President's Message

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.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Robin Deutsch, PhD & Michael Donner, PhD, President—elect

 

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we recently implemented a plan asking faculty, program and committee chairs to open and close the building in the evenings and weekends. We would like to apologize to the SFCP Community for the concern and dismay this decision and its implementation provoked. We are taking immediate steps to address the situation.

President's Message

President’s Message

by Robin Deutsch, PhD

 

As many may know by now, Harriet Wolfe has been elected APsaA’s next President-elect. She received 71.3% of the vote, while Richard Lightbody, the other candidate for President-elect, received 28.7%.

It is a very generous act to give of one’s precious time to help our organizations. Whichever psychoanalytic camp one belongs to, Harriet and Richard should be thanked for their willingness to contribute time, energy, and thoughtfulness for our profession’s benefit. Speaking for myself, having APsaA’s new President-elect have so much experience evolving governance structures of psychoanalytic organizations can only be beneficial to APsaA.

President's Message

President's Message

President's Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

 

About a year ago, after the ballots were counted, I was talking to a friend of mine, describing our organizational hierarchy and the job of the President at SFCP. My friend-a leadership consultant to Bank and Ivy League University Presidents, and CEO of multibillion dollar corporations-said to me: "Every organization has to have a leader. Every leader has to have goals. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve during your presidency?”

I have been thinking about this question for the last year, struggling to define what I wanted to achieve as President. I thought about my friend’s office, filled with photos and biographies of Presidents, Generals, Captains of Industry and wondered what I could learn from their achievements. What were their goals?

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