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Dear Members and Colleagues,

NCSPP is committed to inclusion, antiracism and anti-oppression. Police brutality and other systematized abuses are unacceptable. Our organization is committed to calling out, recognizing and OPENLY condemning all violence against Black and Brown people. We are also committed to not turning away from the reality of White supremacy, the continuous trauma that has been enacted, and the hold it has had on this nation for hundreds of years. Neutrality is not a viable option. We, as a board and organization, stand firmly in our belief that Black lives matter and Black voices matter.

NCSPP will continue to fine tune our equity clause and prioritize coursework that highlights marginalized communities and encourages our members to work on antiracism and anti-oppression. We pledge to move forward to support communities of color. While this statement is the bare minimum, we are devoted to digging in and dismantling the White supremacist structures that dominate our organization. We also dedicate ourselves to ongoing self-inquiry as psychoanalytic theorists and practitioners in critically investigating the under-named biases in the history, theory, and practice of psychoanalysis. NCSPP will show up in solidarity with the Black community. We hear you, we are with you and we will not give up.

In reflection and solidarity,

The Board of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)

Executive Committee
Willow Banks, Psy.D. — Secretary
Stephanie King, Psy.D. — Past-President
Todd Rising, Psy.D. — President-Elect; Chair, ISG Committee
Molly Russo, Psy.D. — C.E. Director; Chair, Program Division
Tanisha Stewart, Psy.D. — Treasurer
Candice Turner, Psy.D. — Chair, OML Division

Board Members
Danni Biondini, MA — Chair, Impulse Committee
Katherine Eng, Ph.D. — Chair, Committee for Community Mental Health
Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D. — Chair, Education Committee
Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D. — Chair (Interim), Program Committee
Priscille Schwarcz-Besson, Ph.D. — Chair, Pre-licensed Committee
Peter Silen, Ph.D. — Chair, Editorial Committee

Intensive Study Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, East Bay

The earliest experiences of love are at the core of our sense of self: the holding-mother’s body lending to discovery in the caregiver’s gaze, building connection and growth of internal worlds. Optimistically, love leads to a safe, reliable home within.

In the cultural context of WWI, Freud (1917) penned "Mourning and Melancholia", questioning destruction and the difficulty of loss. How do some patients experience loss and heal, while others become frozen in a self-attacking state of melancholia?

In today’s socio-cultural context, we face similar daily destructiveness, bearing witness to retaliatory attacks expressed, in part, by attitudes towards women, people of color, and immigration. We witness a loss of love for each other, and perhaps for ourselves. 

What happens when we lose our home and have to contend with the feeling of not being rooted within? Or when we lose or attack our sense of self in being othered? How do we interrupt deadening experiences?

The 2020-21 ISG will explore how to work with loss in the consulting room, transforming it into an opportunity for growth.

Intensive Study Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), San Francisco

The earliest experiences of love are at the core of our sense of self: the holding-mother’s body lending to discovery in the caregiver’s gaze, building connection and growth of internal worlds. Optimistically, love leads to a safe, reliable home within.

In the cultural context of WWI, Freud (1917) penned "Mourning and Melancholia", questioning destruction and the difficulty of loss. How do some patients experience loss and heal, while others become frozen in a self-attacking state of melancholia?

In today’s socio-cultural context, we face similar daily destructiveness, bearing witness to retaliatory attacks expressed, in part, by attitudes towards women, people of color, and immigration. We witness a loss of love for each other, and perhaps for ourselves. 

What happens when we lose our home and have to contend with the feeling of not being rooted within? Or when we lose or attack our sense of self in being othered? How do we interrupt deadening experiences?

The 2020-21 ISG will explore how to work with loss in the consulting room, transforming it into an opportunity for growth.

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

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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.

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