Membership Division News

Membership Division News

by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair


It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, all of us looking forward to some valued time off this summer and towards an exciting 2014-2015 Fall. I wanted to give everyone a rundown of our year in the Membership Division.

We started the year off with our Annual MIC (Membership Integration Committee) party in the fall to the music of Craig Williams’ band. The MIC party allows all of our membership to meet and talk with others in an informal way; around seventy people attended.

Coming up next fall, on September 13th 2014, the MIC will sponsor our annual party and acknowledge the donors to our building by unveiling our new donor wall. Look for a SAVE THE DATE for the event.

The MIC also co-sponsored a Professional Wills Conference with the Ethics Committee on March 29th. It was a humbling experience to talk with others about the difficulty in creating a professional will. Many of our defenses kick in about the “endless time” we have to get things done. Having templates of wills and the support of others made creating a will possible.

The Scientific Meetings, chaired by Julie Ruskin, provided us with rich intellectual discussions on the second Monday of every month. This year we were graced by Jeanne Harasemovitch in September, Morris Eagle as the Haskell Norman Lecturer in October, Claudio Eizirik, our Visiting Professor, in November, and our own Jonathan Dunn in December. In February, David Rosenfeld from Argentina was our guest lecturer, while in March we had Hayuta Gurevich from Israel. The Windholz lecturer was Patrick Miller from Paris. The Lozoff lecture was given by Howard Levine, and in June, we have our own Alice Jones giving the talk at the Scientific Meeting.

In the fall, the Scientific Committee has an exciting series of speakers starting in September with Montana Katz. The Haskell Norman lecture will be given by Christopher Bollas. Our Visiting Professor will be Virginia Ungar ; with Richard Tuch from Los Angeles speaking in December. In February of 2015, we will start with Benjamin Ogden, followed in March by Riccardo Lombardi. Donald Moss will be the Lozoff lecturer in April. The Windholz lecture in May is TBA. We finish off in June with Giuseppe Civitarese.

Central to our activities at the Center is our ability to offer Continuing Education to our members. This year we owe a debt of gratitude to Julie Stahl and Mary Ewert for their work on our application to the IMQ, the Medical Board for accreditation. It bears repeating that the application process is exacting and detailed and it required countless hours from Julie and Mary, which is not their day job. They were assisted by our staff, Jeff Miller, Lynda Connelly, and Aaron Chow. I thank you on behalf of the entire Center. All of this effort goes into our being able to continue to offer CME to our members; please think of this every time you get a CE. Julie, Mary, Jeff, Lynda and Aaron also were involved in a site visit by the IMQ. We will know our accreditation status by the end of the month.

We welcome our newest members and their involvement in our Center. They are:

Eric Anders, PhD, practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Lafayette, where he lives with his wife and three children. Eric trained at ICP in Los Angeles and became a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 2012 via
the Expanded Pathway program. He is a member of SDPC, as well as SFCP. He is also an academic, a PhD in English, who recently founded a psychoanalytic journal, The Undecidable Unconscious: A Journal of Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis, University of Nebraska Press. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington and Stanford. Currently, his scholarly work bridges “theory” (primarily deconstruction and gender theory) and psychoanalysis, particularly the work of Freud, Object Relations, Loewald, Kohut and a variety of French psychoanalysts.

Peter Hobson, MA, PhD, MB, BChir, FRCPsych, CPsychol, M.Inst. Psychoanal., moved to Bennett Valley, outside of Santa Rosa, from London. His move came after two sabbaticals in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2005-2006 and 2011-2012, where they fell in love with the area. Peter moved to the Bay Area last summer with his wife, Jess, and their five year old son, Peter. He recently received his California license to practice as a Research Psychoanalyst, on the basis of his research record and training as a psychoanalyst at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, London. Peter’s research was concerned with the psychology of autism as impairment in the intersubjective engagement, mother-infant relations, and borderline personality disorder. In the psychoanalysis/psychotherapy field, he has published numerous papers and two books, The Cradle of Thought (2002, Pan Macmillan, and in the US, 2004, Oxford University Press), and Consultations in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2013, Karnac) He is currently writing a book on Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (to be published by Oxford University Press).

Roger Karlsson, PhD, ABPP, is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in California and in Sweden, who now practices in San Jose and Oakland. Roger has a PhD in Applied Psychology from Umea University in Sweden and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley. He was part of the Swedish Psychoanalytic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1993 to 1998, where he was a Staff Psychologist at the Psychosis Unit/Vallingby in Stockholm. He was a psychotherapist with the Berkeley Psychotherapy Project at UC Berkeley and then an intern and post-doc at Patton State Hospital. He is a Consulting Psychologist for the California Department of State Hospitals and a Forensic Evaluator for the California Superior Court in San Benito and Santa Clara Counties.

Robert Waska, LPCC, MFT, PhD, conducts a full-time private psychoanalytic practice for individuals and couples in San Francisco and Marin County. He is the author of thirteen published textbooks on Kleinian psychoanalytic theory and technique, is a contributing author for five psychology texts, and has published over one hundred articles in professional journals. He also serves on the review committee for several journals and book publishers. His clinical work of thirty years focuses on contemporary Kleinian topics including projective identification, loss, borderline states, the practical realities of psychoanalytic practice in the modern world, and the establishment of analytic contact with difficult, hard to reach patients.

Next year, the Division will continue to work on a new membership category for our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy graduates. We will also institute a series on “Members Present,” which will allow all members to present their work in an informal setting.

We hope to recruit new members for our Community Members Committee, which serves members from the wider mental health community. We need you to make the Center a vibrant place to be.

I encourage everyone to contact me if you have any interest in serving on committees. I can help point you to an area of interest.

Have a restful summer. I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

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