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Robert Waska, LPCC, MFT, PhD Dr. Waska's paper, The Quest for Greatness in the Race to Not Be Forgotten, will appear in the next issue of Psychoanalytic Review.
  Mali A. Mann, MD Dr. Mann's, paper “ Shame in childhood ” was published as a chapter in Shame, edited by Salman Akhtar, Jan 2016, Karnac. Dr. Mann’s paper “ Modern motherhood, modern mothering, and new family constellations” was published in an edited book called The New Motherhoods, published by Roman& Littlefield, Jan 2016.
Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


Library News, February, 2016

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


2015–2016 Library Projects

The SFCP Library did many things in the past year that were new for it and for the staff. Probably 2015 will go down as the year that the archival resources came under more professional handling, as befits their age and historical value. This includes paper archives, audiovisual productions, photographs, and other types of document care and storage.

The paper archive boxes were opened for the first time in many decades, organized and preserved according to best archival practices in late 2014and throughout 2015. The videos shot at the Center and at remote locales, using new equipment, with a cameraperson to do cinematography, and improved software and equipment for video considerably improved the quality of the end-product. The question and answer periods following each presentation, which had not previously been filmed, were added to recordings.

Steps were also taken to preserve the Center’s collection of historic photographs and blueprints, and to arrange for 16mm film reels to be digitized.

Other activity by the library included the planning and construction of three separate exhibit installations, including exhibits of two 20th century female child psychoanalysts, notes on paper reprints of psychanalytic articles as a means of communication between analysts, and an exhibit on the architecture of SFCP, featuring blueprints of the many possible structures within which the center was proposed to be housed between 1959-1995. The library plans to put together another three exhibits in 2016.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-02 (February 2016)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

A Year in the Life…

Freud's Bar. The Scientific Meeting. Visiting Professor. A Day With. San Francisco, South Bay and East Bay Psychotherapy Forums. Stanford Grand Rounds. The Coalition for Clinical Social Work. Opera on the Couch. Members Present. Black Psychoanalysts Speak. That was just the November calendar.

Every month, almost every day of the year, psychoanalysis is alive and well in San Francisco and Sacramento. The mission of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is to enhance the enduring value of psychoanalysis in Northern California. Our programs and classes span from Sacramento to the South Bay, and we have members and participants from all the counties in between. We are living up to our mission. Although we have our challenges, they are primarily the result of our constant growth. Our staff is sometimes overloaded, and our community of members who are developing, implementing and teaching in programs are overworked. Nevertheless, our classes are full and our programs popular and well received.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-01 (January 2016)


News from the Curriculum Committee

by Karim Dajani, PsyD, MFT, Curriculum Committee, Writing Project

The Book Club Project

The Curriculum Committee is introducing a new venue for presenting our members’ written work. Our aim is to create a convivial format whereby members and attendees can meet to discuss a piece of writing in a group of 12-15 people.

We encourage newly-minted members to present their graduating papers to the public through this forum. We encourage all other members to consider using the Book Club Project as a venue for presenting their written work. Karim Dajani and Deborah Weisinger will kick off the effort by presenting their graduating papers in March of this year.

Dr.Weisinger’s paper, “Developing a psychoanalytic identity in the presence of a psychotherapeutic identity,” won the 2015 Candidate Paper Prize. The Book Club event for Dr.Weisinger’s paper is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th, from 10:00am to 11:45am.

Dr. Dajani’s paper, ‘Cultural dislocation and ego functions: some considerations in the analysis of bi-cultural patients,” was presented at the 2015 International Psychoanalytic Conference. The Book Club event for Dr. Dajani’s paper is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th, from 10:00am to 11:45am.

The papers will be accessible online for participants to download and read in preparation for the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-01 (January 2016)


Library News, January 2016

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

2016. It seems like a date that should be some time in the distant future to those of us who survived the 20th century. It’s also a new year in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for those of us who use the SFCP Library, which is continuing with projects begun in the old year and busily planning new ones for the new. If you haven’t been by the library in a while, stop by and be astonished by the resources that we have available (and don’t forget to chat with the library staff and interns, too!)

In case you haven’t seen it yet, please come to the informative exhibit in the glass cases at the front of the SFCP Auditorium: “The Architecture of Psychoanalysis,” which is an exhibit of blueprints and other documents of the various containers in which SFPI&S and now SFCP has been situated since 1963.

For those of you who aren’t aware of it yet, there will soon be a Revised Standard Edition of the Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, retranslated under the direction of neurologist Mark Solms, who gave a lecture this fall at SFCP entitled “What is Mind?” (We have a taped version available in library for those who missed it.) I have it on word from the Librarian of the British Psychoanalytical Society that it will be published in late 2016--and the SFCP Library will certainly be getting the set when it comes out. It sounds like an exciting project, aimed at correcting some of the inconsistencies of the Strachey transla-tion and in rendering Freud’s works in greater clarity and depth than ever before. A must have for 2016.

A sad goodbye to Jacqueline Jay, our archives intern, who has decided to leave us as she is moving back to Texas to take an archives management class at North Texas State and live at home for a semester. She was a fantastic intern, wonder-ful with the Norman Reider Papers and an all-around great person.

Good luck Jackie as you finish your academic program and move on to new things!

Newsletter Issue: 2016-01 (January 2016)


President’s Message

by Michael B. Donner, PhD

Thanksgiving messages are often a list of those things we are thankful for, and this year is no different. I am thankful this year for the hard work of the SFCP Search Committee, who found our Executive Director. I am thankful for the daily work of our staff, both visible and behind the scenes, and all the usually thankless efforts of the members of SFCP who create, support and teach in our many programs. I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate the dedication and hard work that goes into making SFCP a home for psychoanalysis.

Still, I find myself struggling with the riches of our offerings, both personally and professionally, while surrounded by pain and heartache. Terrorism in Paris and at Planned Parenthood; men and women without homes or food, living in the streets, sleeping in our alcove; while the wealthiest of our society rail against beleaguered refugees and foment religious persecution.

Having recently read an article about Lou Andreas-Salomé, I was struck by a portion of a dialogue she had with Freud. In their correspondence, just prior to the onset of WWI, he wrote “I know for certain that for me and my contemporaries the world will never again be a happy place. It is too hideous.” Salomé wrote back to Freud “I believe that behind every individual human activities and the territory which can be reached through psychoanalysis there lies an abyss where the most valuable and nastiest impulses inextricably condition each other and render impossible any final judgment.”

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)


Message from the Executive Director

by Marian Banks-Nickleberry, MS

During my brief time here, I have been asked many times: “When are we going to start the fundraising process?” Depending on the day and the hour I have many different thoughts about this question. My first thought is that as an organization, we are always on the spectrum of fundraising, whether it’s maintaining or developing positive relationships, estab-lishing and or redefining our brand, or simply being good stewards of the funds we currently have. These are all parts of the fund development process. Over the years I have used many tools to assess whether an organization is ready for the rigorous and ongoing process of raising needed funds. I would like to share one such tool and give you some homework in the process. Please take this quiz provided by the Society for Non Profits, it will help us to answer the question, Are we at the pivotal point of fundraising readiness?

While taking the quiz think as an organization stakeholder, think in terms of what you know, what you do within the organization, or your role as a patron. I took the quiz and the truth of the matter is: we have some real work ahead of us, and yes we are making great strides towards readiness.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division News

By Beth Steinberg, PhD, Chair

Expanding Ourselves and Thinking About Race and Culture: Introduction to the Day With Program
November 14, 2015

At the International Psychoanalytic Association meetings in Boston this summer, Stefano Belonging, the president of the IPA (whose words I often find inspirational), advocated for the need for psychoanalytic therapists — for us — to have a professional home where we can, in his words, “work through difficulties, differences and new inspirations both about the changing world, and about a psychoanalysis that can . and does change: a home that is open to reflection, exchange, and … transformation. A home [that is] respectful of our heritage but open to what is new, and capable of dealing with the changes in the world and the consequent difficulties without denying them, either through fear or self-reassuring idealizations.”

If we want SFCP to be a “home” for our psychoanalytic community — that is, your home — we need to be able to extend ourselves into and take in more of the world. And that involves, as Bolognini said, facing painful truths and not denying what we are afraid of — that is, being truly open to change.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)


Membership Division News

by Meryl J. Botkin, PhD, Chair

By now, we have all had our fill of turkey and are preparing for the next series of holidays: Chanukah, Christmas and New Years. This year, as all the years, flew by quickly. This fall we had had a full plate (in keeping with the metaphor of Thanksgiving) of parties and programs; there’s much more to come next year when we celebrate 75 years of SFPI and SFCP with a grand gathering of all of our members at a location to be determined.

One of our new programs this year is Members Present. It is a forum for presenting work of our members that includes all manner of clinical, intellectual and experiential work; either a work completed or in progress. It is presented in an informal way so that there is lots of conversation between presenter and audience.

Leah Fisher, LCSW, was our first presenter; her program, “How to take a Sabbatical from Clinical Work,” was attended by about twenty-five people. Leah described an extremely moving time she spent following a dream she had since she was in college after she had taught English in Hong Kong. She wanted to do “global travel with meaningful service.” She had two grown children and a husband to negotiate being away from, for a year, in order to follow this lingering dream. She closed down her practice over the course of a year, and then spent a year traveling to other countries in search of adventures on her own. She and her husband, Chuck Fisher, MD, met up every four months, but for the rest of the time Leah travelled by herself. She was in Guatemala when there was a devastating mudslide, where an entire village was destroyed. She worked with local mental health workers treating the survivors and particularly with the children who were severely traumatized. She even had Gil Kliman’s workbook for children translated into Spanish to help children who had no words for what they experienced and what they had lost. After Guatemala, she made her way to Indonesia, and was affected by the Java earthquake. She then became involved in Java with the local mental health workers in treating the victims of that disaster. At different points in her travels, natural disasters occurred; she was able to use her skills and humanity to address the pain and trauma of the people she encountered and subsequently made friends with.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)


Faculty Committee News

by Elizabeth Biggart, PhD


SFCP would like to welcome Karen Peoples, PhD, to the faculty. Dr. Peoples was recently appointed to the Adjunct Faculty. Her teaching interests include social trauma, narcissism, developmental perspectives on empathy, uncanny states in clinical experience, and incest trauma.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-12 (December 2015)



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