NCSPP

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Impulse is a community newsletter produced by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and distributed electronically at no cost to subscribers. We envision Impulse as an integrative source for local news, events, and thinking of interest to the psychoanalytically inclined. Our goal is to be your guide as you explore the Bay Area's rich array of analytic resources.

We invite you to become a member of NCSPP, if you are not already. And, we welcome you as a subscriber to Impulse. Join us as we highlight the exceptional diversity of psychoanalytic thought and practice in Northern California.

by Loong Kwok, Psy.D.

The theme of the 2015 Division 39 Spring Meeting is "Life in Psychoanalysis in Life." I've heard it explained as psychoanalysis off the couch. The basic idea is that lines have been drawn around psychoanalysis, limiting it to certain domains. I believe this is true. As my colleague Tiffany McLain has said, psychoanalysis has a marketing problem. Most of the people writing about psychoanalysis to a wider audience are not psychoanalysts. Many times people have begun conversations (polite critiques, really, with some not so polite) by citing Freud. While I'm a fan of Freud, I still like to point out that there have been over 50 years of thinking and development since he stopped writing.

by Suzanne Stambaugh, Psy.D., Impulse Staff Writer

LOVE AND RESPONSIBILITY

Perhaps no single word in the English language is tasked with such a multiplicity of meanings as "love." And there is no lack of rigorous (and sometimes inspired) academic work to describe the various facets, expressions, positions, and forms of love.

One of the more interesting of these threads, described by Thanopulos (2012), unpacks the relationship between love and responsibility. In the journey towards intersubjectivity, the individual transitions from a possessive love that denies desire and agency to its object to a responsible love that protects the autonomy of an acknowledged subject.

by Ripple Patel

Epigenetics, Psychoanalysis, and Listening to Parents. This opinion piece utilizes a recent publication linking gene expression with the quality of early relationships in order to advocate for systemic change that better supports parents in meeting their responsibilities.

Ben Pobje: "Forget the phoney psychoanalysis and instead celebrate Robin Williams' rare talent." In cautioning people against using pop psychology to explain the death of Robin Williams, the author adopts a singularly psychoanalytic stance: he acknowledges the complexity and mystery at the center of each human mind, and he encourages people to listen more while speaking less.

The End of an Era for Michael Murphy. A reporter wanders casually through the life and times of Michael Murphy, an Irish newsreader who also happens to be a psychoanalyst.

by Susanna Bernat, Psy.D.
7th ANNUAL PSYCHOANALYTIC COUPLE PSYCHOTHERAPY EVENT

October 25th, 2014,
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
6 CE's provided

NCSPP and the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group (PCPG) are honored to bring Andrew Balfour, Clinical Director of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, to present his paper, "Growing Old Together in Mind and Body: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Couples in Older Age."

Classifieds: 

JOIN A GROUP OF INDEPENDENT PSYCHOTHERAPISTS at Associated Counselors who meet weekly in San Jose for ongoing support, consultation and marketing. We have a full time office available soon. For more information contact: Karen Wride, LCSW at (408) 886-7143. 

REFERRALS WELCOME: The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has openings for individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, medication evaluation and consultation. Low flat fee, Medicare, Medicare/Medi-Cal. Call (415) 600-3247.

THE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL PROGRAM (PsyD) at CIIS is seeking a core faculty member/director of clinical training. This position involves teaching courses, advising dissertation students, engaging in scholarship, and leading clinical placement and related training activities. The Program's distinctive approach to clinical psychology training is guided by a vision of clinical practice that emphasizes a holistic and relational approach to the human condition. Psychodynamic, existential and Buddhist perspectives are emphasized throughout the curriculum. More information about the Program and this position can be found at http://www.ciis.edu/About_CIIS/Job_Opportunities/Director_of_Clinical_Training.html/

OPENINGS FOR AN ONGOING CONSULTATION GROUP with Mirta Berman-Oelsner and Era A. Loewenstein. Contemporary British object relations perspective. A good work group with a range of clinical experience discussing adult, adolescent and child psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Beginning October 11th. Five meetings a year, every other month, San Francisco, Saturdays, 3:45 to 5:30 pm. $65 per meeting. For more information please contact:eraaloewenstein@gmail.com or (415) 695-9656.

SF OFFICE SUBLET.  Sacramento St between Spruce and Locust. Comfortable, nicely-furnished office in well-maintained bldg in Laurel Heights. Shared waiting area, kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Equipped for child work, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Available Friday and Saturday. Call Bert Faerstein at (415) 673-1290.

KENTFIELD OFFICE SUBLET.  Well-maintained building on Sir Francis Drake Blvd across fro College of Marin. Fully-furnished with waiting room, separate exit, kitchenette, free parking. Suitable for children,  psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Includes toys and large doll house. Available Wednesday until 2:30pm, all day Friday and Saturday. Call Bert Faerstein at (415) 673-1290.

THERAPY GROUPS FOR THERAPISTS.  Two groups for mental health professionals and trainees, meeting weekly in SF, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Ongoing since 1984.  Relational, interpersonal orientation.  Led by Art Raisman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (PSY7795); Ass't Clin. Prof., UCSF; 40 years experience leading, teaching, and supervising group psychotherapy. (415) 453-4271.

NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, ARCHITECT-DESIGNED, large bright space, skylights, bamboo floors, free Wi-Fi.  265 Sq. ft.  Separate tenants' and clients' bathrooms, full kitchen, off street parking.  Sixth Street south of University Ave.  Contact Alice Jones, M.D. (510) 845-8800.

Old couches, new books, hot jobs, cool internships, office rentals? List them in Impulse's Classifieds for a modest fee. Please see our submission guidelines for details.   

Appointment Book: 

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Sep 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / TBA, Michael Donner, Ph.D. / free

San Francisco Yearlong Program 2014 - 2015
Fri, Sep 5 / 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Various / $1,900

2014 - 2015 East Bay Yearlong Program
Wed, Sep 5 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / 1672 University Avenue / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Various / $1,150

Is This Really What I Do For a Living? Burnout & Defenses
Fri, Sep 5 / 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm / 2232 Carleton St. / Berkeley
TPI / (415) 820-1640 / Adrian Willey, PhD / free

The Manic Society - Only Worse
Sat, Sep 6 / 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm / Private home / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / R. Peltz, Ph.D.; R. Cowan, Ph.D. / $25 - $90

Open to Interpretation: Transcendent States of Mind
Mon, Sep 8 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / A. Walt, Ph.D.; K. Peoples, Ph.D. / free - $75

Scientific Meeting
Mon, Sep 8 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S.M.  Katz, Ph.D., LP; M. Botkin, Ph.D. / free

Falling: The Collapse of our Cultural Containers
Wed, Sep 10 / 10:00 am - 11:30 am / Menlo College / Atherton
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Hartman, Ph.D., et al. / $1550 - $1600

Working With Difficult Moments in Psychotherapy
Wed, Sep 10 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Walt Beckman, Ph.D. / free

Latency and Adolescence
Wed, Sep 10 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Various / $1, 550 - 1,450

East Bay Intensive Study Group: Untying the K(not)
Thu, Sep 11 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Street / Berkeley
NCSPP, PINC / (510) 240-1819 / various / $1700 - $1800

San Francisco Intensive Study Group: Untying the K(not)
Fri, Sep 12 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 503 Bush Street / San Francisco
NCSPP, PINC / (415) 775-4995 / various / $1700 - $1800

Clinical Experiences of Negative Representation
Fri, Sep 12 / 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm / St. Clement's Church / Berkeley
NCSPP / (510) 239-3443 / Sharon Karp-Lewis, Psy.D. / $180 - $360

Reflective Spaces/Material Places Welcoming Event
Sat, Sep 13 / 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm / 1663 Mission Street / San Francisco
RSMP / (415) 494-8250 / S. King, Psy.D., R. Parker, MSW / free

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Tue, Sep 16 / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (215) 564-5642283 / A. Barkai, MA; J. Gerhardt, Ph.D. / free

Graduation Paper - Once Upon a Time: An Invitation to Dream
Sat, Sep 20 / 9:00 am - 10:30 am / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / H. Sugarman, MFT; S. Hartman, Ph.D. / free

Welcome Back Happy Hour
Fri, Sep 19 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Place Pigalle / San Francisco
NCSPP / (707) 407-8246 / n/a / free 

Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Sat, Sep 20 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Lisa Buchberg, DMH / $55-$25

The Alchemical Art: An Experiential Day of Symbol Making 
Sat, Sep 20 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT / $50-65

Working on the Fringe: Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
Fri, Sep 26 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Maria Porch, LCSW / free

Transference, Countertransference and Enactment Today
Sat, Sep 27 / 9:00 am - 2:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Britton, C. Polmear, M. Diercks / $140-$160

Developing a Dynamic Mind in Social Work Practice
Wed, Oct 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / TBA / TBA

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Oct 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / TBA, Michael Donner, Ph.D. / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Oct 2 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / TBA, Gary Grossman, Ph.D. / free