President's Message

President’s Message

by Robin Deutsch, Ph.D.

It’s my pleasure to welcome SFCP members to the beginning of the academic year. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.

SFCP was well represented at the recent IPA meeting in Prague. I’d like to offer my congratulations to SFCP members who presented at the recent IPA meetings in Prague. Reviewing the Congress pro-gram, the following members either presented, chaired or served as panelists at the meetings: Meryl Botkin, Abbot Bronstein, Francesco Castellet y Ballara, Robin Deutsch, Bill Glover, Jeanne Harase-movitch, Audrey Kavka, Tina Lapides, Mali Mann, Mitch Wilson, and Michael Windholz. Harvey Peskin won the IPA’s 2013 Hayman Prize for published work pertaining to traumatized children and adults with his paper, entitled “Man is a Wolf to Man”. I apologize if I have inadvertently left anyone off the list.

As we begin the academic year, I am looking forward to this Fall’s international program offerings. In a collaborative ven-ture, we are cosponsoring a program on Unconscious Phantasy with University College London and the Working Party of Comparative Methods. Video presentations, live video link with prominent psychoanalysts from London will be com-bined with small clinical case conferences.

In October, the IPA, SFCP and PINC will present “Says Who?”, a weekend devoted to discussion of evidence, fact and belief in clinical psychoanalysis. How do analysts conceptualize clinical data in the immediacy of the consulting room? The panelists in this program are Marilia Aisenstein (France), Ricardo Bernardi (Uruguay), Joseph Caston (San Francis-co), Donald Moss (New York), Maureen Murphy (San Francisco) and Mitchell Wilson (San Francisco).

In November, SFCP offers Visiting Professor week. This year, our Visiting Professor is Claudio Eizirik, M.D. from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Eizirik is a much sought after supervisor by Brazilian, Argentinian and South American psychoanalysts and is equally well known for his warm affable style as a teacher. He is especially interested in the work of Wilfred Bion. His clinical frame-work also integrates influences of Betty Joseph and the London Contemporary Kleinians, as well as the Barangers, Antonino Ferro and other field theorists. Dr. Eizirik further credits a deep love for reading fiction and poetry with helping him stay in touch with his countertransferential experiences. I look forward to welcoming him to SFCP.

I look forward to a productive and enlivening academic year and invite you to join me in enjoying all that SFCP has to offer.

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