Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program: Commencement Speech - Cooking and the Art of Psychotherapy

PPTP Graduation Speeches:
Commencement Speech

Cooking and the Art of Psychotherapy

by Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW


As I began to think about your graduation and what I might say to you, I found myself thinking about the gratitude I feel for my education in literature, then social work and later psychoanalysis. Pursuing education throughout my life has facilitated a freedom to be creative and to apply all of myself and my psychoanalytic thinking to my clinical work, teaching, program development and leadership.

Today, we celebrate what you have accomplished and all the ways in which you will continue to apply what you have learned and experienced as you move on to the next chapter in your career.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Graduation, June 14, 2014

PPTP Graduation Speeches

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Graduation, June 14, 2014

by Beth Steinberg, PhD, Chair, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division


Introduction to the Program

Good afternoon psychotherapy training graduates and families, students, members of the faculty, Management Team and Board, and all our other guests here today. It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you to this very special event honoring our 14 fine graduates from the Palo Alto and the SF PPTP’s.

SFCP New Board of Trustees Members

SFCP New Board of Trustees Members

Dr. Maurice Marcus has updated his bio.


Nominating Committee: Michael Donner, PhD, Linda Bartlett, PhD, Audrey Dunn, LCSW, Erik Gann, MD, Tora Hansen, MD

SFCP Business Meeting, June 17, 2014

SFCP Business Meeting , June 17, 2014

by Robin Deutsch, PHD


Welcome to the annual membership meeting. Thank you for taking the time to drive down and hear more about the current state of the Center. I also wish to thank an anonymous donor for the generous donation of this evening’s dinner.

The academic year seems to come and go in quite a flurry. It seems such a short time ago that I was addressing this meeting as President-elect, about to be President and now I have completed my three-year term. On June 30, I will step down and Michael Donner will begin his Presidency. I have great confidence in Michael’s abilities and look forward to hearing more about his initiatives during his time in office.

Within the past month, we held two graduations: one for our psychoanalytic candidates and the second, just last Saturday, for the graduates of our two adult psychoanalytic training programs.

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.

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?


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



FOR SALE: Two Psychoanalytic Couches

Ideal for separate office locations

Oak Frame, easy to move, wool upholstery.

$500 one couch/$950 for both together

Contact: or (415) 717-4874


International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Candidate Loan Information

International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Candidate Loan Information


Each year, the International Psychoanalytical Association makes interest free loans available to psychoanalytic candidates training in IPA-component programs.




Era A. Loewenstein, PhD, and Rebecca Schwartz, PhD, led on April 23, 2014, a Thoughtful Parenting Workshop: Handling Meltdowns and Other Daily Challenges with Your Young Child. The workshop was offered to parents from Potrero Kids Daniel Webster Preschool and PK3 Preschool as part of the new SFCP’s Child Development Program Initiative to develop Reflective Parenting Groups. The workshop was very well received by the 12 parents who participated.

Mary Brady, PhD, gave the Annual Beata Rank Lecture in Child Analysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute on May 14. Her paper was: “Invisibility and Insubstantiality in an Anorexic Adolescent.” 


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