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September 2019

Intensive Study Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Clement's Church, East Bay

This year-long study course will take up various conceptualizations of the body in psychoanalysis. Therapists from a range of theoretical backgrounds will use contemporary texts, contemporary artists, and writings to explore the psychological development of body-mind. The body that is born, the body that registers pain and trauma, the body that heals, and the body that dies, and the territories in between.

7:30 - 9:00 pm
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, East Bay

This course is an introduction to Melanie Klein’s theoretical and clinical concepts, and to contemporary Kleinian clinical work.

Building on the foundation laid by Freud, Melanie Klein’s focus on early mental life lead her to an awareness of a powerful primitive phantasy life that underpinned all mental activity, shaping one’s sense of self, relationships to others, and one’s sense of the world. Klein’s groundbreaking work on the centrality of unconscious phantasy, the role of internal object relations, and the significance of the instincts lead her to be understood as both an innovator and a radical.

October 2019

7:30 - 9:00 pm
St. Clement's Episcopal Church, East Bay

This course will examine the development of the radical intersubjectivity contained within Bion’s “Theory of Thinking,” his groundbreaking 1962 paper formally introducing two-person psychology, which reoriented psychoanalytic theory toward today’s intersubjective perspective. Drawing from Freud’s (1911) “Formulations on Two Principles of Mental Functioning,” Bion postulated two possibilities open to humans from infancy onward — thinking or projective identification — placing early parenting in the pivotal role of shaping the individual’s capacity to think or project.

Lecture | Event
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The David Brower Center, East Bay

Join NCSPP and PCPG for our 12th Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Lecture as we host Dr. Carla Leone, who will be addressing how one thinks and works with couples through the lens of Self Psychology. She will ask the question: How does a couple promote a connection that helps each member of the couple consolidate and maintain a positive, vitalized sense of themselves as individuals within the couple?

November 2019

Student Paper Presentation
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center, East Bay

Please join the Pre-Licensed Clinicians Committee in celebrating the work of Amber Trotter, Psy.D., on her paper titled, “Living Our Dreams or Dreaming a Nightmare: Reflections on an Increasingly Virtual Reality,” which received fort da’s 2018 Student Paper Award. Amber will present her paper, and a discussion facilitated by Brian Kuennemeier, Psy.D., will follow.