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President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

Adapted from remarks made at the PED Graduation, May 21st, 2016.

It is one of the great privileges of being the SFCP President to be allowed to say a few words at the graduation of our candidates and PPTP students. I have recently had the pleasure of attending two other graduations as I celebrated the commencement of my daughter and her friends and classmates from the University of Arizona. The first was held at the football stadium, where there were over 40,000 guests and several thousand graduates; the second at her college, where 1,300 students from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences received the Bachelors, Masters or PhD’s. There were notable speakers, all of whom spoke of the important journey to come, and the value of lifelong learning. Honorary doctorates were given to academic luminaries, including one to the main speaker Vivek Murthey, the Surgeon General of the United States. Each was awarded the degree with all the rights and responsibilities that go along with it.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MA

We are excited that our renovations project to add another classroom and two additional offices, and to improve our sound system and audio capabilities, will be starting after June 13th. It is anticipated that most work will be completed by the end of August. Because the second floor and some of the first floor will be construction sites, we are asking that you limit your time in the building.

The administrative staff, except for Marian and Cynthia, are moving operations to first floor class rooms. For those staff—Aaron, Lynda and Varsha—phones will be answered by one central person, with messages relayed and responded to as soon as possible. We appreciate your cooperation during this period and look forward to our new class room and audio improvements. All staff are available via email.

Please see the Library News for information regarding Library services during this period.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


From the Extension Division
Sign Up for 2016–2017 Extension Courses and Programs on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Issues

By Beth Steinberg, PhD and Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT

We are offering an exciting array of programs for the 2016–2017 year, and you may learn more about these programs at 2016–2017 Extension Courses and Programs webpage.

San Francisco Yearlong Program, Trauma and Its Vicissitudes San Francisco Continuing Case Conference East Bay Yearlong Program, Inside the Analytic Frame: Its Role in the Creation of Symbolic Therapeutic Space Coalition for Clinical Social Work: Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients Seasoned Clinicians Program Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminars Child Psychotherapy Training Program
Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Graduates 2016

We are pleased to recognize the 2016 graduates of the Child Psychotherapy Training Program, Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program and San Francisco Psychotherapy Training Program

Child Psychotherapy Training Program

Danni Biondini, MFTi Jesse Little Shapiro, MFT

Palo Alto Psychotherapy Training Program

Efrat Sheba, MSW Regina Helena G. Campos, MA, EdS, PhD Lovina Chahal, MD Beate Klein, PhD, MFT Yookyung Kwon, PhD

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Kristina Antonson, MD Lydia Breen, MD Nicholas Freudenberg, MD Elise Geltman, LCSW Michael Hipolito, MD Alison Howard, MFT Yuunie Lee, MD Marty Mulkey, LMFT Kelly Nguyen, MFT Rick Nizzardini, LCSW, JD Nicole Pardo, MD Michael Scott, LCSW Mary Beth Trail, MFT
Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


Membership Division News

by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division

The past academic year 2015-2016 has been a vibrant one for the Center and for membership and we are looking forward to our Fall Party this year: DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Fall Party

We kicked off the year with our annual Fall Party, given by the Membership Integration Committee, which consists of community members, candidates and analysts working to bring our various groups together in activities that serve our broader SFCP community. We ate good food, met up with old friends, got to know new members and danced to the Bonafides. We will have our annual Fall Party coming this Fall, and in 2017, we will celebrate our 75th Gala with music, entertainment, memorabilia, interviews and much more. In keeping with the theme of who created and recreated our institute and center, I turn to the play, Hamilton. It’s a brilliant, psychologically astute portrayal of the individual, Hamilton, in the context of the beginnings of our country, and asks the question: “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” I think this question gets to the heart of our individual and collective history at SFPI&S / SFCP. Who will tell our story? We are asking you all to tell your stories. There are many who can’t, but we can tell our story and theirs, and continue the narrative.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


Psychoanalytic Education Division 2016 Graduation

On Saturday, May 21st, the SFCP community celebrated the 2016 Psychoanalytic Education Division graduates: Steve Baum, Debbie Duggan and Edit Markoczy, who completed their training in adult psychoanalysis, and Louis Roussel, who completed his training in child & adolescent psychoanalysis. The auditorium was filled with SFCP members, family and friends who were treated to a heartfelt, sensitive, humor-filled and thought provoking talk by Abby Wolfson. As TA’s served champagne, a long-standing SFCP tradition, we enjoyed a festive reception with an amazing spread of food

The festivities continued at Fang Restaurant, a short walk from the Center and conveniently located next to the newly expanded SF Museum of Modern Art. There we enjoyed a delicious meal of innovative Chinese cuisine, along with wine and martinis, as we caught up with colleagues and friends.

We would like to thank the SFCP staff for helping to make this year’s graduation ceremony and reception a success: Lynda Connelly, for organizing designing and producing the program and organizing the champagne reception; Aaron Chow, for generating the announcements, emails and coordinating registra-tion; Eric Rosen, for videotaping the ceremony; and Varsha Kekane, for helping out during the ceremony and reception. Future PED Graduations will take place on the 2nd Saturday in May. Next year’s date is May 13, 2017, so mark your calendars and please plan on joining us in celebrating our graduating analysts.

SFCP Graduation Committee
Laurie Case, William Glover, & Gary Grossman

from left: Debbie Duggan, LCSW, Edit Markoczy, PsyD, Steven Baum, PsyD
(not pictured, Louis Roussel, PhD)

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


The Book Club Project Update


The Curriculum Committee is happy to report that the launch of the Book Club Project was successful. Deb Weisinger and Karim Dajani shared their graduating papers on two separate dates in March. Both events were well attended and reviewed, with community at large members making up the majority of the audience. Both groups expressed gratitude at the quality of the scholarship presented and the convivial tone of the events. Above all, the book club format proved to be a successful outreach effort.

We invite all graduating candidates to strongly consider getting their feet wet by using this format to present their graduating papers or any other piece of psychoanalytic scholarship. The experience proved to be a good one for the analyst presenters and the attending audience. Community members are encouraged to also consider using this format to dissemi-nate their scholarship. We hope to hear from members who may be interested in using this forum in the academic year 2016-2017.


The Curriculum Committee

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


Library News, June, 2016

by Eric Rosen, MLIS


A Personal Note from Eric Rosen, Librarian

Dear Friends of the SFCP Library:

I returned from my medical leave of absence towards the beginning of May, working half days for a week and half. I was still feeling fatigued from my treatment at UCSF, but within a week, I felt stronger and was able to start working again full time.

Thank you all so much for your emails wishing me a speedy recovery and success in the procedure. It meant a lot to me to see that people cared. I still have a bit more to go with my treatment, but by July I should find out how well it worked. That’s a lot of time to wait, but I’ve learned to wait, and wait during my convalescence. In the meantime, I’m overjoyed to be back ‘manning the ship’; Melissa Cooper did a wonderful job—going above and beyond the call of duty in providing library services and keeping the library operational. I am sure she will make further contributions to library operations as well as special archival and other projects in the future. Thanks Melissa and all those of you who sent me best wishes!


Announcement concerning construction at 444 Natoma Street

From June 13 to the end of August, construction will be taking place at SFCP. In order to mitigate the effects on patrons, please try to follow these suggestions:

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)




Mardi Horowitz, MD, a distinguished contributor to psychoanalytic literature, has followed up his recently published book, Identity and the New Psychoanalytic Explorations of Self-Organization, with a new work from Cambridge University Press: Adult Personality Growth in Psychotherapy. The book has an advance in psychoanalytic theory and technique on defensive-ness. The book is available via Cambridge, Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-06 (June 2016)


President’s Message
"You're a hard act to follow."

by Michael Donner, PhD

Last month, I wrote an email to the membership about the difficulty the Nominating and Governance Committee (that I chair) has had finding someone to serve as President-Elect. I had noted that I would be stepping down as President in June, 2017, and that someone else needed to step up. That email prompted a number of conversations with a range of SFCP members, and a common refrain was the refrain “you’re a hard act to follow.”

I have been puzzled by this comment, but because I heard it so frequently, I have also been giving it a lot of thought. It is an interesting contrast, and perhaps an adjunct to something I was told at the outset of my tenure: “beware of the projections of others.” I have been thinking about what these two comments have in common, and would like to share some of my thoughts about them here. Initially, I thought the comment about the projections of others reflected the possibility that people would see me as dangerous, a threat to the established order. I had some “new” ideas about how to keep the Center moving forward, and was aware that this might seem disruptive and problematic to some.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)



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