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Upcoming Courses & Events

Course
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Golden Gate University, San Francisco

This course will examine psychoanalytic conceptualization and treatment of eating disorders. We will explore these complex and confounding syndromes through multiple lenses: as failures of thought, with unthinkable thoughts becoming stuck in the body; as complex compromise formations tied to early relational experiences; as autistic defenses against intolerable anxieties; as dissociative disorders linked to early experiences of trauma and affect dysregulation; and as disorders of desire and clandestine love affairs marked by anticipation, excitement, secrecy, and disappointment, leaving emptiness in their wake. We will attend to the importance of gender, culture, and the role of the therapist’s body in the treatment situation throughout.

Workshop
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bay Zen Center, East Bay

This class will teach the fundamental psychoanalytic concepts most useful in couple therapy. Participants will learn about developmental versus defensive couples, the use of the third, projection, and the creative couple.

Scientific Meeting
1:00 - 4:00 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP), San Francisco

The hallmark of psychodynamic treatment is a focus on psychological patterns and processes that underlie overt symptoms — in other words, personality dynamics. In his lecture, “Personality Pathways to Depression,” Dr. Shedler will discuss the personality styles and syndromes most often seen in clinical practice (narcissistic, borderline, obsessive-compulsive, etc.), describe how each personality style represents a unique pathway to “depression” that requires a distinct treatment focus, and offer clinical strategies for deepening treatment. 

We are committed to the study of psychoanalytic psychology and to encourage its interest in Northern California's professional and general communities.

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The NCSPP Board invites current and recently graduated students and early-career clinicians with up to two years licensure to submit original papers to be considered for the NCSPP Annual Writing Award. This award offers graduate students and new clinicians who have not published the opportunity to publish in the NCSPP journal, fort da, and present the winning paper at an NCSPP Scientific Meeting with invited discussants. Also, NCSPP will award the winning author $250.

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NCSPP is looking for a new Chair for the Membership and Community Events Committee starting this January 2020. The committee is responsible for encouraging renewal in expiring members, and developing projects that will strengthen and broaden our membership base. In addition, this committee works to create gatherings throughout the year where NCSPP members can meet and get to know one another.

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