Child Colloquium Series:Omnipotent Defenses in the Face of Psychic Collapse

Child Colloquium Series 2013 - 2014

Myrna Frankel, L.C.S.W. and Kenneth Roberson, Ph.D., Co-Chairs
Harold Bronstein, M.D., Shahla Chehrazi, M.D., Sharon Karp-Lewis, Psy.D., L.C.S.W. and Sarah Stadler, M.D., Committee Members

The Child Analytic Program of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis welcomes you to a series of presentations representing the remarkable scope of child psychoanalysis today. These discussions will offer us an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the mind and of human development seen through the lens of clinical experience with children and adolescents. We also will examine the use of film portraying the thinking processes of children.

Title: Queen of the World: Omnipotent Defenses in the Face of Psychic Collapse
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presenter: Nancy Beckman, Ph.D.
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: Free


Join Dr. Nancy Beckman’s poignant rendition of her eight year psychotherapy of a little girl, from the child’s psychic catastrophe to her growth into health. The paper discusses the raw primitive contact between patient and therapist and the courage required from both.

Nancy Beckman is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco, seeing children, adolescents, couples and adults. She says she "loves what the work with children has taught me about understanding the "child" in the adult patient".

Dr. Beckman is a graduate of Cornell University, the California School of Professional Psychology and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She has been the Chair of the PPTP Admissions Committee since its inception, and has taught psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the past three years.

“It takes a great deal of courage to have a breakdown, but it may be that the alternative is a flight to sanity” ….Winnicott, 1954

Nancy Beckman, Ph.D.
Adult Psychoanalyst, Graduate of SFCP Private Practice, San Francisco.

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