Sat, Jul 14, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm

St. John's Presbyterian Church

2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Diane Borden, Ph.D.
Era A. Loewenstein, Ph.D.
Megan Rundel, Ph.D.
Alexander Zinchenko, Ph.D.
Participant Limit: 

$40 General Public
$30 NCSPP Full Members
$20 NCSPP CMH, Associate,
and Student Members
$20 Scholarship Rate (must have prior approval)

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

Early Registration Deadline: 
June 30, 2018
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An Exploration of the Use of the Negative in the Therapeutic Process

Course Overview: 

In this introductory event to the year-long Intensive Study Groups in San Francisco and the East Bay, we will explore how to work with the negative in the therapeutic process.  We will have an informal, dynamic conversation with Megan Rundel Ph.D. and Alexander Zinchenko Ph.D. from the East Bay, as well as Era Lowenstein Ph.D. and Diane Borden Ph.D. from San Francisco. If you are considering registering for the upcoming ISG in the Fall, this introductory conversation is an opportunity to bring your questions and comments to four of our instructors.

In the coming Intensive Study Groups we will investigate theoretical approaches and practical engagements with the negative as they occur in the clinical setting. Topics such as trauma, Eros and the death drive, negative therapeutic reaction, psychic retreats, perverse modes of relating, destructive narcissism, and excessive splitting will be discussed.  

We hope you will join us in exploring this rich topic with our insightful, experienced instructors.

Course Objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to discuss how clinical events that threaten the treatment may be engines of therapeutic action.

  2. Participants will be able to describe how tolerance of uncertainty expands clinicians’ awareness of alternative modes of interpretation.


Diane Borden, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Film and Literature, former Director of Film Studies, and former Chair of English at the University of the Pacific. She has published books, chapters, and journal articles on cinema and psychoanalysis and given papers and workshops at professional conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Borden conducts study groups on film and psychoanalysis in San Francisco and the South Bay and has been a guest faculty at SFCP.

Era A. Loewenstein, Ph.D., is an adult, adolescent, and child psychoanalyst and a training and supervising analyst at SFCP. Era is on the faculty of SFCP, NCSPP, and Access Institute. Her most recent article, “Dystopian Narratives: Encounters with the Perverse Sadomasochistic Universe,” was published in The Psychoanalytic Inquiry in 2017. 

Megan Rundel, Ph.D., is a graduate of PINC. She has taught widely in the Bay Area psychoanalytic community. She is also a Zen teacher at the Crimson Gate Meditation Community. Dr. Rundel has special interests in sexuality, spirituality, and the body in psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Oakland.

Alexander Zinchenko, Ph.D., has over 30 years’ experience  treating  severely disturbed, fragile, and traumatized patients in various settings,  including  community mental health, state hospitals, and his private practice in San Francisco. He is also extensively involved in teaching and clinical training  as  both  a supervising psychologist at the National Asian American Psychology Training Center of RAMS, Inc., and as a supervisor of doctoral psychology interns at Napa State Hospital and CPMC.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for mid- to advanced-level clinicians, and community members, academics and artists interested in understanding the unconscious from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds for cancellations.  Transfers of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Johanna Murphy, or 510-459-6037.

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.

Intensive Study Group Committee

The Intensive Study Group Committee oversees the year-long ISG in San Francisco and the East Bay. The ISGs are co-sponsored by PINC. Each fall the committee puts on an Introductory Event featuring invited guest lecturers who speak to theoretical and clinical themes related to the current subject of the ISG. This event is open to all.

Brenda Bloomfield, LCSW, Chair
Johanna Murphy, Ph.D., Chair
Judy Curtis, Psy.D.
Eric P. Essman, MA
Cecilia Froberg, LMFT
Ben Goldstone, LMFT
Amy Kahn, MFTi
Alice Knutson, MFT