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: Laplanche and Pontalis: Afterwords…After Words…Afterwards
Date: Monday, June 10, 2019
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenters: Ania Wertz, PhD, PsyD and Michael Levin, PsyD
Moderator: Beth Steinberg, PhD
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*

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CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits is available; non-SFCP Member cost is $24.00
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“The necessary condition for the formation of a concept…is forgetting. I say ‘table’ and I forget this table. I say, ‘he’s obsessional’ and I forget the one who is speaking to me. I say ‘identification with the father’ and I haven’t said anything at all. I say ‘transference’ and I think I have been saved from this uncontrollable love or this merciless hate. I say ‘maternal transference’ and I don’t know to which mother he or she is referring. Concept in German is Begriff. The concept has claws (Griffe) It is a predator, a tyrant.”
— Pontalis

“Benevolent neutrality – two terms which are one, and which take us deeply into paradox. Bene-volence: ‘to want the good’ of the other without ever claiming to know what it is, without manipulating the patient, even for his supposed good. With the word neutrality, things are even less in focus, and this goes back to Freud. The image of neutrality is inevitably that of a blank screen or, rather, a mirror. One must arrive at a positive, creative conception of neutrality, productive of the enigmatic dimension.”
— Laplanche

In the final Scientific Meeting of the 2018-2019 series, we will discuss the work of Jean Laplanche and Jean-Bertrand Pontalis, two leading French psychoanalytic thinkers of the later 20th Century. Their writings are little known in the American psychoanalysis beyond their collaboration in the classic reference text The Language of Psychoanalysis (1967) but, following its publication, each of them went on to produce original bodies of work marked by divergent yet complementary sensibilities and interests. Following a focus on words in the The Language of Psychoanalysis, they both explored realms at the limits of language and beyond — uninterpretable experience, untranslatable communication — that led them to original insights into psychical space and time, creativity, sexuality, freedom and the essence of psychoanalytic treatment. Please join us for what promises to be an informative and stimulating evening.

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


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • grasp ways in which the independent writings of Jean-Bertrand Pontalis and Jean Laplanche, over several decades following their collaboration on the glossary, The Language of Psychoanalysis, provide fresh psychoanalytic perspectives on topics including trauma, sexuality, metapsychology, dreaming, temporality and language.
  • grasp how Pontalis’s work enriches the psychoanalytic imagination of psychic reality, dreaming and lived experience through a sustained focus on the dimensions of all three that lie beyond any final conceptualization.
  • grasp how Laplanche’s work reformulates psychoanalytic metapsychology, developmental theory and treatment in terms of an interpersonally acquired unconscious human sexuality that lies beyond any final conceptualization.

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Faculty Disclosure: All 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. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.