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.

Karen Johnson, MD
Fridays, March 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 2019


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.