Important Announcement

Greetings and Happy New Year from Beth and the Staff

Greetings and Happy New Year from Beth and the Staff

By Beth Schecter, Interim Executive Director


I always love the New Year since it feels like we get a chance for a fresh start. Of course I continue to look at how SFCP is doing organizationally and reporting my findings to the board. I feel we are making progress on many things, including getting more organized with our processes and finances. Here are some of the things we are working on that I wanted you to know.

Introducing our Interim Executive Director

Introducing our Interim Executive Director


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased to tell you that we have hired Beth Schecter, MPH, MBA to serve as our Interim Executive Director. Zach and I considered numerous well qualified candidates before deciding on Beth. Not only is she a highly skilled professional with a lot of experience, we believe that she will be a good fit and asset for our organization in this transition.

Beth has over 25 years of management experience and has served as an Interim or Executive Director to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. These include the East Bay Agency for Children, Hillel at Stanford, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the Edgewood Center for Children & Families.


Scientific Meeting, April 13, 2014

by Eric Glassgold, MD



Patrick Miller, a Parisian psychoanalyst, will visit our psychoanalytic center over the weekend of April 11th and give the Windholz Memorial Lecture on Sunday evening, April 13th at 6:00PM. Dr. Miller is a founding member and past president of La Société Psychanalytique de Recherche et de Formation (The Society for Psychoanalytic Research and Training), France’s newest IPA affiliated psychoanalytic society.

Visiting Professor Week Schedule

SFCP Visiting Professor Week

Claudio Laks Eizirik, M.D.

November 11th through 17th

Our Visiting Professor is Claudio Laks Eizirik, a Training and Supervising Analyst from the Porto Alegre Institute for Psychoanalysis, Brazil. Dr. Eizirik is a well known and popular teacher and supervisor throughout Latin America, author of numerous articles and books, and former president of the IPA and the Association of Latin American Psychoanalysts (FEPAL).

Incoming Candidates Class

Incoming Candidates Class

We have a class of 5 talented candidates beginning psychoanalytic training this fall. Those candidates are:

  • Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT
  • Robert Eskuchen, MD
  • Joel Benjamin Goldstone, MFT
  • Rebecca Schwartz, PhD
  • Gregory Villalba, LCSW

A welcome introducing them to the community was not ready in time for the September newsletter but will be in the October newsletter.

A Tribute to Robert Wallerstein

A Tribute to Robert Wallerstein

by Herbert J. Weiner, PhD, MSW


I have been a student of psychoanalysis for nearly 50 years, and was always impressed by the balanced, systematic presentations that Bob made. He was fair to all schools and weighed them rigorously without any axe to grind. His thinking and logical voice outlasted the physical frailties of age.

Personally, he was always cordial and friendly, even though I am unlicensed. He was never a snob and treated me as a colleague.

In essence, he was a model psychoanalyst and credit to the profession.

While we are greatly saddened at his passing, he has left a path that we must follow in honor of his memory.


Robert S. Wallerstein

With great heavy
sadness I have
learned of your
passing you were

Learning from Experience: a Visiting Candidate Program

Learning from Experience: a Visiting Candidate Program

by Robin Deutsch, PhD


Recommendation for Proposed Structure Model to be considered by the Transition Committee

Recommendation for Proposed Structure Model to be considered by the Transition Committee

by Catherine Witzling, PhD, LCSW, Newsletter Editor


It is probably well known to our readers that in the wake of the departure of our Chief Operating Officer Jeff Miller, a Transition Committee has been formed, charged with considering the way SFCP functions and potentially suggesting improvements. We are including a summary of material, with relevant quotes, that appeared in a hyperlink to the President’s Message last month, so that members who don’t follow hyperlinks can see and understand the changes proposed by the Transition Committee. We are taking our lead from the Committee, which has said that these significant changes “should be discussed carefully.”

Visiting Professor 2014

Visiting Professor, 2014

by Eric Glassgold, MD


The 2014 SFCP Visiting Professor Program with Virginia Ungar from Buenos Aires welcomes All Members of the Bay Area Psychoanalytic Community

From November 10th through 16th, Virginia Ungar, our 2014 Visiting Professor, will offer a series of papers, clinical consultations, discussions of infant observation as well as a close reading and discussion of Donald Meltzer’s theoretical contributions regarding aesthetic conflict. You can see the full program schedule by clicking on the link Visiting Professor Program Schedule.


Emanuel Windholz Memorial Fund for Psychoanalytic Research

The Emanuel Windholz Fund is accepting applications for small grant proposals up to $30,000. The deadline for grant proposals in September 1, 2014. Funding decisions will be made by October 15, 2014.All active, life associate and Community Members are eligible to apply. Please see the instructions at the SFCP Emanuel Windholz Memorial Fund for Psychoanalytic Research webpage.

Michael Windholz
Chair, Research Committee


Roster Update

Change of Address for Maureen A. Katz, MD

Maureen A. Katz, MD
2435 Russell Street
Berkeley, Ca. 94705


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