11:30 am - 1:00 pm
September 7, 2024
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$20 General Public
$15 Full Members
$12 CMH & Associate Members
$10 Student Members
$10 Scholarship Rate (must have prior approval)

Registration Notes: 

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Intensive Study Group
Introductory Event

Course Overview: 

This introductory event to NCSPP’s year-long Intensive Study Group (ISG) features the three instructors — Daniel Butler, Susana Winkel, and Deborah Melman — each describing their own approach to this year’s theme: Psychoanalysis: Breakdown & Breakthrough. The course will explore clinical aspects of cultural, social, and political upheaval, creating space for clinicians to process, grapple, and play with experiences of and responses to the ever-shifting reality in which we and our patients find ourselves. Whether it is dissociative experiences linked to the ubiquity of technology or the vicissitudes of early developmental ruptures, one of our primary tasks as psychoanalytic clinicians is to find a vocabulary to describe breakdowns and breakthroughs as they occur in the clinical process. How do we conceptualize these fractures — how do we speak to them from within the therapeutic relationship?

If you’re considering registering for the 2024–2025 ISG, this is an opportunity to bring your questions and thoughts into conversation with the instructors.

Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

Daniel Butler: This course explicitly addresses how psychoanalytic praxis does and does not consider the experiences of marginalized peoples. Rather than centering the ‘power’ and ‘privilege’ of whiteness, we will focus on the social violence through which power and privilege are secured. Studying social violence will not be an afterthought; it is integral to the course itself.

Susana Winkel: Course participants will become aware of sociocultural factors that affect a patient’s life development and the role these may play in any given relationship and situation. Emphasis will be placed on working with diverse populations; on the need to develop an appreciation of and sensitivity to patients’ social and cultural contexts in order to avoid biases; and on the ability to form meaningful therapeutic alliances to work effectively.

Deborah Melman: The social discourses and implicit cultural assumptions that constitute human identity require attention. In this course which is concerned with difficulties of taking up living in a vital and responsive way we will attend to the impact of denuded, othering and alienated modalities and social constructions which both shape and stultify the self.


Daniel G. Butler, Ph.D., LMFT, is a psychoanalytic candidate at PINC and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz’s History of Consciousness Program. In addition to teaching at SFCP and Access Institute, he serves on the editorial boards of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. His private practice is in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.

Deborah Melman, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the Wright Institute, PINC, and SFCP. 
She has a private practice in Berkeley.

Susana Winkel, Ph.D., received her psychoanalytic training at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She is faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and taught at the University of California at Berkeley, and Tsing-Hua University, in Beijing. A classically trained musician, she is interested in applying psychoanalysis to the study of music. Her private practice is in San Francisco and Oakland.

Continuing Education Credit: 

LCSW/MFTs: Course meets the requirements for _ 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: 

No refunds for cancellations. Transfers of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions, contact Sullivan Oakley, MA, at soakley@wi.edu.

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


Intensive Study Group Committee

The Intensive Study Group Committee oversees the year-long ISG. Each fall, the committee puts on an Introductory Event featuring invited guest lecturers who speak to theoretical and clinical themes related to the current subject of the ISG. This event is open to all.

We are currently looking for a chair and committee members. If interested contact Candice Turner, Psy.D. at cturner@ncspp.org

Tanisha Stewart, Psy.D., Chair
Yael Goldstein-Love, MA
Sullivan Oakley
Rebecca Shapiro, MA