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by Eric Rosen, MLIS, Librarian


EZ-Proxy News
Neuropsychoanalyisis now available on EZ-Proxy

Thanks to a good deal of wrangling between SFCP’s IT consultant, The Library’s IT consultant, and the sales and technical department of Taylor & Francis in the UK, we finally have a new addition to our online journals on EZ-Proxy up and running. The new addition is Neuropsychoanalysis (to which we also have a print subscription). You can find it as a clickable link at the bottom of the EZ-Proxy page.



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Please note the suggestion box at the entrance to the library. We would welcome it if you send us whatever is on your mind about the library and submit them to us by putting your thoughts in the suggestion box. All submissions are strictly Confidential, and will only be reviewed by the Library staff.



New Additions to the Catalog for April 2015
Books and Monographs


Newsletter Issue: 2015-04 (April 2015)




Robert Waska, LPCC, MFT, PhD, published "A Casebook of Psychotherapy Practice with Challenging Patients: A Modern Kleinian Approach" (2015) Routledge, London

Newsletter Issue: 2015-04 (April 2015)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

Help Wanted. Help Needed. SFCP Board seeking to fill several open positions.

Most of us are familiar with President Kennedy’s famous quotation: “Ask not what your Country can do for you, ask what you can do for your Country.” Kennedy was calling for people be part of the solution, to take ownership and leadership for solving the problems of the Country. Fortunately, SFCP doesn't have that problem. SFCP has 235 Analyst members (68 of whom are life members, 70 or above) and 225 Community members (64 in PPTP & PAPPTP). Taking a rough count from our roster, well over half of our analyst members and untold numbers of Community members are currently serving in some capacity on a committee or task force. I'm quite sure that those of you who are not doing so now have done so more than once in the past.

So what more can your President ask you to do for your Institute, your Center, your analytic home? How much more can I ask you to do? Aren’t you doing enough? Of course, the answer to all these questions is a resounding yes! But once again, I have to ask you to do more, because without you, there is no Center. Some ten years ago when our Strategic Plan was revised, the Board noted that almost 75% of the work of the Center was being done by members who had volunteered time. The Board was concerned that this was unsustainable in the long run.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-03 (March 2015)


News from the PED

by William C. Glover, Chair PED

New Psychoanalytic Education Division Policy:
A Child or Adolescent Case can count for Adult Psychoanalytic Training

The PED has adopted the following policy to allow a child or adolescent case to count as one of the three cases re- quired in Adult Psychoanalytic Training. If you have questions please contact either the Dean, Mitch Wilson, the Chair of Progressions, Abby Wolfson, the Co-Chairs of the Child program, Marsha Silverstein and Tina Lapides, or myself.

A candidate may substitute one child or adolescent psychoanalytic case supervised by a Child Supervising Analyst for one of the required adult supervised cases, provided that the candidate has approved adult cases of each gender. If the candidate is not already trained as a child mental health clinician it is expected that the supervision of this case would continue through termination even if termination occurs beyond graduation.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-03 (March 2015)


International Psychoanalytic Association - Election 2015

Polls are now open for IPA members to vote!

E-mail is the default ballot distribution method for IPA elections. IPA members should receive their ballot via e-mail, if not go to the Election page at for instructions. Polls remain open until May 30.

Candidates for President-Elect and Vice President-Elect (to take office in 2017): Candidates for Treasurer: Candidates for Board Representative from North America
Newsletter Issue: 2015-03 (March 2015)


Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP) Two-Year Program

The PAPPTP Two-Year Program builds knowledge and skills in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for licensed clinicians at any stage of development. The core of the Program is two years of course work and individual supervision of cases in treat- ment. Seminar leaders and supervisors are experienced psychodynamic psychotherapists, including analysts from SFCP (San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis) and PINC (the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California). Courses integrate a variety of psychoanalytic models of (1) psychological development beginning in infancy, (2) current mental functioning in health and illness, and (3) therapeutic action – all taught in as experiential a format as possible. This includes case material from the faculty’s own work, opportunities for students to discuss their own work, video demonstrations of clinical work, and examples from film and literature.

In depth collaboration with a supervisor is a core element of this training. The current requirement for graduation is weekly supervision of two cases, each for a minimum of 12 months. PAPPTP provides guidance in selecting supervisors from a list of qualified analytic therapists. Where there is financial need, there is limited availability of supervisory hours at some- what reduced fees ranging from $75.00 to $150.00.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-03 (March 2015)




Mary Brady, PhD, published "High up on bar stools: manic defences and an oblivious object in a late adolescent" in 2015 in the Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 41:1, pp. 57-72.


Recent publications by Peter Hobson, PhD (and UK MD equivalent)

Du Bois, J., Hobson, R.P., & Hobson, J. (2014). Dialogic resonance and intersubjective engagement in autism. Cognitive Linguistics, 25,411-442.
Hobson, R.P. (2014). The making of mind. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 34, 817-830.
Hobson, R.P. (2015). Between biology and culture. In R. Scott and S. Kosslyn (eds), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Recent publications by Maureen Kurpinsky, PhD

The Fall 2014 issue of fort/da (XX, 2) published Maureen Kurpinsky’s conversation with Thomas Ogden regarding the writing of his first novel, The Parts Left Out.
The same issue of fort/da also includes Maureen’s essay/review of Wilfred Bion: Los Angeles Seminars and Supervision, Ed. Joseph Aguayo and Barnet Malin (Karnac 2013).


Eric Anders, PhD, has started a new journal: The undecidable unconscious: a journal of deconstruction and psychoanalysis

Newsletter Issue: 2015-03 (March 2015)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

Announcement of Committee on Group Process

It is my pleasure to announce the formation of the Committee on Group Process and the appointment of Ray Poggi as Chair. In 2012, President Robin Deutsch convened a task force to study the vicissitudes of group process at SFCP and to make recommendations about the creation of a committee on group process. The Task Force completed its report to Dr. Deutsch and the Management Team in June 2013, and formed a study group to develop the skills to become useful to the SFCP community. At the December, 2014 meeting of the SFCP Board of Trustees, the Study Group was formally designated as a Committee on Group Process. Like the Ethics and Impairment Committee, this committee is established outside of the Division structure and the Chair will report directly to the President.

Consultations by the Group Process Committee to the SFCP community will be offered to work groups such as sub-committees of the PED within SFCP, and to other work groups within the organization as a whole. A future objective of the Group Process Committee will include consultation to small and large organizational groups outside of SFCP, such as schools, professional organizations, local civic and governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-02 (February 2015)



Message from the Chair, Board of Trustees

by Zach Cowan, Chair, on behalf of SFCP Board of Trustees

Dear Members,

We thought it might be a good idea to give you all a brief update on what your Board of Trustees is up to.

The Board started the new year at its January meeting by taking a number of actions. Specifically, the Board adopted several long awaited organizational policies: a confidentiality policy (for board, volunteers and staff), a whistleblower policy, and a document retention policy. These are all policies that are required in order to maintain our tax-exempt status in good order, and, necessary to operate properly as a modern organization. Jessica Areen (community trustee) took the lead in moving these policies forward and making sure we adopted them. In addition, operating reserve and building reserve policies are being finalized for Board approval and adoption in the near future. Both are prudent fiscal measures to preserve the organization in the event of an emergency or temporary cash flow problems (operating reserve), and to ensure that we have the funds necessary to maintain 444 Natoma St. in good condition. Thanks to our Treasurer Michael Harrington and Dan Rosenbaum (community trustees) for those.

As you may know, we had a lot of turnover in the Board last June with terms expiring and new members being elected. I am very pleased with how the new members have jumped in and are getting to work. We are in the process of planning a new Board member orientation soon to augment the new member’s understanding and comfort with their role. One question that has come up in connection with finding a permanent replacement for Jeff Miller is whether the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) should be changed going forward. A Board transition committee, chaired by Audrey Dunn (community trustee) is hard at work considering this and related questions.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-02 (February 2015)



Report of the SFCP Treasurer

by Michael Harrington, JD

The Finance Committee meets monthly and we are pleased to report that SFCP is in a solid financial position. The overall cash flow for the first six months of the fiscal year (which ends June 30) is moderately positive, and market returns have resulted in an increase of the value of the marketable securities portfolio. Although we carry the real estate assets at book (meaning we do not reappraise the property), the overall market developments in the area have significantly increased the value of the office building.

SFCP has had considerable success collecting many owed pledges and obtaining new commitments. Many thanks for those contributors for adding to the financial viability and stability of the organization. We also appreciate those who make timely payments on their tuition and program fees. All of these actions support the positive cash flow we are now experiencing.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-02 (February 2015)



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