Fri, Oct 7, 2016 to Fri, Oct 28, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Sue Saperstein, Psy.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$280 General Public
$200 Full Members
$176 CMH Members
$160 Friend of NCSPP
$160 Associate Members
$120 Student Members
$120 Scholarship (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.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
September 23, 2016

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Speaking Psychoanalytically of Race, Culture, and Immigration

Course Overview: 

“From the very beginning, Freud claims to establish an essential continuity between the ‘clinical’ and the ‘cultural’ dimensions of his works… “
(Abraham Drassinower [2003] Freud's Theory of Culture, Eros, Loss and Politics).

Difference matters! At this time in history, psychotherapists are met with incredible diversity in our offices and clinics. We will consider culture, race, ethnicity, and immigration from a psychoanalytic viewpoint, and attend to the implications and influences of difference(s) on the therapist and patient — different generations, races, classes, etc. Traumas that are embedded in racialized histories must be located in the countertransference, recognized, and articulated. Immigration often disrupts families and includes psychological impacts that may interrupt treatment unless the impacts are considered. Further, we will appreciate the radical differences between what may be thought of as “Eastern” and “Western” minds in the individual and between patient and therapist.

To remedy fear of the “other,” we need to stay curious and open. If there is to be true potential for mutual growth and development in our clinics and offices, our field, and our worlds, we must attend to the ways difference matters.

Course Objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to analyze the cultural influences on treatments when the therapist and the patient are of different generations, or races or classes.
  2. Participants will be able to describe clinically how to address cumulative generational traumas  in the context of changing cultural traditions and values regarding family and subjectivity.
  3. Participant will learn to recognize traumas emerging from racialized histories of their patients with a clearer view of their countertransference.
  4. Participants will examine how immigration acts as a psychological factor influencing the uses of the analyst and the setting (the frame)  as well as  the uses of speech and language.
  5. Participants will learn to appreciate the radical differences between east and west minds and their respective needs for each other’s growth and development.
  6. ​Participants will be able to focus their listening and  learn to address these diverse cultural differences with their patients to discover their impact on the transference and countertransferences.
Empirical Reference: 

Fonagy, P. (2015). The effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapies: an update. World Psychiatry, 14, 137–150.


Sue Saperstein MFT, Psy.D., is a psychoanalyst, supervisor, and faculty at PINC and faculty at CAPA (Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance), SFCP, CPMC, SBCPS, and NCSPP. She has a private practice in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for all mental health professionals with clinical work in private practice or clinic settings. A familiarity with and interest in psychoanalytic theory and clinical applications is helpful.

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 Elise Geltman at or 510-239-3443.

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.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Stephanie Chen, Ph.D.
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi