Sat, Dec 20, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 pm
A Better Way
1663 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Participant Limit: 




Course Overview: 

The events in Ferguson and New York have brought i n to consciousness, again, the omnipresence of racism and institutional brutality in our country, and the pain and fury it creates. The protests that have followed in Oakland, Berkeley and around the world have also brought into consciousness the need for social action to resist such forces. These events call for reflection as well.

We are calling an impromptu RSMP meeting to come together in light of events in Ferguson, New York and across the country. We believe that our clinical community needs a space & place to be with each other and to respond, however we do, to these events. Join us at A Better Way on Saturday, December 20. We will be there from 2pm to 4pm. This will be an open discussion for all mental health practitioners who are interested in coming together. We don’t have an agenda, just a trust in the value of holding and facilitating space for this. Feel free to bring your thoughts, words, or just your presence. All are welcomed.

Co-Sponsor Information: 

The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), an International Psychoanalytic Association Society, was established in 1989 as a center for comparative psychoanalytic inquiry, research and training. PINC provides professionals from all mental health disciplines the opportunity to study the full scope of psychoanalytic theory and practice. For information regarding training or referral for analysis, call (415) 288-4050 or visit www.pincsf.org.

Access Institute for Psychological Services has helped thousands of adults, children, couples and families, for the past 10 years. Access provides therapy, medication consultation and psychological testing services at its Hayes Valley clinic, San Francisco public schools and at an adult day health center in Hunters Point. Through its psychoanalytically oriented training program, Access is also building a community of clinicians who are committed to community service.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is designed for a wide-array of audiences: from early career community mental health clinicians to experienced analysts who have an interest in socio-cultural-political issues.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Beth Kita at bethkita@gmail.com.

Community Mental Health Committee

This committee is a group of clinicians who are interested in the relationship between Community Mental Health (CMH) and psychoanalysis.  Psychoanalysis is anchored in a quality of close care and attention that is often systematically denied to members of disadvantaged communities and difficult to locate in stressed, under-resourced public mental health clinics.  CMH clinicians hold the tension between a variety of institutional, social, and political pressures and constraints. Meanwhile, psychoanalytic thinking sometimes misses the significance of these systemic influences on individual lives.

There is important work to be done in bridging the theoretical and concrete gaps between community work and psychoanalytic practice. The CMH committee aspires to create a more inclusive home for CMH clinicians within the NCSPP community. In turn, we advocate for greater investment from psychoanalysis in the projects of CMH practitioners- in terms of both theory and practical engagement.

We seek to identify the needs and interests of our various partners both in CMH and NCSPP.  We invite our community members to engage with us by emailing us at cmh@ncspp.org .

David Cushman, Psy.D., Chair
Stefania Pifer, Psy.D., Chair
Suresh Chacko, Psy.D.
Katherine Eng, Ph.D.
Daniel Gunther, LCSW
Peggy Kim, LMFT