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Visiting Professor Week 2016

Riccardo Lombardi, MDRiccardo Lombardi, MD

This year's Visiting Professor is Riccardo Lombardi, MD, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Lombardi, the 2016 SFCP Visiting Professor, is a distinctive contributor to psychoanalytic thinking concerning the body-mind relationship and primitive mental states through his work with severely disturbed patients. Drawing on Bion’s theory of the relationship between container/contained and catastrophic change, and Matte Blanco’s theory of the unrepressed unconscious, the infinite, and the abyss of no differentiation, Dr Lombardi’s approach provides an analytic reflective environment that initiates mental growth out of undifferentiated emotions. He writes about the mental and physical demands of clinical work in this area, and the importance of flexibility in working with psychotic patients. He has authored many papers, and two books, Formless Infinity: Clinical Explorations of Matte Blanco and Bion (2015) and Body-Mind Dissociation in Psychoanalysis: Development after Bion (2016.) Dr. Lombardi has an analytic practice in Rome, and is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

About the Visiting Professor Week Program

Every November, The Visiting Professor Program invites a distinguished psychoanalytic clinician to teach, consult and visit with members of the San Francisco psychoanalytic community.  Each year, the Selection Sub-Committee chooses the future Visiting Professor(s) from among a group of psychoanalysts nominated by SFCP members.  All candidates have made significant contributions to the way we practice and theorize our work.

Feedback to the Committee
We welcome suggestions regarding the form and content of our programs and regarding future candidates for the program.  We are also glad to hear from you if you are interested in participating on one of our sub-committees.

If you wish to recommend a candidate for Visiting Professor, please look at the criteria for selecting candidates.  Include the candidate’s, name, country of origin, a bibliography with at least four published papers, and a paragraph describing the ways you have become acquainted with the candidate’s work and the reasons you believe this person would be a helpful teacher for our members, trainees and members of the San Francisco psychoanalytic community.

Committee Schedule:
From January through May each year, the Visiting Professor Selection Sub-Committee reviews potential candidates and chooses the next year's Visiting Professor.  (Suggestions are welcome throughout the year; Those that come in after February will be placed on the list for a future academic year.)  From April through November, The Visiting Professor Program sub-committee organizes the Visiting Professor program week's events.

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