A Day With Patrick Miller, MD

“The early shape of psychic life as forerunners of (bi)sexuality”

Patrick Miller, MD has made a significant contribution to psychoanalytic discourse. In his writing, he conveys his deep understanding of the complexity of Freud’s theoretical and clinical ideas, and using his close reading of Freud, he delves into the nature of the analyst’s “psychical reality” and what is required emotionally and psychically in the course of analytic work. He looks carefully at the analyst’s stance and reconsiders the fundamental concepts of free association, free floating attention, neutrality, and analytic listening. In looking at the functioning of the analyst’s mind from different perspectives, he draws upon Winnicott’s idea of “primary maternal preoccupation,” in writing about the “temporary normal illness” of the analyst, which is necessary in order to be deeply affected by the patient (Driving Soma, p. 30-31.) In addition to Winnicott, he is knowledgeable about the work of Aulagnier, Lacan and Ferenczi. Dr. Miller writes about sexuality, the body and the psyche-soma and the effects of early trauma. In his book, Driving Soma, he vividly describes his clinical work to make his theoretical ideas come alive.

Patrick Miller, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He completed his analytic training in Paris, where he studied both with Piera Aulagnier, and Andre Green. He co-founded the Societe Psychanalytique de Recherche et de Formation in Paris in 2005, and he served as president from 2007-2011. Dr. Miller is an IPA training analyst and a member of CAPS in Princeton. He has authored numerous papers in international journals, and has published two books, Le Psychanalyste pendant la Séance (2001) and Driving Soma: A Transformational Process in the Analytic Encounter (2014). He has a psychoanalytic practice in Paris.

Dr. Miller will present his paper, “The early shapes of psychic life as forerunners of (bi)sexuality.” Peter Goldberg, PhD, a Faculty Member at SFCP, and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC, will discuss the paper. In the afternoon, Beth Steinberg, PhD, Faculty Member and Training and Supervising analyst at SFCP will present a clinical case.


Program Title: A Day With Patrick Miller, MD
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 09:00am - 03:30pm
Presenter: Patrick Miller, MD
Discussant: Peter Goldberg, PhD
Case Presenter: Beth Steinberg, PhD
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee: $ 175.00  General Admissions
$ 160.00  SFCP Analyst Members, PPM and Community Members
$ 50.00    SFCP Candidates
CME/CE: 5 CME/CE Credits available for an aditional $ 50.00 (SFCP Members) or $ 60.00 (non-SFCP Members)
Day With Committee: Catherine Mallouh, MD, Chair
Gary Grossman, PhDEdit Markoczy, PsyD; and Julie Ruskin, PhD, Committee Members
Note: * An additional $ 10.00 for on-site registration
* No refunds for cancellation


Educational Objectives:
Participants will be able to
  • identify which aspects of the analytic process influences the patient’s capacity to enjoy sex.
  • describe the role of the early maternal environment in the formation of sexual dysfunction in adults.
  • describe how the mother’s permeability, penetrability, and receptivity fosters the child’s development of bodily ego and its impact on adult sexuality.
  • describe the position of sexuality and gender in Bion’s formulation of early psychic life.
  • describe how Winnicott’s notion of “maternal preoccupation” and Bion’s notion of “container/contained” are implicated in child development and adult sexual dysfunction.
Gary Grossman, PhD
Chair, Adult and Child Psychoanalytic Education Division
Catherine Mallouh, MD
Chair, "A Day With" Program, SFCP
09:50am - 10:40am “The early shape of psychic life as forerunners of (bi)sexuality”
Paper presented by Patrick Miller, MD
10:40am - 10:50am TEN MINUTE BREAK
10:50am - 11:40am DISCUSSION OF PAPER
Peter Goldberg, PhD
12:00pm - 01:00pm CATERED LUNCH
01:00pm - 03:00pm CASE PRESENTATION
Beth Steinberg, PhD

Clinical material will be presented at this program.
No audio or video recordings, or internet postings or internet discussion are allowed.

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PHYSICIANS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5 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.

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