From The Visiting Professor Program

From The Visiting Professor Program
June 2014



Our 2014 Visiting Professor will be Virginia Ungar, MD, a training and supervising analyst at the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. She will visit SFCP from November 10th through November 16th.

Dr. Ungar specializes in psychoanalytic work with infants, children, and teenagers as well as with adults. She has lectured throughout South America and the United States and published papers (mostly in Spanish) on a broad set of topics including the place of infant observation and child psychoanalysis in psychoanalytic theory as a whole and its importance in adult psychoanalytic training; working with severely disturbed patients; the contributions of Bion and Meltzer to understanding trauma; a container/contained approach in the supervisory process, and the aesthetic model of Donald Meltzer, with whom she worked closely in supervision. Although her training emphasized Klein’s work, she notes that her mind has expanded in the last decade. Dr. Ungar says, “I read Winnicott, Aulagnier, Green, the Botellas. And of course my practice has changed. I’m still interested in these authors, but I try to be myself and think, supported by my internal dialogue with my teachers.” An interview with Dr. Ungar will appear in the September SFCP newsletter.

Programs this year will feature clinical psychoanalytic work with patients at all stages of the life cycle. In addition to the usual Visiting Professor events such as The Day With...,The Scientific Meeting, Post-graduate group consultations, the Palo Alto program and classes in the adult psychoanalytic training program, this year's Visiting Professor week will feature the return of the Professor's Choice program, a new post-graduate evening program in Berkeley, and a class with the child psychoanalytic trainees.

Our 2015 Visiting Professor will be Dominique Scarfone, MD, a training and supervising analyst from Montreal. He is well known to our psychoanalytic trainees as an outstanding teacher and has published widely in both English and French.

The Visiting Professor Program Selection Sub-committee will be meeting early this fall to select the 2016 Visiting Professor. If you wish to suggest an analyst for consideration, please send an email to Laurie Goldsmith ( or Eric Glassgold ( In the email, please include a paragraph describing your impressions of the candidate as a scholar and teacher as well as a few bibliographic references.

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