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: There Is No Such Thing as a Baby Without a Culture:
Cultural Determinants in Winnicott’s Developmental Theory
Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Karim Dajani, PsyD
Discussant: Andrew Harlem, PhD
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 free of charge.

[T]here is no such thing as a human nature without culture. [...] Without men, no culture; but equally, and more significantly, without culture, no men.
Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures

In the first meeting of this year's series, Karim Dajani, PsyD and Andrew Harlem, PhD will explore the work of Winnicott in light of thought from neighboring disciplines — anthropology, sociology, history — that approach the individual as embedded in groups and environments beyond the family unit, which has been the traditional scope of both for psychoanalytic theory. In doing so, they will invite us to enrich our conceptualizations of subjectivity and, also, to understand psychoanalytic theory itself as a product of particular cultural, social, political and historical conditions. Please join us for what promises to be a very lively and generative evening.

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


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • grasp basic elements of Pierre Bourdieu’s anthropological theory concerning the unconscious relations between culture, society and the individual.
  • grasp ways in which Bourdieu’s thought can be used to both enrich the structure of psychoanalytic metapsychology and critically illuminate relations between particular psychoanalytic theories and the historical contexts in which they emerge.
  • grasp how Bourdieu’s work can be used to explore how historical, social and cultural environment influenced Winnicott’s conceptualizations of development and the self in unacknowledged and traditionally underappreciated ways.

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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 recognized 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: 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.