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San Francisco Yearlong Program
Psychoanalysis and the Creative Process

Fridays, September 13, 2019 - April 24, 2020
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

The creative process can illuminate states of mind, subjectivity and qualities of relatedness that are essential to the therapeutic encounter. Psychoanalysis offers insight into forces -- internal and external, conscious and unconscious -- that undermine or inhibit the creative process. Psychoanalysis also promotes this process as a creative endeavor in and of itself. While the aim of the psychotherapist is not the same as that of the artist, they do share important process elements. Subjective access to impulses, rhythms, and images requires us to develop a capacity to receptively linger with a patient’s emotional and sensorial experience in a manner similar to the artist before the canvas, the poet before the page, and the composer before the first musical note of a composition. Engaging with music, art, and poetry offers us access on an experiential level to the unformed, preverbal, inchoate, and primitive elements of experience. Making use of the artistic realms can strengthen our connection to our own subjectivity and enrich our capacities as therapists.

This yearlong course will take up the subject of creative engagement from various theoretical and clinical perspectives. We will look at the creative minds of the artists and their work, while also considering the creativity of the analyst and psychotherapist involved in connecting patients with their unique sources of creativity.

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San Francisco Continuous Case Conference
Fridays, October 18, 2019 - May 29, 2020
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

SFCP invites post-graduate, pre-licensed clinicians, as well as licensed clinicians in the early to mid-stages of their career, to join our San Francisco Yearlong Continuous Case Conference. The Case Conference is designed to be a place where clinicians come together and form a work group to present, listen to, and think about clinical process within the context of ongoing treatments shared by the group members. This is an opportunity for participants to experience how theory and practice come alive in the consulting room and to benefit from the extensive collective experience of the group leaders.

This is also an opportunity for participants to become part of the SFCP network, form supportive professional relationships within the cohort, and discover new opportunities for professional involvement within our SFCP community.

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East Bay Yearlong Program
Psychoanalysis: Essential Food For Our Minds And Work; Our Life And World

Fridays, September 6, 2019 - June 5, 2020
The Dream Institute, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley

Now more than ever, as citizens/clinicians, we need psychoanalytic thought and its guiding theories and principles to hold, inspire and develop our capacities for making our way through the challenging and changing landscapes of humanity. In order to intelligently and compassionately create meaning and change in ourselves, our patients and our world we must better understand that and how culture fundamentally shapes our perceptions, thinking, feelings, and relating. This course series will examine the intersection of culture and psychoanalysis that includes contemporary theories of identity formation through feminist theory, gender and queer theory, dreams, the impact of cultural dislocation, and the impact of the current political climate and its hostility to prevailing social issues and differences. The catastrophe of trauma and developmental injuries while disturbing and destructive can be vital ingredients to transform reactivity to responsiveness and initiative. In a call to action, this program offers a blueprint for further understanding where feminism, queer theory, the role of culture, racism, politics and the importance of community are married to psychoanalytic thinking. Lively class discussions, readings and case conferences will offer an in depth study of the clinical landscape and societal and cultural influences that color and impact our immediate psychoanalytic environment as well as how current world events affect both clinician and patient.

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Coalition for Clinical Social Work Extension Program - Year ONE
Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients

Thursdays, January 9, 2020 - May 14, 2020
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

This 18-week course is designed for early career and experienced social workers practicing in diverse social work settings who wish to strengthen their theoretical foundation. We welcome those who are interested in understanding how psychodynamic thinking can be applied in relevant ways to enhance effective and gratifying work.

As social workers we are often challenged by complicated circumstances in our clients’ lives and limited resources to help them. Many of our agencies cannot offer the case discussions, consultation and theoretical knowledge to support and understand our work experiences.

We will think together about the clients and systems with which we work, and how a psychodynamic approach can be utilized in any social work setting. We will reconsider our ideas about our clients, what helps, and our expectations for helping. Finally, we will look at the places and culture in which we work and how the psychological milieu affects our sense of value and purpose as social workers.

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Coalition for Clinical Social Work Extension Program - Year TWO
Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients

Wednesdays, January 8, 2020 - May 20, 2020
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

This 18-week course is a follow up course exclusively for those students who completed Year One of SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL WORK WITH CLIENTS.

In this 18-week course, we will delve further into the ways in which social work clinicians can sustain meaningful contact with their clients and professional identity in the face of overwhelming demands and experiences. We will look more closely at how we connect with, listen to, and support our clients. The realities of effects of race, class, immigration, aggression and trauma will be integrated throughout the course.

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Seasoned Clinicians Program
Wednesdays, October 5, 2019 - March 4, 2020;  10:00am - 11:30am and 11:30am - 01:00pm
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco;  and Berkeley

The Seasoned Clinicians Program is designed for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced individual psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years. It features three case conferences (totaling 12 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.

To accommodate faculty and participant needs, one of the three case conferences will be held on Saturdays in Berkeley; two will occur on Wednesdays at SFCP. Class size limited to 10.

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Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

These seminars are offered as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction. The courses are offered free of charge to pre-and post-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and pre-licensed MFT and social work interns currently in clinical placements.

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