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New SFCP Fellows

 

All applicants for the APsaA Fellowship, whether or not they are selected as APsaA Fellows, are offered the opportunity to become a SFCP Fellow. These Fellows have the option of being assigned an experienced psychoanalyst as a Mentor, and a Community Membership.

This year’s SFCP Fellows are William Pitts, MD, Captain, US Army Medical Corps, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and David Gatta, MA.

DAVID GATTA, MA, states “I am a doctoral candidate at the Wright Institute. My dissertation explores the role of associational imagery in the analytic encounter. My work posits a novel model whereby the sensoriality of the image is taken up as a guide to what is being communicated in the oneiric field. Currently I am a pre-doctoral intern at the Access Institute for Psychological Services. In addition to my internship I have been working as a psychological assistant under the supervisor of Dr. Jed Sekoff. I maintain a small private practice where I see both adults and young adults. Prior to opening this practice in the summer of 2013, I completed a practicum at Mills College. Clinical work with college students continues to remain a focus. Psychoanalytic theory has been a long-standing passion. It is my intention to one-day train as a psychoanalyst. I imagine a future divided across clinical work both in private practice as well as in a community clinic or in a college counseling setting. When I’m not working I try to spend as much time as possible camping and fly-fishing in the Sierra Nevada. I am a lover of wine and the culinary arts as well as all things Sicilian.

 

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

Membership Division News

by Meryl J. Botkin, PhD, Chair

It is hard to believe that we are about to start our Fall Semester at SFCP with classes for our candidates, PPTP and Year -long participants starting up on Friday, Sept 11th and our first Scientific Meeting on September 14th with Sam Gerson, PhD speaking on the Descendants of the Holocaust—Shadow Memories and Shadowed by Memory; Lisa Roth, PhD will be our Discussant.

We will celebrate a return to all the activities of the Center with our Annual Fall Party sponsored by the Membership Integration Committee (MIC) on Saturday, Sept 20th. There will be good food, good wine and great music by Craig Williams and the Bonafides. It’s a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new members and friends in our community. Feel free to bring a friend and please RSVP to Lynda Connelly (lynda.connelly@sf-cp.org).

This fall, we will be saying good-bye to Beth Schecter, our interim director, who came in on little notice and was a stabilizing force for all who worked with her. We will also welcome Marion Banks-Nickleberry, MS, LMSW, who will be our new Executive Director. Please come and meet Marion at our Fall Party and bid Beth good-bye.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

Introducing the New Candidates

 

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

Faculty Committee News

by Diane Donnelly, PhD, Faculty Committee Member

 

SFCP would like to welcome Suzanne Klein, PhD, who was recently appointed to the faculty. Her teaching interests include working with trauma, transference/countertransference, therapeutic action and object relations. 

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program

 

SFCP offers free mentoring from September 2015-June 2016 to Community Members who want to discuss developing as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, areas of theory that are of interest, or available resources and programs. Mentors meet one time per month with mentees for the academic year. We love to help you and hope you reach out!

To apply for this program, please visit 2015 - 2016 SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program webpage

We hope to hear from you!

Holly Gordon,DMH, Hilary Foster, PhD and Sunny Kuegle, PsyD, Co-chairs 

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

Library News, September 2015

by Eric Rosen, MLIS, Librarian and Gregory Borman, MLIS

 

Things have been busy at the SFCP Library throughout the summer. Greg and I, in addition to meeting a continuing call for library services on the part of summer patrons, have been focusing on a select portfolio of projects. These include:

Acquiring and adding APA Psych Books (4,000+ new eBooks to our electronic text collection), solving problems putting the books in the catalog, ensuring access from ez-proxy, and fixing other technical glitches. The syllabus project, which involves converting hundreds of syllabi from previous years into an online database. Recataloging of the audiovisual collection using an improved access template and bar codes for individual artifacts Work on the unpublished papers files, a collection of 833 manuscripts deposited with SFCP beginning in the 1960’s.

In addition, library staff has:

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

RECOGNITIONS

 

Lee Grossman, MD, has published the following:
(2013). The third wish: Some Thoughts on Using Magic against Magic. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82:477-482.
(2014). Analytic technique: A reconsideration of the Concept. Psychoanalalytic Review, 101:431-449.
(2015). The syntax of oedipal thought in the case of Little Hans. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 84:469-478.
(2015). The Object-Preserving Function of Sadomasochism. Psychoanalytic Quarterly in press.

Robin Deutsch, PhD, moderated and participated in two Small Discussion Groups at the International Psychoanalytical Association meetings in Boston: “Writing as a tool for development of independent thought: pitfalls and benefits,” and “The analyzing instrument: its evolution.”

Mary T. Brady, PhD, published “Unjoined persons’: psychic isolation in adolescence and its relation to bodily symptoms. (2015). Journal of Child Psychotherapy: 41(2), 179-194 (2015).

Presented paper: “Psychic isolation in adolescence and its relation to bodily symptoms” at the International Psychoanalytic Association Meetings, Boston, on July 24, 2015:

Harvey Peskin, PhD, has received the 2015 Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at the IPA Congress. The unpublished study was entitled, “Uses of guilt in the treatment of dehumanization” and presented as a lecture in Boston last month.

Dr. Peskin also received the IPA Hayman Prize for Published Work Pertaining to Traumatized Children and Adults in 2013.

Mali Mann, MD, presented her paper in a panel "Locating unrepresented thought: the relationship between trauma, disrupted object representations and evolving concepts of the unconscious” in Boston.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

Harvey Peskin
667 Santa Rosa Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
United States

5 June 2015

Dear Dr Harvey Peskin,

On behalf of the Boston Programme Committee, I am delighted to inform you that your paper “Uses of Guilt in the Treatment of Dehumanization” has been selected as the 2015 winner of The Elise M. Hayman Award For The Study Of The Holocaust And Genocide.

The Award is made in recognition of your most cogent and commendable work on the Holocaust and Genocide.

The evaluation was particularly difficult this year due to the quality of papers that came from a lifelong research or personal engagement on the Holocaust and genocide. In a most courageous and creative way, you examine Freud's late work "Civilization and its Discontents" and "Moses and Monotheism" to argue that Freud's adherence to this formulation of the super-ego as the agency of self-punishment failed to differentiate between "death guilt" and "life guilt". The former supports a very pessimistic view of a witness' (or an analyst') ability to bring about change in a trauma victim, while the latter holds the promise to reverse the process of dehumanization. Turning our attention to the life guilt "has major implications for the stance we take with the regard to the role of witnessing and the moral imperative in the recovery from dehumanizing experience". Here witnessing is taking a curative potential that ought to be recognized and encouraged in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy but also in societal processes."

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)

 

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

Thirty five years ago, while being interviewed for my graduate program, the person interviewing me asked: “Why do you want to be a psychotherapist? The era of the individual psychotherapist is over.” Since then, we have all heard the repeated refrain: CBT, evidence based therapies, medications and mindfulness all herald the death of psychoanalysis. Just a month ago, Tom Leonard wrote an article in The Spectator magazine titled “Why American Psychoanalysts Are An Endangered Species”, noting that “Drugs, yoga, CBT and busy lives are occupying the space once reserved for the shrink’s couch.” He sadly (and somewhat snidely) noted that the average age of analysts is up, the average number of patients are down, and that the so called “worried well” have much more to worry about in this modern age. And yet, here we are, commemorating the graduation of nine candidates, celebrating the careers of nine new psychoanalysts.

Some of what Leonard writes is true. We are older, grayer, and may be seeing fewer patients in 4 - 5 times weekly psychoanalysis. As I was reading this most recent obituary proclaiming the death of psychoanalysis, I did a little digging. 118 years ago tomorrow, Mark Twain famously corrected newspaper rumors about his demise by writing to a journalist of the day: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” I believe the reports of the death of psychoanalysis are just as wrong.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

June, 2015 Visit — Giuseppe Civitarese

by Patricia Marra, MFT, Co-Chair, Visiting Professor committee & San Francisco Yearlong committee

Giuseppe Civitarese, MD. PhD will be visiting SFCP from June 7 to June 13, 2015, He will be presenting at the following occasions:

Sunday, June 7, 1;00pm – 3:00pm
Postgraduate Clinical Program with Giuseppe Civitarese, MD, PhD
Case Presentation: Adam Goldyne, MD

Monday, June 8, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Scientific Meeting: “Poetry of the Dream and De-personalization.”
Discussant: Alice Jones, MD

Friday, June 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm
SFCP Candidate Meeting
Case Presentation: Maureen Kurpinsky,PhD

Saturday, June 13, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical material based on “Transformations in Hallucinosis and the Receptivity of the Analyst” IJP, 2014.
Discussant: Rachael Peltz, PhD
Case Presentation: Laurie Goldsmith, PhD

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

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