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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 (ericbizint@gmail.com) or Laurie Goldsmith (lgoldsmithphd@gmail.com).

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)

 

Ethics and Impairment Committee News

by Robert L. Friend, EIC member

The Ethics and Impairment Committee, in conjunction with the Membership Integration Committee, put on a follow-up workshop on drawing up a professional will on February 28, 2015. Peter Goldberg presented his experience of figuring out how to handle a colleague’s practice who died without having a professional will. Many of the issues that Dr. Goldberg faced are those that need to be considered when drawing up such a will. He had to devise a way of contacting patients and offering for them to be seen by an analyst for consultation around the death and possibly making a referral. This involved calling on colleagues to be available, and developing a specifically transitional consultative role to help the patients consider their options for further treatment.

It was a moving presentation that highlighted the need for prior thinking by us all to come up with a will that fits our practice. Clara Kwun and Dena Sorbo also presented on the difficulties and resistances to drawing up such a will. The attendees then broke into smaller groups to actually attempt to work on their wills using templates that are available on the SFCP website (under “Services” click on the “Ethics and Impairment Committee” and scroll down towards the bottom to find the section on Professional Wills at the bottom of which will be links to templates and recommendations on drawing up a
professional will.)

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 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 the SFCP Community Members Mentoring Program webpage.

We hope to hear from you!
Holly Gordon, Hilary Foster and Sunny Kuegle, co-chairs

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Graduation

Introduction to the Program

by Beth Steinberg, PhD, Chair, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division

 

Before I introduce our commencement speaker, I would like to briefly share some thoughts with you about the context and significance of today’s wonderful event, using some of my favorite words from Donald Winnicott for inspiration.

In many of his writings, Winnicott explored creativity as a core element of health. In his paper ‘The Location of Cultural Experience’, he wrote: “In any cultural field, it is not possible to be original except on a basis of tradition.” In other words, he thought that, in making something new, we never start with a truly blank slate; we always draw upon the work of those that preceded us. For Winnicott the moment of originality or creativity is grounded in the experience of playing; that is, tradition must be played with for something new to emerge. Playing, he says, occurs in the vital “union of two now separate things at the point of the initiation of their state of separateness.” In other words, play, and thus creativity, emerges within the area of simultaneous merger and separateness of two things -- and things here can include individuals (like mother and baby), groups, practices or ideas. Winnicott called this special area “potential space,” in part because it opens the possibility of realizing what previously been only a potential.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

Graduation Address for the Psychotherapy Training Programs – May 9, 2015

by Cheryl Y. Goodrich, PhD

 

Was it Analytic?!

Since tomorrow is Mother’s Day, I’d like to dedicate this talk to my mother-in-law, Dorris Goodrich, who in her 96th year recently helped me with a draft of this talk. Her endless curiosity and love of learning will always inspire me.

I want to tell you about an unusual interaction in my recent work, and take up the question: Was it analytic? This is a question I’ve heard over the years as I study, teach, supervise, and consult. The question refers to long-standing and some-times heated debates about what makes for change in treatment and how narrowly or broadly psychoanalytic technique is defined. I’ll describe how I reach my answer, and also share a dream I have. The example I use comes from work with a child, but I find it’s also a fine example of the challenges of working with vulnerable adults, though they’re usually subtler.

A 5 year old boy’s parents brought him to me because of his terrible fear about starting school. He didn’t much like the idea of being with me, but his mother and I worked to allay his fear enough to be with me in my office. His play was chaotic. When I tried to say something helpful, he frequently responded by calling me a ‘stupid therapist’ and commanding me to “shut up.” I often found the work trying —imagine a therapist forbidden to speak!

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 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: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

Newsletter Committee News

by Lynda Connelly, Newsletter Publisher

During the summer the staff will be updating the Roster. Aaron Chow will be asking for contact information updates and I will be doing the same for the various committees, their chairs and members. I will also be doing some research as to the various programs and who we can reach out to in order to gain a wider audience and attendance for these events. I have spoken to several committee chairs as to their thoughts on outreach and I would appreciate input from other members as to where I should look for this information. I expect the summer months to be unusually busy and many projects need my full attention and I want to be able to give all divisions and committee chairs extended attention now that I feel more knowledgeable about the Center and the Membership.

The Newsletter is an endeavor that I enjoy organizing and find myself interested in the articles as I have come to know and work with all of you. It is a stimulating environment with many wonderful people giving of their time to this community. The staff has been working diligently and creatively to support everyone at SFCP. We have learned a lot this past year and thank everyone for their patience and many kindnesses.
If you have any questions, contact me at lynda.connelly@sf-cp.org or my office number, 415-563-3366.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

Library News, June 2015

by Eric Rosen, MLIS

 

Library update:
Gregory and I are deep into the Windholz Archive, and his body of work about a new form of supervision that he called ‘Consensual Analysis’.

Emanuel Windholz (1903-1986) had a very interesting life in psychoanalysis and was once an important figure at the old San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. One of the emegre analysts from Czechoslovakia, he was part of the psychoanalytic discussion groups in 1940’s San Francisco that served as the building blocks of SFPI&S. He served as the executive director of the new institute for many years, was on numerous psychology and psychoanalytic committees, held positions in national psychoanalytic associations, and had a private practice.

The Windholz archive consists of approximately 22 linear feet (three four-drawer file cabinets) with literally tens of thousands of individual Consensual Analysis notes Manuscripts, Consensual supervision notes, correspondence, etc.; all of which need to be fit together (four library moves and the passage of many years have led to the collection being a bit mixed up) clipped with plastic fasteners, cataloged, put in acid-free folders and cartons and documented using the library’s Encoded Archival Description software. Collectively, they constitute what we believe to be the bulk of his research and practice into Consensual Analysis. There is also an audio tape component to the collection, which contain recordings of Windholz’s conversations with his supervisees over the years.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)

 

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