Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Sat, Jul 15, 2017
2-4 pm
St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Dawn Farber, Psy.D.
Israel Katz, M.D.
Participant Limit: 

$30 General Public
$20 NCSPP Full Members
$15 NCSPP CMH, Associate,
and Student Members
$15 Scholarship Rate (must have prior approval)

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.

Early Registration Deadline: 
July 01, 2017
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A Summer Conversation

Course Overview: 

A Midsummer Afternoon’s Dream:  “unconscious” – evolution of a concept.

It is vital for psychoanalytic therapists and aspiring analysts to appreciate the evolution in our understanding of “unconscious,” and how we currently work with this core and defining concept of psychoanalysis.

In the coming Intensive Study Group the evolution of the term “unconscious” (along with the transference-countertransference dynamics that are the focus of clinical work) will be examined and expanded to include contemporary (modern) ideas and applications to bridge old thinking to new.

If you are considering registering for the upcoming ISG in the fall, this introductory Midsummer’s conversation is an opportunity to bring your questions and comments about the year of studying these ideas to two of our instructors. Dr. Israel Katz will be teaching in the San Francisco segment, and Dr. Dawn Farber will kick off the East Bay segment.

We hope you will join us in beginning our dreaming and deconstructing the evolving “unconscious”.

Course Objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to discuss the evolution of the concept of the unconscious from the intrapsychic to the interpersonal.

  2. Participants will be able to compare the repressed from the non-repressed unconscious processes.
Empirical Reference: 

Bornstein, R.F. and J.M. Masling, ed. (1998). Empirical perspectives on the psychoanalytic unconscious. American Psychological Association (APA). Doi:10.1037/10256-000.


Dawn Farber, Psy.D., MFT, practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Oakland, with individuals and couples. She has been a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty of PINC. Dr. Farber teaches widely in the community, and is especially interested in clinical consultation and in ongoing case consultation groups. She enjoys both analytic and personal writing and has published poetry, autobiography, and book and film reviews.

Israel Katz, M.D., is a member and faculty at SFCP. He is an Editorial Associate for JAPA and was Editor-in-Chief of IPSO, the IPA organization for psychoanalysts-in-formation. Dr. Katz has taught at SFCP, NCSPP, and Access Institute on Freud and also taught psychoanalysis in France, Spain, and Latin America. He has a private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for mid- to advanced-level clinicians, and community members, academics and artists interested in understanding the unconscious from a psychoanalytic perspective.

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 Brenda Bloomfield, LCSW, or 510-316-5312.

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.

Intensive Study Group Committee

The Intensive Study Group Committee oversees the year-long ISG in San Francisco and the East Bay. The ISGs are co-sponsored by PINC. Each fall the committee puts on an Introductory Event featuring invited guest lecturers who speak to theoretical and clinical themes related to the current subject of the ISG. This event is open to all.

Brenda Bloomfield, LCSW, Chair
Johanna Murphy, Ph.D., Chair
Eric P. Essman, MA
Cecilia Froberg, LMFT
Alice Knutson, MFT