Upcoming Courses & Events
NCSPP is honored to bring renowned psychoanalyst and poet Salman Akhtar, M.D., to the Bay Area. Dr. Akhtar posits that the discord between the subjectivity of minorities and their cultural “holding environment” (Winnicott, 1960) causes chronic mental pain or, in Freud’s (1926) terms, seelenschmerz. The unease felt by minorities arises from being stereotyped by a majority’s projections, as well as from the figure-ground discord in their own subjectivity. Seeking to anesthetize their distress, minorities might retreat from social participation, dream of times/places that could accord them majority status, and even discharge impotent rage via acts of terrorism.
Missed our Fall Happy Hour? Do not despair! Spring is around the corner. Let’s connect and celebrate this time of year, full of promises. Wherever you are in the licensure process, join a community of friends, colleagues, and ardent fans as we ring in the PLC's second annual Spring Happy Hour.
Community mental health practitioners are under enormous pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources, while the problems that we are challenged to resolve are increasingly complex. As we strive to provide meaningful interventions that address the social, psychic, and justice demands of those who struggle the most, we have an even greater need to carve out spaces — both within our minds as clinicians and within our places of practice — to reflect on our work and connect with one another. Since our inception in 2012, we discovered that many of us are passionate about encouraging a dialogue between community work and psychoanalytic thinking. We hope to continue to build a community around doing so.
Silence is not merely an absence of words but can be experienced as an alive and active presence as well. These seminars are a meditation on the work that happens in the silence — the therapist’s silence, the patient’s silence, the multiple meanings and experiences of shared silence.
Celebrating our NCSPP Community at the year-end party
The board of directors is pleased to announce the expansion of course offerings to the North Bay. We are encouraging all members who are interested in teaching for NCSPP to submit a course proposal of your area of interest and expertise.