Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Lecture | Event
Sat, May 6, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The David Brower Center
2150 Alston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D.
Mary Margaret McClure, DMH
David Cushman, Psy.D.
Mahima Muralidharan, Psy.D.
Francisco J. Gonzalez, M.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$160 Full Members
$90 CMH Members
$90 Friend of NCSPP Members
$90 Associate Members
$40 Student Members
$40 Scholarship Rate (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
April 22, 2017
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First Impressions in Psychoanalysis and Negotiation

Course Overview: 

This presentation will include a roundtable discussion on how some of the same factors that influence interpersonal exchanges also promote change and collaboration in decision-making, from psychoanalytic theory to ideas found in leadership and negotiation. For example, first impressions play a role in shaping initial dialogue in both psychotherapy and policy negotiation. These impressions are influenced by a variety of factors, including embodied experience, intersubjective experience, the sociocultural context, and inner fantasies and cognitive processes. The cultural, social, and psychic experiences that influence public policy are infused by gender and racial stereotypes, as gender and race relations remain most pressing problems of contemporary social life in the U.S. In a process similar to psychotherapy, emotionally charged, visceral, critical moments in negotiation may either distort thinking or lead to adaptive change. Hence, policies are developed at the intersection of what is private and what is public, bridging the gap between private internal experience and collective psychology.

Course Objectives: 
  • Participants will be able to identify at least three factors that influence first impressions in psychotherapy and policy negotiation.
  • Participants will be able to describe why gender and racial stereotypes are important considerations in public policy.
  • Participants will be able to define what is meant by a critical moment and explain its possible outcomes.
  • Participants will be able to describe how public policy bridges the gap between private internal experience and collective psychology.
Empirical Reference: 

Bornstein, R.F. and Masling, J.M. (Eds). (1998). Empiricad Perspectives on the Psychoanalytic Unconscious. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.


David Cushman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, a staff clinician and supervisor at RAMS Inc., and teaches at JFK University. He is on the board of NCSPP as chair of the Community Mental Health Committee. Dr. Cushman has a private practice in Oakland, where he sees children, teens, adults, and families.

Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and an associate professor of health policy and management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where she is the “Enabling Change” program director. Dr. Leary is also the executive director of policy outreach at McLean Hospital/Partners Healthcare, a senior researcher at the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, a fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and with the New America Foundation’s International Security Program, senior advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative, and a Trustee of Amherst College. As a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow, she served as an advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls for one year, developing the “Advancing Equity” initiative, which focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color, and for an additional six months, as an advisor to White House Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division.

Mary Margaret McClure, DMH, is a psychoanalyst with a practice in Mill Valley. Most recently at SFCP, where she was trained, she has taught the class “Early Childhood Development with Culture in Mind”. She also works as a consultant to Canal Alliance, a non-profit in San Rafael, serving the Latino immigrant population.

Mahima Muralidharan, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience providing program management, training, and psychological care for adults, children, and families. She teaches widely in the Bay Area. Dr. Muralidharan served as President of NCSPP, and is co-founder of CoHear SF, an organizational consulting firm promoting workplace wellbeing. Dr. Muralidharan has independent clinical practices in Oakland and San Francisco. She has a keen interest in psychoanalytic theory and sociocultural process.


Francisco J. González, M.D., is a personal and supervising analyst and faculty at PINC. He has published articles on film, sexualities, and socio-cultural process, and sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He has a private practice in San Francisco and Oakland

Target Audience & Level: 

This event is open to all mental health practitioners, with moderate to extensive experience with clinical work, and some background in the principles of psychoanalytic theory.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Garrett Howard at or (510) 982-1280.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the Annual Lecture and for the presentation of various Scientific Meetings. The Annual Lecture is given by an internationally known analyst, while the Scientific Meetings generally feature the work of local psychoanalysts and others who are developing new ways of thinking about psychoanalysis.

Garrett Howard, MS, Chair
Danielle Dunchok, Psy.D.
Ian Faerstein, Psy.D.
Maneesh Saini, MA
Monika Telichowska, Psy.D.