Seasoned Clinicians Program

Joanna Wise Bradman, LCSW and Dorian Newton, PhD, Co-Chairs

The Seasoned Clinicians Program is designed for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced individual psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years. It features 4 case conferences (totaling 18 weeks) taught by SFCP faculty. The program will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their clinical work through focused discussions with instructors and other seasoned practitioners.

In order to accommodate faculty and participant needs, 2 of the 4 case conferences will be held on Saturdays in Berkeley; 2 will be held on Wednesdays at SFCP. Class size limited to 10.

Dates & Time: 10/06/2018 - 10/27/2018 (Saturdays)
01/23/2019 - 04/03/2019 (Wednesdays)
04/06/2019 - 04/27/2019 (Saturdays)
10:00am - 11:30am
11:30am - 01:00pm
10:00am - 11:30pm
Sessions: 18 Sessions
Location: Two of the case conferences will be held in Berkeley
(address will be provided upon registration)

While the other two case conferences will be held at:
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fee: $ 440.00
Class size: Registration will be limited to 10 participants.

Listening to our patients and ourselves shapes the foundation of an analytic treatment. Psychoanalytic listening reaches below the level of speech, to an older and deeper language, the language of the unconscious. The intimacy, intensity, and poignancy of unconscious communication, more felt than known, is reached through the portals of transference, countertransference, reverie, and dreams. Using these portals, we’ll listen to openings and barriers to emotional growth and the ways that resisting dogma and certitude can propel us into a realm of meaning and creation where emotional life can live, grow, and transform. Participants will be encouraged to free associate, make links with material, and listen, think about, and relate to their own and each other’s voices.

Jeanne C. Harasemovitch, LCSW
Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018  |  10:00am - 11:30am
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to

  1. recognize and identify unconscious processes in the clinical hour.
  2. listen for and speak to unconscious communication.
  3. make links between transference and countertransference experience.
  4. discover and utilize reverie in the clinical encounter.
  5. distinguish the role of and utilize free association, evenly hovering suspension and dreams.
  6. acquire a greater range of depth and perception when listening to patients.
  7. generate new ways of listening, and of receptivity.
  8. define, assess, critique, and apply technical approaches to interpretation that engage analyst and analysand in creative, imaginative and unsaturated reciprocity.
  9. identify and assess barrier in treatment and their relation to theory and technique.

In every therapeutic relationship, we are invited to embody the objects of our patient’s inner world. We become a transference object; loving and hateful, loved and hated. In our role as a “helping professional” we may feel more comfortable when we are seen and experienced as kind, benevolent, caring, loving and helpful. More challenging for many of us, however, are those times when we are experienced as harsh, disapproving, attacking or rejecting.

This case conference will focus on patients with a primary experience of a “negative transference” and the pressures we must bear as a “bad object.” We will draw on the contributions of Winnicott, Brenman-Pick and Carpy as we explore the complexities of hate in the transference and countertransference.

Gary Grossman, PhD
Wednesdays, January 23, 30; February 13, 20, 27; March 6, 2019  |  11:30am - 01:00pm
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. identify and describe manifest and unconscious expressions of the patient's transference.
  2. recognize and utilize the therapist's countertransference reactions to the patient to develop clinical understanding and interventions.
  3. identify how each of the participant's reaction to and perspective of the case material reflects a dimension of the total clinical situation and dynamic relationship between the patient and therapist.
  4. recognize and tolerate experiences of being a bad object within the patient’s transference.
  5. identify moments of resisting patients’ negative transferences and their contribution to therapeutic impasses.

This case conference will make use of the clinician’s responsiveness to both the spoken and unspoken communications that are part of therapeutic interaction. Therapeutic experience will be explored using consideration of the therapeutic frame, relatedness and somatic experience, among other lenses.

Deborah Melman, PhD
Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 2019  |  11:30am - 01:00pm

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
Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019  |  10:00am - 11:30am


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 either of the Seasoned Clinicians Program Co-Chairs: Joanna Wise-Bradman, LCSW, at 510-527-4064, or Dorian Newton, PhD, at 510-336-0253.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before September 5, 2018.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after September 5, 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.