Scientific Meeting

The Scientific Meetings 2013 - 2014

The Scientific Meeting provides exposure to new and on-going work in psychoanalysis. SFCP members or other prominent psychoanalysts present papers in progress on psychoanalytic theory, clinical work and applied psychoanalysis. All SFCP members, candidates, community members, and mental health professionals are welcome free of charge. The meetings take place on the second Monday of the month.

Title: The Language of Absence and the Language of Tenderness: Therapeutic Transformation of Early Psychic Trauma and Dissociation as the Resolution of "Identification of the Aggressor"
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Hayuta Gurevich, MA (Israel)
Discussant: Laurie Case, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: Free
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits are available for this program; Non-member cost is $ 24.00
Pre-circulated Paper: The Language of Absence and the Language of Tenderness: Therapeutic Transformation of Early Psychic Trauma and Dissociation as the Resolution of "Identification of the Aggressor"*

*For this pre-circulated paper, Hayuta Gurevich has deleted the clinical material for confidentiality but will read it during the meeting.


Hayuta Gurevich, a Sándor Ferenczi scholar, has studied in depth the implications of Ferenczi’s work and his Clinical Diaries to contemporary understanding of early trauma and dissociation. She brings a fresh perceptive unfamiliar to most analysts at our Center. Elaborating on Ferenczi’s work she shows how parental non-reflectiveness, neglect and abuse during early childhood leads to the introjection and internalization of the external absence of accurate parental mirroring and mentalization. Building on Ferenczi, Winnicott, Andre Green and others as well as the findings of mother-infant researchers, Gurevitch has developed a unique way of listening to and discovering the internal absence and making it present and alive in the here and now of the transference so that the patient’s self could be re-found and actualized. She will demonstrate this novel way of listening to clinical material presented to her.


Please feel free to submit proposals for upcoming programs.
Julie Ruskin, Scientific Meeting Chair


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to

  1. Discuss Ferenczi’s concepts of the confusion of tongues, trauma, identification with the aggressor, the alien transplant, dissociation, the wise baby and Orpha.
  2. Discuss Dr. Gurevich’s related concepts of the double absence, the language of absence and the Orphic functions of the analyst.
  3. Through the discussion of a detailed clinical example, discuss the clinical implications and use of these concepts.


CE LogoThe San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

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: Julie Ruskin, PhD, Michael Levin, PsyD, Hayuta Gurevich, MA and Laurie Case, PhD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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