Introducing our Interim Executive Director

Introducing our Interim Executive Director


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased to tell you that we have hired Beth Schecter, MPH, MBA to serve as our Interim Executive Director. Zach and I considered numerous well qualified candidates before deciding on Beth. Not only is she a highly skilled professional with a lot of experience, we believe that she will be a good fit and asset for our organization in this transition.

Beth has over 25 years of management experience and has served as an Interim or Executive Director to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. These include the East Bay Agency for Children, Hillel at Stanford, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the Edgewood Center for Children & Families.

President's Message

President's Message

by Michael Donner, PhD


About a year ago, after the ballots were counted, I was talking to a friend of mine, describing our organizational hierarchy and the job of the President at SFCP. My friend-a leadership consultant to Bank and Ivy League University Presidents, and CEO of multibillion dollar corporations-said to me: "Every organization has to have a leader. Every leader has to have goals. What are your goals? What do you want to achieve during your presidency?”

I have been thinking about this question for the last year, struggling to define what I wanted to achieve as President. I thought about my friend’s office, filled with photos and biographies of Presidents, Generals, Captains of Industry and wondered what I could learn from their achievements. What were their goals?


Emanuel Windholz Memorial Fund for Psychoanalytic Research

The Emanuel Windholz Fund is accepting applications for small grant proposals up to $30,000. The deadline for grant proposals in September 1, 2014. Funding decisions will be made by October 15, 2014.All active, life associate and Community Members are eligible to apply. Please see the instructions at the SFCP Emanuel Windholz Memorial Fund for Psychoanalytic Research webpage.

Michael Windholz
Chair, Research Committee


Roster Update

Change of Address for Maureen A. Katz, MD

Maureen A. Katz, MD
2435 Russell Street
Berkeley, Ca. 94705



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International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Candidate Loan Information

International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Candidate Loan Information


Each year, the International Psychoanalytical Association makes interest free loans available to psychoanalytic candidates training in IPA-component programs.




Era A. Loewenstein, PhD, and Rebecca Schwartz, PhD, led on April 23, 2014, a Thoughtful Parenting Workshop: Handling Meltdowns and Other Daily Challenges with Your Young Child. The workshop was offered to parents from Potrero Kids Daniel Webster Preschool and PK3 Preschool as part of the new SFCP’s Child Development Program Initiative to develop Reflective Parenting Groups. The workshop was very well received by the 12 parents who participated.

Mary Brady, PhD, gave the Annual Beata Rank Lecture in Child Analysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute on May 14. Her paper was: “Invisibility and Insubstantiality in an Anorexic Adolescent.” 

From The Visiting Professor Program

From The Visiting Professor Program
June 2014



Our 2014 Visiting Professor will be Virginia Ungar, MD, a training and supervising analyst at the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. She will visit SFCP from November 10th through November 16th.

The Child Development Program: Honoring Era A. Loewenstein, PhD

The Child Development Program: Honoring Era A. Loewenstein, PhD

by Catherine Mallouh, MD


Era A. Loewenstein PhD stepped down in March, 2014 from her role as co-chair of the Child Development Program (CDP) after serving as a chair and then as co-chair for 2½ years with Greg Villalba, LCSW Era also stepped down from co-chairing the Preschool Consultation Project (PCP), which she found, chaired and later co-chaired for the past 10 years. The Preschool Consultation Project was conceived by Era Loewenstein with Leslie Banta, the director of the Eureka Learning Center Preschool, in 2004. This year marks Era’s 15 years involvement as a member of the CDP serving in numerous roles including co-chair of the child psychotherapy seminar for two years.

Report from the Curriculum Committee

Report from the Curriculum Committee

by Laurie Case, PhD, Chair


The Curriculum Committee will finishing up the year with a final meeting in June. As always, much of the committee's attention has been directed toward the nuts and bolts of the classroom experience. This year we have continued to work to make the transition to the one-day curriculum as smooth as possible, though undeniably there have been a few bumps along the way.

Coalition for Clinical Social Work Launches New Seminar Series

Coalition for Clinical Social Work Launches New Seminar Series

by J. Marc Wallis, LCSW


In January of this year, the Coalition for Clinical Social Work (CCSW) launched an 18-week seminar series aimed at early and mid-career social workers interested in deepening their clinical work through psychoanalytic theory and applied psychoanalysis (i.e., on the front lines of social work). Developed by program co-chairs Audrey Dunn, LCSW, and Marc Wallis, LCSW, and advised by CCSW Steering Committee Chair, Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW, this curriculum aimed to provide exposure to psychoanalytic approaches relevant to practicing in a wide variety of clinical settings.


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