Theory Forum

This program is opened to SFCP Analyst Members and Candidates only

Theory Forum 2013 - 2014

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Moderators: Peter Goldberg, Ph.D. and Henry Markman, M.D.
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fee: Free


All analyst and candidate members are welcome to join us at the Theory Forum on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 7:30-9:30pm. At the last meeting, our discussion began with reviewing some of the general models of mental functioning that have arisen in previous clinical case presentations, and ended with a more personal focus on the question of therapeutic action -- how do we, as individuals, conceptualize our goals and our unique approach to our clinical work? Why do we do what we do?

Last time, the group decided we would each prepare a VERY brief statement (few paragraphs, couple of minutes) that summarizes our unique and idiosyncraticl view. We are not looking for a comprehensive manifesto or a didactic seminar -- rather a heartfelt and personal communication of what is the purpose of our work and what constitutes psychoanalytic practice in our own minds. At the meeting, people will be invited to read their statements if they wish, and the group will discuss them in turn. Perhaps we can envision this as a group version of the NPR program 'This Is What I Believe.....'! Peter Goldberg and Henry Markman will moderate the discussion.

If you are willing, please prepare a very brief and personal response to any/all of the following questions:

'This Is What I Believe.......'

  1. What is my essential therapeutic goal in analysis? What approach do I take toward this goal and why? How does this goal relate to my particular view of what constitutes mental health, living a 'good life' and what it means to be 'a person'?
  2. How do I conceive of analytic presence or stance in light of my therapeutic goals?
  3. What are my analytic values/ethics?
  4. What do I know about why I am doing this and why do I value psychoanalytic work?

Even if you prefer not to prepare a statement, please join us anyway for what will be hopefully be a very meaningful and illuminating discussion!

Maria Longuemare, MD

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