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Message from the Board Chair

by Zach Cowan

Update on the Transition Process

This is an exciting time for SFCP as we move towards having a permanent executive director. The Board and its executive director search committee have begun in earnest on the search process. The purpose of this message is to bring members up to date and give you some idea of what the process will look like. The members of the search committee are: Zach Cowan, Michael Donner, Erik Gann , Kavoos Bassiri, Jessica Areen, Neil Talkofff, Clara Kwun, Walt Beckman

Our goal is to have a new executive director hired and on board by September 1st. This is an ambitious schedule, but we believe it is important to have a new executive director in place by the beginning of the academic year. The search committee is and will be working closely with the Board, but because of the schedule, will be taking on quite a bit of work by itself. After interviewing four search consultants, we have selected Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL; The search committee had its first meeting with CVNL on April 27th, immediately before the board meeting. We discussed the overall process as well as our respective tasks.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


News from APsaA

by Christine Kieffer, PhD, Chair, APsaA Program Committee

The 104th Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association comes to San Francisco

The 104th Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association will take place at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel from June 5-7, 2015,and I would like to encourage all SFCP members to attend. The program committee is excited to be offering a variety of new features, along with some “old reliables,”in our streamlined Annual Meeting format.

In addition to presentations by national and international psychoanalysts, scholars and researchers, the San Francisco Bay Area will also be well represented at the June meeting. Among the offerings, our clinical events are a standout. Alice Jones, MD, will present a case at the clinical plenary, chaired by Nancy Kulish, PhD, with discussions by Aisha Abbasi, MD and Ellen Pinsky, PsyD. We will feature a film, Black Psychoanalysts Speak, followed by audience discussion led by Francisco Gonzalez, MD, Forrest Hamer, PhD and Donald Moss, MD. Among our popular two-day clinical workshops are featured discussants: Dominique Scarfone, MD, Anton O. Kris, MD, Eslee Samberg, MD, Wendy Stern, DMH and Alan Sugarman, PhD.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


Variations of the Eitington Training Model

by Bill Glover, PhD, Chair, Psychoanalytic Education Division

Roundtable contribution to an on-line IPA Debate begun on April 2.
The full debate can be found at

My contribution follows a thread begun in the debates on paternal function and on evaluation that preceded this one. I consider evaluation a manifestation of paternal function in psychoanalytic training, working to separate the candidate from his or her analyst and supervisors in way analogous to how the father applying his law separates the child from the mother.

In the debate on paternal function, Louis Brunet made the point that the father who separates the child from the mother must first be an ‘attracting father’ who is loved and admired by the child, not just a castrating father who influences by inspiring fear. In the evaluation debate Harvey Schwartz picked up on this theme, stating that evaluation, like learning, operates best via love. It follows that evaluation in psychoanalytic training is best when it’s an attracting experience, an opportunity to learn about oneself and about psychoanalysis based on love rather than fear.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


Child Colloquium News Update

by Sarah Stadler, MD, Chair, Child Colloquium Committee


The Child Colloquium Series just finished another successful year with a well received presentation by Beatrice Beebe, including a somewhat frantic search for a new venue when we discovered that her talk sadly conflicted with the memorial for Bob Wallerstein. Good friends in high places were able to connect us with CPMC, and over 70 attendees were able to participate in Beebe’s dynamic presentation on infant research and its connection to adult treatment.

Our other four programs for 2014-2015 included the following:

“The Boy Who Didn’t Know He was Hurting Himself”
Mali Mann, presenter, and H. Spencer Bloch, discussant

A Day with Stanley Leiken, MD (Transference and Countertransference WITH Children and Adolescents

“Aliens are People, Too”
Denia Barrett, presenter

Movie Night, “Moonrise Kingdom"
Reyna Cowan Discussant

We were pleased to offer the Series to almost 200 participants ranging from SFCP postgraduates to the larger mental health community, including interns and students at the myriad schools and clinics of the Bay Area. We continue to be grate-ful to the Sophia Mirviss Fund, which has enabled us to bring out of town presenters to enrich our programming.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Graduates, 2015

We are very happy to recognize the 2015 graduates of the Child Psychotherapy Training Program, Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program and San Francisco Psychotherapy Training Program

Child Psychotherapy Training Program

BENJAMIN FIFE, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco working with children, adults and families. Dr. Fife completed his PsyD at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and completed his pre-and post doctoral training at the UCSF Infant-Parent Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Fife’s clinical interests include: infant and early childhood mental health, psychoanalytically informed work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, and understanding the clinical needs of diverse parent populations, especially LGBT parents, immigrant parents and parents with disabilities. Dr. Fife is currently adjunct faculty at Alliant International University where he teaches a course on the theory and technique of child psychotherapy.


Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


Faculty Support Network Referral List

The Faculty Committee is happy to announce a member to member support network for psychoanalytic teaching. Below is list with names of faculty available for pedagogical consultation to fellow SFCP faculty members and areas of specific experience. The goal of this resource is to offer teaching support on a case-by-case basis. This resource will operate confiden-tially, will not make reports or play a role in decisions taken by curriculum committees or other decision-making bodies in the Center. For general questions or if you would like to be included on this resource list you may contact Celeste Schneider at 415-358-2881, or e-mail


Faculty Member Areas of Experience Contact Information

Richard Almond, MD

Consultation about general pedagogical issues Supervision for different levels of experience (Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts, Supervising Analysts) Organizational and staff consulting Psychoanalytic research Professional and career development Psychoanalytic writing and publishing



Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


Library News

by Eric Rosen, MLIS, Librarian


Archives Report:

Gregory, our new intern Shawn, and I are immersed in the Anna Maenchen Collection. The bad news is that there was an enormous amount of material that belonged in other collections in the boxes, and that there was no original order to guide us. The good news is that we have staff and volunteers with experience in archival reorganization and we’ve managed to catch most of the material that will either end up in other archival collections, become part of new archival collection sets, or remain with Maenchen’s papers. There is much material about Child Analysis in the 1950’s and ‘60’s!


Additions to the collection:

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)




Mitchell Wilson, MD, presented, “Never ‘beyond theory’: the exquisite relevance of theory to clinical work.” at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute’s Annual Symposium 2015. Ann Arbor, April 11.

Published, introduction to section on Jay Greenberg’s “Therapeutic action and the analyst’s responsibility.” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63: 1, p. 1-5.


Michael Bader, DMH, has published a new book in the form of a "kindle single"--downloadable on at: The title is: More Than Bread and Butter: A Psychologist Speaks to Progressives About What People Really Need In Order To Win and Change the World

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


Faculty Committee News

by Elizabeth Biggart, PhD, Committee Co-Chair

Function of the Faculty Committee

The Faculty Committee represents the Faculty in the educational mission of the Center. The Committee’s primary task is to support and promote the educational efforts and intellectual pursuits of the Faculty. The following are functions or subcommittees of the Faculty Committee.

Revised April, 2015

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

The Search Begins….

Several months ago, the board appointed a Transition Committee to consider the next step in our management structure. The Transition Committee, chaired by Audrey Dunn, carefully reviewed our current management model. Although we have a temporary Interim Executive Director, our current model calls for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who reports to the President. The President is accountable to the Board.

In her report to the Board, Beth Schecter, our Interim Executive Director, along with myself and Board Chair Zach Cowan, recommended that the Board consider replacing the COO with an Executive Director. The Executive Director would report directly to the Board, chaired by an elected President. The Transition Committee was given the task of reviewing these options, consider any other possibilities, and make recommendations to the board.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-04 (April 2015)



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