Online Forensic Training Seminars

Gilbert Kliman, MD, Chair

Psychological trauma will be defined in behavioral and psychoanalytic terms, together with a theoretical point of view consistent with modern evolutionary theory. In this seminar we will work together to identify the obstacles and opportunities presented by the legal system for psychoanalytic and psychodynamically oriented expert witnesses. Countertransference problems will be discussed, ethical problems will be described, and most importantly the alleged and proven victims of psychological traumas will speak for themselves in various video taped interviews which demonstrate the evidence of their psychological damage.

Program Title: Social Justice via Psychoanalytic Forensic Training
Psychological trauma seen through a psychoanalytic lens - Part 1
It's not too late to join
November 1, 8, 15; December 6, 13, 20, 2018; January 3, 10, 2019
(Participants may join this seminar midway; earlier sessions can be viewed online)
Time: 06:00pm - 07:30pm PST
Instructor: Gilbert Kliman, MD
Location: This seminar will be online but also may be attended in person at the office of Gilbert Kliman MD at 2105 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Program Fee: $ 200.00
CME/CE: The entire seminar has been awarded for a total of 12 CME/CE Credits.  The CME/CE credits fee is $10 per credit.

Note: This seminar has a total of 8 sessions, and each session is 1.5 hours long.  If a participant joins the seminar midway, the participant will receive links to watch the past session recordings.  SFCP can only grant CME/CE credits to the upcoming sessions that one will attend live, but we cannot grant CME/CE credits to the past sessions that one watches the program recordings after they've ended.
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Gilbert Kliman MD, SFCP faculty member, is offering an 16-week seminar series in two parts of eight seminars each, focused on forensic consultations which have been videotaped. The videotapes provide an extraordinary psychoanalytic perspective on psychological trauma. This is a great addition for members, candidates or community practitioners who want more training in the forensic area.

Numerous videos of evaluations concerning which we have permission will be shown and made available by HIPAA compliant means. Upon receipt of confidentiality agreements those videos may also be studied in-depth at leisure.

Dr. Kliman is a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst who has testified in over 350 legal matters involving over 1000 persons. He is the recipient of the Janusz Korczak award for “world’s best book concerning the well-being and nurture of children,” the Dean Brockman Award for his work on childhood psychological trauma, and the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Anna Freud award for interdisciplinary service research and training in the fields of education and child analysis. He is regularly consulted by major law firms throughout the nation and is leading a corps of volunteer experts providing forensic evaluations for asylum seekers. Currently he is leading a team of over 100 volunteers seeking to assist in achieving social justice for asylum seeking children and parents separated at the border.


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to understand
  • what plaintiff and defense attorneys expect an expert witness to contribute to the education of a jury or to the settlement of a contested claim.
  • why a psychoanalytic point of view about the long term effects of childhood trauma has special value in a court room and goes far beyond a behavioral cross section.
  • how to formulate a clinical life care plan in a way that is associated with cost estimates over a lifetime.
  • consider the power of adverse childhood events research in forecasting psychosomatic problems and physical health care costs over a victims lifetime.
  • how to prepare a Meyerian Chart in a fashion that can be presented to a jury, instead of an ordinary legal timeline.
  • how to testify concerning “Loss of Parental Services”.
  • special features of scientific knowledge about the aftermaths of childhood sexual molestation.
  • special features of traumas involving “betrayal” by family, institutions, schools, and agencies.


California Medical Association LogoThe San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 credits as listed for each individual program, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is an entity recongized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 02677) on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Brett A. Penfil, MFT, MPH; and Gilbert Kliman, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.