Lecture | Event
Sat, Oct 22, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Monica Vorchheimer, MA
Julie Friend, LCSW
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$160 Full Members
$140 CMH Members
$90 Friend of NCSPP Member
$90 Associate Members
$40 Student Members
$40 Scholarship Rate (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
October 08, 2016

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Course Overview: 

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.

Traditional psychoanalytic models have relied on the concepts of transference and projective identification to understand relating. In contrast, Link Theory emphasizes the dialectic between internal representations and the external world, including its social and cultural aspects, and highlights the importance of the other as a unique subject, rather than as an internal representation. This presentation will describe this perspective’s value when working with both individuals and couples. Monica Vorchheimer will illustrate the theory with a couple case presentation.

Additional learning Opportunities

Readings in Link Theory
The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group (PCPG) will host two reading  groups, open to all interested clinicians, focused on Link Theory prior to the October Annual Lecture with Monica Vorcheimer.  Two papers on link theory will be distributed in advance to those who register. The discussion groups will be facilitated by Dr. Shelley Nathans and Dr. Milton Schaefer. 

There is no charge for registration but please choose one group in either the San Francisco or East Bay location: Tuesday, October 18th, 7:30-9PM in San Francisco (exact location TBD) OR Wednesday, October 19, 7:30-9PM in the East Bay (exact location TBD).

Contact PCPG at pcpgbayarea.org or Dr. Shelley Nathans at DrShelleyNathans@gmail.com for more information.

New Voices in South American psychoanalysis: A Clinical Forum Using link Theory with Argentine psychoanalyst Monica Vorchheimer. The San Francisco Centerfor Psychoanalysis(SFCP) and The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) will co-host an individual case presentation with Monica Vorchheimer at SFCP on Monday, October 24, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. This event is open to all interested clinicians. For registration and information, go to sf-cp.org or pincsf.org.

Course Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and discuss the concept of “link” as a theoretical tool to understand couple dynamics and will distinguish it from other models such as the “ object relations.”
  2. Identify different sources for misunderstandings within couples and apply theoretical understanding of their underlying meaning.
  3. Apply link theory contributions to the psychoanalytic therapeutic approach with couples
Empirical Reference: 
Aznar-Martínez, B. , Pérez-Testor, C. , Davins, M. , & Aramburu, I. (2015). Couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy as the treatment of choice: Indications, challenges and benefits. Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Monica Vorchheimer, M.A., an experienced psychoanalyst and couple and family therapist, is a training and supervising analyst from the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association (APdeBA) in Argentina. She is a full member of the IPA, a member of the IPA Committee on Psychoanlysis with Families and Couples, a member of the European Federation of Psychotherapy (FEAP), and honorary member of AAPPIPNA (Spain). A professor at the University Institute of Mental Health in Argentina, Dr. Vorchheimer has been awarded the Bleger prize (1998) and the Storni prize (2001) by the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, and the Liberman prize (1999) by the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. She has published papers in Argentina and Spain, where she worked as a psychoanalyst, supervisor, and teacher.


Julie Friend, LCSW, is the Program Chair and a faculty member of PCPG’s Intensive Study Program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with couples. She has served on the teaching and/or supervisory faculty at Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy of New York, CPMC, Access Institute, TPI, and SFCP’s yearlong extension program. Her most recent paper, “Love as Creative Illusion and Its Place in Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy,” was published in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis in 2013. She has a private practice in Berkeley including individuals, couples, and consultation.

Co-Sponsor Information: 

The Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group is dedicated to bringing modern psychoanalytic ideas to bear in working with couples. It began as a three-year training course through NCSPP with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships in London. Some members of the original group have continued to study and train together as the PCPG, which has become a Bay Area locus for education, training, and study in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with couples. 

PCPG offers an intensive study program in psychoanalytic couples psychotherapy: “Making Meaning in the Grip Of Reality.” The program features a rich array of theoretical classes, case conferences, film events, and workshops, taught by a hybrid faculty from PCPG, Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships (TCCR), and other noteworthy psychoanalytic couple psychotherapists. PCPG’s first class of nine students has just completed a three-year program of study, which included  a week of classes at TCCR in London. 

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is intended for therapists who have clinical experience and prior exposure to psychoanalytic thinking.  It is suitable for clinical psychologists, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, clinical social workers, counselors, medics and other staff working in the caring professions who are interested in further developing their understanding of psychoanalytic approaches to working with couples.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Maneesh Saini at  415-553-5523 or mrmaneeshsaini@gmail.com.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the Annual Lecture and for the presentation of various Scientific Meetings. The Annual Lecture is given by an internationally known analyst, while the Scientific Meetings generally feature the work of local psychoanalysts and others who are developing new ways of thinking about psychoanalysis.

Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D., Chair
Danni Biondini, MA
Danielle Dunchok, Psy.D.
Maneesh Saini, MA
Monika Telichowska, Psy.D.