Visiting Professor Week: A Day with Virginia Ungar, MD



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This program is open to all Mental Health Clinicians, Trainees and Students in a Mental Health Discipline

A Day With Virginia Ungar, MD

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 09:30am - 03:30pm
Presenter: Virginia Ungar, MD
Discussant: Mary Brady, PhD
Clinical Presenter: Erin Mullin, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: $ 155.00  General
$ 145.00  SFCP Analyst Members and Community Members
$ 120.00  Candidates
$ 65.00  Full-time Students or Interns (copy of current ID required)
CME/CE Credits: 5 CME/CE Credits is available for an additional for:
$ 60.00  General
$ 50.00  SFCP Analyst Members, Candidates and Community Members
Paper: "Clinical Work Today: What Remains and What Has Changed in Psychoanalytic Technique"
Note: An additional $ 10.00 will be charged for onsite registration.
Catered lunch will be provided for all attendeess.
No refund for cancellations.
To Register: Click here to register for this program now


Virginia Ungar, MD, approaches the clinical work of psychoanalysis with an openness to diverse analytic ideas and influences.  Trained in infant observation, she works with children and adolescents — with an interest in how this experience informs work with adult patients.  Living and working in Argentina, during the turbulent times of the 70s and 80s, she is a keen observer of the changes in culture and the social environment, noting their effect on the development of the individual and psychoanalytic practice.  Influenced by the work of Bion, Klein, the Post-Kleinians as well as Meltzer and contemporary thinkers, Dr. Ungar focuses of how the field of psychoanalysis continues to evolve, emphasizing the need for flexibility in using theory and in formulating ways to work with different patients.  Illustrative of her open approach, in her paper, "Supervision: A Container-Contained Approach," Dr. Ungar describes how the supervisor understands and contains the unconscious anxieties of the supervisee, not neccessarily as a didactic teacher, but rather as a facilitator of the evolving process.

Dr. Ungar is a training analyst and faculty member of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Institute.  She has held several positions in the IPA, including chair of the Committee of Psychoanalysis of Children and Adolescents, currently as IPA Board representative for Latin America, and as a member of the Latin American Editorial Board of the IPA.  She is also on the committees of several Latin American journals.

She has been on many conference panels and has presented, published, and discussed papers on topics ranging from infant obervation and its relationship to analytic work, child psychoanalysis, severly disturbed adolescents, and the psychoanalytical process.  She wrote the chapter, "Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis in Latin America" in the book, Truth, Reality and the Psychoanalyst — Latin American Contributions to Psychoanalysis (2005).  She has situated herself as an important analyst in Latin America, and as a significant contributor, particularly with her work as a child and adolescent analyst, bringing an important perspective to psychoanalysis.

Dr. Ungar will present her paper, "Clinical Work Today: What Remains and What Has Changed in Psychoanalytic Technique."  She will discuss the changes in classical psychoanalytic work, and the effects of cultural change, technology and changes in family systems on the development of adolescents and analytical work with them.  Mary Brady, PhD, will discuss the paper.  Dr. Brady is a Faculty Member at SFCP.  Her most recent paper, "Cutting the Silence: Initial, Impulsive Self-Cutting in Adolescence," was published in The Journal of Child Psychotherapy in2014.  Erin Mullin, PhD, will present the case of an adolescent in psychoanalysis.  Dr. Mullin is a Faculty Member at SFCP and a clinician at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families.


This program continues the focus of previous programs with Claudio Eizirik, Rosine Perelberg, Michael Feldman, Adrienne Harris, David Tuckett, Antonino Ferro, Danielle and Jean-Michel Quinodoz, Anne Alvarez, Ken Corbett, Michael Parsons, Ron Britton, Dale Boesky, Adam Phillips, Betty Joseph, and Hanna Segal, which have all offered richly illustrative clinical material of ongoing psychoanalytic treatments.


Beth Steinberg, PhD
Chair, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Education Division
Catherine Mallouh, MD
Chair, "A Day with..." SFCP Extension Education Series
"Clinical Work Today: What Remains and What Has Changed in Psychoanalytic Technique"
10:40am - 10:50am 10 MINUTE BREAK
10:50am - 11:40am DISCUSSION OF THE PAPER
Mary Brady, PhD
Faculty Member at SFCP
Erin Mullin, PhD
Faculty Member at SFCP

Clinical material will be presented at the lecture.
No audio or video recordings will be allowed.
No internet postings or discussion will be allowed.


Event Planning Committee:

Catherine Mallouh, MD
Michael Loughran, PhD
Edit Markoczy, PsyD
Terrence Owens, PhD


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to

  1. discuss changes in classical psychoanalytic technique using a Bionian framework.
  2. describe cultural changes that have contributed to changes in psychoanalysis as a theory and clinical approach.
  3. discuss the impact of technology and changes in family structure on clinical work with adolescents


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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 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 5 CE credits on an hour for hour basis.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CME credits may report AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper). The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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: Catherine Mallouh, MD, Edit Markoczy, PsyD, Terrence Owens, PhD, Michael Loughran, PhD, Virginia Ungar, MD, Mary Brady, PhD, Terrence Owens, PhD and Erin Mullin, PhD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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