Division Reports

Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program News

Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program News

by Neil Brast, MD


For 2014-15, the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program has a new Fellowship Year I class. These ten join the students in our Two Year Program and the fellows from last year who continue in our Fellowship Year II.

Please meet the new Fellowship Year 1 class:

Colleen D. Cunningham, MA, LMFT

Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis Report: September 20, 2014

Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis Report: September 20, 2014

by Amy Torchia, PsyD


“Oedipus in Brooklyn: Rethinking Freud on Women, Watching Lena Dunham's "Girls”

Presenter: Lisa Buchberg, DMH
Discussants: Elizabeth Bradshaw, PsyD and Joseph Lavery, PhD
Moderator: Mitchell Wilson, MD

On September 20, 2014 at the SFCP, Lisa Buchberg, DMH presented her paper entitled “Oedipus in Brooklyn: Rethinking Freud on Women, Watching Lena Dunham's "Girls” published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly January 2014 issue. There were approximately 100 people in attendance.

Faculty Committee News

Faculty Committee News

by Elizabeth Biggart, PhD


Faculty Committee Member Recruitment

The Faculty Committee is looking to add at least two new members to our ranks. We are interested in recruiting both a candidate and a faculty member. Committee members are expected to help achieve the objectives outlined below. If you are interested in discussing membership on the Faculty Committee, please contact either Elizabeth Biggart 650-322-1975 or Peter Goldberg 510-527-4854, Faculty Committee Co-Chairs.

Function of the Faculty Committee

The Faculty Committee represents the Faculty in the educational mission of the Center. The Committee’s primary task is to support and promote the educational efforts and intellectual pursuits of the Faculty. The following are functions or subcommittees of the Faculty Committee.

Message from the Board Chair

Message from the Board Chair

by Zach Cowan


The Formation of an ad hoc Transition Committee

I'd like to add a little bit of additional context to the discussion in the President’s message about the Board's recent decision to form an ad hoc Transition Committee.

At its October meeting, after a great deal of thoughtful discussion, the Board took three significant actions.




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Faculty Announcements

Faculty Announcements

by Diane Donnelly, PhD, Faculty Committee


SFCP would like to welcome the following individuals who were recently appointed to the faculty:

Roger Karlsson, PhD—Active Faculty. Teaching interests: mentalization based treatment, Psychotherapy Research, Kleinian and Neo-Kleinian theory and application

Catherine Mallouh, MD—Active Faculty. Teaching interests: gender, female psychology, Winnicott, countertransference, analytic technique with patients of different levels of disturbance

Kyra Minninger, MD—Active Faculty. Teaching interests: contemporary Klein, how unconscious phantasy is evidenced in the analytic relationship

PPTP Students, 2014 - 2015

PPTP Students, 2014 – 2015


Board of Trustees Update

Board of Trustees Update

By Maurice G. Marcus, MD


Maurice G. Marcus, MDThe bio in last month’s Newsletter introducing me as a new board member outlined my “extracurricular activities”. I am submitting this updated bio so that newer members can get a picture of who I am and what experiences at the SFCP qualify me, as Analyst-at-Large, to represent them, as well as all members.

Professional Wills: Following Up and Looking To the Future

Professional Wills: Following Up and Looking To the Future

by Dena Sorbo, LCSW


Dear Colleagues,

To those of you who attended the conference on professional wills at SFCP on Saturday, March 29, 2014, thank you.

The meeting highlighted how challenging it is to write a professional will. Writing a professional will is simple, as a practical task; the difficulty stems from the emotions that arise in all of us in the anticipation and in the actual writing. Because it is so challenging, many participants requested follow-up support for completing this task.

A question to all: How have you done with completing your professional will? Have you started it? Or completed it? Have you made arrangements with a designated colleague? Whether you have proceeded or gotten stuck, the committees would like to know what factors contributed to your progress, or what got in the way.

Membership Division News

Membership Division News

by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division



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