2019 - 2020 Scientific Meetings

Michael Levin, PsyD, Chair
Michael Bronzo, MD, Beth Steinberg, PhD and J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Committee Members

The SFCP Scientific Meetings present new work in, or relevant to, psychoanalytic theory, technique and applied psychoanalysis. SFCP members, visiting psychoanalysts and scholars present recent papers, which are then formally discussed, followed by group discussion with the audience. All SFCP members, candidates, and community members are welcome free of charge. Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Program Title: Braving the Erotic Field in the Treatment of Adolescents (and Adults)
Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Mary Brady, PhD
Discussant: Dianne Elise, PhD
Moderator: Michael Levin, PsyD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free if you choose to attend in person
$ 20.00 if you choose to attend via webcast*

*If you are our current PED Candidate, PPTP, PAPPTP or CAPPTP Trainee or CCSW Extension Yearlong Student, please email [email protected] if you'd like to attend this program remotely.
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available; non-SFCP Member Fee is $ 24.00
Pre-circulated Paper: Click here to read Dr. Mary Brady's pre-circulated paper →
To Register: Click here if you choose to attend via webcast →

In the first SFCP Scientific Meeting of 2020, presenter Mary Brady, PhD and discussant Dianne Elise, PhD will explore an under-theorized but crucial dimension of the psychoanalytic treatment of adolescents: the role of erotic feelings in the process, in both patient and analyst. The psychoanalytic literature on erotic transference and countertransference in adolescence is notably sparse, despite the centrality of the developing sexual body/mind. Erotic feelings in the consulting room with an adolescent can feel taboo, causing the analyst to avoid the immediacy of these feelings. As Dr. Brady will show, excessive timidity on the part of the analyst can limit the growth of the capacity for containment of sexual feelings and yield what she terms ‘erotic insufficiency’ in our work with adolescents. Dr. Brady will offer clinical material from a period of erotic transference and countertransference with a 12-year-old boy to consider these ideas. Further, she will show how the very terms ‘erotic transference’ and ‘erotic countertransference’ can feel defensively remote and antiseptic, and suggest that ‘erotic field’ better captures the subtle, nuanced interplay of feelings in the process. In her discussion, Dr. Elise will explore these concepts in the treatment of adults.

Please join us for what promises to be another rich and illuminating evening of discussion.

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Michael Levin, Psychoanalytic Lecture Series Chair

 

Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • grasp Dr. Brady’s general account and theorization of the important role of erotic feelings for both patient and analyst in the psychoanalytic treatment of adolescents.
  • grasp Dr. Brady’s argument that, because they can feel taboo, analysts are vulnerable to adopting an excessively timid attitude towards erotic feelings in the treatment of adolescents and that such timidity can limit the growth of the capacity for containment of sexual feelings, yielding what she terms “erotic insufficiency”.
  • grasp Dr. Brady’s argument that the traditional psychoanalytic clinical terms ‘erotic transference’ and ‘erotic countertransference’ can feel defensively remote and antiseptic, and that the new term ‘erotic field’ better captures the subtle, nuanced interplay of feelings in the clinical process.
  • grasp Dr. Elise’s view that Dr. Brady’s argument applies equally to the psychoanalytic treatment of adults.

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