Post Graduate Clinical Event with Patrick Miller, MD



Post Graduate Clinical Events 2013 - 2014

Title: Post Graduate Clinical Event with Patrick Miller, MD
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 06:00pm - 08:00pm
Presenter: Patrick Miller, MD
Clinical Presenter: Michael Windholz, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: $ 40.00
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available for $ 24.00 or $ 20.00
To Register: Pre-registration has closed.  You are always welcome to register on-site.


Patrick Miller is a Parisian psychoanalyst.  He is a founding member and past president of La Société Psychanalytique de Recherche et de Formation (The Society for Psychoanalytic Research and Training), France’s newest IPA affiliated psychoanalytic society.

Dr. Miller was greatly influenced by Andre Green and Piera Aulagnier.   Aulagnier is known for her contributions to understanding and working with psychotic patients, and for her dialogues with Donald Meltzer and Esther Bick on autistic functioning.  In the 1970’s before pursuing medicine and formal analytic training, Dr. Miller attended the seminars of Jacques Lacan.

Of his psychoanalytic interests and orientation, Dr. Miller writes:  "The question of the bodily ego and drive transformational processes is certainly center stage in my thinking . . . My interest in those issues has brought me to question theoretical issues around the topic of somatizations.  My profound interest for Freud is enduring, and I am still highly stimulated and surprised when I read him.  Metapsychological thinking remains for me the backbone of analytic theory.  However . . . I've been very impressed by M. Klein's . . . capacity to confront destructivity, admiring of Ferenczi's painful audacity and profound thinking about the body, deeply transformed in my way of thinking about counter-transference and object relations by Winnicott who [has] had a [profound] influence on my evolution, [and] shaken and stimulated by Bion's way of taking up Freud's drive theory, bringing it through Klein and furthering it into a transformational theory of the body-mind.   [Yet] I cannot claim to be a Kleinian, Bionian, Winnicottian, etc . . . and shun all kinds of idealizations (and religions) . . . I never trust any kind of institutional establishment, while thinking at the same time that analysis cannot be a solitary practice.”

Dr. Miller has published numerous papers in distinguished French journals, including La Revue Française de Psychanalyse, Confrontations and Topique.   In 1998, he received the Prix Maurice Bouvet, which is given each year to the author deemed to have made the most important contribution to French psychoanalytic literature.  He has also contributed papers to English language collections.   The most recent, On Freud's "On Beginning the Treatment": How Emmy Silenced Freud into Analytic Listening, appears in the IPA Contemporary Freud —Turning Points and Critical Issues series.  In 2001, he published his first book, Le psychanalyste pendant la séance [“The analyst in session”].  His first book in English, Driving Soma: A Transformational Process in the Analytic Encounter (Karnac books) will appear later in 2014.

Dr. Miller is very familiar with American psychoanalysis.  He is a member of The Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies (CAPS) in Princeton.  He also has frequently presented his work and has served several times as a discussant at the two day workshops on clinical process and technique at both winter and summer APsA meetings.

The links below are to two of Dr. Miller’s papers that are on the S.F.C.P. website:


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. learn the French clinical approach to somatic disease.
  2. understand the usefulness of formal regression as seen in French psychoanalysis.
  3. experience a different understanding of primary process as seen in examples of how two body-minds affect each other.


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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 credits as listed for each individual program, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE623, for 2 CE credits on an hour for hour basis.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements and are now able to directly submit their verification letters at the end of each renewal cycle using the MCEP credit reporting form that can be found on the internet at:

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 02677, on an hour for hour basis.

SFCP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SFCP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Commercial Support: None

Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Sue von Baeyer, PhD, Michael Windholz, PhD and Patrick Miller, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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