by Michael Donner, PhD
It was my pleasure to attend the Membership Integration Party on Sunday, September 20th, an event made possible by the hard work of Meryl Botkin, Chair of the Membership Division, all the members of the Membership Integration Committee and the SFCP staff. What follows is part of my remarks at that meeting.
SFCP is a large and vibrant community, with over 600 analyst and community members and thousands of visitors and participants in our courses and programs. We are now made stronger and more vibrant with the inclusion of the Sacramento Psychoanalytic Society - a group formed to support and enhance psychoanalytic ideas in the Sacramento region. The board has just established a new membership category for our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy graduates and students and we are looking forward to their formal engagement with this new part of our organization.
Growth is wonderful, but with growth also comes change and loss. This month marks the departure of Beth Schecter, who served as our Interim Executive Director, and a transition to our new Executive Director, Marian Banks-Nickleberry. Beth has done a wonderful job as interim ED, and we are a much improved organization as a result of her efforts. Not only has she helped us continue our work throughout the year, she has guided us through some significant challenges financially and organizationally. I have learned quite a bit from her about the complexities of running an organization like SFCP, and have benefited from her many years of experience.