Tue, Oct 8, 2019 to Tue, Oct 29, 2019
7:30 - 9:00 pm

St. Clement's Episcopal Church

2837 Claremont Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94705
Scott Lines, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$150 Full Members
$135 CMH Members
$120 Associate Members
$90 Student Members
$90 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
September 24, 2019
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Reverie, Containment, and the Clinical Process

Course Overview: 

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. All of Bion’s later work revolved around the central question of the mechanisms whereby the individual can safely dwell in one’s own mind, beginning first by seeking refuge in the minds of primary caretakers through “normal” projective identification, and then by internalizing this capacity for reflective thinking — “alpha function.” We shall read works by Freud and Bion, with an eye toward phenomena in the consulting rooms of instructor and course participants.

Course Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the process of Bionian thinking, how it develops and its origins in the normal parent-child dyadic matrix.  
  • Describe the process of projective identification, its role in building the capacity to think, and the impact on the personality when projective identification becomes the principal means of making contact with the external world.
  • Apply the concept of thinking to their understanding of the transference-countertransference matrix in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  • Apply the concepts of projective identification to their understanding of the transference-countertransference matrix in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  • Apply the concept of thinking and projective identification as described in the class to specific examples of their clinical work.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Leichsenring, F., & Rabung, S. (2011). Long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy in complex mental disorders: update of a meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 15-22.
  2. Maat, S. de, F. deJonghe, R. deKraker, et al. (2013). The current state of the empirical evidence for psychoanalysis: A meta-analytic approach. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 21(3),  107–137.
  3. Divino, C. L. & Moore, M. S. (2010). Integrating neurobiological findings into psychodynamic therapy training and practice. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 20, 337-355.

Scott Lines, Ph.D., is psychoanalyst and forensic psychologist in Berkeley, graduate of PINC and Past President of NCSPP. He is on the clinical faculty at CIIS, and has previously taught at Access Institute, CPMC, The Psychotherapy Institute. Current writing includes malignant narcissism, a memoir of alcoholism in the family, and a musical theater piece on Jim Jones and Jonestown.

Target Audience & Level: 

This intermediate course is for clinicians with moderate to extensive experience in clinical and academic work with some experience with psychoanalytical theories.

Continuing Education Credit: 

LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPS, as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 57020), to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and/or LEPs. NCSPP maintains responsibility for this program /course and its content.

Psychologists: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Anna Zozulinsky at annazozulinsky@gmail.com.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

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.

Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D., Chair
Clara Brandt, Psy.D.
June Lin-Arlow, MFTi
Ronna Milo Haglili, MA