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News from the Curriculum Committee

by Laurie Case, PhD, Chair

Curriculum Evaluation Committee

Last fall the Curriculum Committee, noting that 15 years had passed since the last major revision of the curriculum, moved to form a new Curriculum Evaluation Committee. The Psychoanalytic Education Division approved the plan and the committee was formed. The CEC will be spending the next two plus years considering questions of structure as well as content. We will engage in such questions as the merits of retaining the present track system as well as reviewing how well our present pluralistic curriculum is achieving its goals. We will also broach questions concerning the most effective ways of teaching Freud as well as more contemporary theorists. Above all we will endeavor to imagine an optimal educational experience for fostering competent and effective psychoanalysts for the 21st century. To this end, we hope to solicit feedback from all members of our community. There will be some formal outreach, though we also invite anyone who has thoughts pertaining to the curriculum to contact the CEC. We encourage you to email us. We would also be happy to talk with you directly either by phone or in person. For purposes of keeping track of feedback, we ask that you either contact Laurie Case ( or Lisa Buchberg ( We look forward to hearing from you and will be keeping you apprised of our progress in the coming months.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-03 (March 2016)


Library News

by Eric H. Rosen, MLIS, Librarian


A sad goodbye to Gregory Borman, who resigned his Part-time position at SFCP in February in order to take a full time job working at a company in Berkeley that makes software and provides technical services for NPOs. We understand his decision to leave, although it leaves the Library an emptier place, at least for the moment. While he was here working as the Library Assistant, Greg among a large number of other things filled countless article requests, worked debugging the catalog, and most notably did an enormous amount of work on the archives, particularly the Emanuel Windholz Archive, one of the more difficult projects underway at the library. Greg was an indispensable figure at the SFCP Library, with his stainless steel mug with a Stanford logo filled with ‘tastes of India’ tea. I personally shared many happy moments working in the library with Greg, who became known in the Library community as a hard worker with a meticulous eye for detail—Goodbye, Greg—

Of course, this means that there will soon be a new library assistant. We started interviewing candidates as soon as Greg let us know that he was going to be leaving; and before a week or two passes we will be hiring someone new, who will start to learn the ropes all over again. I will be happy to show them how we do things at the SFCP Library, and hope that the new assistant will find a fulfilling challenge working here, as I do, and in time become their own unique part of the library community.

Miranda Dershimer continues to work in the library’s audiovisual archive, assembling a new catalog of artifacts that should streamline usage of the collection, both internally and externally, and paving the way for the streaming videos when they go up. We hear that Miranda was invited to a film festival back east to accept an award for two of her 16mm film shorts. Congratulations, Miranda!


Newsletter Issue: 2016-03 (March 2016)




Mali A. Mann, MD
A report on Mali Mann, MD and Rose Gupta's panel presentation “Unrepresented Thought: the Relationship between Trauma, Disrupted Object Representations and Evolving Concepts of the Unconscious” was published in Int J Psychoanalysis(2015) 96:1667-1669

Michael Bader, DMH
Michael Bader, DMH, has recently published “Paul Krugman has it backwards: Hillary supporters are the ones in a fantasy world" in, 2016 and “How Can We Stop America's Deadly Epidemic of Loneliness?" in, 2016

Newsletter Issue: 2016-03 (March 2016)




2016/17 Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy Training:

San Francisco Bay Area Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy intensive study program , sponsored by PCPG, is extending the deadline for application for courses starting Fall 2016. Develop and ground your practice and your couple therapy skills, join a group of dedicated and interesting colleagues, and become part of the Bay Area psychoanalytic couple therapy community - a friendly referral and learning resource. Course meets Friday afternoons from Fall 2016 through Spring 2017, and includes rich didactic and clinical case conferences, and video classes with both PCPG and international faculty from the Tavistock in London.

More information is available at, or feel free to contact Julie Friend, LCSW at, or Leora Benioff, PhD at with any questions about the program, or if you would like to apply.

Study Group
I am looking for colleagues who are interested to join in a study Group focusing on "Psychoanalytic Understanding of Children’s Art”. Please contact Mali Mann, MD, at 650-325-8762 or email me at

Newsletter Issue: 2016-03 (March 2016)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

A protest on Martin Luther King’s birthday shut down the Bay Bridge and prompted a number of comments on Facebook and Twitter. Many of the comments unfavorably compared these protesters to Dr. King, and praised King for his peaceful approach. Most were critical of today's protesters for their disruption of traffic. One noted that his gentle, peaceful approach was the reason King was successful and revered as a leader of the civil rights movement.

This last comment stunned me. It was if the writer had forgotten that King was beaten, arrested, jailed, spied upon and ultimately assassinated. Although beloved by some of his followers, he was hated and reviled by many others. Dr. King was a disruptor who marched illegally, blocking bridges and roads in protest, disrupting a system and pushing against the boundaries of what was too long considered acceptable.

It was in this spirit that protestors shut down a bridge. It was disruptive political speech that demanded we pay attention, and debate and consider ideas that we might otherwise take for granted. When we argue about the appropriateness of college students' demands for safe spaces against microagressions, we consider something that we had previously taken for granted. Police brutality and the use of deadly force is not new, but iPhone videos are exposing practices that too many of us had not seen before.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MA

Black History is made every day.
The month of February is celebrated as African American/Black History month and has continued to be a topic of both celebration and criticism. During this month African Americans are mentioned, celebrated, seen and heard. For some it is also a time of reflection, a time to think about the continued need to have a separate month dedicated to the achievements of African Americans. Some people argue that African Americans are first and foremost Americans, and that their history should be intricately woven into the American experience. Most recently, the question of the inclusion of African Americans hit popular culture smack in the face, when the Academy Awards program was heavily criticized for not having African Americans other people of color represented in nominations for movies, directors, actors and actresses for the second year in a row.

Years ago when these oversights--or some would say slights--were the norm, African Americans created separate or-ganizations to highlight African American directors, actors and actresses, scientists and business people, and pay tribute to their accomplishments. Thus came the Black Entertainment (BET) and the Essence Awards shows.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


News from the APsaA meeting, January, 2016

by William C. Glover, PhD, Chair Psychoanalytic Education Division
BOPS Fellow, Alternate Councilor, to the Executive Council, APsaA

The By-Law amendment giving Executive Council authority and responsibility in all areas of organizational function-ing, including education, WAS APPROVED. 2⁄3 majority necessary for adoption. For – 930 (69.3%). Against – 412 (30.7%). This is a historic moment for APsaA as the long-running governance struggle over BOPS’s autonomy is decisively resolved.

Lee Jaffe won election as President-elect by a similar margin of victory. Harriet Wolfe takes office as President this June and Lee will succeed her in June 2018. Lee supported the By-Law amendment while his opponent, Harvey Schwartz, opposed it.

Councilors at Large; Sally Rosenberg, Jeffrey Seitelman and Fredric Perlman were elected. All three supported the amendment.

This decisive election gives a clear mandate for the 6 Point-Plan (6-PP) developed by the Executive Committee led by President Mark Smaller and Harriet Wolfe. Lee is also very supportive of the 6-PP. Council and BOPS have both endorsed the plan last June. The Work Groups for each of the 6 Points will continue to develop out specific proposals for deliberation and action by Council. The By-laws work group chaired by Drew Clemens will begin working on further By-law changes necessary to implement change. With Council’s authority now clearly established this can happen fairly quickly (12-18 months).

Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


SFCP members receive Special Recognition at APsaA 2016 National Meeting

Many SFCP members attended and participated in the program. The following members earned special recognition.

Educational Achievement Award: Gilbert W. Kliman, MD, was awarded the Anna Freud Prize for combining the fields of education and psychoanalysis.
  Sabshin Teaching Awards for educators of students who are not candidates: Naomi Janowitz, PhD
  Candidates’ Council Psychoanalytic Paper Prize: Deborah Weisinger, PsyD: “Developing a Psychoanalytic Identity in the Presence of a Psychotherapeutic Identity.” Semifinalist: Suzanne Klein, PhD: “Healing Psychic Trauma through the Psychoanalytic Relationship.”
  Appointed Training & Supervising Analyst: Gary Grossman, PhD Helen Schoenhals Hart, Dr. med.
Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


News from the Child Colloquium Committee

by Sarah Stadler, MD, and Jacqueline Ward, PhD, Co - Chairs

The Child Colloquium is pleased to be offering two events this month. In the evening on Sunday, February 21 we will be showing a film. Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go →, is an intensive look at Oxford's Mulberry Bush School for emotionally disturbed children, made over a three month period. Shot in a vérité style this documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Kim Longinotto wrestles with the complexities of the lives of children living in this residential three-year program. Based on Winnicott's theories, this school provides a first hand look at the children’s emotional life and the clinicians and teachers who try to reach them. We will watch the film along with Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW who will both discuss the clinical issues in the film and lead a discussion with the audience.

Reyna Cowan, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst and child therapist in private practice in Oakland. She is a graduate of PINC and on the faculty at both SFCP and PINC, as well as a film critic at KPFA radio.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


News from the Faculty Committee

by Diane Donnelly, Chair, Faculty Appointment Subcommittee


SFCP would like to welcome the following individuals to the Faculty:

Audrey Dunn, LCSW, Adjunct Faculty. Her teaching interests include the application of psychoanalytic thinking to community and non private practice settings including schools, and child and adolescent psychotherapy.
  Judith Siegel, PhD, Adjunct Faculty. Her teaching interests include case conferences, developing a private practice and Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
  Deborah Weisinger, PsyD, Active Faculty. Her teaching interests include Beginning treatment and the transition from psychotherapy to psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic process, identity development throughout the life span, and impasses in treatment.
  Terry Schulman, PhD, Active Faculty. Her teaching interests include use of countertransference, female development, sexuality, and psychoanalysis and the use of assisted reproductive technology.
Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)



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