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2017 - 2018 San Francisco Yearlong Program

Catherine Mallouh, MD, Chair
Meryl Botkin, PhD, Ben Goldstone, MFT, Marilynne Kay Kanter, PhD
Israel Katz, MD, Maureen Kurpinsky, PhD, Patricia Marra, MFT
and Sue von Baeyer, PhD, Committee Members

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.

Dates: Fridays, September 8, 2017 - April 13, 2018
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Sessions: 27 Sessions
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuition Fee: For SF Yearlong Program Didactic Courses only
$ 1,090.00  General Admission
$ 980.00  SFCP Community Members

For SF Yearlong Program Didactic Courses AND SF Continuous Case Conference combined
(The SF Continuous Case Conference is open to licensed and pre-licensed clinicians only)
$ 1,500.00  General Admission
$ 1,350.00  SFCP Community Members

Readers and CME/CE Credit fees 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 40.5 CME/CE credits.
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In this seminar, we will explore various pathological organizations in which the narcissistic and omnipotent “mad” and “bad” parts take over the personality, tyrannizing the dependent and sane parts. This constellation leads to the dominance of perverse, addictive and sadomasochistic modes of being, thinking and relating. We will consider these “mafia-like states of mind” in the internal world, in the relational field, in groups, and in the larger socio-political register.

The recent rise of populism in the US and Europe will be considered in the light of psychoanalytic understanding of perverse attacks on the “Law of the Father.” The nature of dystopian conditions and totalitarian regimes will be discussed in this context. We will also explore the relationship between narcissism and racism. We will study these topics by reading papers by Herbert Rosenfeld, Betty Joseph, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, Robert Hinshelwood, the political scientist Robert Tucker and by the instructor.

Era A. Loewenstein, PhD
Fridays, September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 10.5 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. After reading and discussing Herbert Rosenfeld’s paper “destructive narcissism and the death instinct” participants will be able to describe what omnipotent self-idealization looks like clinically.
  2. describe at least three characteristics of the transference-countertransference in the treatment of patients who are dominated by perverse states of mind.
  3. describe what Chasseguet-Smirgel meant when she wrote that the aim of perversion is to destroy reality, thereby creating a new reality, that of the anal universe where all differences have been abolished.
  4. describe the relationship between a perverse structure and the patient’s tendency to split off and project love, aggression and dependency needs into others and into the therapist.
  5. describe the relationship between self-idealization, destructive narcissism and racism.
  6. describe the process by which weakness and failure are projected into the opponents and victims of a totalitarian regime and how the totalitarian state can then identifies itself with purity, righteousness and strength.

The mind and self of the therapist are always at risk of losing the capacity to work, think, and reflect with a patient.  This is part of our usual work — losing balance and refinding it. There are also more pathologic situations encountered in the consulting room and outside of it that will undermine our capacity to provide what our patients need.  This course will look at how the therapist’s mind can come under siege from pressures in the room as the patient’s mind and emotional life become intertwined with ours, particularly in cases of trauma.  We will also look at how outside pressures from the broader culture affect the therapist as an individual, eroding our capacity to work, our sense of identity, and the vitality that we bring to our clinical encounters and struggles.

Catherine Mallouh, MD
Fridays, October 27; November 3, 17; December 1, 8, 15, 2017
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. discuss the clinical experience and phenomenology of losing the capacity to use one's mind and thinking in working with patients.
  2. explore how the patient' pathology and disturbance, particularly in cases of trauma, effect the therapist's state of mind and their ability to interpret.
  3. discuss the concepts of countertransference and enactment in thinking about the experience of working with more disturbed patients.
  4. describe how issues in the broader culture, and shared experiences of political and social disturbances can erode the capacity to work well and with a sense of conviction.

As D.W. Winnicott reminds us, it is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found. For the self under siege, discovering a dwelling for the vulnerable self and inter-play within the therapeutic relationship is both crucial and challenging.  In this course, we will explore how the protective envelope of play space co-created by analyst and analysand can offer continuity of being and potential for self-discovery and elaboration for both the articulate and the ineffable aspects of painful experience, for both psyche and soma.  We will discuss these concepts clinically from various theoretical vantage points.

Celeste Schneider, PhD
Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. utilize notions of play and reflect on how our work and play as therapists involves a paradoxical reality where things may be real and not real at the same time in clinical work.
  2. explore how conceptions of transference-countertranference dynamics with a self under siege fosters a better understanding of therapeutic elaboration and impasse in psychoanalytic work.
  3. discuss perspectives on trauma, space and time in psychoanalysis.
  4. differentiate and integrate Winnicott's notion of Holding from Bion's notion of Containing.
  5. evaluate various conceptions about the growth of the individual in relationship and how his lens enriches our understanding of the development of depressive capacities.

Cinema offers us the freedom to discuss characters and their circumstances from different psychoanalytic perspectives, and brings psychoanalytic ideas alive in an experiential way. In this class, we will use film to explore the intense difficulties faced by a person who is held hostage by his own psyche and/or by the world and culture around him. The class will review the films in advance and if possible, clips from the films will be shown during the class discussion.

Diane Borden, PhD and Catherine Mallouh, MD
Fridays, February 16, 23, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 3.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. describe the psychological state of a person who is in a psychic state of siege, held hostage by their own minds, and/or traumatized and this leading to serious difficulties in relating to others or a constricted sense of self.
  2. explore ways to think about the difficulties in working with patients who are in this state, and consider therapeutic intrerventions.

He had grown up visited by sensations of immensity, communing with a reality he apprehended beyond the world of the senses, and he was therefore naturally inclined to accept the universe as a mansion of spirit rather than a congeries of matter.

Seamus Heaney on Wordsworth

This course will focus on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the historic drift towards a techno-mechanistic understanding of the human being in Western Culture. Through readings drawn from several fields we will trace the broader evolution of this drift from the Enlightenment through the Romantic Movement, Modernity and our current Post-Modern moment. In doing so, we will consider its impact on identity, selfhood and psychopathology. Finally, we’ll analyze ways in which psychoanalysis has both represented and resisted the techno-mechanistic drift, and we’ll explore its implicit influence on our sensibilities, imaginations and approaches to clinical work.

Michael Levin, PsyD
Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13, 2018
This seminar has been awarded 9.0 CME/CE credits.

Educational Objectives
Participants will be able to

  1. describe the emergence, historical evolution, role and impact of scientism in Western Culture.
  2. describe the emergence, historical evolution, role and impact of techno-mechanism in late modern Western Culture.
  3. describe the impact of scientism and the techno-mechanisistic cultural drift on the ontology of the human individual in late modern Western Culture.
  4. describe the impact of a scientistic and techno-mechanisism ontology on the identity and mental functioning of individuals and groups in contemporary Western Culture.
  5. describe and analyze the relationship of psychoanalytic discourse and clinical practice to scientism and techno-mechanism in late-modern Western Culture.
  6. reconsider and analyze their own clinical practices in light of the all of the above.


If you have any questions about your level of preparation, please contact the San Francisco Yearlong Program Chair: Catherine Mallouh, MD, at 415-750-1713.

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 3.0 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 a provider approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number PCE623, for 3.0 to 10.5 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, Meryl Botkin, PhD, Ben Goldstone, MFT, Marilynne Kay Kanter, PhD, Israel Katz, MD, Maureen Kurpinsky, PhD, Patricia Marra, MFT, Sue von Baeyer, PhD, Era A. Loewenstein, PhD, Celeste Schneider, PhD, Diane M. Borden, PhD and Michael S. Levin, PsyD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

Physicians, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Registered Nurses will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ on an hour for hour basis; see the program description for the maximum of credits awarded for each program.

Psychologists participating in long-term programs (lecture series) who can demonstrate a minimum of 80% attendance for a seminar within the series, are eligible to obtain these credits by notifying the SFCP office after the seminar has ended. Seminars of 4 sessions or fewer require 100% attendance. Participants will pay the appropriate fee for the seminar (based on the number of credits they obtain), and then will receive a verification letter of their attendance.

100% attendance is required for short-term programs (individual course).