2019 - 2020 East Bay Yearlong Program

Lara Weyland, PhD and Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Co-Chairs

Essential Food For Our Minds And Work: Our Life And World

Now more than ever, as citizens/clinicians, we need psychoanalytic thought and its guiding theories and principles to hold, inspire and develop our capacities for making our way through the challenging and changing landscapes of humanity. In order to intelligently and compassionately create meaning and change in ourselves, our patients and our world we must better understand that and how culture fundamentally shapes our perceptions, thinking, feelings, and relating. This course series will examine the intersection of culture and psychoanalysis that includes contemporary theories of identity formation through feminist theory, gender and queer theory, dreams, the impact of cultural dislocation, and the impact of the current political climate and its hostility to prevailing social issues and differences. The catastrophe of trauma and developmental injuries while disturbing and destructive can be vital ingredients to transform reactivity to responsiveness and initiative. In a call to action, the 2019-2020 East Bay Yearlong offers a blueprint for further understanding where feminism, queer theory, the role of culture, racism, politics and the importance of community are married to psychoanalytic thinking.

Lively class discussions, readings and case conferences will offer an in depth study of the clinical landscape and societal and cultural influences that color and impact our immediate psychoanalytic environment as well as how current world events affect both clinician and patient.

Dates: Fridays, September 6, 2019 - June 5, 2020
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Sessions: 32 Sessions
Location: The Dream Institute
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Program Fee: $ 1,180.00

Readers Fee is not included in the tuition
A Two-Installment-Plan option is available
See Policies tab for details
Class Size: Registration will be limited to 12 participants

This section focuses on exploring what it is that we call political: How we formulate and are affected by the political, socio-historical axis in our society at a given moment, in ourselves and in our clinical encounters. We will look at the concept of the social imaginary, social historical institutions in individuals and things, the origins of representations, and the socialization of the psyche. In these contexts we will be able to look at the phenomenon and manifestations of racism, sexism, the bystander phenomenon, living thru and in traumatic events and times, and the wish to deny and disavow in aspects of climate change.

Maureen Katz, MD
Fridays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019

As psychoanalytic psychotherapists, we are constantly oscillating back and forth between positions of understanding our patients and being confused. To the extent that we become comfortable in our understanding, we risk also becoming closed to new ideas, new ways of seeing and understanding. Though we grapple with this tension in all aspects of the therapeutic encounter, the realm of sexuality has presented our profession with some of its greatest challenges. Queer theory, a multidisciplinary approach to cultural studies that first emerged within the academy in the early 90’s, has also articulated this paradox with regards to gender and sexual identities. This 4 week seminar will explore the overlapping arena of gender, sexuality, identity and the tendency to categorize, drawing on the contributions of queer and psychoanalytic theory.

Gary Grossman, PhD
Fridays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019

This course will highlight dream interpreting practices of an indigenous group of master dream-interpreters in the Amazon rainforest. Through the study of this information, with its inherent interest, we will reconsider contemporary psychoanalytic dream theory in the light of evidence from the field. Members of the Achuar tribe in the rainforest of southeastern Ecuador live by their dreams. Each morning, they arise before dawn to share their dreams in small family groups. Elders interpret the dreams, and individuals then decide what to do each day based on their dream interpretations. A colleague and I have visited the Achuar on seven occasions in order to learn about their practices. In this course, I’ll summarize some of what we have learned.

Starting with curiosity about the relationship between Achuar dream interpreting practices and our own use of dreams in clinical work, we ourselves have been changed in various ways. This course will focus on those personal and theoretical changes.

Charles Fisher, MD
Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2019
(no meeting on November 29th)

In this case conference we will utilize clinical material to consider how clinician and client experiences of similarity and difference impact the work. By attending to social and cultural dynamics at play in the clinical encounter, we will explore conscious and unconscious biases that may open or close the space to think.

Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT
Fridays, December 6, 13, 20, 2019; January 10, 2020
(no meeting on January 3rd)

In this brief course, we will look at a strand of analytic theory that aims to understand the irreducible interplay between social structures (external or cultural) and psychic structures (internal or private). We will learn about the impact of ideology or cultural dispositions on perception, thinking and relating. A cultural approach aims to preserve our unique sensibilities and private interiority while being open to the on-going and shaping impact of the larger social and cultural context. Some of the texts we read will be drawn from neighboring fields (sociology and anthropology) that utilize psychoanalytic theory in important and refreshing ways. We hope to become more proficient in using analytic theory to understand ourselves and our patients as well as the social contexts that shape us.

Karim Dajani, PsyD
Fridays, January 17, 24, 31; February 14, 2020
(no meeting on February 7th)

Freud borrowed from Sophocles’ play Oedipus for the framework to understand a little boy’s phobia of horses. This framework, with the addition of Freud’s self-analysis and a series of analytic treatments, conceptualized the Oedipal Complex as the seat of all neuroses.

This bedrock notion, despite the many theoretical iterations, is still a touchstone of psychoanalysis today. How do contemporary psychoanalysts make use of these ideas? What aspects of the original theory remains useful and what aspects have been altered to reflect our modern notions of development and gender. We will explore a few of the concepts embedded in the theory of Oedipal development and the oedipal complex with a contemporary eye. Special attention will be paid to gender and the psychological sexual positions from a Lacanian and feminist perspective. Castration, the phallus and the non-binary nature of gender will explicate the elaboration of Freud’s original conceptualization of Little Hans from these current perspectives.

Diana Fuery, PhD, LCSW
Fridays, February 21, 28; March 6, 13, 2020

This course will offer a Winnicottian perspective on helping people of color access and think about necessary aggression related to racism. Theory will inform our consideration of ways of being we can tap to facilitate our patient's growth.

Daniel Yu, LCSW
Fridays, April 20, 27; May 3, 10, 2020

Mitchell Wilson, MD
Fridays, May 15, 22, 29; June 5, 2020


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, Lara Weyland, PhD, at 510-531-5354 or Jan Chess, PhD, MFT at 530-758-1162.

* 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 is fully refundable until August 5, 2019, and the remaining balance is due in full by September 6, 2019.

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 6, 2019 and January 6, 2020. 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 at 415-563-5815 to arrange for this option before September 6, 2019.

Readers Fee

Charges for reading material required for the seminars are not included in tuition. Your readers will be prepared by CopyCentral, and the readers cost are based upon copyright laws and change based on the content of the readers.  The SFCP Office will inform you when your readers are available to be purchased from CopyCentral's website.  Please note that CopyCentral may take 2 weeks to print and mail the readers to you, so we recommend you to purchase them as soon as they become available.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before August 5, 2019.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after August 6, 2019.
  • There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.