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 Shlomit Gorin, M.A.

Of late, we're hearing and reading more about satire than usual. What does psychoanalysis have to say about satire? Very little, it seems, despite its common position as object of satire. In Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905) -- likely the most cited and extended discussion of the relationship between aggression and humor -- Freud mentions satire just once. "Hostile wit," he claims, serves "as an aggression, satire, or defense." Following the conceptual thread Freud unspooled, satire is often understood as a safe and economical expulsion of freed-up aggression -- internal repression is lifted, transformed, and released while external or political repression is averted (when the satire is subtle enough).

by Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.

PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING PROGRAM SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS

Open House: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is pleased to announce that its two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PPTP) will be holding an Open House on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. The event will be held at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis at 444 Natoma Street in San Francisco. We welcome all who may be interested in applying to begin courses in September 2015.

by Jane Christmas, Psy.D.

If you are considering psychoanalytic training, you are most welcome to attend PINC's Spring Open House. This is an informal event in which members of all our constituencies -- personal and training analysts, faculty, administration, and current candidates -- are available to get to know you and your professional path to date, as well as your vision for your future, and to answer all of your questions.

by Adam Blum, Psy.D., Potential Space Feature Editor

INTO THE HAT

One need not look further than the new film of the musical Into the Woods(2014) -- replete with greedy witch-mothering, the Oedipal thrill of discovering there are giants in the sky, and the joyful (im)possibilities of getting what one wishes -- to find psychoanalytic resonances in the work of Stephen Sondheim, but it would be a shame to stop one's looking there.

by Ripple Patel

The Curious Journey of a Psychology Intern. Psychoanalyst Merle Molofsky reviews MADMAN: Strange Adventures of a Psychology Intern.

The Problem with Meaning. David Brooks critiques a concept that is central to psychoanalysis: meaning.

Jewish Psychoanalyst Among the Slain in Paris Terrorist Attack. Dr. Elsa Cayat wrote a biweekly column for Charlie Hebdo, which she called Charlie Divan ("Charlie on the Couch").

by Monika Telichowska, Psy.D.

THE MENTAL PAIN OF MINORITIES: AMELIORATION AND TREATMENT

Salman Akhtar, M.D.
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Dr. Salman Akhtar will discuss the chronic mental pain, or, in Freud’s (1926) terms, seelenschmerz, that minority group members often experience. According to Dr. Akhtar, this pain is generated by the dissonance between individual subjectivity and the stereotypes that the larger sociocultural "holding environment” imposes. Through clinical intervention and collaborative civic engagement, Dr. Akhtar will illuminate ways to address and reconcile aspects of this discord.

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POST-GRADUATE TRAINING IN PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY. The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley offers a two-year clinical training program starting September 11, 2015. Trainees work in the Institute's moderate fee clinic under intensive supervision (individual and group) by outstanding Bay Area clinicians. Seminars cover major theoretical and technical aspects of psychotherapy, and professional development. Eight positions are available. There is no fee, nor is there a salary or stipend. Contact Mark Bronnenberg at mbronnenberg@tpi-berkeley.org or visit  www.tpi-berkeley.org.

SMALL, SWEET OAKLAND SANGHA FOR MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS welcomes new members. For information, see http://www.crimsongatemeditation.org/.

VERY SUNNY AND BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED OFFICE in psychotherapy building in South Berkeley near the Elmwood district and U.C. Berkeley. Office is available all day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Décor is elegant and modern with new carpet and fresh paint. Free parking on site for psychotherapists, ample street parking for patients. The office is in a suite with friendly colleagues, a waiting room, and a restroom reserved for therapists. Rent is $195 per day (i.e., $780 per month for all four days). We are looking for someone who is able to take at least three of the four days (rent for three days would be $585). Rent includes all utilities and wifi, and no extra costs. Please contact Johanna Murphy at (510) 459-6037.

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Appointment Book: 

The Crooked Mirror
Sun, Feb 1 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 780-9795 / L. Steinman / free - $20

The Cost of a Relationship: Give & Take of Money in Therapy
Mon, Feb 2 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2232 Carleton Street / Berkeley
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / P. Alexander, PhD; L. Slome, PhD / free - $75

Sexual Exploitation of Children and Unthinkable Horrors: How
Wed, Feb 4 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / E. Geltman, LCSW, et al. / $15 or donation

2015 East Bay Psychotherapy Forums
Wed, Feb 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Cheryl, PsyD, et al. / free

Psychoanalytic Case Formulation
Thu, Feb 5 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Loughran, PhD / free

Who Is This Client? Case Formulation and Diagnosis
Thu, Feb 5 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Yu, LCSW / $270

2015 San Francisco Psychotherapy Forums
Thu, Feb 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / T. McLain, MFTi, et al. / free

Introduction to Jungian Child Analysis II
Sat, Feb 7 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 780-9795 / L. Ravitz, PhD, CST-T / $80 - $160

Transference and Countertransference
Sat, Feb 7 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Leiken, MD / $60

Four Psychological Capacities Essential for Individuation
Sun, Feb 8 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 780-9795 / S. Rubin, PhD / free or donation

2015 South Bay Psychotherapy Forums
Tue, Feb 17 / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Mill, PhD / free

Embodied Memories, Embodied Relationships
Wed, Feb 18 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / V. Dent, PhD; S. Seligman, PhD / free - $25

Bodily Centered Psychopathology in Adolescence
Wed, Feb 18 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Brady, PhD / $1,450 - $1,550

Reading Kristeva - On "Reliance" and the Maternal Erotic
Thu, Feb 19 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 412-2970 / M. Wilson, MD / free - $30

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Listening
Wed, Feb 25 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. DeLon, MFT / free

Who Are We, and What Are We Doing?
Fri, Feb 27 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Dunn, PhD, J. Yost, MFT / free

Reflecting on Fantasy: Observing vs Experiencing Ego
Sat, Feb 28 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Zellner, PhD, et al. / $25 - $60

Foundations: An Introduction to Melanie Klein
Mon, Mar 2 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Boulevard / Berkeley
NCSPP / (510) 269-7607 / M. Chapin, MFT / $135 - $315

2015 East Bay Psychotherapy Forums
Wed, Mar 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Rosati, MFT; S. Stadler, MD; M. Donner; PhD / free

Understanding the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Indi
Thu, Mar 5 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Porch, LCSW / free

Special Joint Program with A Home Within
Thu, Mar 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Radocchio, LCSW, et al. / free

The Mental Pain of Minorities: Amelioration and Treatment
Sat, Mar 7 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / 2150 Allston Way / Berkeley
NCSPP / (510) 868-5911 / S. Akhtar, MD, et al. / $40 - $210

Body-Mind Dissociation
Sat, Mar 7 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Lombardi, MD, et al. / $25 - $55