's work on the origins of totalitarian thought. 

Georgine Marrott, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, SFCP; Personal and Supervising Analyst, PINC
Fridays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018

How do we navigate sameness and difference in our work with those who identify as alternative in their sexuality and gender expression? How does our unconscious bias for or against alternative sexuality and gender experience impede our ability to think clinically? While examining the concept of “otherness,” we will explore the inevitable biases embedded in ourselves and in society that enter into the clinical hour. Whether or not we have similar lived cultural experiences or theories to guide us, our own subjectivity influences how we position ourselves in our clinical work even as we strive to understand and accept sexual and gender diversity. In this course, we will delve into what is stirred up in the consulting room by those who present as “other” in their sexuality and gender practices. We’ll utilize works by Freud, Benjamin, Moss, and Saketopoulou to develop our thinking and apply this to clinical material in four didactic classes and two classes focused upon case presentations.   

Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT, Associate Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2018


This program is designed for psychotherapists seeking further education in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Participants in treatment with one of the instructors should inquire about the opportunity to take a comparable course in one of the other programs.

If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact either of the East Bay Extension Division Yearlong Co-Chairs, Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, at 650-303-4424 or Lara Weyland, PhD, at 510-531-5354.

* A small number of participants with academic or artistic backgrounds may apply to the seminar series with permission of the Chair of the SFCP Extension Division. The Chair will consider these applications case-by-case and offer participation as space allows. In addition, anyone participating must meet with the Chair to discuss confidentiality rules concerning clinical material and sign an agreement to uphold confidentiality.

Registration Deposit

A $ 300.00 registration deposit is due upon registration.  This $ 300.00 deposit if fully refundable until August 8, 2017, and the remaining balance is due in full by August 15, 2017.

Two-Installment-Plan Option

A Two-Installment-Plan option is available for this program.  Tuition can be paid in two equal installments that will be processed on September 1, 2017 and January 2, 2018.  SFCP must have a current/active credit card information on file to be used for the payments.  To apply for the Two-Installment-Plan, one must contact the SFCP Office to arrange this option before August 15, 2017.

Readers Fee

Charges for reading material required for the seminars are not included in tuition. They are based upon copyright laws and change based on the content of the readers. The charges will be billed to you separately. Please submit your registration and your tuition payment two weeks in advance in order to receive reading materials before the course starting date.