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December 2019

Salon | Social Event
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Private Home, San Francisco

All NCSPP members are invited to celebrate another year of provocative programs, classes, and events, at our Annual Holiday Party. Mingle with new and old NCSPP friends and toast with us in style. The community service award and the student paper award will be announced at the party. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

We send an especially warm welcome to our advanced-practice clinicians. As analytic therapists of all generations gather together for support, this event reminds us of our collective commitment to growth, vitality, and deep thought.

February 2020

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.

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. 

March 2020

Salon | Social Event
12:00 - 4:00
Spark Arts, San Francisco

Join the Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee and Dr. Cowan for a screening and discussion of Leave No Trace, an evocative, poignant film about the relationship between a Veteran and his newly adolescent daughter. The film explores the legacy of war trauma and the pressures this father and daughter face as they interact with Social Services, experience homelessness, and lose their protected and secluded world. Through a psychoanalytic lens, Dr. Cowan will discuss the film’s themes, the emotional development of this young girl, and filmmaker Debra Granik’s deep and sensitive vision.