2019 - 2020 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, and community members are welcome free of charge. Meetings take place on the second Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Program Title: Earning Respect:
Cultivating the Ethics of Asymmetry and Responsibility in Psychodynamic Supervision
Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Amy Glick, LMFT
Discussant: Charles Fisher, MD; and Raymond Poggi, MD
Moderator: Michael Levin, PsyD
Location: Online via ZOOM
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available; non-SFCP Member Fee is $ 24.00
Pre-circulated Paper: Click here to read Amy Glick's pre-circulated paper* →

*revised on 03/02/2020

The topic of ethics in supervision is under-theorized in the psychoanalytic literature, often relegated to violations of the frame and boundaries. In this paper, I take up ethics in supervision as a proactive endeavor. Drawing upon the parental ethics formulation of Chetrit-Vatine, I posit that it is the supervisor’s responsibility, from her position of asymmetry, as the one with more experience and the power to evaluate the supervisee, to cultivate an ethical sensibility in the supervisee. In bearing and working through the intensity of emotions that are part and parcel of working with the unconscious, and by expanding her emotional receptivity to be able to identify the derivatives of wariness and resistance that can threaten the capacities of the supervisory and treatment dyads, from the first contact, the supervisor teaches by example. This requires the supervisor embracing a relationship with her own vulnerability, and committing, especially in the face of resistance, to consult a third, thus modeling what it means to attend to one’s state of mind in the service of holding another. To the extent that the supervisor’s care in teaching inspires and earns respect, the supervisee will likely identify with the supervisor, internalize these emotionally transformative experiences, and draw upon them, not only as a source of strength to avoid iatrogenic enactments in the treatment situation, but also as a source of inspiration for their patients, many of whom have been demoralized by failures of asymmetry in their family of origin and in society.

Please feel free to submit proposals for upcoming programs.
Michael Levin, Psychoanalytic Lecture Series Chair


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • discuss Ms. Glick’s conceptualization of a pro-actively ethical approach to psychodynamic supervision.
  • describe Ms. Glick’s use of Chetrit-Vatine’s work to ground her approach in psychoanalytic and ethical theory.
  • describe the ways in which Ms. Glick’s approach promotes the supervisor’s modeling of a thoughtful, reflective psychoanalytic and ethical approach to clinical work via the supervisory relationship itself.
  • apply Ms. Glick’s framework to his or her own work as a psychodynamic clinical supervisor.

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