One of the cornerstones of psychoanalytic theory is the idea of the unconscious, but just what this means can be elusive. This course will review major psychoanalytic theories of the unconscious, including those of Freud, Klein, Bion, and Matte Blanco. We will discuss the role of the unconscious in object relations and developmental theories as well as consider the unconscious in light of contemporary explorations in consciousness.
Along with discussing Freud’s and Lacan’s papers, we will investigate the theme of the double in four narrative films: Persona, The Double Life of Veronique, Birdman, and The Clouds of Sils Maria. Among other aspects of the double, these films illustrate psychotic merger, the work of mourning, and the reintegration of split-off parts of the self.
The protagonist is a teen living in 1970s San Francisco who enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Join us for a Sunday matinee screening of this 2015
film exploring emerging sexuality and Oedipal conflicts coupled with a discussion by Dr. Lisa Buchberg.
Join NCSPP and PCPG for a special event to introduce the innovative Latin American psychoanalytic model called Link Theory to the San Francisco Bay Area psychoanalytic community. Our visiting scholar, Monica Vorchheimer, is an award-winning training and supervising psychoanalyst and couple psychotherapist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will describe the historical background and theoretical concepts that constitute this rich and unique approach to understanding relationships.
Difference Matters! At this time in history, psychotherapists are met with incredible diversity in our offices and clinics. We will consider culture, race, ethnicity, and immigration from a psychoanalytic viewpoint, and attend to the implications and influences of such difference(s) on the therapist and patient. We will also consider traumas that are embedded in racialized histories, and the need to locate them in the countertransference and articulate them.
Mentalization, or mentalizing, is a concept introduced into neuroscience and psychoanalytic thinking to denote the fundamental human capacity to understand our own and others’ minds as minds. Early disruptions in attachment and later trauma can interrupt this critical developmental function and result in psychopathology, most notably disorders of self-experience. Participants will learn MBT theory and techniques that can be applied to their present work. Clinical vignettes, including videos of MBT in action, will be used to translate theory into practice.
NCSPP’s Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee invites you to the 18th in a series of conversations with senior clinicians in the field of psychoanalytic psychology. Join your colleagues for a stimulating evening of food, wine, and conversation with Kaisa Puhakka, Ph.D., who will discuss her experience working in the divergent worlds of transpersonal and psychoanalytic psychology and the complex interface of Buddhism and psychoanalysis.
In this presentation, acclaimed social justice activist and psychiatrist Terry Kupers will examine the practice of solitary confinement through a psychoanalytic lens, stimulating thought and discussion about current practices of punishment within the correctional system. Dr. Kupers’s presentation will highlight the psychological devastation wrought by the experience of solitary confinement and the invisibility of the disenfranchised within the broader culture.
American women in early adulthood may seem uniquely poised to successfully navigate the complexities of sexuality and relationships — they have had more opportunities, more positive role models, and more information than previous generations. And yet, young women still struggle to navigate sexual and relational desire and pleasure. This class will provide psychotherapists with an understanding of this new and unique developmental period for women, with a particular focus on Klein’s and Benjamin’s notion of splitting.
An “open secret in our world,” wrote philosopher Stanley Cavell, “is that we do not know what legitimizes either divorce or marriage.” As psychotherapists, we seek to help people sort out dilemmas of sustained commitment, while sharing in the prevailing cultural uncertainty. This course provides a grounding in current theories of adult development and couple development as a means for considering the normative crises and challenges of long-term relationships, including feelings of disconnection and deadness, affairs and infatuations, addictive behaviors, and aging.