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News from the Psychoanalytic Education Division

by William C. Glover, PhD, Chair

2015-16 has been another busy and successful year for the PED. On May 21, Steve Baum, Debbie Duggan and Edit Markoczy will graduate from the Adult Psychoanalytic Training program and Louis Roussel from the Child Analytic Training program. Abby Wolfson is the graduation speaker. We will have a small, excellent class beginning training in the fall.

Gary Grossman and Helen Schoenhals-Hart were appointed Training Analysts at the January APsaA meeting in New York. Gil Kliman was honored as the recipient of the Anna Freud Prize for combining the fields of education and psycho-analysis, Deborah Weisinger was awarded the Candidates’ Council Psychoanalytic Paper Prize, Suzanne Klein was the runner up, and Naomi Janowitz received the Sabshin Teaching award.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)


Adult and Child Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduates, 2016

We would like to recognize the 2016 graduates of the Child Analytic Training Program and the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program.

Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Program

Louis Roussel, PhD

Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program

Steven Baum, PsyD Debbie Duggan, LCSW Edit Markoczy, PsyD
Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)


“Psychoanalysis and Social Injustice: A personal call to participate”

by Mary Margaret McClure, DMH

For all of us who have chosen to work as psychotherapists and psychoanalysts in our effort to understand ourselves and the psyche, it is always a challenge keep in mind the social and cultural world that surrounds us all and is in us all. We hope to transform pain and suffering by creating a space for thinking, but in psychoanalysis we risk attending to the internal world in retreat from or as a way to cope with the confounding problems and the terrible pain in the world around us. In our dedication to psychoanalytic principles we must develop our capacity to consider social injustice, environmental issues, and other sources of suffering in our world.

Many of you are doing work to address these challenges, and this is an invitation to keep us all informed of your efforts and to share your thinking. I am writing this now to let you know about promising programs at upcoming meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association in Chicago this June, with brief mention of upcoming meetings in New York next January 2017 and in Austin, Texas next June 2017. I hope many of you will be interested to attend.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)


How Does the Work of the IPA’s COCAP Promote Practice of Child Psychoanalysis?

by Mali Mann MD

This article was reprinted in its entirety from the newsletter of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis/Spring /2016 and sent in by Mali Mann, MD.

As a child psychoanalyst/ psychiatrist and Chair of Northern America Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis of IPA, I constantly try to evaluate and compare the value of many types of child treatment modalities including child psychoanalysis. To me demonstrating the relevance and clinical indications of child analysis for the emotional disorders of childhood is a crucial goal for our profession. My hope is to create a sufficient appeal to individuals inside and outside of psychoanalytic organizations and child psychoanalytic training centers.

I believe we, as child and adolescent psychoanalysts are able and well equipped to find an effective way of presenting and promoting child psychoanalysis, locally, nationally and internationally. For a broader propagation of child analysis, we need to actively participate in outreach programs and its visibility by speaking out on important social issues to facilitate it’s promo-tion and improve public education.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)




Daphne de Marneffe, PhD, spoke in March 2016 at the Yale Child Study Center Grand Rounds on her book Maternal Desire: On Children, Love, and the Inner Life.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)


In Memoria


Dr. Heiman Van Dam, MD, passed away at the age of 96 in February in Los Angeles where he worked for many years as an adult and child analyst. He was considered a wonderful teacher and supervisor in San Francisco as well as in Los Angeles. He was instrumental in the development of our Child and Adolescent Analytic Program, and he continued to be available to us as a geographic supervisor.

Dr. Van Dam was always perceptive, thoughtful and kind when helping us with our child analytic cases. We are grateful to him and we will miss him.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)


Membership Division News

by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division

Members Present offers a forum for all members to present their work in many different formats. On April 17th, Helen Schoenhals Hart showed a film, for which she had written English sub-titles, about Ernst Federn, who had been picked up by the Nazis three days after they occupied Austria. Federn, a Trotskyist, was sent first to Dachau, and then to Buchenwald. He survived the camps and told his story of life under terror to the filmmaker, Wilhelm Rosing, and his wife, Marita Barthel-Rosing. The film is a horrifying look at life in the camps. Ernst Federn is the son of Paul Federn, an analyst who joined the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association in 1903, and was a close confident of Freud’s. He emigrated to New York and was an influence in the development of psychoanalysis in the US.

Helen Schoenhals Hart is a Training and Supervising Analyst at SCFP and the Deutsche Psychoanalytische Vereinigung. Originally from Michigan, Helen moved to Frankfurt, Germany where she went to medical school and went into analytic training. She practices in San Rafael. She saw the film in Europe and was moved by Federn’s experiences and his ability to talk about his life under constant terror. She decided to make it available to our community by translating the German into English sub-titles.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-05 (May 2016)


President’s Message
What's Trending on Twitter

by Michael Donner, PhD

It is too often the case that we hear and read about the decline of psychoanalysis. We are regaled with the disparagement of our profession at a time when it appears that social media has replaced socialization, iPhones substitute for friends and "swiping right" has replaced dating. From time to time, I talk with colleagues about Twitter. Many are surprised that I have a Twitter account → and that I regularly "tweet" about things of interest to me, usually things relevant to psychoanalysis, medications, neuroscience, and occasionally, politics. I will find an article online, and paste quotes into a tweet, along with the link so that others can read the entire article. I may past three or four quotes from the same article.

For those of you who don't know, it is possible to put a search term like psychoanalysis, and all tweets with that word will come up on a twitter feed. Just a few minutes ago, someone who says he is a teacher and goes by the name Mr. Boukamp Matthew Geary, a teaching fellow in literature, posted a link to a 2009 article in The Guardian, titled " The Great Unknown →," about Freud and the unconscious. The latter is a very popular article, and has been discussed too many times to count over the last couple of days. One of my tweets from The Guardian article → was viewed 277 times, and over the last month, my tweets have been viewed about 70,000 times.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-04 (April 2016)


Wallerstein Fellowship Committee News

by Stephen Purcell, MD, Chair

The Fellowship Committee at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is now accepting applications for the Robert S. Wallerstein Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Research for the academic year beginning July 2017. Included here is basic information about the Fellowship.

What is the Wallerstein Fellowship Award?

Funds empirical research in clinical and/or applied psychoanalysis $20,000-$100,000 annually for a minimum of 5 years
Newsletter Issue: 2016-04 (April 2016)


Membership Division News

by Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair, Membership Services Division

At the April 17th Members Present, Helen Schoenhals-Hart will show and discuss a film by Wilhelm Rosling consisting of taped interviews with Ernst Federn, entitled Surviving Terror. Federn was arrested as a Trotskyist in Germany and was sent first to Dachau and then to Buchenwald. Helen translated the film from the German and created English subtitles. Ernst Federn was the son of Paul Federn, an analyst and close confident of Freud. The film details life in the camps, and how, under extreme circumstances, certain defenses such as identification with the aggressor can arise as a function of survival. This film is all the more important in our current political climate, where terror is all too common, and we see more xenophobia in us and cultures world –wide, as well as the rise of new demagogues in our midst. Please join us on April 17th from 1:30-4:30 to see and discuss this evocative film.

Newsletter Issue: 2016-04 (April 2016)



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