2017 - 2018 San Francisco Yearlong Program

Catherine Mallouh, MD, Chair
Meryl Botkin, PhD, Ben Goldstone, MFT, Marilynne Kay Kanter, PhD
Israel Katz, MD, Maureen Kurpinsky, PhD, Patricia Marra, MFT
and Sue von Baeyer, PhD, Committee Members

The Self Under Seige: From Within and Without

A self under siege is halted in its development, cut off from help from internal and external objects, subject to tyrannical forces, and excluded from participating in its own making. In this yearlong program, we will explore the quality of environments that can facilitate individual development and, conversely, examine the intrapsychic, relational, and cultural forces that impinge upon, disrupt, and threaten the individual’s ability to make sense of his experience.  Under such threats, narcissistic retreats and perverse constructions can deform the self’s development. We will study how parts of one’s self can tyrannize other parts. We will also explore the mechanization of the psyche in contemporary life and the imprisoning of the self in a totalitarian regime — be it intrapsychic or cultural —  when what it means to be human is defined a priori and the avenues of expression limited. And, ultimately, how does a therapist negotiate siege while also under siege —  when the capacity to remain receptive and creative is constrained.

Dates: Fridays, September 8, 2017 - April 13, 2018
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Sessions: 27 Sessions
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fee: For SF Yearlong Program Didactic Courses only
$ 1,090.00  General Admission
$ 980.00  SFCP Community Members

For SF Yearlong Program Didactic Courses AND SF Continuous Case Conference combined
(The SF Continuous Case Conference is open to licensed and pre-licensed clinicians only)
$ 1,500.00  General Admission
$ 1,350.00  SFCP Community Members

Readers and CME/CE Credit fees are not included in the tuition
A Two-Installment-Plan option is available
See Registration Deposit, Refund Policy, Readers and CME/CE Fees Information tab for details
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In this seminar, we will explore various pathological organizations in which the narcissistic and omnipotent “mad” and “bad” parts take over the personality, tyrannizing the dependent and sane parts. This constellation leads to the dominance of perverse, addictive and sadomasochistic modes of being, thinking and relating. We will consider these “mafia-like states of mind” in the internal world, in the relational field, in groups, and in the larger socio-political register.

The recent rise of populism in the US and Europe will be considered in the light of psychoanalytic understanding of perverse attacks on the “Law of the Father.” The nature of dystopian conditions and totalitarian regimes will be discussed in this context. We will also explore the relationship between narcissism and racism. We will study these topics by reading papers by Herbert Rosenfeld, Betty Joseph, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, Robert Hinshelwood, the political scientist Robert Tucker and by the instructor.

Era A. Loewenstein, PhD
Fridays, September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 2017

The mind and self of the therapist are always at risk of losing the capacity to work, think, and reflect with a patient.  This is part of our usual work — losing balance and refinding it. There are also more pathologic situations encountered in the consulting room and outside of it that will undermine our capacity to provide what our patients need.  This course will look at how the therapist’s mind can come under siege from pressures in the room as the patient’s mind and emotional life become intertwined with ours, particularly in cases of trauma.  We will also look at how outside pressures from the broader culture affect the therapist as an individual, eroding our capacity to work, our sense of identity, and the vitality that we bring to our clinical encounters and struggles.

Catherine Mallouh, MD
Fridays, October 27; November 3, 17; December 1, 8, 15, 2017

As D.W. Winnicott reminds us, it is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found. For the self under siege, discovering a dwelling for the vulnerable self and inter-play within the therapeutic relationship is both crucial and challenging.  In this course, we will explore how the protective envelope of play space co-created by analyst and analysand can offer continuity of being and potential for self-discovery and elaboration for both the articulate and the ineffable aspects of painful experience, for both psyche and soma.  We will discuss these concepts clinically from various theoretical vantage points.

Celeste Schneider, PhD
Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 2018

Cinema offers us the freedom to discuss characters and their circumstances from different psychoanalytic perspectives, and brings psychoanalytic ideas alive in an experiential way. In this class, we will use film to explore the intense difficulties faced by a person who is held hostage by his own psyche and/or by the world and culture around him. The class will review the films in advance and if possible, clips from the films will be shown during the class discussion.

Diane Borden, PhD and Catherine Mallouh, MD
Fridays, February 16, 23, 2018

He had grown up visited by sensations of immensity, communing with a reality he apprehended beyond the world of the senses, and he was therefore naturally inclined to accept the universe as a mansion of spirit rather than a congeries of matter.

Seamus Heaney on Wordsworth

This course will focus on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the historic drift towards a techno-mechanistic understanding of the human being in Western Culture. Through readings drawn from several fields we will trace the broader evolution of this drift from the Enlightenment through the Romantic Movement, Modernity and our current Post-Modern moment. In doing so, we will consider its impact on identity, selfhood and psychopathology. Finally, we’ll analyze ways in which psychoanalysis has both represented and resisted the techno-mechanistic drift, and we’ll explore its implicit influence on our sensibilities, imaginations and approaches to clinical work.

Michael Levin, PsyD
Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13, 2018


If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact the San Francisco Yearlong Program Chair: Catherine Mallouh, MD, at 415-750-1713.

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.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before August 8, 2017.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after August 9, 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.

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.