2020 - 2021 East Bay Yearlong Program

Lara Weyland, PhD and Jan Chess, PhD, MFT, Co-Chairs
Diana Fuery, PhD, LCSW, Committee Members

Lived Psychoanalysis:
A Study in Context, Theory and Practice in the Modern World

Psychoanalysis as theory and practice encompasses history, philosophy, thought, emotions, the unconscious and conscious mind, and behavior. The dynamic interplay of the internal and external is a central tenet of psychoanalytic thinking regardless of model and theory. Lived psychanalysis recognizes that what occurs in the consulting room also continues outside of the hours in the lives of our patients, us, society and culture, and the world. The question of how the internal and external worlds of our patients shapes consciousness and the unconscious and how our theories inform our psychoanalytic work will be taken up in this course series from diverse perspectives.

The 2020-2021 EBYL series is designed to deepen theoretical understanding and clinical practice through the exploration of contemporary feminist and queer theories, the vital role of culture that shapes the unconscious and conscious experience, the impact of aggression from without and within, and the importance of understanding the worlds our patients inhabit, including the world of dreaming.

Lively class discussions, readings and case conferences will offer an in depth study of the clinical landscape that color and impact the psychoanalytic environment.

Dates: Fridays, September 11, 2020 - May 14, 2021
Time: 12:00noon - 01:30pm
Sessions: 32 Sessions
Location: Online via ZOOM*
Program Fee: $ 1,312.00

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
To Register: Registration information will be available shortly.
Note: *The EBYL committee and faculty looks forward to the time when classes can be conducted in person. Should EBYL transition to in-person meetings later in the academic year, we will respect the wishes of any students and instructor to continue to meet remotely and provide the means to do so.

Queering Psychoanalysis: The Synergy between Queer Theory and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies
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, September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 2020

Addressing The Threat of Primitive Anxieties to Presence in Treatment: How Intense Emotional States including Psychosis are Marginalized and Othered

Jan Chess, PhD, MFT
Fridays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020

The Clinical Use of Dreams in a Cross-Cultural Setting: Dream Interpretation in the Amazon Rainforest.
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 6, 13, 20; December 4, 2020
(no meeting on November 27th)

Case Conference with Kirsten Beuthin, LMFT
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 11, 18, 2020; January 8, 15, 2021
(no meeting on December 25th and January 1st)

The Mind in Culture and Culture in the Mind
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 22, 29; February 5, 19, 2021
(no meeting on February 12th)

The Contemporary Oedipal Child: An Exploration of Contemporary and Feminine Theory
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 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2021

Surviving and Thriving with Racialized Aggression.
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, March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 2021

Case Conference with Mitchell Wilson, MD

Mitchell Wilson, MD
Fridays, April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2021


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 10, 2020, and the remaining balance is due in full by September 11, 2020.

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 11, 2020 and January 11, 2021. 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 11, 2020.

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 10, 2020.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after August 11, 2020.
  • There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.