Sat, Nov 23, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)

444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$60 General Public
$45 Full Members
$35 CMH Members
$35 Associate Members
$25 Student Members
$25 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

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.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
November 09, 2019
Registration Notes: 

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Live Streaming Information: 

This event is available to attend via live stream. 3 CE credits are included in registration fee.

$100 General Public
$85 NCSPP Full Member
$75 NCSPP CMH Member
$75 NCSPP Associate Member
$40 NCSPP Student Member

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.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.


From Wishful Thinking to Research-Informed Decisions

Course Overview: 

This course offers an in-depth empirical perspective on technology-mediated therapy. It is designed to help clinicians work more effectively with clients using technology, as well as to better understand the limitations of technology-mediated therapy, the nature of Presence, and the significance of embodied relating. The gains and losses of technologi­cally mediated treatment will be assessed via clinical experience and current research, including in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, such as computer/human interaction and neuroscience. Sociopolitical factors will also be considered.

Course Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess the gains and losses of technologically-mediated treatment based on research in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy such as computer/human interaction and neuroscience.    
  • Define the technical concept of Presence as used by researchers in computer-mediated communication.
  • Apply the concept of Presence to psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic effectiveness.  
  • Identify both benefits and shortcomings associated with introducing technology into clinical work.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Russell, G. (2015). Screen relations: The limits of computer-mediated psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. London: Karnac Books.
  2. Kruse, C.S., et al. (2018). Evaluating barriers to adopting telemedicine worldwide: A systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare24, 4-12.
  3. Scharff, J.S. (Ed.) (2013). Psychoanalysis Online: Mental Health, Teletherapy and Training. Karnac Books, London
  4. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Vol 14 Issue 2 2017 Special Technology issue, including:
    1. Turkle, S. Essig, T. Russell, G.I. (2017). Afterword: Reclaiming Psychoanalysis: Sherry Turkle in Conversation With the Editors. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):237-248.
    2. Brahnam, S. (2017). Comparison of In-Person and Screen-Based Analysis Using Communication Models: A First Step Toward the Psychoanalysis of Telecommunications and Its Noise. Psychoanal. Perspect., 14(2):138-158
    3. Turkle, S. (2016). Reclaiming conversation: The power of talk in a digital age. Penguin.
    4. Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York, Basic Books.

Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D., NCPsyA, a UK-trained psychoanalyst, is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytical Association, and the British Psychoanalytic Council. Her book, Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Karnac Books in 2015. Dr. Russell writes, speaks, and teaches internationally on technology and its impact on intimate human relationships, particularly in psychoanalytic treatment. She currently practices in Boulder, Colorado.

Amber Trotter, Psy.D., is a graduate of Middlebury College, Access Institute, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she currently teaches. She has a background in sociology and political activism and thinks and writes about the nexus of psychoanalysis and contemporary society. She recently published a book, Psychoanalysis as a Subversive Phenomenon (Lexington Books, 2019) and is a founding editor at Damage Magazine. She has a private practice in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This intermediate course is for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.

Continuing Education Credit: 

LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.

Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

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 Justine Leichtling at or 415-307-2151.   

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.

We are currently looking for a chair and committee members. If interested contact Willow Banks, Psy.D. at