2017 - 2018 East Bay Yearlong Program

Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW and Lara Weyland, PhD, Co-Chairs
Diana Fuery, PhD and David Socholitzky, PhD, Committee Members

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 highlighted inequalities of power and authority in the country and, subsequently, in the therapeutic dyad, and helped foster profound revisions of psychoanalytic theory and practice. One such insight that found its way from these social movements into the consulting room was the awareness that a subject’s warded-off interpersonal attitudes could only be perceived by an involved observer.  This notion helped revolutionize analytic ideas about neutrality, power, and “the patient’s [role in the] interpretation of the countertransference.” 

Contemporary social pressures can affect even more directly what we and our patients feel, think and say day-to-day in our consulting rooms, as they do currently.  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.   Situating the individual in a social setting, courses will attend at one and the same time to the psyche of the patient, the external social world, and the society of the therapeutic dyad, using theories of intrapsychic and interpersonal psychology and of the internalization of cultural beliefs and socially generated constructs of perception.

We begin the year with a discussion about the power of culture to influence assumptions concerning what is meaningful in ones participation in the social world.  Subsequent courses examine social influences upon our patients and our own work more directly and specifically, through discussions of unconscious perceptions of racial and sexual differences and of unintegrated perceptions of Otherness.  Within this attempt to conceptualize the individual in a social setting we consistently return to examining the implications of theoretical understanding of these social issues for the work of the individual clinician seeking to foster thinking and symbolic functioning.  

Dates: Fridays, September 8, 2017 - May 11, 2018
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Sessions: 33 Sessions
Location: The Dream Institute
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Tuition Fee: $ 1,260.00

Readers Fee are not included in the tuition
A Two-Installment-Plan option is available
see Registration Deposit, Refund Policy, Readers and CME/CE Fees Information tab for details
CME/CE: This program has been awarded a total of 46.5 CME/CE credits.
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David Socholitzky, PhD, Member, SFCP
Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, September 8, 15, 2017

The issue of attacks on thinking (linking) in individuals and groups will be explored drawing on the work of Bion and Volkan.  The concept of attacks on linking can be extended to group functioning, particularly utilizing Volkan’s concept of "the chosen trauma" and its role in becoming the receptacle of evacuated/unthought and unmetabolized group emotions.   Finally, we will think about these processes with culture in mind.  What role does culture play in developing or perverting alpha function in individuals and groups?  We will read excerpts from Pierre Bourdieu's work on habitus and doxa to supply us with some conceptual handles to think about the role culture plays in the development or inhibition of thinking.

Karim Dajani, PsyD, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. understand Bion’s concepts of “thinking “ and “attacks on linking” and employ them while working with their patients.
  2. apply these clinical concepts of Bion's to understand the functioning of clinical groups and, by extension, larger social and cultural groups.
  3. understand Volkan’s concept of “a chosen trauma” and his ideas about “unmetabolized emotions” in groups.
  4. apply these concepts of Volkan’s to an understanding of cultural processes.
  5. understand Bourdieu’s concepts of “habitus” and “doxa” and their use in analyzing how culture can encourage or inhibit thinking in individuals or groups.
  6. understand how aspects of their own culture might inhibit their clinical experiences of different cultural, ethnic, racial and gender communities.

This course will study the characteristics of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Authoritarian Variant, and explore the seductive social fit between this type of personality and the group Other. Readings will include Jorge Maldonado and Herbert Rosenfeld in order to understand the mutually interactive dynamic experienced individually and interpersonally in psychoanalytic treatment.  With this as foundation, we will explore implications pertinent to mutually interactive group dynamics experienced in current social and political life.

Margot Beattie, PhD, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE Credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. identify observable mental and emotional characteristics of the narcissistic personality disorder, including the authoritarian variant.
  2. gain a psychoanalytic understanding of the early intrapsychic development of pathological narcissism.
  3. consider the challenge the defensive structure of the narcissistic patient presents t the analyst, and learn effective treatment approaches to the patient’s unconscious “hidden agenda”.
  4. become aware of common countertransference pitfalls.
  5. think about relational aspects particular to pathological narcissism, interpersonally, socially and politically.
  6. be aware of the reciprocal relationship politically between the authoritarian individual and specific populace groups.

David Socholitzky, PhD, Member, SFCP
Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, December 8, 15, 2017; January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 10.5 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. begin developing their understanding of the integration and interpenetration of patients’ sociocultural identity, sexual and gender identifications, and internal social and political identifications and beliefs with clinical theories and clinical formulations through discussion of their clinical work.
  2. engage in self-analysis on the assumption that she or he has unconscious blind spots concerning issues of patient-therapist differences of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or cultural background in their clinical work.
  3. listen in their own reverie for references in clinical material which might refer to a patient's awareness of a feeling of "otherness" in relationship to the therapist, and work to understand their own possible contribution to those feelings of the patient.
  4. listen in their own reverie for references in clinical material which might refer to a patient's awareness of a feeling of "otherness" in relationship to the therapist, and work to find ways to explore those feelings with the patient.
  5. look for ways in which the transference-countertransference situation may contain references to social, cultural, ethnic, racial or political differences in the relationship.
  6. begin the process of integrating their understanding of specific experiences of difference with patients with their clinical understanding and psychological theories.
  7. listen for ways in which the social and political tenor of the external environment may be intensifying a patient’s difficulties in employing symbolic thought and to speak about these difficulties in the clinical setting.

In this four-week seminar, we’ll consider race and racism through an exploration of the fantasy of whiteness.  Particularly, we’ll discuss whiteness as an idea, an ideal, an ideology, and as nationalism.  And, we’ll make use of sociological and psychoanalytic discussions of whiteness in and outside of the clinical situation. 

Forrest Hamer, PhD, Member and Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, February 9, 16, 23; March 2, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. Conceptualize the distinction between whiteness as an identity from whiteness as an identification, and identify the implications of this distinction for racialized projections between people and in groups.
  2. Deconstruct the fantasy of American whiteness by considering it as an idea, as an ideal, as an ideology or supremacy, and as the basis for a construct of American nationalism.
  3. Explore some ways in which the clinical discussion of American whiteness occurs in cross-racial and same-race pairs.
  4. Identify the relationship between concepts of whiteness with concepts of racial otherness and the conscious and unconscious experience of racism.
  5. Consider what is uniquely American in existing categories of race.

Bion’s “Experiences in Groups” and Hanna Arendt’s “Origins of Totalitari

This course will look at bridging the individual, social and political with readings from Bion's "Experiences in Groups" and Hanna Arendt's work on the origins of totalitarian thought. 

Georgine Marrott, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, SFCP; Personal and Supervising Analyst, PINC
Fridays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 6.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. Consider ways in which the interplay of social or political theories and psychological theories might provide another dimension of examining the wide range of human experience as it is presented to them in their clinical practice.
  2. Consider one specific conceptualization of the interrelationship of the social, political and personal/clinical dimensions of human experience as exemplified by an integrative examination of the clinical ides of Wilfred Bion and the social analysis of Hanna Arendt.
  3. Understand Arendt’s concept of “human possibility” and its destruction by totalitarian thought, and her analysis of totalitarianism’s reduction of human functioning to “predictability”.
  4. Understand Bion’s concepts of “alpha function” and “attacks on linking within the individual and within the group””, and their relationship to Arendt’s ideas about social constraints on totalitarian thought.
  5. Understand similarities and differences in Arendt’s and Bion’s examination of the anxieties and the defenses against anxiety developed by individuals in societies and in groups which lead to the difficulties in thinking socially and individually as described by both authors.
  6. Understand Arendt’s concept of Evil and speculate about how Bion might consider that concept.

How do we navigate sameness and difference in our work with those who identify as alternative in their sexuality and gender expression? How does our unconscious bias for or against alternative sexuality and gender experience impede our ability to think clinically? While examining the concept of “otherness,” we will explore the inevitable biases embedded in ourselves and in society that enter into the clinical hour. Whether or not we have similar lived cultural experiences or theories to guide us, our own subjectivity influences how we position ourselves in our clinical work even as we strive to understand and accept sexual and gender diversity. In this course, we will delve into what is stirred up in the consulting room by those who present as “other” in their sexuality and gender practices. We’ll utilize works by Freud, Benjamin, Moss, and Saketopoulou to develop our thinking and apply this to clinical material in four didactic classes and two classes focused upon case presentations.   

Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT, Associate Faculty, SFCP
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Eductional Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. Conceptualize alternative sexuality and gender “otherness” through the lens of several frameworks.
  2. Utilize critical thinking to examine perspectives on alternative sexuality and gender expression.
  3. Consider their own potential unconscious biases and recognize their influence on their approaches to clinical work with alternative sexuality and gender.
  4. Identify countertransferences in their clinical work regarding sameness and difference in sexuality and gender expression.
  5. Explore internal dynamics and cultural context to guide clinical approaches to sexuality and gender “otherness”.
  6. Apply their learning about alternative sexuality and gender to their own and classmates’ clinical presentations in case discussions.


This program is designed for psychotherapists seeking further education in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Participants in treatment with one of the instructors should inquire about the opportunity to take a comparable course in one of the other programs.

If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact either of the East Bay Extension Division Yearlong Co-Chairs, Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, at 650-303-4424 or Lara Weyland, PhD, at 510-531-5354.

* A small number of participants with academic or artistic backgrounds may apply to the seminar series with permission of the Chair of the SFCP Extension Division. The Chair will consider these applications case-by-case and offer participation as space allows. In addition, anyone participating must meet with the Chair to discuss confidentiality rules concerning clinical material and sign an agreement to uphold confidentiality.

Registration Deposit

A $ 300.00 registration deposit is due upon registration.  This $ 300.00 deposit if fully refundable until August 8, 2017, and the remaining balance is due in full by August 15, 2017.

Two-Installment-Plan Option

A Two-Installment-Plan option is available for this program.  Tuition can be paid in two equal installments that will be processed on September 1, 2017 and January 2, 2018.  SFCP must have a current/active credit card information on file to be used for the payments.  To apply for the Two-Installment-Plan, one must contact the SFCP Office to arrange this option before August 15, 2017.

Readers Fee

Charges for reading material required for the seminars are not included in tuition. They are based upon copyright laws and change based on the content of the readers. The charges will be billed to you separately. Please submit your registration and your tuition payment two weeks in advance in order to receive reading materials before the course starting date.

CME/CE Credits Fee

The credits cost per hour is $10 for all SFCP members, and $12 for non-SFCP members. SFCP has established a cap cost of $200 for credits requested per program. The cost of CME/CE credits is separate from the programs fees and billed individually upon the request for credits at the end of the seminar.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before August 8, 2017.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after August 9, 2017.
  • There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.

CME/CE Credits Policy and Attendance Requirement

California Medical Association LogoThe San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 to 10.5 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 an entity recongized by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Credits pursuant to Section 1887.4.3.

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 (CEP 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: Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW, Lara Weyland, PhD, Diana Fuery, PhD, David Socholitzky, PhD, Karim Dajani, PsyD, Margot Beattie, PhD, Forrest Hamer, PhD, Georgine Marrott, PhD and Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.