"Says Who?" Evidence, Fact and Belief in Clinical Psychoanalysis


"Says Who?"

Evidence, Fact and Belief in
Clinical Psychoanalysis


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October 19, 2013;  09:00am - 03:30pm
October 20, 2013;  09:30am - 12:30pm

SFCP, 444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by the IPA, PINC and SFCP

Marilia Aisenstein (France), Ricardo Bernardi (Uruguay),
Joseph Caston (San Francisco), Donald Moss (New York),
Maureen Murphy (San Francisco), Mitchell Wilson (San Francisco)


How do analysts engage the problem and the promise of evidence in clinical work? What counts as evidence and why? For whom? And to what purpose?

Clinicians and researchers have struggled with these questions for decades, questions that go to the very heart of the clinical endeavor. This two-day conference will explore how analysts conceptualize clinical data in the immediacy of the consulting room. Using detailed process notes from a single case, panelists and audience will actively participate in a conversation regarding questions of evidence in psychoanalysis. Break out groups will facilitate in-depth reflections on the case and the larger issues that are the topic of this exciting conference.

The Conference will be structured around process notes from two sessions of the 4th year of an analysis conducted by an anonymous analyst. On Saturday morning we will work with the notes from one session followed by break out groups; on Saturday afternoon we’ll work with notes from the second session. Panelists will hear the material at the same time the audience does, keeping the process presentation as natural and lively as possible and best resembling the way an analyst would encounter it in the consulting room.

On Sunday morning we will begin with break out groups following up on Saturday’s work. To conclude we will reconvene to discuss and collate our work highlighting points of convergence and points of divergence.


Program Schedule

Saturday, October 19 Morning
08:30am - 09:00am Registration and Coffee
09:00am - 09:30am Introduction: Mitchell Wilson
09:30am - 11:00am Morning Panel, Session #1:
Donald Moss (Moderator), Marilia Aisenstein, Ricardo Bernardi and Maureen Murphy
11:00am - 11:30am Coffee Break
11:30am - 12:30pm Breakout Groups:
Audience Participation in small groups
12:30pm - 01:30pm Lunch, provided on site as part of registration
Saturday, October 19 Afternoon
01:30pm - 01:40pm Morning Summary: Donald Moss
01:40pm - 03:00pm Afternoon Panel, Session #2:
Donald Moss (Moderator), Marilia Aisenstein, Ricardo Bernardi and Joseph Caston
03:00pm - 03:30pm Question & Answer with audience


Sunday, October 20 Morning
09:00am - 09:30am Coffee and Pastries
09:30am - 10:30am Breakout Groups:
Audience participation in small groups
10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am - 12:30pm Plenary Panel:
Donald Moss (Moderator), Mitchell Wilson, Marilia Aisenstein, Ricardo Bernardi, Joseph Caston and Maureen Murphy


Program Cost:

Members of IPA, PINC or SFCP $ 175.00
Candidates, Registered Students $ 150.00
General Admission $ 195.00


8.5 CME/CE credits are available for:

SFCP Analyst Members, Candidates or Community Members $ 85.00
Non-Members $ 102.00


Cancellation Policy

Before Sept 20, 100% minus $50 cancellation fee, no refunds after Sept 20


To register online

Please click here to register online
Note: because SFCP is handling the registration for this event, you will be re-directed to the SFCP website to register and pay.


To register by phone

Call Aaron Chow at 415-563-5815. SFCP accepts Visa / MasterCard / DiscoverCard over the phone


To register by mail

Please print out the brochure and mail it with your payment (payable to "SFCP") to:

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Organizing Committee:

Joseph Caston, M.D., William Glover, Ph.D., Donald Moss, M.D., Maureen Murphy, Ph.D., Mitchell Wilson, M.D.


Marilia Aisenstein, (France), began as a student of philosophy, then trained as a psychoanalyst in Paris. She is a former president of the Parisian Psychoanalytic Society.

Ricardo Bernardi, M.D., (Uruguay) is a professor at the Univeridad de la Republica, and a Training and Supervising Analyst. He is a leading psychoanalytic researcher in Latin America.

Joseph Caston, M.D., is Faculty, Training/Personal and Supervising Analyst, at SFCP and PINC. He has been a contributor to empirical research studies in psychoanalysis.

Donald Moss, M.D., (New York) is Faculty, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, NYU Medical Center, and co-Chair, IPA Committee on Clinical Research.

Maureen Murphy, Ph.D., is Founding President, Faculty, Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC. She is a North American Representative to the IPA Board and the Chair of NAPsaC.

Mitchell Wilson, M.D., is Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at SFCP.  Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.


Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to compare different perspectives on evidence in clinical psychoanalysis.
  2. Participants will be able to identify their own explicit and implicit assumptions about what constitutes psychoanalytic evidence.
  3. Participants will be able to assess and critique different conceptions of facts in psychoanalytic practice.


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 8.5 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 8.5 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:http://www.cpapsych.org/associations/6414/files/mcepaa/files/MCEP_Reporting_Form.pdf

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: William C. Glover, Ph.D., Marilia Aisenstein, Ricardo Bernardi, M.D., Joseph Caston, M.D., Donald Moss, M.D., Maureen Murphy, Ph.D. and Mitchell Wilson, M.D.. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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