Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis

Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminars 2013 - 2014

SFCP offers these student seminars as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.  The courses are offered free of charge to psychiatry residents and fellows, and to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology, clinical social work, and MFT interns.  All courses are offered Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00PM.  To register, please email Aaron Chow at  If you would like more information about these seminars, please call Michael Loughran, Ph.D., Peninsula Chair of Student Outreach, at (650) 323-3049.  Once you register, you will be called a week prior to class to coordinate getting the readings.  The seminars below will meet at Stanford in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building at 401 Quarry Road in Room 1211 (first floor).

Title: Therapeutic Action in Psychoanalysis
Dates: Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014
Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Instructor: Celeste Birkhofer, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Location: Stanford's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1211
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94304
Cost: Free
To Register: Please email Aaron Chow at

Psychoanalysis is an in-depth, meaning making process that explores unconscious motivations, while using the therapeutic relationship as an important vehicle for understanding and change. The field has become more pluralistic, enriched by new findings and more diverse theoretical points of view.  As a result, describing and agreeing on what constitutes meaningful change, and how to effect such change, has gotten more complicated. Interpretative and non-interpretative mechanisms, along with other techniques and interventions, are involved in the multiple mutative pathways of psychoanalysis.  This seminar presents an overview of the development of thinking about therapeutic action, and will include clinical material to demonstrate how different mechanisms are often favored, depending upon one's specific theoretical orientation within psychoanalysis.

Celeste Birkhofer, PhD, MFT, Candidate, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Graduate, Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program; Private Practice, Menlo Park.

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