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May 2018

Course
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Dream Institute of Northern California, East Bay

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”.

June 2018

Salon | Social Event
6:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, East Bay

Welcome, CMH clinicians, to a night of community building! 

Finding time to build professional connections and take care of ourselves can feel draining and difficult after the frenetic pace of agency work in community mental health. 

We’re beginning a series of community events at various Bay Area museums for CMH clinicians to build relationships and comradery across clinics and increase our sense of play. Our inaugural meet up takes place on Friday, June 8, at the Oakland Museum of California, a progressive institution with a strong focus on the lives of Bay Area residents.  

July 2018

Workshop
1:30 - 3:30 pm
St. John's Presbyterian Church, East Bay
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.

September 2018

Intensive Study Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Clement's Church, East Bay

Under the guidance of insightful, experienced instructors, this year’s intensive study groups will investigate theoretical approaches to the negative and practical engagements with it in the clinical setting, considering such topics as trauma, the fusion of Eros and the death drive, negative therapeutic reaction, psychic retreats, perverse modes of relating, destructive narcissism, and excessive splitting. In some sections, reading assignments will be supplemented by films or include plays that vividly illustrate course themes. We invite you to explore with us how apparent challenges to psychotherapy may vitally contribute to the process of human transformation.

Intensive Study Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), East Bay

Under the guidance of insightful, experienced instructors, this year’s intensive study groups will investigate theoretical approaches to the negative and practical engagements with it in the clinical setting, considering such topics as trauma, the fusion of Eros and the death drive, negative therapeutic reaction, psychic retreats, perverse modes of relating, destructive narcissism, and excessive splitting. In some sections, reading assignments will be supplemented by films or include plays that vividly illustrate course themes. We invite you to explore with us how apparent challenges to psychotherapy may vitally contribute to the process of human transformation.