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Curriculum Committee News

To: SFCP Community
Re: Graduation Paper Presentations
Date: Fall 2015

Dear SFCP Community,

The curriculum committee is working on establishing a process that enables newly minted members to present their graduation papers. We wanted to share some of our deliberations to inform and solicit ideas for consideration as we work on finalizing a structure.

We discussed a twofold aim for this project. The first is concrete — establish a reliable process and venue for graduating members to present their final papers. The second is cultural — encourage more involvement with each other’s ideas and interests. Formalizing a process that welcomes graduating candidates to disclose aspects of their thinking, work and identity is likely to affect our culture in positive ways; at the very least it will increase familiarity and involvement with one another’s work and thinking.

The usual format at other institutes has been to hold a formal presentation where a senior member of the community acts as a discussant. In order to maximize the cultural impact of making us more familiar and involved with another we wanted a medium that was more "horizontal”, a convivial meeting of colleagues organized around a piece of writing. We envision it more like a book club with the author present. Wine and snacks will be provided.

The next steps for this round will be to set up two presentations at the end of March early April where 12–15 members can sign up for a meeting. Each meeting will be organized around a paper that will be discussed book club style. Abstracts and invitations will be emailed to the entire membership. The email announcement will familiarize the community with the new graduates papers, and interested members can sign up for the event.

We welcome your reactions and reflections as we hammer out the details.


Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)


Library News, December, 2015

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


End of the year thoughts

The end of the year is a time for stock-taking and reflection.

It has been a busy year for the SFCP Library. Circulation of books and other library materials were actually slightly higher than last year, and our remote users increased their numbers to about 500 online readers of eBooks, databases, and online journals. Fewer people visited the library, it is true, than before, but the ones who did seemed to have just as much of an appetite for the printed word as before.

Our online resources took a dramatic increase this year with a subscription to the Psych Books collection from the APA. It gives access to research studies and other materials about psychoanalysis and psychiatry published by the APA and other mental health publishers, expanding the diversity of our collection. It gives access to over4,000 books, with no restriction on recent publications. Only active since September, PsychBooks has already attracted 88 users.

Our other online resources, Pep-Web, EZ-Proxy and the Taylor & Francis eBook collection continue to be popular and worthwhile platforms for research and study of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

In the special projects currently percolating at the library, Greg, Jackie, and I have managedto expand the proportion of processed material. The Wallerstein, Anna Maenchen, SFPI&S have been completed; we are currently at work on the Norman Reider and Emmanuel Windholz papers.

We are committed to producing 16 DVD/Digital Video programs for our audiovisual archive and circulating collections in the next year; in the last three months, we were able to film and convert 6 videos tyo DVDs. Coming soon (we hope)…streaming video of films without having to remember to return the DVD!

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)




Gilbert Kliman, MD, 2016 Anna Freud Educational Achievement Award
The Schools Committee, of the American Psychoanalytic Association, is profoundly pleased to announce that the winner, of the 2016 Anna Freud Educational Achievement Award, is Gilbert Kliman, MD, the Medical Director of The Children's Psychological Health Center of San Francisco. Dr. Kliman's achievements are too numerous for any brief announcement. Suffice it to say, simply, that his decades of dedication have benefited people all over the world.

Naomi Janowitz, PhD, APsaA 2015 Edith Sabshin Teaching Award Recipient
The Selection Committee of the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award selected Dr. Naomi Janowitz, PhD, as one of the recipients of this year’s APsaA Edith Sabshin Teaching Award.

Robert Waska, LPCC, MFT, PhD, will be teaching online January and February 2016 for the Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple's Psychotherapy Institute, located in New York. His five week class will be The Modern Kleinian Approach to Working with Couples: A Case Conference

Robin A. Deutsch, PhD, has been nominated for a 2015 Gradiva Award, in the edited book category for her book, Traumatic Ruptures: Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship.

Robin A. Deutsch, PhD, gave the following presentations at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis:
October 27, 2015, Scientific Meeting: A Voice Lost, A Voice Found: After the Death of the Analyst and
October 28, 2015, Faculty Lecture: Knowing and Not Knowing: Analyst Aging, Disability and Death

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)




We welcome opinions from all our members.
Please submit to Lynda Connelly ( and Catherine Witzling ( by the 25th of each month.


The following material was submitted by Emily Brewer, MD, Volunteer Member of the SFCP Get Out The Vote! Group, regarding the upcoming APsaA vote on the Bylaw Amendment.

in this Historic Ballot to UNIFY the
American Psychoanalytic Association

VOTE FOR the By-Law Amendment
We Need YOUR Vote!

Please make sure you VOTE in the upcoming APsaA ballot
which arrives the first week in December.

Every Vote Counts and a two-thirds majority is needed to pass the By-Law Amendment.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

What’s Your Brand?

As our search committee was interviewing candidates, one of them asked us “What’s your brand? Do you have an elevator speech?” That candidate (now our Executive Director Marian Banks-Nickleberry) stumped me then, and I remain a bit stumped today. I was recently interviewed by a TV reporter who asked me about SFCP. He wanted to know what we do. I fumbled around a bit, and finally settled on describing us as “an academic institution that trains mental health professionals the principles of psychoanalysis.” Wholly unsatisfied by this response, I found myself ask-ing the question: What is our brand?

Although no one asked, I do have an answer to the question: “what is psychoanalysis?” For me, psychoanalysis is a model of the mind, and a way of thinking about people and relationships based on that model. Psychoanalysis can be a form of treatment, and a way of engaging and thinking about people and groups. Right or wrong, good or bad, I have an answer to the question. It says something important that I'm not so clear about what (or who) we are at SFCP.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-11 (November 2015)


Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MS


You are critical to our success. There are several exciting upcoming events that we want you to place on your calendars. All of them will require your time and willingness to participate.

One highlight on our calendar is the Black Psychoanalysts Speak event. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to join a very important conversation regarding race and how it is or is not being addressed by Psychoanalysts.

However; this is just the beginning of the conversation…

We have invited our community partners (African American, Hispanic Mental Health practitioners and community members ) to see the film and take part in the conversation.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-11 (November 2015)


Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis, 2015 - Scientific Meeting

by Charles P. Fisher, MD


At the October 12, 2015 Scientific Meeting of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Professor Mark Solms was awarded the Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis. Stanley Steinberg, MD, presented the award on behalf of the Haskell Norman Committee. Dr. Solms' delivered a lecture entitled "What is a Mind? A Neuropsychoanalytic Approach." Charles Fisher, MD, served as moderator.

In describing his approach to this topic, Mark Solms wrote “What is a Mind? This problem cannot be answered by a purely scientific understanding of the brain, nor by a purely philosophical or psychological approach. Minds are characterized by subjectivity, intentionality, and agency. A psychoanalytic view of mind presupposes that a large part of what we call the ‘mind’ is unconscious. The aspect of nature -- the ‘thing’ in Kant's sense - that both psychoanalysis and neuroscience try to understand is the mental apparatus (as described by Freud). Neuropsychoanalysis seeks to use data from mental experience (the data of psychoanalysis) integrated with data from neuroscience to achieve a deeper view of the mental apparatus.”

Readers might be interested in a slide from this lecture (see below), in which Professor Solms compared regions of the human brain associated with particular mental functions with Freud’s well-known diagram of the psychic apparatus.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-11 (November 2015)


SFCP Book Corner

by Mary Brady, PhD

This month we are reviving an old feature of the Newsletter—Book Corner—in which members are invited to share brief descriptions of their recent publications (i.e., books). Please feel free to share news of your work here (submit to Cathy Witzling and Lynda Connelly by the 26th of the month). We begin with a description of a new work by Mary Brady, PhD, published by Routledge Press.

The Body in Adolescence: Psychic Isolation and Physical Symptoms, examines the affective experience of psychic I solation as an important and painful element of adolescent development. It begins by discussing how psychic isolation, combined with the intensity of adolescent processes, can leave adolescents unable to articulate their experience. The book then shows how the therapist can understand and help adolescents whose difficulty with articulation and symbolization can leave them vulnerable to breakdown into physical symptoms.

This book introduces the concept of psychic isolation during adolescence in the first chapter and links this isolation (from internal and external objects) with the vulnerability to physical symptoms. Subsequent chapters are clinical essays involving adolescent patients presenting with bodily expressions such as anorexia, bulimia, cutting, substance abuse, and suicide attempts. Attention is also paid to adolescents’ use of social media in relation to these bodily symptoms – such as their use of on-line ‘pro-ana’ or cutting sites. The book uses Bion’s conceptualization of containment and the balance of psychotic versus integrative parts of the personality to examine the emergence of concrete bodily symptoms in adolescence.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-11 (November 2015)


Library News, November, 2015

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


Continuing Education Credit Videos
The SFCP Library is forging ahead with plans to distribute our newest videos over the internet to a new, expanded audience using an online platform built by Aaron Chow. Accreditation is a difficult process, and the library staff are trying to build on the efforts of people who have been responsible for accrediting SFCP in the past, looking for contacts at accrediting organizations, and learning about what paperwork needs to be filled out to use online video as a means for earning CE/CME credits. It’s a difficult series of hoops to jump through, from filming the lectures, to editing the films, inserting slides at just the right time on the storyline, and converting the raw digital file into whatever format is needed, but over 35 years of filmmaking at SFCP set a strong precedent for our success in this endeavor as well!

We’re still in an early stage of the process of putting this all together, but it looks to be an intriguing new way for professionals to earn credits, in the comfort of their own home!

Newsletter Issue: 2015-11 (November 2015)




Gary Grossman, PhD, gave the following presentations in St. Louis, MO:

October 22, 2015, The 2015 Paul A. Dewald Lecture: Pink Parenting: Providing a Facilitating Environment for Gay & Lesbian Teens. The Paul A. Dewald Lecture is underwritten by individual donations made to the Paul A. Dewald Education Fund of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. The fund was established by Dr. Dewald’s family to honor his long-standing interest in educa-tion and his contributions to the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. The fund supports special educational events and projects related to the application of psychoanalytic concepts to issues of interest for professional groups and the general public.

October 24, 2015, Flirting with Disaster: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Gay Male Desire & High Risk Sex, as part of the pan-el: Sex in the Wild Zone: New Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Teens, Gay Men and Mothers, sponsored by the St. Louis Psy-choanalytic Institute

Michael Bader, DMH, published a new book, Fear of Winning: A Psychologist Explores the Imposter Syndrome in Progressive Leaders and Explains How to Overcome It.

Genie Dvorak, PsyD, has been given CPMC's Department of Psychology 2015 Teacher of the Year award for excellence as an instructor, clinician and mentor.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-11 (November 2015)



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