Visiting Professor Week 2015 - 2016



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Dominique Scarfone, MD

Dominique Scarfone, MD is our 2015 Visiting Professor



Dominique Scarfone, MD, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Montréal Psychoanalytic Institute, will be the 2015 SFCP Visiting Professor.  He will visit San Francisco from November 9th through November 16th

Dr. Scarfone is known as an astute and lively clinician and supervisor and as a lucid, clear and entertaining teacher.  He was enthusiastically received when he taught our candidates via Skype as a guest instructor in the adult psychoanalytic training division from 2007-2011, got rave reviews when he visited SFCP in June 2010 as the Windholz Memorial Lecturer and more recently as a 2014 PINC Visiting Scholar.  He also has presented frequently at national meetings in France, Canada and the United States and has been a visiting scholar at numerous institutes in Europe, the US and South America.  He has served several times as a consultant for the two-day clinical process series at the winter and summer meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association meetings.   He has a private practice in Montréal and is a full Professor of Psychology at the University of Montréal.

Dr. Scarfone’s writing focuses on questions regarding trauma and the place of temporality and memory in the psychic and somatic fields.  Original in its own right, his work comprehensively and carefully interprets Freud’s work and acknowledges contributions of a diverse group of theorists from the French tradition.  These include Michel de M’Uzan, Piera Aulagnier, J.-B. Pontalis, Jean Laplanche, Jean Claude Rolland and Jacques Lacan (among others).  He has published dozens of articles in French and English, including many in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  These include: “A Matter of Time: Actual Time and the Production of the Past.” Psychoanalytic Quarterly (2006), 75:807-834;  “The Three Essays and The Meaning of the Infantile Sexual in Psychoanalysis” (2014). Psychoanalytic Quarterly 83: 327-344;  and “The Work of Remembering and the Revival of the Psychoanalytic Method” (2014), IJP, 95, pp. 965-972.

Dr. Scarfone’s published books include: Jean Laplanche (1997)—published in English translation in 2015; Oublier Freud? Mémoire pour La psychanalyse (1999)  [Forgetting Freud? An agenda for psychoanalysis]; Les pulsions (2004) [The Drives]; Quartiers aux rues sans noms (2012) [Where the streets have no name]; The English version of his monograph, The Unpast, Actuality in the Unconscious will appear in 2016.  Dr. Scarfone has also edited several collections of essays published in France and co-edited the Engish collection Unrepresented states and the construction of meaning: Theoretical and clinical contributions (2013).


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