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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 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)




Richard Almond, MD, published, “Slicing the Psychoanalytic Pie: Or, Shall We Bake a new One? Commentary on Greenberg.” in JAPA, 63:33-46.

Mali Mann, MD: The paper on “ Flying Doctor, Los Medicus Voladores” was accepted for publication in a book by Pegasus physicians writing Group at Stanford Medicine.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)


Book Review
A Girl’s Chilhood: Psychological Development, Social Change,
and the Yale Child Study Center,

edited by Linda C. Mayes and Stephen Lassonde


In 1950, the Director of the Yale Child Study Center, Milton Senn, M.D., a psychoanalytically trained pediatrician, received a grant from the Commonwealth Fund to conduct the Yale Longitudinal Study of the Child. The study was ambitious in its scope and purpose: To learn about child development and to make predictions about personality development from data gleaned from pre-natal and pediatric visits, nursery-school observation, home visits and the psychoanalytic treatments that study subjects and their parents were offered when clinically indicated.

A recently published book, A Girl’s Childhood: Psychological Development, Social Change, and the Yale Child Study Center, edited by Linda C. Mayes, the current Acting Director of the Child Study Center, and Stephen Lassonde, Dean of Student Life at Harvard University and a historian of childhood and family life (Yale University Press,/New Haven & London, 2014) is a volume on the Longitudinal Study, grappling with the nature of the study, its historical and social context in post-War America, its theoretical grounding in psychoanalytic ego psychology, and the legacy of the Study, including the accessibility for research purposes of the primary material from the Study, kept in Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library.

Newsletter Issue: 2015-06 (June 2015)


President’s Message

by Michael Donner, PhD

A Culture of Giving: Thank you for your contribution….
Several things have come up in the last week or so that got me thinking about our “culture of giving.” This week I was the author of two letters thanking SFCP members for their kind and generous donations. At the beginning of the week I was surprised and delighted by a letter I received. A member of SFCP had sent us a check for $5000.00! This generous contribution was a gesture on the member’s behalf, intended to represent his gratitude and appreciation for our support of psychoanalytic training. There were no strings attached, although the donor, clearly a participant in some of our streaming programs, asked that we consider upgrading our microphones!

Newsletter Issue: 2015-05 (May 2015)



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