Mon, Sep 28, 2020 to Mon, May 17, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Every other Monday
Case Conference | Consultation Group
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$380 Non-Members
$190 NCSPP Members
$190 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 CMH Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Please consider joining NCSPP at the CMH membership rate of $90 in order to register at the NCSPP Member rate! 

Early Registration Deadline: 
September 14, 2020
Registration Notes: 

NCSPP offers online course registration and payment using PayPal, the Internet’s most trusted payment processor. All major credit cards, as well as checking account debit payments, are accepted.


Consultation Groups for CMH Clinicians

Course Overview: 

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 provides 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 virtually.

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:

Consultants have taught about, worked with, and supervised on issues in community mental health settings. Having this experience, the consultants are sensitive to the nuances of how nondominant identities impact the lives of clients served in community-based organizations that will support and inform the content of the consultation.


Sandy Frucht, Ph.D., has supervised and taught widely on clinical practice, ethics, supervision, and more, in the U.S. and abroad. She has provided individual and group supervision for community mental health agencies and is dedicated to mentoring clinicians in their professional development in both university and community settings. Dr. Frucht maintains a private practice in the East Bay where she works with adolescents, couples, and adults.

Donna Moriguchi, Ph.D., has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors for over 25 years in community mental health organizations and her private practice. During that time, she has also taught and provided multicultural relational supervision. Trained as a psychoanalytic psychodynamic psychotherapist, Dr. Moriguchi’s philosophy in her collaborations is that all are striving to be their best selves as they navigate their way through familial, societal, cultural, and innate challenges.

Target Audience & Level: 
These consultations groups are designed for clinicians and interns working in community mental health settings.
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 Andrea Chan, Psy.D.,

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.


Community Mental Health Committee

This committee is a group of clinicians who are interested in the relationship between Community Mental Health (CMH) and psychoanalysis.  Psychoanalysis is anchored in a quality of close care and attention that is often systematically denied to members of disadvantaged communities and difficult to locate in stressed, under-resourced public mental health clinics.  CMH clinicians hold the tension between a variety of institutional, social, and political pressures and constraints. Meanwhile, psychoanalytic thinking sometimes misses the significance of these systemic influences on individual lives.

There is important work to be done in bridging the theoretical and concrete gaps between community work and psychoanalytic practice. The CMH committee aspires to create a more inclusive home for CMH clinicians within the NCSPP community. In turn, we advocate for greater investment from psychoanalysis in the projects of CMH practitioners- in terms of both theory and practical engagement.

We seek to identify the needs and interests of our various partners both in CMH and NCSPP.  We invite our community members to engage with us by emailing us at .

Katherine Eng, Ph.D., Chair
Andrea Chan, Psy.D.
Geetali Chitre, Psy.D.
Hoa My Nguyen