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: Questioning the Paternal Function in Light of Contemporary Parenthood: The Feminine-Maternal Origin of Ethics
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
(note the change of date)
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Viviane Chetrit-Vatine, PhD
Moderator: Michael Levin, PsyD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 2 CME/CE Credits available; non-SFCP Member cost is $ 24.00
Pre-circulated Paper: Click here to read Dr. Chetrit-Vatine's pre-circulated paper →
The attached paper is meant for pre-circulation and use for this program only. Please do not share, distribute or publish this draft. Thank you.
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“Matricial comes from the French 'matrice', meaning womb. In Hebrew, the word for womb is 'Rechem'. From this word derives the word 'Rachamim', which means compassion”... [and] 'Rahman' is a name of God in Arabic. [...] By proposing the term martricial space, I wished to point toward this space, originated once by the parent and/or expected by the newborn to be there, at the very beginning of any human life. In my view the matricial-space transference is evoked or created from the beginning of the analysis, and up to its end, by the very existence of the person of the analyst, defined as the one able to be responsible for the other, the one who is/has in him/her, a matricial space for the other, the ethical subject."
— Viviane Chetrit-Vatine

Please join us for an evening with the internationally renowned French-Israeli psychoanalytic thinker Viviane Chetrit-Vatine, author of The Ethical Seduction of the Analytic Situation: The Feminine-Maternal Origins of Responsibility for the Other (IPA, 2014). Grounding her thought in the Western prophetic tradition, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory from Freud to Laplanche, Chetrit-Vatine offers a vision of psychoanalytic practice as fundamentally ethical, distinguished by assumptions of the analyst's asymmetric, infinite responsibility for the patient, who, in turn, is only ever partially knowable in her own psychical infinity. This program will not include a discussant, which will provide the audience with an unusually large amount of time to engage Dr. Chetrit-Vatine directly in dialogue after the presentation of her paper. We look forward to welcoming you into the conversation.

The following supplementary readings are recommended:

(Available on PEP):

  • Chetrit-Vatine, V. (2004). Primal seduction, matricial space and asymmetry in the psychoanalytic encounter. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 85(4):841-856.
  • Scarfone, D. (2013). A Brief Introduction to the Work of Jean Laplanche. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 94(3):545-566. […]
  • Marcus, P. (2007). “You are, Therefore I am”: Emmanuel Levinas and Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Rev., 94(4):515-527.
  • Alford, C.F. (2000). Levinas and Winnicott: Motherhood and Responsibility. Amer. Imago, 57(3):235-259.

(Available online):

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


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • grasp Dr. Chetrit-Vatine’s use of the work of Laplanche and Levinas to revise the concepts and roles of the sexual drives, life-narcissism and the primordial ethical dimension in parenting and psychoanalytic treatment.
  • rasp Dr. Chetrit-Vatine’s concept of matricial space and its role in the analyst’s ethical position, comportment and commitment.
  • grasp Dr. Chetrit-Vatine’s revision of the classical psychoanalytic concepts of the maternal and paternal functions in contemporary parenthood and psychoanalytic treatment in light of the theoretical work of Laplanche and Levinas, illustrated through her reinterpretations of the stories of Moses’s infancy and Oedipus Rex.

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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 CE 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 and Viviane Chetrit-Vatine, PhD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.