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Widening the Royal Road

Traffic on the royal road has thinned in recent years; clinicians may complete training with little exposure to dream studies or methods of working with them. But clients still dream, and this program will enable clinicians to engage with them fruitfully.

Sample dreams will highlight diagnostic and transferential information in initial dreams. Common symbols of the self — house and car — will be discussed for their psychodynamic implications. Dream markers correlated with trauma, borderline, suicide risk, and breakdown will be noted. We will identify core conflicts and internal resources, translating dream images into metaphoric language usable in ongoing treatment. Emphasis is less on theory and intellectual interpretation and more on direct engagement with affect, imagery, and narrative provided by the “dream-maker”.

Working Relationally in Psychodynamic Supervision

The centerpiece of this two-meeting course will be the viewing and analysis of a video of a supervision session conducted by Dr. Sarnat and videotaped at the American Psychological Association’s film studio. (Relational Psychodynamic Supervision, APA, 2016).

In the first meeting, we will view the video, tracking the supervisor's struggles as she tries to “teach” the supervisee, but with limited supervisee learning taking place.

In the second meeting, we will discuss selected chapters from Dr. Sarnat’s most recent book, Supervision Essentials for Psychodynamic Psychotherapies (APA, 2016).

Beyond the Consulting Room: A Conversation with Meredith Sabini, MS, Ph.D.

NCSPP’s Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee invites you to the 21st in a series of conversations with experienced clinicians in the field of depth psychology. Join your colleagues for a stimulating evening of food, wine, and conversation with Dr. Meredith Sabini, a licensed psychologist and director of The Dream Institute in Berkeley.

Fall Movie Matinee - Moonlight

Join the PLC and Forrest Hamer for a screening and discussion of the Oscar-winning film, Moonlight, which follows the childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood of an African-American male as he develops his identity and sexuality. Following the movie screening, psychoanalyst and award-winning poet, Forrest Hamer, will discuss the film. Popcorn will be served.

Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Event 2017

NCSPP and PCPG (Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group) are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary of our Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Lecture. This year, we are honored to host esteemed couple psychoanalyst from Tavistock Relationships, Mary Morgan, who will be focusing on technique in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy. She will be addressing the complexities of what is meant by a “couple interpretation” and what can go wrong, including “incorrect” interpretations, problems with the timing of interpretations, and those involving unprocessed countertransference enactments.

Law & Ethics

Mental health professionals are required to take 4-6 hours of continuing education in law and ethics in order to renew their licenses. Too often these programs focus on risk management and impose fear-based rules for practice. This program will apply a clinical perspective to legal and ethical practice and begin by reviewing a model for legal and ethical decision making based on the broad ethical principles that form the basis for most professional ethics codes.

Encountering Race and Culture in Treatment

This seminar will provide a close clinical examination of race and culture in contemporary psychoanalytic theory and treatment. Each week will focus on the themes of a pertinent theoretical paper, and case material will be discussed to illuminate technical considerations. Particular attention will be paid to the difficulty of speaking about race — working with the dissociation of racial states, the collapse of potential space, and the vulnerabilities and melancholia that emerge in treatment for both therapist and client when racial tensions are allowed to surface. While keeping the Eurocentric nature of psychoanalytic writing in mind, we will attempt to use our theories to ground us as we search for new ways of working with race and culture.

Beyond the Consulting Room: A Conversation with Fernando Castrillon, Psy.D.

NCSPP’s Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee invites you to the 20th in a series of conversations with senior clinicians in the field of depth psychology. Join your colleagues for a stimulating evening of food, wine, and conversation with Dr. Fernando Castrillon, a candidate psychoanalyst with the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley. Dr. Castrillon’s research interests include the production of subjectivity, ecopsychology, and poststructuralist social/cultural theory.

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