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As care in our community continues to be of utmost importance, particularly during this especially disrupted and unsettled surround and environment, NCSPP would like to offer resources that we believe are relevant to the clinical practitioners of our membership, and their patients. Please follow this link for further information with the understanding that information and guidelines will continue to develop and evolve. We will do our best to reflect the most current information available.

Due to concerns and uncertainty about the Coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, NCSPP has made the decision to suspend all in-person courses/events through Dec 2020.

We will continue to make decisions about our programs at appropriate times and with the health and well-being of participants in our minds, as well as with the guidance and any restrictions potentially put in place by state and local health officials.

September 2020

Intensive Study Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), San Francisco

The earliest experiences of love are at the core of our sense of self: the holding-mother’s body lending to discovery in the caregiver’s gaze, building connection and growth of internal worlds. Optimistically, love leads to a safe, reliable home within.

In the cultural context of WWI, Freud (1917) penned "Mourning and Melancholia", questioning destruction and the difficulty of loss. How do some patients experience loss and heal, while others become frozen in a self-attacking state of melancholia?

In today’s socio-cultural context, we face similar daily destructiveness, bearing witness to retaliatory attacks expressed, in part, by attitudes towards women, people of color, and immigration. We witness a loss of love for each other, and perhaps for ourselves. 

What happens when we lose our home and have to contend with the feeling of not being rooted within? Or when we lose or attack our sense of self in being othered? How do we interrupt deadening experiences?

The 2020-21 ISG will explore how to work with loss in the consulting room, transforming it into an opportunity for growth.