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2019 - 2020 Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Henry Markman, MD and Julie Ruskin, PhD, Co-Chairs

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The Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis Program aims to foster meaningful discussion on major current trends in psychoanalysis — involving clinical practice, as well as psychoanalytic theory applied to topics such as politics, history, aesthetics, literature, film, gender, and development. Leading contributors present original work that is discussed by experts in that particular area. This program is intended for clinicians and others interested in psychoanalytic thinking.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 09:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter: Robert Oelsner, MD
Discussant: Holly Gordon, DMH
Moderator: Julie Ruskin, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee:
Discounted Fee for Trainees:
$ 60.00
$ 25.00  (available to students and clinicians in training)

Note: This program is free to all SFCP Candidates as it is covered by psychoanalytic training tuition.
To Register: Click here to register for this program →

Training & Supervising Analyst, Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Training Supervisor, PINC; guest faculty, Child Analytic Training Program, SFCP. He received analytic training from the University Institute of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Society, and post-graduate training with Betty Joseph, Donald Meltzer, and others in London Dr. Oelsner is the author of over 200 papers and book chapters; and editor and co-author of Transference and Countertransference Today (2013). He teaches regularly on the works of Bion and Meltzer in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Oelsner is in private practice in Seattle.

Member & Faculty, SFCP; San Francisco; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF. Dr. Gordon received the American Psychoanalytic Association Edith Sabshin Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Gordon is in private practice in San Francisco.

MODERATOR: Julie Ruskin, PhD