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: Presence and Improvisation: Aspects of Communication in Jazz and Psychoanalysis
Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Henry Markman, MD
Discussant: James Dimon, MD
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 is available; non-SFCP member cost is $ 24.00
Webcast: Email [email protected] for webcast instructions →

It is an undeniable fact, though it is hard to describe in intelligible terms, that there are some people who reveal themselves as "present" – that is to say, at our disposal – when we are in pain or need ... while there are other people who do not give us this feeling, however great is their goodwill. It should be noted at once that that the distinction between presence and absence is not at all the same as that between attention and distraction ... there is a way of listening which is a way of giving, and another way of listening which is a way of refusing, of refusing oneself.
— Gabriel Marcel

A problem is something [or someone] I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in [or someone with] which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity.
— Gabriel Marcel (brackets added)

Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.
— Charlie Parker

Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand.
— Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz means working things out musically with other people.
— Wynton Marsalis

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
— Duke Ellington

Please note: we are pre-circulating Dr. Markman's paper in this online version which includes links to musical selections: http://adamblumpsyd.com/markman. We strongly recommend that all attendees read the full text in advance; Dr. Markman will not present it in its entirety at the meeting. We also respectfully ask all recipients not to further circulate this link or text or refer to its content in other publications. Thank you.


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • grasp the concept of attunement; a simultaneous, mutual, embodied and transformative dimension of communication rooted in early relations with primary objects.
  • grasp how attunement is central in the performance and audience experience of jazz music as well as the therapeutic communication between analyst and patient.
  • grasp philosophical concepts and models that help to illuminate the background, necessary conditions and key features of attunement.
  • experience how the study of the spontaneous and improvisational nature of jazz can be useful in better sensing and responding to the presence or absence of attunement in clinical work.

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, Henry Markman, MD and James Dimon, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.