2018 - 2019 Scientific Meetings

Michael Levin, PsyD, Chair
Michael Bronzo, MD, Beth Steinberg, PhD and J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Committee Members

The SFCP Scientific Meetings present new work in, or relevant to, psychoanalytic theory, technique and applied psychoanalysis. SFCP members, visiting psychoanalysts and scholars present recent papers, which are then formally discussed, followed by group discussion with the audience. All SFCP members, candidates, community members and mental health professionals are welcome free of charge. Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Program Title: On background assumptions in psychoanalysis: The continuing pursuit for common ground
Date: Monday, January 14, 2019
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Joseph Caston, MD
Discussant: Richard Almond, MD
Moderator: Michael Levin, PsyD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free
Pre-circulated Paper: Click here to read Dr. Caston's pre-circulated paper →

Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.” — Freud

In the daylight of analysis the ghosts of the unconscious are laid and led to rest as ancestors whose power is taken over and transformed into the newer intensity of present life…” — Loewald

I repeat, with Freud, that analysis is the ‘inter-subjective game by which truth enters into the real’. Isn’t it clear enough? Psychoanalysis isn’t child’s play.” — Lacan

Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together.” — Winnicott

Since the movement's early years, psychoanalysts have debated the essence of psychoanalytic treatment, often disagreeing sharply along the sectarian lines. Amidst these debates there have been several efforts to unify the field through the identification of basic elements common to all psychoanalytic treatments. In this program, two of the SFCP's most senior and accomplished members will guide us through a contemporary return to this search for a common clinical foundation. Joe Caston, MD will present his recent paper 'On Background Assumptions in Psychoanalysis: The Continuing Pursuit of Common Ground', followed by a discussion by Ric Almond, MD. Please join us for what promises to be a rich, stimulating and potentially unifying evening.

Please feel free to submit proposals for upcoming programs.
Michael Levin, Scientific Meeting Chair