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Case Conference | Consultation Group
7:30 - 9:00 pm

The aim of this case conference will be to sensitize therapists to the possibility that when patients present with self-criticism, feelings of hopelessness, or self-defeating behaviors, their suffering may reflect an escape from intense anxiety triggered by heightened success.  We will read three papers and follow a few clinical cases in order to familiarize participants with this phenomenon.  We will also demonstrate ways to help patients recognize and deepen their understanding of it, so that they can better manage ongoing gratifications in their lives.

7:00 - 9:00 pm

This course will discuss what makes treatment of dissociative disorders different from standard analytic work. We will look at how to work with the terror of our most traumatized patients and help them begin to create a sense of safety within.

1:00 - 4:00 pm

This course explores the class position of psychotherapists. We will examine socioeconomic and historical forces structuring our profession, from who we treat to how we think. As individual therapists and professional organizations endeavor to respond to urgent calls to address issues of diversity and social justice, we will argue that only by understanding structural dimensions of inequality and oppression can we respond effectively. A lecture will be followed by clinically focused small groups.

Salon | Social Event
6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee at NCSPP invites you to our Virtual Spring Happy Hour. The PLC is a group of early-career therapists and graduate students. This happy hour is a great opportunity to grab your favorite beverage, unwind after your day, meet new students and therapists, discuss career interests and internships, and learn more about psychoanalytic ideas.

We are committed to the study of psychoanalytic psychology and to encourage its interest in Northern California's professional and general communities.

NCSPP’s varied array of learning opportunities; our journal fort da; our e-newsletter Impulse; and numerous special events and projects are all brought to you by scores of volunteers who work to support NCSPP’s mission. Our educational programs include continuing education credit for Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

NCSPP Directories

Use our public directory to find a therapist or our members-only directory to expand your professional network.


The NCSPP Board invites current and recently graduated students and early-career clinicians with up to two years licensure to submit original papers to be considered for the NCSPP Annual Writing Award. This award offers graduate students and new clinicians who have not published the opportunity to publish in the NCSPP journal, fort da, and present the winning paper at an NCSPP Scientific Meeting with invited discussants. Also, NCSPP will award the winning author $250.

NCSPP continues to dedicate itself to the growth of our community of psychodynamic and psychoanalytically oriented students, candidates, professionals, and the interested general public.

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