President's Message

Message from the Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MA

 

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

Michael B. Donner, PhD
A protest on Martin Luther King’s birthday shut down the Bay Bridge and prompted a number of comments on Facebook and Twitter. Many of the comments unfavorably compared these protesters to Dr. King, and praised King for his peaceful approach. Most were critical of today's protesters for their disruption of traffic. One noted that his gentle, peaceful approach was the reason King was successful and revered as a leader of the civil rights movement.

President's Message

Michael B. Donner, PhD

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

A Year in the Life…

Freud's Bar. The Scientific Meeting. Visiting Professor. A Day With. San Francisco, South Bay and East Bay Psychotherapy Forums. Stanford Grand Rounds. The Coalition for Clinical Social Work. Opera on the Couch. Members Present. Black Psychoanalysts Speak. That was just the November calendar.

President's Message

Michael B. Donner, PhD

President’s Message

by Michael B. Donner, PhD

 

Thanksgiving messages are often a list of those things we are thankful for, and this year is no different. I am thankful this year for the hard work of the SFCP Search Committee, who found our Executive Director. I am thankful for the daily work of our staff, both visible and behind the scenes, and all the usually thankless efforts of the members of SFCP who create, support and teach in our many programs. I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate the dedication and hard work that goes into making SFCP a home for psychoanalysis.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

What’s Your Brand?

As our search committee was interviewing candidates, one of them asked us “What’s your brand? Do you have an elevator speech?” That candidate (now our Executive Director Marian Banks-Nickleberry) stumped me then, and I remain a bit stumped today. I was recently interviewed by a TV reporter who asked me about SFCP. He wanted to know what we do. I fumbled around a bit, and finally settled on describing us as “an academic institution that trains mental health professionals the principles of psychoanalysis.” Wholly unsatisfied by this response, I found myself ask-ing the question: What is our brand?

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

It was my pleasure to attend the Membership Integration Party on Sunday, September 20th, an event made possible by the hard work of Meryl Botkin, Chair of the Membership Division, all the members of the Membership Integration Committee and the SFCP staff. What follows is part of my remarks at that meeting.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

In the last year since the shooting death by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, our country has been engaged in an intense conversation about race. That profoundly difficult and much needed conversation has come alive within psychoanalysis as well. It could not be more timely for us at SFCP to address, among ourselves, the difficulty of think- ing and speaking to one another, with our patients, and with our analysts about race. We will take this opportunity to view the film “ Black Psychoanalysts Speak” together, and then to follow the viewing with conversation about the film and about our own difficulties speaking about race.

President's Message

The reports of the death of psychoanalysis are exaggerated.

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduation 2015

Following is the text of the graduation address given by Michael Donner, PhD

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

A Culture of Giving: Thank you for your contribution….
Several things have come up in the last week or so that got me thinking about our “culture of giving.” This week I was the author of two letters thanking SFCP members for their kind and generous donations. At the beginning of the week I was surprised and delighted by a letter I received. A member of SFCP had sent us a check for $5000.00! This generous contribution was a gesture on the member’s behalf, intended to represent his gratitude and appreciation for our support of psychoanalytic training. There were no strings attached, although the donor, clearly a participant in some of our streaming programs, asked that we consider upgrading our microphones!

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

The Search Begins….

Several months ago, the board appointed a Transition Committee to consider the next step in our management structure. The Transition Committee, chaired by Audrey Dunn, carefully reviewed our current management model. Although we have a temporary Interim Executive Director, our current model calls for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who reports to the President. The President is accountable to the Board.

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