2013 Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduates

2013 Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduates

J. DAVID FRANKEL, Ph.D. (May 9, 1942 – August 31, 2012)
David Frankel was due to “walk” with the rest of SFCP’s graduates this year. Sadly, he died from a fatal ailment last summer. Although, he did not get to take those final steps to receive his diploma, he had traveled the long journey to reach his goal of becoming a graduate psychoanalyst with an ever-growing enjoyment of and appreciation for the analytic work. As one of his instructor’s expressed, “Dr. Frankel made original, playful and thoughtful comments that demonstrate[d] an excellent capacity … an ability to see threads that lie beneath the surface and to expose them with poetic sensibility and humor.” His graduation paper on the complex concept of idealization, using the study of the uber baseball fan as a case in point illustrated these capacities that were consistently at play in his professional and personal life. He loved puns and poetry and spoke both freely. In this regard, it is fitting that David’s wife, Paula, in conjunction with SFCP, has created the J. David Frankel Memorial Fund to support the Center’s Poetry and Psychoanalysis program.

David brought a wealth of kindness, generosity, intellectual curiosity and humor to colleagues and patients alike. He was responsible and committed to others up to the end, making sure to contact all his patients and leaving records that allowed recommended analysts to contact his patients in order to help them with the sudden loss of their analyst. David expressed the greatest sorrow that his loss would hurt his dearly loved wife, and his sister and brother-in-law. We all miss him and join his family, friends, patients, and colleagues in fond memories.

I am very appreciative of the ready opportunity available within the SFCP community and the programs that spring from that community. Through SFCP, I've found both a map, and a broad and diverse landscape for the pursuit of my longstanding interest in and study of psychology, mental health, interpersonal relationships and psychoanalytic ideas. Many individuals from the SFCP community have contributed in precious, meaningful, and sometimes surprising ways to my development as a psychoanalyst: fellow candidates and new friends, supervisors, my analyst, classroom instructors, and SFCP support staff. All the while, the community is what holds us together, and also what foments controversy and dissent. I look forward to more learning, engagement, involvement and to witnessing continued development of our community along with the integration of ours and the communities around us.

It is with great pleasure that i graduate from the Child and Adolescent Analytic Training Program. Thanks to members of my cohort in the program, to teachers, mentors and supervisors - Anne Alvarez, Jill Miller, Jan Baeuerlen and Tina Lapides - and, most of all, to the kids and teenagers who have taught me so much.

When asked how I feel about training in psychoanalysis at SFCP my usual reply is that it is the best thing that I have done in my life except for marriage and raising a family. It has opened my eyes to a new world of understanding of the psyche and of what it means to be of psychotherapeutic help to another person. I have benefitted personally from my own analysis and from the struggle to understand the accumulation of psychoanalytic knowledge in a personally relevant way. It has also connected me with a group of colleagues with similar professional interests and values.

I am particularly grateful to my analyst and to my supervisors, but I am also deeply appreciative of the seminar instructors, fellow candidates, and other members of the SFCP community that have contributed in important ways to my development as an analyst.

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