2018 - 2019 Scientific Meetings

Michael Levin, PsyD, Chair
Michael Bronzo, MD, Beth Steinberg, PhD and J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Committee Members

The SFCP Scientific Meetings present new work in, or relevant to, psychoanalytic theory, technique and applied psychoanalysis. SFCP members, visiting psychoanalysts and scholars present recent papers, which are then formally discussed, followed by group discussion with the audience. All SFCP members, candidates, community members and mental health professionals are welcome free of charge. Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Program Title: On background assumptions in psychoanalysis: The continuing pursuit for common ground
Date: Monday, January 14, 2019
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Joseph Caston, MD
Discussant: Richard Almond, MD
Moderator: Michael Levin, PsyD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free if you choose to attend in person
$ 20.00 if you choose to attend via webcast*

*If you are our current PED Candidate, PPTP Trainee or CCSW Extension Yearlong Student, please email [email protected] if you'd like to attend this program remotely.
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available; non-SFCP Member cost is $ 24.00
Pre-circulated Paper: Click here to read Dr. Caston's pre-circulated paper →

Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.” — Freud

In the daylight of analysis the ghosts of the unconscious are laid and led to rest as ancestors whose power is taken over and transformed into the newer intensity of present life…” — Loewald

I repeat, with Freud, that analysis is the ‘inter-subjective game by which truth enters into the real’. Isn’t it clear enough? Psychoanalysis isn’t child’s play.” — Lacan

Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together.” — Winnicott

Since the movement’s early years, psychoanalysts have debated the essence of the psychoanalytic process, often disagreeing along sectarian theoretical lines. Amidst these debates there have been several efforts to unify the field through the identification of basic elements common to all psychoanalytic treatments. In this program, two of the SFCP’s most accomplished members will guide us through a contemporary return to this search for a common clinical foundation. Joe Caston, MD will present a talk based on his recent paper ‘On Background Assumptions in Psychoanalysis: The Continuing Pursuit of Common Ground’, followed by a discussion by Richard Almond, MD. Please join us for what promises to be a rich, stimulating and, potentially, unifying evening.

Please feel free to submit proposals for upcoming programs.
Michael Levin, Scientific Meeting Chair


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • grasp Dr. Caston’s proposal that key background assumptions — clinical aspects of analytic work that afford significance in the dyad’s interactions, or frames of mind, behavior, or life of patient and analyst — undergird psychoanalytic practice across diverse theoretical paradigms.
  • grasp Dr. Caston’s description of five key background assumptions, expressed through observable, taken-for-granted clinical practices and ideas that share a narrative core.
  • grasp Dr. Caston’s argument that taken together, these five background assumptions comprise a latent, elemental common ground of for psychoanalytic theory and practice with the potential to overcome pluralistic divisions and unify the psychoanalytic field.

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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 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: Michael Levin, PsyD, Michael Bronzo, MD, Beth Steinberg, PhD, J. Marc Wallis, LCSW, Joseph Caston, MD and Richard Almond, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.