In Memoriam Harvey Peskin, Ph.D.
NCSPP would like to express our condolences to the family of Harvey Peskin who passed on April 21st, 2018. Dr. Harvey Peskin was a founder and former President of PINC. He was an instructor for multiple courses focused on dehumanization, witnessing, trauma survivors, and grief. In his accomplished life, Dr. Peskin had multiple roles including, a scholar of the Holocaust, a professor at San Francisco State University, and a psychotherapist in Berkeley for almost 60 years. He continued to treat patients up until a month before his death. As someone who was known to take care of others, during his illness and knowing of his potential death, he completed and had accepted for publication the paper “Who Has the Right to Mourn? Relational Deference and the Ranking of Grief" to be published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Dr. Peskin is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will also be missed by the NCSPP community. He was a beloved instructor and his work will continue to guide and impact others for many years to come.
~ Kellen R. Grayson Psy.D. LMFT
Dr. Larry Miller remembers Harvey fondly and writes, “Harvey worked to meld the clinical with the social. He understood that a society's reaction to unacknowledged and unspoken wrongs festered and effected multiple generations, sowing the seeds for later conflicts. He taught his view of the importance of witnessing and overcoming denial to many generations of clinicians and psychoanalysts. His keen mind found ways to listen anew to what often seemed like repetitive and deadening stories. He helped his students listen differently and relationally and encouraged them to discover and hone their own clinical voices”.
~ Larry Miller PhD