2019 - 2020 East Bay Yearlong Program

Lara Weyland, PhD and Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Co-Chairs

Essential Food For Our Minds And Work: Our Life And World

Now more than ever, as citizen/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.

Dates: Fridays, September 6, 2019 - June 5, 2020
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Location: The Dream Institute
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Note: More information will be available shortly.

Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT
Fridays, December 6, 13, 20, 2019; January 10, 2020

Karim Dajani, PsyD
Fridays, January 17, 24, 31; February 14, 2020

Diana Fuery, PhD, LCSW
Fridays, February 21, 28; March 6, 13, 2020

This course will offer a Winnicottian perspective on helping people of color access and think about necessary aggression related to racism. Theory will inform our consideration of ways of being we can tap to facilitate our patient's growth.

Daniel Yu, LCSW
Fridays, April 20, 27; May 3, 10, 2020

Mitchell Wilson, MD
Fridays, May 15, 22, 29; June 5, 2020