2017 - 2018 Extension Education Programs

Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT, Chair


San Francisco

Fridays, September 2017 — April 2018

San Francisco Yearlong Program
The Self Under Seige: From Within and Without

A self under siege is halted in its development, cut off from help from internal and external objects, subject to tyrannical forces, and excluded from participating in its own making. In this yearlong program, we will explore the quality of environments that can facilitate individual development and, conversely, examine the intrapsychic, relational, and cultural forces that impinge upon, disrupt, and threaten the individual’s ability to make sense of his experience.  Under such threats, narcissistic retreats and perverse constructions can deform the self’s development. We will study how parts of one’s self can tyrannize other parts. We will also explore the mechanization of the psyche in contemporary life and the imprisoning of the self in a totalitarian regime — be it intrapsychic or cultural —  when what it means to be human is defined a priori and the avenues of expression limited. And, ultimately, how does a therapist negotiate siege while also under siege —  when the capacity to remain receptive and creative is constrained.

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Fridays, September 2017 — April 2018

San Francisco Continuous Case Conference
(for licensed and pre-licensed clinicians only)

This continuing case conference is designed to be a place where clinicians can come together and form a work group to present, listen to, and think about various cases presented by each other. It is a venue for deepening clinical work by experiencing theory and practice come alive in the consulting room.

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Wednesdays, January 2018 — May 2018

Seasoned Clinicians Program

This year we will offer a fifteen week series of case conferences for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years. The case conferences will be taught by SFCP faculty members. The program will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their clinical work through in-depth discussions with instructors and fellow seasoned practitioners. Accordingly, we will limit the number of participants to 12.

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Thursdays, January 2018 — May 2018

Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients - Year ONE

This 18-week course is designed for early career and experienced social workers practicing in diverse social work settings who wish to strengthen their theoretical foundation. We welcome those who are interested in understanding how psychodynamic thinking can be applied in relevant ways to enhance effective and gratifying work.

As social workers we are often challenged by complicated circumstances in our clients’ lives and limited resources to help them. Many of our agencies cannot offer the case discussions, consultation and theoretical knowledge to support and understand our work experiences.

We will think about the clients and systems with which we work, and how a psychodynamic approach can be utilized in any social work setting. We will reconsider our ideas about our clients, what helps, and our expectations for helping. Finally, we will look at the places in which we work and how the psychological milieu affects our sense of value and purpose as social workers

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Wednesdays, January 2018 — May 2018

Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients - Year TWO

This 18-week course is a follow up course exclusively for those students who completed Year One of SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE:  FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL WORK WITH CLIENTS.

In this 18-week course, we will delve further into the ways in which social work clinicians can sustain meaningful contact with their clients and professional identity in the face of overwhelming demands and experiences.  We will look more closely at how we connect with, listen to, and support our clients. The realities of effects of race, class, immigration, aggression and trauma will be integrated throughout the course.

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Wednesdays; 4 classes per seminar; 7 seminars being between September 2017 to April 2018

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Student Seminars

These seminars are offered as a community service intended to supplement local training with psychoanalytic clinical instruction.  The courses are offered at a reduced fee to pre- and post-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and pre-licensed MFT and social work interns currently in clinical placements.

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East Bay

Fridays, September 2017 — April 2018

East Bay Yearlong Program
Psychoanalysis and Modern Life: Politics, Culture, Race, Gender, and Attacks on Thinking

Mrs. Klein interpreted [that Richard’s] fears about the dangers she would be exposed to [on her trip to] London was much increased by other fears….[She] reminded him of his …jealousy about her son and his fears about the unknown and internal Mr. Klein.  Richard, [she said], was wondering whether they were like Hitler, injuring Mrs. K., or whether she was uniting with them against Richard.  Richard felt that he could not protect either Mummy or Britain or Ms. K. from the bad Hitler-father and from himself.

 . . . Melanie Klein to ten-year-old Richard, somewhere outside London.

Our clinical work is affected by the world outside the consulting room in numerous ways.  Social and political trends, such as the movements of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s for civil rights and women’s rights, profoundly influenced the development in subsequent decades of psychoanalytic theories of clinical interaction and technique.  These movements illuminated inequalities of power and authority in the country and helped foster an awareness that warded-off interpersonal attitudes could only be perceived by an involved observer.  These ideas eventually found their way into the revision of analytic ideas about neutrality, power, and “the patient’s interpretation of the countertransference.”  Immediate social pressures can affect even more directly, as they do currently, what we and our patients feel, think and say day-to-day in our consulting rooms.  The responsibility of psychoanalysis and its practitioners to foster symbolic and critical thinking and to affect social life as well as individual life has rarely been so challenged.

The 2017-2018 East Bay Yearlong courses will examine psychoanalytic theory and practice from a social, cultural, and political perspective.   Our courses will explore how—within and outside of the therapeutic relationship—external political events and unconscious perceptions of difference influence therapists’ and patients’ conscious and unconscious life—our perceptions of self-in-relationship, our perceptions of others and our ability to think and to help others to think about those experiences.

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