Message from the Board Chair

Message from the Board Chair

by Zach Cowan


In this issue of the newsletter you'll see articles from our President Michael Donner and our Interim Executive Director, Beth Schecter, about their approaches to taking care of SFCP after Jeff Miller's departure, and to replacing him. I thought it would be good to provide my perspective as Chair of the Board of Trustees as well. I'll start by saying that while changes can be good or bad, I generally focus on the potential for positive change, and bend my efforts in that direction.

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.

Candidate Colloquium

Candidate Colloquium


As the new academic year is about to start we wanted to say thank you to Debbie Duggan, LCSW, and Patrick Neer, PsyD, for their work as the Candidate Colloquium Co-Chairs over the last two years, and to introduce ourselves as the new people who have agreed to step into those roles. Please feel free to contact us at any point if there is a visiting analyst who you are interested in having meet with the candidates.

Genie Dvorak PsyD (415) 249-9184
Greg Villalba LCSW (415) 794-1578

TA/SA Study Group

TA/SA Study Groups


To all faculty:

This fall there are potentially two TA/SA study groups with available space. Marshall Bush is available to facilitate a TA study group (TASG), which would meet in San Francisco or Marin. Jan Mill is planning to facilitate an SA study group (SASG), which will be starting in late October in the East Bay. If you want to participate in either group, you should contact Terry Becker, the TA/SA study group coordinator, to let him know of your wish to do so. You may directly contact Marshall or Jan to learn more about these groups.



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The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud



Mali Mann, MD announces the publication of her new edited book, “The Psychoanalytic Aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology”. She has contributed to us the following explanation of her work with Assisted Reproductive Technology.

This book contributes in an important way to the psychoanalytic understanding and impact of Assisted Reproductive Technology on a majority of patients who have difficulties starting new families. Recent advances in reproductive technology and the increased use of techniques based upon it have created a need for psychoanalytic thinking and understanding of the implications of Assisted Reproductive P, in-vitro and other similar procedures.

Visiting Professor Week Program Schedule

Visiting Professor, 2014

by Eric Glassgold, MD


NOVEMBER 10th-16th, 2014

Thursday evening, October 30th, 2014, 7:30 PM at SFCP: The Writings of Dr. Virginia Ungar: A Preview of a Distinct Psychoanalytic Integration Presenters: Era Loewenstein, PhD, SFCP Training and Supervising Analyst and Jack Giuliani, PhD, SFCP Faculty. Webcast available. The presenters will provide a brief overview of Dr. Virginia Ungar’s major papers published in English highlighting her theoretical foundation and clinical interests.

The Visiting Professor Program 2014: An Interview with Virginia Ungar, MD



An Interview with Virginia Ungar, MD
Interviewer: Laurie Goldsmith, PhD, Co-Chair, Visiting Professor Committee, SFCP Faculty.

Virginia Ungar, MD, is an Argentine psychoanalyst who lives in Buenos Aires and has been in practice since 1977. Dr. Ungar will be the Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis in November 2014.

Library News

Library News

by Eric Rosen, MLIS, Librarian


While the students and most of the library patrons went on to their summer digs, the library has been busy catching up on projects, preparing for the arrival of interns to work on our archival collection, preparing library orientation materials, and making acquisitions and post-production work for a new series of videos to be hosted by Pep-Web, In addition, we have done smaller, more routine tasks necessary to keep the library running and in good shape for the resumption of full demand for library services during the academic year, like financials, statistics, work with EZ-proxy e-journals, and other electronic services, and the print and serial collection.

Using the Library

Using the Library

by Eric Rosen, MLIS, Librarian


Borrowing and Renewing Library Materials
Analyst members, candidates and community members have full borrowing privileges from the SFCP Library. All other patrons may use library materials onsite. The loan period for circulating library material is one month. If there is a waiting list, or if an item is requested by another patron, the item may be recalled after two weeks. One four week renewal is possible for all circulating material. Renewal and reserve requests may be made in person, via phone or via email. The library is open to the public during business hours.

Photocopies and Scans
Librarians will make copies or scans for SFCP analyst members, candidates or community members on request. All other patrons are welcome to use library materials onsite.


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