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Introducing the New Candidates


Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)


Faculty Committee News

by Diane Donnelly, PhD, Faculty Committee Member


SFCP would like to welcome Suzanne Klein, PhD, who was recently appointed to the faculty. Her teaching interests include working with trauma, transference/countertransference, therapeutic action and object relations. 

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)


SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program


SFCP offers free mentoring from September 2015-June 2016 to Community Members who want to discuss developing as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, areas of theory that are of interest, or available resources and programs. Mentors meet one time per month with mentees for the academic year. We love to help you and hope you reach out!

To apply for this program, please visit 2015 - 2016 SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program webpage

We hope to hear from you!

Holly Gordon,DMH, Hilary Foster, PhD and Sunny Kuegle, PsyD, Co-chairs 

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)


Library News, September 2015

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


Things have been busy at the SFCP Library throughout the summer. Greg and I, in addition to meeting a continuing call for library services on the part of summer patrons, have been focusing on a select portfolio of projects. These include:

Acquiring and adding APA Psych Books (4,000+ new eBooks to our electronic text collection), solving problems putting the books in the catalog, ensuring access from ez-proxy, and fixing other technical glitches. The syllabus project, which involves converting hundreds of syllabi from previous years into an online database. Recataloging of the audiovisual collection using an improved access template and bar codes for individual artifacts Work on the unpublished papers files, a collection of 833 manuscripts deposited with SFCP beginning in the 1960’s.

In addition, library staff has:

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)




Lee Grossman, MD, has published the following:
(2013). The third wish: Some Thoughts on Using Magic against Magic. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82:477-482.
(2014). Analytic technique: A reconsideration of the Concept. Psychoanalalytic Review, 101:431-449.
(2015). The syntax of oedipal thought in the case of Little Hans. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 84:469-478.
(2015). The Object-Preserving Function of Sadomasochism. Psychoanalytic Quarterly in press.

Robin Deutsch, PhD, moderated and participated in two Small Discussion Groups at the International Psychoanalytical Association meetings in Boston: “Writing as a tool for development of independent thought: pitfalls and benefits,” and “The analyzing instrument: its evolution.”

Mary T. Brady, PhD, published “Unjoined persons’: psychic isolation in adolescence and its relation to bodily symptoms. (2015). Journal of Child Psychotherapy: 41(2), 179-194 (2015).

Presented paper: “Psychic isolation in adolescence and its relation to bodily symptoms” at the International Psychoanalytic Association Meetings, Boston, on July 24, 2015:

Harvey Peskin, PhD, has received the 2015 Elise M. Hayman Award for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at the IPA Congress. The unpublished study was entitled, “Uses of guilt in the treatment of dehumanization” and presented as a lecture in Boston last month.

Dr. Peskin also received the IPA Hayman Prize for Published Work Pertaining to Traumatized Children and Adults in 2013.

Mali Mann, MD, presented her paper in a panel "Locating unrepresented thought: the relationship between trauma, disrupted object representations and evolving concepts of the unconscious” in Boston.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)


Harvey Peskin
667 Santa Rosa Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
United States

5 June 2015

Dear Dr Harvey Peskin,

On behalf of the Boston Programme Committee, I am delighted to inform you that your paper “Uses of Guilt in the Treatment of Dehumanization” has been selected as the 2015 winner of The Elise M. Hayman Award For The Study Of The Holocaust And Genocide.

The Award is made in recognition of your most cogent and commendable work on the Holocaust and Genocide.

The evaluation was particularly difficult this year due to the quality of papers that came from a lifelong research or personal engagement on the Holocaust and genocide. In a most courageous and creative way, you examine Freud's late work "Civilization and its Discontents" and "Moses and Monotheism" to argue that Freud's adherence to this formulation of the super-ego as the agency of self-punishment failed to differentiate between "death guilt" and "life guilt". The former supports a very pessimistic view of a witness' (or an analyst') ability to bring about change in a trauma victim, while the latter holds the promise to reverse the process of dehumanization. Turning our attention to the life guilt "has major implications for the stance we take with the regard to the role of witnessing and the moral imperative in the recovery from dehumanizing experience". Here witnessing is taking a curative potential that ought to be recognized and encouraged in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy but also in societal processes."

Newsletter Issue: 2015-09 (September 2015)


The reports of the death of psychoanalysis are exaggerated.

by Michael Donner, PhD

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduation 2015

Following is the text of the graduation address given by Michael Donner, PhD

Thirty five years ago, while being interviewed for my graduate program, the person interviewing me asked: “Why do you want to be a psychotherapist? The era of the individual psychotherapist is over.” Since then, we have all heard the repeated refrain: CBT, evidence based therapies, medications and mindfulness all herald the death of psychoanalysis. Just a month ago, Tom Leonard wrote an article in The Spectator magazine titled “Why American Psychoanalysts Are An Endangered Species”, noting that “Drugs, yoga, CBT and busy lives are occupying the space once reserved for the shrink’s couch.” He sadly (and somewhat snidely) noted that the average age of analysts is up, the average number of patients are down, and that the so called “worried well” have much more to worry about in this modern age. And yet, here we are, commemorating the graduation of nine candidates, celebrating the careers of nine new psychoanalysts.

Some of what Leonard writes is true. We are older, grayer, and may be seeing fewer patients in 4 - 5 times weekly psychoanalysis. As I was reading this most recent obituary proclaiming the death of psychoanalysis, I did a little digging. 118 years ago tomorrow, Mark Twain famously corrected newspaper rumors about his demise by writing to a journalist of the day: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” I believe the reports of the death of psychoanalysis are just as wrong.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)


June, 2015 Visit — Giuseppe Civitarese

by Patricia Marra, MFT, Co-Chair, Visiting Professor committee & San Francisco Yearlong committee

Giuseppe Civitarese, MD. PhD will be visiting SFCP from June 7 to June 13, 2015, He will be presenting at the following occasions:

Sunday, June 7, 1;00pm – 3:00pm
Postgraduate Clinical Program with Giuseppe Civitarese, MD, PhD
Case Presentation: Adam Goldyne, MD

Monday, June 8, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Scientific Meeting: “Poetry of the Dream and De-personalization.”
Discussant: Alice Jones, MD

Friday, June 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm
SFCP Candidate Meeting
Case Presentation: Maureen Kurpinsky,PhD

Saturday, June 13, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Clinical material based on “Transformations in Hallucinosis and the Receptivity of the Analyst” IJP, 2014.
Discussant: Rachael Peltz, PhD
Case Presentation: Laurie Goldsmith, PhD

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)


Hal Sampson, PhD - An Appreciation

by Suzanne Gassner, PhD

As you all may know, Hal Sampson, PhD, died on April 23, 2015. For many years Hal played an important role at the then named San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society (SFPI). He was on the faculty, taught a course on Freud's dream book and became a Life Member. Along with Joe Weiss, MD, he co-led the Mt Zion Hospital Research Group, later named the San Francisco Research Group; the work of that group was co-sponsored by SFPI and Mt. Zion Hospital. The gifts Hal Sampson offered to all of us who were privileged to have a long term working relationship with him were many.

Algernon Black D. Black, a long term Leader at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, wrote a statement in his book, Without Burnt Offerings: Ceremonies of Humanism, in his chapter on Memorial Services. Black's words strike me as beautifully expressing an important part of Hal's legacy. All of what Black said about the possible gifts a working colleague conveys, applies to the essence of my experience of how Hal related to the students, supervisees and colleagues with whom he worked on a regular basis. For this reason I want to quote all that is relevant about working relationships that Black said that in his piece entitled 'The Greatest Gift of All'.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)


Visiting Professor week with Dominique Scarfone:

Fall seminars and readings to prepare for his visit

by Eric Glassgold, MD, Co-Chair, Visiting Professor Committee

Dominique Scarfone, MD, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Montréal Psychoanalytic Institute, will be the 2015 SFCP Visiting Professor. He will visit San Francisco from November 9th through November 16th.

A bibliography of Dr. Scarfone’s writing (prepared by SFCP librarian Eric Rosen) is available. If you are in a private study group, want to devote some time to discussing his work and would like advice about selecting some of Dominique’s papers to read, please contact Eric Glassgold ( or Laurie Goldsmith (

In the months prior to Visiting Professor week, the Visiting Professor program committee will sponsor three seminars to facilitate understanding Dominique’s contributions to psychoanalysis. On Monday, September 21st at 7:30 PM, Mike Levin will discuss Dominique’s 2013 paper “A brief introduction to the work of Jean Laplanche,” IJP 94: 545-566. On October 15th at 7:30 PM, Peter Goldberg, will discuss the first half of Dominique’s 2014 paper “The Unpast, Actuality Of The Unconscious.” On Monday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM, Eric Glassgold will discuss the second half of the paper “The Unpast, Actuality of The Unconscious.” (Specific pages to read in “The Unpast…” will be sent to the membership in early September.)

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)



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