Peninsula Seasoned Clinicians Case Conference
2018 - 2019

Dena Sorbo, LCSW, BCD, Chair

The Peninsula Seasoned Clinicians Program will provide a setting for experienced clinicians (20+ years of experience) to come together to discuss their cases. Providing a space for witnessing, curiosity, openness and theoretical plurality will allow deeper discussion of unconscious material and clinical process.

A psychoanalyst from SFCP will lead the discussion which will be enhanced by the members’ participation. Each case conference will take place in the office of the SFCP faculty member Fridays 10:00-11:30. 22 weeks.

Dates: Fridays, November 30, 2018 - May 17, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Sessions: 22 sessions
Location: Peninsula
(location will be provided upon registration)
Tuition Fee: $ 540.00
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Note: This program is open to psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years.

When traumatic experience overwhelms and remains unassimilated it forces memory into action because there are no words to speak it. In analytically oriented clinical work, we establish a relationship with our patients that we hope will facilitate communication of those “reminiscences.” Within the safety of the therapeutic frame, we allow the patient to impact us, creating mutual engagement at the interface of our subjective experiences that in turn impacts the patient and opens possibility for the construction of a less troubled reality. I propose we explore the clinical manifestations of traumatic repetition in our own consulting rooms, inspired by thoughts from the work of Philip Bromberg.

Maureen Ruffell, MD
Fridays, November 30; December 7, 14, 2018; January 11, 18, 25, 2019
(no class on December 21, 28, 2018 and January 4, 2019)

The focus of this conference will be to use clinical material to address two questions: first, what is happening between the therapeutic pair; and second, what is the therapist trying to accomplish? An effort will be made to conduct the seminar in English, rather than in psychoanalytic jargon.

Lee Grossman, MD
Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019

In this case conference we will look at cases we find difficult and think about why they seem difficult.

Alan Kessler, PhD
Fridays, March 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 2019

Seasoned Clinicians Consultation Group Objectives

  1. Each session is a highly ambiguous and complex situation. In this situation, the therapist will inevitably face conflicts that are not easily solved. The implications of how the therapist proceeds in terms of conflicts such as whether to speak or not, to interpret aggression or to interpret hurt or a link between the two, whether to link the present with the past or just the psychodynamics of the present, whether to interpret the transference or the patient’s anxiety about everyday life, will be explored.
  2. We will aim to clarify emotionally laden conflicts in the countertransference. For example, am I being too withholding; am I being too aggressive, am I being impatient and relate them to the psychodynamics of the patient.
  3. We will aim to illustrate, often very subtle unconscious object relational meanings in the patient’s verbalizations and enactments in the transference-countertransference situation.
  4. We will aim to illustrate the transference in its reflection in the patient’s discussion of everyday life and in patient dreams and fantasies.


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 the Peninsula Seasoned Clinicians Program Chair: Dena Sorbo, LCSW, BCD, at 650-948-8335.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before October 29, 2018.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after October 30, 2018
  • There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.