Ethics and Impairment Committee Special Program: Thinking the Unthinkable: Creating a Professional Will

Thinking the Unthinkable

A Conference on Making a Professional Will

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Time: 09:30am - 01:00pm
Presenters: Robert Epstein, MD & Paul Ransohoff, DMH,
Co-Chairs, Ethics and Impairment Committee
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: $ 45.00  General
$ 35.00  SFCP Analyst Members, Candidates or Community Members
$ 25.00  Students (with a copy of Student ID provided)
CME/CE: 3.5 CME/CE Credits available for an additional:
$ 42.00  General
$ 35.00  SFCP Analyst Members, Candidates or Community Members
Resources: Some resources for making a professional will be available at the workshop and can be found on the SFCP website.

Wishful Thinking, photo copyright 2010, Lee Grossman,
Wishful Thinking     photo copyright, 2010     Lee Grossman, MD

Most of us like to believe that time is on our side; even the most sophisticated of us may find it hard to believe that we may really become incapacitated, have a terminal illness, or be disabled unexpectedly and unable to inform or care for our patients.  Our flyer photograph of TIME by Lee Grossman, MD, appropriately titled "Wishful Thinking", makes that point.

How do we care for our patients in the event that we personally are unable to meet this responsibility?  It is hard to think about and plan for these issues.  Resistance, denial and avoidance are often the feelings that confront us when contemplating our vulnerability and mortality.

"Thinking the Unthinkable", the title of our Professional Wills Conference, brings these issues to the forefront and help us think and plan to be contacted and informed, who do we want to care for them when we can't?  At the Professional Wills Conference, we will discuss these dilemmas and our responsibilities to our patients.  With practical templates and small group discussions, participants will have the tangible components and collegial support necessary to accomplish this emotionally complicated professional task.

The Ethics Committee and the Membership Integration Committee have planned a conference that addresses these hard-to-consider issues.  In the morning, a panel of members from the Ethics Committee, Robert Epstein, MD and Paul Ransohoff, DMH, the Co-Chairs will lead a discussion of the difficulty and process of making a professional will.  After a morning break, we will separate into smaller groups with facilitators and templates of a Professional Will and begin the process of how we want to provide for our patients.

REGISTRATION 09:00am - 09:30am
PANEL DISCUSSION 09:30am - 10:30am
BREAK 10:30am - 10:50am
SMALL GROUPS 10:55am - 12:30pm
DISCUSSION 12:30pm - 01:00pm

Facilitators are members of the Ethics and Impairment Committee (EIC) and Membership Integration Committee

Ethics and Impairment Committee
Paul Ransohoff, DMH &
Robert Epstein, MD, Co-Chairs

Linda Bartlett, PhD
Jacqueline De Lon, LMFT
Robert Friend, MD
Susan Kolodny, DMH
Clara Kwun, LCSW
Edit Markoczy, PsyD
Terese Schulman, PhD, LCSW
Dena Sorbo, LCSW, BCD
Julie Stahl, MD
Michael S. Wagner, PhD

Membership Integration Committee
Meryl Botkin, PhD, Chair

Sheena Craig, MFT
Mary Ewert, DMH
Debora Fletcher, PhD
Catherine Mallouh, MD
Susan Moore, MFT
Catherine Wiltzing, PhD, LCSW


Course Objectives:

  1. Participants in this meeting learn about the rationale for and importance of a professional will.
  2. Participants will have a first hand experience in the drafting and implementation of a will.
  3. Participants will learn about the difficulties encountered in creating a professional will.


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 3.5 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 3.5 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:

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: Robert Epstein, MD, Paul Ransohoff, DMH, Linda Bartlett, PhD, Jacqueline De Lon, LMFT, Robert Friend, MD, Susan Kolodny, DMH, Clara Kwun, LCSW, Edit Markoczy, PsyD, Terese Schulman, PhD, LCSW, Dena Sorbo, LCSW, BCD, Julie Stahl, MD, Michael S. Wagner, PhD, Meryl Botkin, PhD, Sheena Craig, MFT, Mary Ewert, DMH, Deborah Fletcher, PhD, Catherine Mallouh, MD, Susan Moore, MFT and Catherine Wiltzing, PhD, LCSW. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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