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September 2019

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
SF LGBT Center, San Francisco

This is a pivotal time for psychoanalysis to re-tool itself and offer both comprehension and best care to children and youth who experience and express themselves outside our normative gender structures. Dr. Ehrensaft will present the interdisciplinary gender affirmative model of care developed collectively by experts at four major U.S. pediatric gender clinics, including UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where she is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center. 

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

Case Conference | Consultation Group
Private Office, San Francisco and/or virtual, San Francisco

The frenetic pace of agency work in community mental health makes it difficult to find time and space to think deeply about our work. With the pressures of documentation requirements, community trauma, and limited resources, these demands overshadow clinical thinking. In response to the needs of our community, NCSPP is providing an additional forum to reflect on our clinical work.

This consultation group will process clinical work by licensed or unlicensed employees of county-funded or non-profit CMH agencies, and will be led by seasoned clinicians who have experience in community settings. The groups will meet approximately every other week and be held at the consultants offices or virtually.

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.

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

Join the PLC and Dr. Diane Borden for a screening and discussion of the 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria, a French-German-Swiss co-production set in Sils Maria, Switzerland, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Following the screening, Dr. Borden will discuss the film’s themes through a psychoanalytic and depth orientation, including aging and the acceptance of life changes, the impact of technology on human relationships, merging and separation of identity, and transformative retreat in the sublime and in the setting of the Swiss Alps.