NCSPP

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Reflective Spaces | Material Places

Community mental health practitioners are under enormous pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources, while the problems that we are challenged to resolve are increasingly complex. As we strive to provide meaningful interventions that address the social, psychic and justice demands of those who struggle the most, we have an even greater need to carve out spaces, both within our minds as clinicians and within our places of practice, to reflect on our work and connect with one another. Since our inception in 2012, we have discovered that many of us are passionate about encouraging a dialogue between community work and psychoanalytic thinking, and we hope to continue to build a community around doing so.

8th International Bion Conference

psych‘O’analysis: explorations in truth

Thursday, October 23 – Sunday, October 26, 2014
Los Angeles, California

Wilfred Bion’s ideas and concepts shook the psychoanalytic world of his time and continue to do so today. We welcome those who are new to Bion’s ideas as well as those who have known and used these concepts for decades. Join us in October, 2014, for a rich, creative and clinically useful conference.

Reflective Spaces | Material Places

Community mental health practitioners are under enormous pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources, while the problems that we are challenged to resolve are increasingly complex. As we strive to provide meaningful interventions that address the social, psychic and justice demands of those who struggle the most, we have an even greater need to carve out spaces, both within our minds as clinicians and within our places of practice.

Bion and the Movies: The Matrix and Beta-Mentality

Bion's theories of thinking and containment offer a lens in which to view aspects of experience beyond the consulting room. Duncan Cartwright has made an original contribution influenced by Bion's theory, in which he develops notions of pseudo and proto containment. These and the concept “Beta-mentality” will guide a reading of The Matrix (1999) to help understand the film thematically and aesthetically.

San Francisco Intensive Study Group: Untying the K(not)

All therapists have a vision of the “good” patient or therapy — cooperative, trusting, mutually beneficial, and productive. Most of us have also had experiences with the “difficult” patient or therapy, which can feel adversarial, guarded, non-mutual and unproductive. Historically, difficulty in therapy relationships has been seen as the “fault” of the patient, who is conceptualized as resistant to change. As the field has come to encompass the co-constructed crucible of both therapist and patient subjectivities, more has been written about the contribution of the therapist’s inadequacies and vulnerabilities to impasse in psychotherapy.

The Enigma of Ana: Embodiment and Cyberspace in Eating Disorders

“Pro-anorexia” has emerged as a dramatic development in cyberspace, drawing participants to Internet sites that take a partially positive attitude towards anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. From an outsider’s perspective, pro-ana forums confront visitors with what has been characterized as “the
spectacle of not eating” — words and images conveying startling emaciation and suffering. The harmful effects of pro-ana participation have been documented.

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