President's Message

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.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

Help Wanted. Help Needed. SFCP Board seeking to fill several open positions.

Most of us are familiar with President Kennedy’s famous quotation: “Ask not what your Country can do for you, ask what you can do for your Country.” Kennedy was calling for people be part of the solution, to take ownership and leadership for solving the problems of the Country. Fortunately, SFCP doesn't have that problem. SFCP has 235 Analyst members (68 of whom are life members, 70 or above) and 225 Community members (64 in PPTP & PAPPTP). Taking a rough count from our roster, well over half of our analyst members and untold numbers of Community members are currently serving in some capacity on a committee or task force. I'm quite sure that those of you who are not doing so now have done so more than once in the past.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

Announcement of Committee on Group Process

It is my pleasure to announce the formation of the Committee on Group Process and the appointment of Ray Poggi as Chair. In 2012, President Robin Deutsch convened a task force to study the vicissitudes of group process at SFCP and to make recommendations about the creation of a committee on group process. The Task Force completed its report to Dr. Deutsch and the Management Team in June 2013, and formed a study group to develop the skills to become useful to the SFCP community. At the December, 2014 meeting of the SFCP Board of Trustees, the Study Group was formally designated as a Committee on Group Process. Like the Ethics and Impairment Committee, this committee is established outside of the Division structure and the Chair will report directly to the President.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

The end of the old and the approach of the new year is for me a time for pause and reflection. Magazines and websites post their top 10 and “best of” lists and many people are thinking about their New Years resolutions. As I reflect on the year, I find myself thinking a great deal about what we have gained and especially who we have lost.

President's Report

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

As I was thinking about my message for the month, I was also planning our families Thanksgiving menu, reflecting on Thanksgivings past, friends, family, successful and sometimes disastrous meals (don't get me started on carving a turkey). My thoughts turned to all that I'm thankful for, and I began to think about all that I'm thankful for at SFCP.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

As I'm writing this, SFCP has completed the first month of our academic year and the first month of the “ending phase” of our transition. Beth Schecter has stepped into the interim role and has been keeping us on track and helping us sort out what our “new beginning” will look like.

We have been very busy. SFCP welcomed our new Fellows of the American Psychoanalytic Association at a reception before our first Scientific Meeting. We celebrated the dedication of our Donor Wall at the Fall Party, and our Candidates, PPTP, PAPPTP and Year Long programs began their classes along with Dialogues, our Student Seminars and Clinical Forums. The SFCP and University College London Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party Project completed its second collaboration, the Management Team held a day long retreat, and the Board of Trustees welcomed eight new members to its first meeting.

President’s Message

President’s Message

by Robin Deutsch, PhD

 

In slightly more than the blink of an eye, another academic year has gone by; analytic graduation has passed and psychoanalytic psychotherapy graduation is soon to be upon us. It seems that such a short time ago, I was writing my first newsletter column as President, and now, I have arrived at my final newsletter column. On June 30, I will step down as SFCP President.

President's Message

President's Message

by Robin Deutsch, PhD

 

As the end of the academic year is approaching, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank analysts who have given generously of themselves in leadership positions over the past several years. Michael Windholz, a member of the Management Team and Chair of the Academic and Applied Psychoanalysis, Advocacy and Research Division, Paul Ransohoff, co-chair of the Ethics Com- mittee, Jan Baeuerlen, co-Chair of the Committee on Child Anal- ysis, and Linda Bartlett, Chair of the Low Fee Referral Service are all stepping down from their positions on June 30.

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