Sat, Mar 21, 2015 to Sat, Mar 28, 2015
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Beth Barmack, LCSW
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$150 Full Members
$125 Associate Members
$90 Student Members
$90 Scholarship (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.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.




Course Overview: 

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.

We will explore various types of analytic silence: generative, stubborn, the silence of shame, silence as resistance, regressive silence, as well as spiritual and aesthetic silence. We will look at the developmental stages of silence noting the differences between silence early in the treatment, silence in the middle, and silence at the end.

When we consider silence and language as means of connection, communication, and interaction, we expand our appreciation for the unknown, which positively impacts our analytic attitude. This seminar seeks to help us expand our capacity to sit in and value silence, thus facilitating analytic depth.

Course Objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to describe and differentiate five different types of analytic silence.
  2. Participants will be able to define what is meant by silence in the service of regression.
  3. Participants will be able to develop the therapeutic capacity to tolerate and sustain analytic silence in the room.
  4. Participants will be able to provide a list of two clinical examples of enactments using silence.
  5. Participants will be able to define and differentiate 5 types of silence according to Stephen Kurtz.

Beth Barmack, LCSW, is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she teaches infant observation and supervises. She co-authored an article in the Journal of Analytic Psychology (June 2010) on infant observation and the transcendent function. She practices in San Francisco and sees adolescents, adults, and couples.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for all mental health clinicians with intermediate and advanced experience.

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 Demetry Apostle at

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.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Stephanie Chen, Ph.D.
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Anna Zozulinsky, MS