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.

Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Time: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Presenter: Salman Akhtar, M.D.
Moderator: Michael Levin, Psy.D.
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
Webcast: Email [email protected] for webcast instructions →

Dr. Akhtar will give an Award Lecture entitled:

What is a home? What emotional purposes does it serve? How long lasting are the internal and external influences of one' childhood home? Why do children pick a particular house in the neighborhood to play? Why do we go back to take a look at our childhood home again and again? What forms (e.g., not feeling at home in one's own home, feeling at home in other 's homes, not feeling home anywhere) of psychopathology exist in this realm? And, finally how do the analyst's office and the analyst 's containing capacity serve as externalizations of the patient's home, which can be internalized to create for the first time, as it were, a secure home in the patient's psyche?

The Award will be given by Stanley Steinberg, M.D.
Chair of the Haskell Norman Prize Committee

The Haskell Norman Prize Committee awards analysts who have made major contributions to psychoanalytic theory, clinical achievement, psychoanalytic education or applied psychoanalysis. Each year a monetary prize and certificate acknowledging the occasion will be awarded to the honoree, who is invited to speak at a Scientific Meeting of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Akhtar is the 2012 recipient of The Sigourney Award, Honoring Achievements for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and many other awards. (See http://www.sigourneyaward.org/salman-akhtar/.) He is the author of over 300 psychoanalytic publications and 13 books. In addition, he has published 7 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Born in India, he completed his medical and psychiatric education there and repeated psychiatric training upon his arrival in the U.S. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He is a riveting speaker, who has given plenary psychoanalytic lectures nationally and internationally.

Program Description

In our current historical moment, patients and clinicians are experiencing intense distress related to anxiety, uncertainty, and dread about the inability to feel safely at home in the world. This program will start from a specific view of the meaning of home and then describe the metaphorical and psychic meanings of home, as they are elaborated and held in a psychoanalyst’s containing function. This deeper view of “home” will provide theoretical help for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who provide this function for their patients. It will also have implications for the containing function of a psychoanalytic home for clinicians, such as a society or an institute.

Recommended Readings:

  • Akhtar, S. ( 2009). The analyst's office. In S.Akhtar, The damaged core: Origins, dynamics, manifestations, and treatment (pp. 113 - 134–). Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
  • Akhtar, S. (1999). The Immigrant, the Exile, and the Experience of Nostalgia. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 1(2):123-130
  • Akhtar, S. (1995). A third individuation: Immigration, identity, and the psychoanalytic process. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 43, 1051-1084.
  • Akhtar, S. (1997). All The Mothers Are One: Hindu India And The Cultural Reshaping Of Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:1014-1019
  • Akhtar, S. (2017). Commentary on Yasser Ad-Dab′bagh′s “Islamophobia: Prejudice, the Psychological Skin of the Self and Large-Group Dynamics”. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 14(3):197-199.
  • Akhtar, S. (2017). The tripod of terrorism. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 26(3):139-159


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • describe the emotional purposes of home, in a literal and also a deeper psychological sense.
  • elaborate how the psychoanalyst's office and the analyst 's containing capacity can represent externalizations of the patient's home and how they can be internalized to create for the first time, a secure home in the patient's psyche.
  • reflect upon broader meanings of home in a community, including the community of a psychoanalytic society or institute.

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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, Charles Fisher, MD, Stanley Steinberg, MD and Salman Akhtar, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.