Update from SFCP Student Seminars Chair

Update from SFCP Student Seminars Chair

by J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Co-Chair, Coalition for Clinical Social Work


The SFCP Student Seminars are offered each year to supplement the training of Bay Area psychiatry residents, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral interns and pre-licensed MFT and social work interns who are currently in clinical placements. These courses are each typically three to five weeks long and are offered free of charge. Courses occur in both San Francisco and the Peninsula.

Michael Loughran, PhD has been the Student Seminar Chair for the Peninsula for several years, and has again this year organized an exciting array of options. In January, Shela Fisk, Ph.D., taught The Ins and Outs of Trauma. Upcoming courses include: Analytic Listening, Analytic Thinking, and Analytic Speech, taught in February by Lynn Alexander, Psy.D.; Diagnosis and Treatment of the Difficult Patient in the Process of Therapy: A Transference Approach, taught in March by Miriam Bar, Ph.D.; Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis, taught in April by Celeste Birkhofer, Ph.D., M.F.T.; and Working with Clinical Facts, taught in May by Michael Smith, Ph.D.

In San Francisco, I have organized five courses for this year. In October, Walt Beckman, Ph.D. taught Working with Difficult Moments in Psychotherapy. In collaboration with the Coalition for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), a new course called Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances, was launched and taught in the fall by Elizabeth Simpson, L.C.S.W. and Elyse Miller, L.C.S.W. Currently, Beth Steinberg, Ph.D., is teaching Promoting Depth and Analytic Process in Psychotherapy with Patients in Internship and Clinic Settings. In March, Gary Grossman, Ph.D., is teaching Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Gay Men: Developmental and Clinical Considerations. Lastly, in April, Jacqueline De Lon, M.F.T., is teaching Introduction to Psychoanalytic Listening.

Many thanks to the faculty who volunteer their time and expertise to this program. These courses are a vital supplement to the local training of dozens of motivated early clinicians each year who don’t get analytically oriented training in their schools or clinical settings, and for those who do but want to deepen their analytic explorations.

Lastly, I would welcome hearing from East Bay SFCP candidates and graduate analysts who may have an interest in forming a committee to resurrect the student seminars that some years ago were organized in Oakland/Berkeley.

To register for Student Seminars, contact Aaron Chow at SFCP at (415) 563-5815 or aaron.chow@sf-cp.org

For more information about this program, contact Marc Wallis, LCSW at (415) 820-9609 or marcwallis@sbcglobal.net

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