News from the SF Yearlong Program

News from the SF Yearlong Program

Patricia Marra, M.F.T. and Meryl Botkin, Ph.D.


This year’s San Francisco Yearlong program, “No Exit”: Working with Pathological Organizations, has fifteen engaged participants learning different ways of thinking about patients who take sanctuary from psychic pain in tenacious pathological defensive organizations. The courses take up technique from many perspectives, as well as eating disorders, psychic retreats usual and unusual, static emptiness, and an inability to mourn.

The line-up of this year’s talented instructors is made up of:

East Bay Yearlong Extension Program

East Bay Yearlong Extension Program

by David Socholitzky, Ph.D., Chair


At the beginning of Louis Malle's film, "Vanya on 42nd Street", a group of actors enter a vacant theater carrying cups of coffee. Two of them sit down at a table and begin to chat about the vicissitudes of their daily lives. A few moments later, before we have fully noticed any shift in tone or content, we suddenly realize that the conversation has seamlessly turned into the first scene of the play.

Meetings of our East Bay Yearlong Committee (Diana Fuery, Sunny Kuegle, Mike Levin, Susan Yamaguchi and I) are much like this. We come together over brunch each Fall; catch up with one another; joke; talk about notable films, music, books, papers, presentations. At some point in the conversation we notice that we’ve been tossing out possible program ideas, and by the end of the meal a few potential topics for the following year's program have been generated.

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP) and
Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Foundations)

by John Jemerin, M.D., Chair and Beth Steinberg, Ph.D., Outreach Chair


As we begin our third year, we feel that this program is both settling in and taking root at as well as bearing fruit with exciting new developments at SFCP.

CORRECTION: Efrat Arar-Sheba, MSW

CORRECTION: Last months’ newsletter did not print the following biography in its’ entirety. A correction has been made with apologizes for the oversight.

Please meet two more PAPPTP Students

Please meet two more PAPPTP Students


Hila Maoz-Mezer, MA

Meet some of the 2013 - 2014 PAPPTP Fellowship Year Students

Meet some of the 2013-2014 PAPPTP Fellowship Year Students
2013-14 PAPPTP Fellowship Year Biographies


Candice Simon
I am an MFT intern living in Palo Alto. I am preparing to submit my hours to qualify for the MFT license exam. I use various therapeutic modalities according to each client's situation, but I believe psychoanalytic therapy is the most important basis to start from.

Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

by Dena Sorbo, LCSW, Program Chair


This September after our orientation meeting with the new PAPPTP class we convened for a picnic on the patio of the Psychiatry Building at Stanford . Our new student group and some members of our Guidance Committee,-Michael Smith, Jeff Yost, Neil Brast, Cheryl Goodrich, Ric Almond, Elizabeth Biggart, Ann Martini--all gathered to snack on fruit and coffeecake and get to know one another a bit. The students could connect with their advisors and meet some of the faculty who will be teaching them this year. The excitement and anxiety mixed to make for a lively gathering

An Introduction to Claudio Laks Eizirik, M.D. (Part III)

Visiting Professor Week
November 10th through 17th, 2013

An Introduction to Claudio Laks Eizirik, M.D. (Part III)
In their own words: Claudio Eizirik, Madeleine Baranger, and WIlly Baranger
by Eric Glassgold, M.D., Visiting Professor Program Co-Chair

In the 1930‘s and 1940s, a wave of German, Austrian and Eastern European immigrants arrived in both North and South America. But in the 1950's and 1960's only South America experienced a "British Invasion.” In response to this British influence, South American analysts began to assimilate Kleinian perspectives. South American analysts also grappled with psychoanalytic influences from France and Southern Europe, especially Lacan's.

Says' Who?: Evidence, Fact, Belief in Clinical Psychoanalysis

Says’ Who? : Evidence, Fact, Belief in Clinical Psychoanalysis

by Mitchell Wilson, M.D.


SFCP, along with PINC, hosted a conference on October 19 and 20 that engaged the question of the nature of clinical evidence. This conference was sponsored by the IPA’s Committee on Clinical Research. We had over 50 people on Saturday and about 30 on Sunday. Most felt this conference was unusual and exciting because it dealt with an issue that is rarely discussed explicitly The quality of audience participation was especially high. Apropos of the title of the conference, “Says Who? ”, we hoped to minimize the usual issues of authority that often dominate large proceedings of this kind.

Wallerstein Report

Wallerstein Report

by Nathan M. Szajnberg, M.D.


Dear Colleagues,

Since 2005, I have been honored to hold the position as Wallerstein Research Fellow of SFCP.  I was particularly honored to follow Enrico Jones.  My focus has been on developmental outcome from infancy through young adulthood and the nature of attachment.  In addition to empirical studies (emphasized by the Wallerstein Committee), I have also written papers on psychoanalytic process, on Caravaggio, and psychosomatic illnesses in children and attachment, among other papers.  The Wallerstein also permitted me to serve as the Freud Professor at the Hebrew University, following Sandler, Solnit, Blatt and others.


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