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Program Title: Planning for the Future: Retirement and Other Alternatives
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 03:00pm - 05:00pm
Panelists: Victor P. Bonfilio, JD, PhD, Candis Cousins, PhD; and Susan Kolodny, DMH, MFA
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free

Despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary, we tend to believe in the solidity of the present moment. Nevertheless, the future happens. People age, people become ill, priorities shift. Retirement can be a dirty word among clinicians, as we tend to engage in a certain amount of denial about our mortality, believing ourselves to be indispensable and indestructible. Nonetheless, each of us will stop working one day, either in a planned or a forced fashion. In this panel, three clinicians will share their experience, and their approaches to this reality, whether by retiring by changing the parameters of their practice.


Victor P. Bonflio JD PhD, Is a graduate of PINC, and a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty at PINC. He was President of PINC from 2001-2006, and serves as the North American Co-Chair of the IPA Committee on sexual and Gender Diversity. He taught “The Sexualites” at SFCP for 8 years.

Candis Cousins, PhD, is a psychoanalytic psychologist who has published articles on clinical work with parents and lectured on the impact of parents’ relationship on child development. Dr. Cousins recently completed the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group three-year training program and is on the editorial board of fort da. She is in private practice in Oakland.

Susan Kolodny, DMH, MFA, is Member and Faculty at SFCP. She has taught and supervised at local training programs and has taught workshops and lectured on the subject of her first book, The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibitions. She is the author of two poetry collections, After the Firestorm, and Preserve, and of articles in fort daand other professional journals. Her poems appear in many literary journals and anthologies and have been featured on American Lifein Poetry, Poetry Daily, and Poem of the Day. She retired from analytic practice in 2018.