2017 - 2018 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: Moving from Within The Maternal: The Choreography of Analytic Eroticism
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
(please note the change of date)
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Dianne Elise, PhD
Discussant: Mary Margaret McClure, DMH
Moderator: Michael Levin, PsyD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available; non-SFCP Member cost is $ 24.00.

“I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man; the landscape of his soul."
—Martha Graham

“And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once."

"I specifically underscore the erotic as an important ingredient of the clinical situation—a lively spontaneity that partakes of the analyst’s as well as the patient’s creative self...I most especially want to retain, as is the case in dance, the connection to the erotic vitality that derives from maternal eroticism--embodied, and moving—both physically and emotionally. This perspective has implications for the psychoanalytic process, especially in the qualities of the activity of the analyst, as reflected in the analyst’s person, presence and personal creativity."
—Dianne Elise, 2017

Further deepening our elaboration of the themes of embodiment, presence and the analyst's enlivening conduct in this year's Scientific Meeting series, Dianne Elise and Mary Margaret McClure will offer rich explorations of the dance of maternal eroticism in the birth and shaping of the self in development and treatment. Please join us for what promises to be another stimulating and enjoyable evening of learning together.


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • conceptualize maternal eroticism and its central role in development.
  • conceptualize the expression of mother/child eroticism in the dance of the semiotic chora.
  • conceptualize a vitalizing choreographic dimension of the analyst’s clinical activity grounded in, and parallel to, the erotic dance of mother and child.
  • conceptualize the ways in which a new definition of analytic eroticism expressed in the choreographic dimension challenges and expands traditional understandings of erotic transference and countertransference in psychoanalytic treatment.


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

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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 an entity recongized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

REGISTERED NURSES: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 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: Michael Levin, PsyD, Michael Bronzo, MD, Beth Steinberg, PhD, J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Dianne Elise, PhD and Mary Margaret McClure, DMH. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.