Scientific Meeting
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 pm

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)

444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Adam Blum, Psy.D.
Francisco J. Gonzalez, M.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$15 General Public
Free NCSPP Members
$10 CE Credit

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: 
March 03, 2019

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

$40 General Public
$25 NCSPP Members

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.

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Music, Identification, and the Oceanic Feeling

Course Overview: 

All his sea dreams 
Come to me 

Joni Mitchell, “The Dawntreader” 

What might the oceanic feeling have to do with music? One answer is that Freud claimed to feel neither of them, a biographical detail that is often attributed to his anxiety about undifferentiation, a fear of sameness, literal homophobia. This program resumes a Freudian voyage potentiated by his sea-change theory of sexuality using contemporary cultural objects including William Finnegan’s surfing memoir, Barbarian Days; John Luther Adams’ environmentalist composition for orchestra, “Become Ocean”; and Frank Ocean’s Blonde trilogy to explore and contrast the erotics of identification (based on shared experience) with sexual complementarity (based on difference) through the work of Adam Phillips, Harold Boris, Leo Bersani, and Jean Laplanche.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this event participants will be able to:

  1. Describe history of the concept of “oceanic feeling” in psychoanalytic work.

  2. Demonstrate the effect of musical experience in cultivating contact between patient and therapist.

  3. Compare the concept of homoerotic identification with heterosexual complementarity.

Empirical Reference: 
  1. Westen, D. (1998). The scientific legacy of Sigmund Freud: Toward a psychodynamically informed psychological science. Psychological Bulletin, 124(3), 333-371.

  2. Phillips, A. (2014).  Becoming Freud: The making of a psychoanalyst (Jewish Lives).  New Haven : Yale University Press.

  3. Goldberg, P. (2012).  Active perception and the search for sensory symbiosis.  JAPA, 60/4. 791-812


Adam Blum, Psy.D., has written about psychoanalysis and the music of Björk, Kendrick Lamar, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Sondheim, Copland, and Michael Jackson. He has a private practice in San Francisco.

Francisco J. González, M.D., is a personal and supervising analyst and faculty at PINC. He has published articles on film, sexualities, and socio-cultural process, and sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. He has a private practice in San Francisco and Oakland.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for clinicians with all levels of experience in clinical work with some background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches and an interest in music.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Jeremy Mintz at or 415-763-8532. 

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.

Jeremy Mintz, Psy.D., Chair
Danni Biondini, MA
Geetali Chitre
Danielle Dunchok, Psy.D.
Justine Leichtling, Psy.D.