NCSPP

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
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Upcoming Courses & Events

August 2017

Salon | Social Event
4:00 - 6:00 pm
The Gallery @ Panorama Framing, East Bay

Please join the NCSPP Community Events Committee as we host a lively, open-platform style discussion at The Gallery @ Panorama Framing in Oakland. This conversation will revolve around a collection of propaganda and resistance art on display at the gallery.

September 2017

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

Freud famously compared our mental life to an iceberg: 10% observable and 90% submerged. While it is generally agreed that the unconscious is the foundational concept of psychoanalytic theory, what continues to be debated is whether the concept pertains to an entity or to processes. Is the unconscious a source of creative intuition that can generate moments of inexplicable insight – aha! - while simultaneously providing inspiration for the free play of mind and body? Is it purely intrapsychic, intersubjectively co-generated, or both?

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

Freud famously compared our mental life to an iceberg: 10% observable and 90% submerged. While it is generally agreed that the unconscious is the foundational concept of psychoanalytic theory, what continues to be debated is whether the concept pertains to an entity or to processes. Is the unconscious a source of creative intuition that can generate moments of inexplicable insight – aha! - while simultaneously providing inspiration for the free play of mind and body? Is it purely intrapsychic, intersubjectively co-generated, or both?

Course
6:45 - 8:15 pm
St. Clement's Church, East Bay

As part of NCSPP’s Foundations series, this first section of a two-part course will examine many of Bion's core concepts and situate them within his theory of emotional transformation, dreaming, and thinking. Alpha and beta elements; alpha function; container/contained; the contact barrier; the beta screen; the linkages of love, hate, and knowledge; and minus K are among the enduring contributions we will explore while applying them to ongoing clinical practice.

October 2017

Course
9:00 - 11:30 am
St. Clement's Church, East Bay

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.

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