Seasoned Clinicians Program

Joanna Wise Bradman, LCSW and Dorian Newton, PhD, Co-Chairs

The 2021 Seasoned Clinicians Program is designed for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced individual psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years. It features 5 case conferences (totalling 20 weeks) taught by SFCP faculty members. The program will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their clinical work through focused discussions with instructors and other seasoned practitioners. In order to accommodate faculty and participant needs, 3 of the 5 case conferences will be held on Saturday or Sunday; 2 will occur on Wednesdays. All conferences will be held online. Class size limited to 10.

Dates & Time: 01/10/2021 - 01/31/2021 (Sundays)
02/06/2021 - 03/27/2021 (Saturdays)
03/31/2021 - 05/26/2021 (Wednesdays)
04:00pm - 05:30pm
10:00am - 11:30am
11:30am - 01:00pm
Sessions: 20 Sessions
Location: Online via ZOOM
Tuition Fee: TBA
Class size: Registration will be limited to 10 participants.

I plan to refer to two papers during the case conference. A classic paper by Sandor Ferenczi "Confusion of Tongues between the Adults and the Child: The Language of Tenderness and Passion" and my speech to last year's graduating class at the SFCP, "Making the Most of Our Mistakes.”

Sandra Bemesderfer, PhD
Sundays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2021  |  04:00pm - 05:30pm

Listening to our patients and ourselves shapes the foundation of an analytic treatment. Psychoanalytic listening reaches below the level of speech, to an older and deeper language, the language of the unconscious. The intimacy, intensity, and poignancy of unconscious communication, more felt than known, is reached through the portals of transference, countertransference, reverie, and dreams. Using these portals, we’ll listen to openings and barriers to emotional growth and the ways that resisting dogma and certitude can propel us into a realm of meaning and creation where emotional life can live, grow, and transform. Participants will be encouraged to free associate, make links with material, and listen, think about, and relate to their own and each other’s voices.

Jeanne Harasemovitch, LCSW
Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021  |  10:00am - 11:30am

This case conference will focus on an in depth discussion and understanding of the psychotherapeutic process in a psychotherapy case presented by one of the members. The usefulness and importance of the facts of observation in the case will be highlighted as will participants’ expressed specific areas of interest.

Robert Epstein, MD
Saturdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021  |  10:00am - 11:30am

Early in our careers, we are focused on learning how to do our work very earnestly. The burden and privilege of being a “seasoned clinician,” means that the clinician is more comfortable being herself. But what does this mean - how do we fold other aspects of our identity into helping us develop into the unique clinician that each of us is, while still retaining our psychoanalytic identity? We will think about these questions, of how we are ourselves, but not quite the same selves we are in other parts of our lives. In addition, we will listen with an ear for material related to culture and race and think about how to respond on these registers.

Clara Kwun, LCSW
Wednesdays, March 31; April 14, 21, 28, 2021  |  11:30am - 01:00pm

This case conference will make use of the clinician’s responsiveness to both the spoken and unspoken communications that are part of therapeutic interaction. Therapeutic experience will be explored using consideration of the therapeutic frame, relatedness and somatic experience, among other lenses.

Deborah Melman, PhD
Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021  |  11:30am - 01:00pm