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Upcoming Courses & Events

April 2019

Salon | Social Event
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco

Due to the frenetic pace of agency work in community mental health, finding time for self-care and building professional connections, among other things, can be hard! The social mixers intend to address both needs by providing a culturally engaging social event where folks who do similar work across different agencies can get together to build connections in a relaxing and fun way.

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Crimson Gate Meditation Community, East Bay

While meditation is often recommended for people with stress and trauma, unintended psychological impacts are common. In this class, we will learn how a history of trauma can impact the experience of meditation, and how to skillfully identify and work with this trauma residue. We will review the neurobiology of trauma and how it affects brain functions. We will examine the most common impacts of trauma on meditation, including agitation, fearfulness, dissociation, and spiritual bypassing. Methods of intervention and inquiry will be discussed, including participants own clinical material.

May 2019

Salon | Social Event
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Ann Martin Center, East Bay

This reading group is for clinicians working in community mental health organizations and open to interns, trainees, and staff therapists in those settings. The group will discuss writings by Kirkland Vaughans in preparation for the Annual Lecture on Plugging the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The purpose of the group is to be familiarized with his work at an introductory level prior to the lecture and have conversations with others working in the field about this very topic.

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), San Francisco

When our clients’ interests intersect with our own, it can imbue the dyad with a sense of mutuality. However, when we have the feeling that we can’t get it, it raises concerns about how we can relate to our client. Can we as therapists leave behind our higher viewpoint and embrace “low culture” as a vehicle for connection?

In this course, we will explore ways to approach these cultural divides, using case examples and ideas drawn from queer studies and contemporary relational psychoanalysis, as well as manga, basketball, hip-hop, and other “low culture” places.

Salon | Social Event
7:00 - 9:00 PM

NCSPP Members are invited to attend a comedy event in San Francisco, humorously named, “Cheaper Than Therapy.” As therapists, we can appreciate comedy as an antidote to angst, providing instant relief with the perfect punchline. Let’s have a good time laughing at the jokes and possibly ourselves!

We will meet for drinks at 7pm in the bar before the show begins. You are welcome to invite your friends and partners to join the fun.