NCSPP's committees are dedicated to serving the needs of members. As such, they welcome your suggestions and feedback. Please select a committee to more information about each committee's purpose, along with contact information:
This committee is a group of clinicians who are interested in the relationship between Community Mental Health (CMH) and psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is anchored in a quality of close care and attention that is often systematically denied to members of disadvantaged communities and difficult to locate in stressed, under-resourced public mental health clinics. CMH clinicians hold the tension between a variety of institutional, social, and political pressures and constraints. Meanwhile, psychoanalytic thinking sometimes misses the significance of these systemic influences on individual lives.
There is important work to be done in bridging the theoretical and concrete gaps between community work and psychoanalytic practice. The CMH committee aspires to create a more inclusive home for CMH clinicians within the NCSPP community. In turn, we advocate for greater investment from psychoanalysis in the projects of CMH practitioners- in terms of both theory and practical engagement.
We seek to identify the needs and interests of our various partners both in CMH and NCSPP. We invite our community members to engage with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Digital Media and Technology Committee (DMT) works to expand the reach and accessibility of NCSPP to members and the wider community through digital technologies. The committee will develop platforms that connect digital tools with existing offline content, create new opportunities for content creation and delivery, and utilize technology tools to support and grow membership.
The Editorial Committee produces fort da, NCSPP's journal that is published twice a year. We are the only Division 39 local chapter to have its own journal. fort da features articles by local, national, and international psychoanalytic thinkers
The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.
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.
The Membership and Community Events Committee is responsible for creating the membership directory, providing orientation for new members, 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. From social and networking events to the Annual Holiday Party, the focus is on engendering relationships and helping our membership to stay connected.
The Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee focuses on outreach to Bay Area psychology students and brings NCSPP-affiliated psychologists to local graduate schools. The committee focuses on supporting professional development, as well as fostering community-building and networking among the next generation of psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
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.