Division Reports

Message from the Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MS



You are critical to our success. There are several exciting upcoming events that we want you to place on your calendars. All of them will require your time and willingness to participate.

One highlight on our calendar is the Black Psychoanalysts Speak event. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to join a very important conversation regarding race and how it is or is not being addressed by Psychoanalysts.

However; this is just the beginning of the conversation…

Message from the new Executive Director

Message from the new Executive Director

by Marian Banks - Nickleberry, MS, LMSW


Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MS, LMSWIt is not often in life that we get great new beginnings. For me the opportunity to join you as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is just that. After spend- ing almost three years as the primary care giver for my mother as she embarked on her final jour- ney, I have a new respect for anyone who has the privilege and responsibility of caring for and guiding others. As Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Social Workers, that is exactly what we do on a daily basis. We help others to embark on journeys of discovery, and in the process we always learn something more about ourselves.

VISITING PROFESSOR WEEK 2015: Featuring Dominique Scarfone, MD

Featuring Dominique Scarfone, MD


SFCP Book Corner

SFCP Book Corner

by Mary Brady, PhD


This month we are reviving an old feature of the Newsletter—Book Corner—in which members are invited to share brief descriptions of their recent publications (i.e., books). Please feel free to share news of your work here (submit to Cathy Witzling and Lynda Connelly by the 26th of the month). We begin with a description of a new work by Mary Brady, PhD, published by Routledge Press.

Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis, 2015 - Scientific Meeting

Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis, 2015 - Scientific Meeting

by Charles P. Fisher, MD


Mark Solms, Ph.D.

At the October 12, 2015 Scientific Meeting of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Professor Mark Solms was awarded the Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis. Stanley Steinberg, MD, presented the award on behalf of the Haskell Norman Committee. Dr. Solms' delivered a lecture entitled "What is a Mind? A Neuropsychoanalytic Approach." Charles Fisher, MD, served as moderator.

Child Colloquium Committee News

Child Colloquium Committee News

by Sarah Stadler, MD, Chair


Saturday, October 17, 10am - 12noon:
SFCP Child Colloquium hosts Dr. Stephanie Pass, PhD, presenting her paper,
“Tyler in the Labyrinth: A young child’s journey from chaos to coherence”.

The paper explores how psychoanalytic play therapy, including the exploration of a book of Greek myths, helped a four year old boy create a meaningful narrative from his chaotic and abusive early life. Dr. Pass describes the challenges of working in the intimate territory of early trauma, and helping a child to create his own story when the space between reality and pretend has collapsed.

SFCP Community Members Mentoring Proram

SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program


SFCP offers free mentoring from September 2015-June 2016 to Community Members who want to discuss developing as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, areas of theory that are of interest, or available resources and programs. Mentors meet one time per month with mentees for the academic year. We love to help you and hope you reach out!

Please visit the Community Members Mentoring Program webpage to apply for this program.

We hope to hear from you!

Holly Gordon, DMH, Hilary Foster, PhD and Sunny Kuegle, PsyD, Co-chairs

Faculty Committee News

Faculty Committee News

by Diane Donnelly, PhD, Faculty Committee Member


SFCP would like to welcome the following individuals to the Faculty:

Celeste Birkhofer, PhD, Adjunct Faculty. Her teaching interests include Relational Psychoanalysis, Theoretical Pluralism, Comparative Psychoanalysis, History of Psychoanalysis, Introduction to Psychoanalysis, Couples Therapy, and Countertransfer-ence

Angela Sowa, PsyD, Adjunct Faculty. Her teaching interests include Infancy, Development 0-3, Group Process, Dreams, Case Conference, Winnicott, Bion, Creativity and Psychoanalysis

Diane Donnelly, Chair
Faculty Appointment Subcommittee

Poetry and Psychoanalysis - An Announcement from Susan Kolodny, Chair

Poetry and Psychoanalysis – An Announcement from Susan Kolodny, Chair

by Susan Kolodny, DMH, Chair


Poetry and PsychoanalysisAs we enter our program’s tenth year, Poetry and Psychoanalysis will shift from three events per year to one. Our event this year will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:30 am -12:30 pm at the Center.

Membership Division News

Membership Division News

by Meryl J. Botkin, PhD, Chair


The Fall Welcome Back Party was a huge success. About 80 to 90 members and friends were in attendance. This year we had many new faces. It was really gratifying to talk to new folks from all over the Bay Area who were interested in becoming involved with our psychoanalytic community.


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