Sat, May 11, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)

530 Bush Street
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Loong Kwok, Psy.D.
David Cushman, Psy.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$140 General Public
$100 Full Members
$88 CMH Members
$80 Associate Members
$60 Student Members
$60 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: 
April 27, 2019
All major credit cards, as well as checking account debit payments, are accepted.


Thinking About “Low Cultures” with Adolescents

Course Overview: 

Within the psychic space of youth, interests come to define one’s sense of self. These idiosyncratic obsessions, whether bands, internet memes, or comic books, are often subtly characterized as unimportant within psychoanalysis, while other cultural interests are elevated. This creates a cultural divide between therapists and clients that can limit the therapist’s ability to engage with children.

When our clients’ interests intersect with our own, it can imbue the dyad with a sense of mutuality. However, when we have the feeling that we can’t get it, it raises concerns about how we can relate to our client. Can we as therapists leave behind our higher viewpoint and embrace “low culture” as a vehicle for connection?

In this course, we will explore ways to approach these cultural divides, using case examples and ideas drawn from queer studies and contemporary relational psychoanalysis, as well as manga, basketball, hip-hop, and other “low culture” places.

Course Objectives: 

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

  1. Analyze clinical material from low cultures from a psychodynamic perspective.
  2. Describe new ways to connect with adolescent patients through the integration of low cultures in treatment.
  3. Discuss the ways in which low cultures may be undervalued and unexamined in work with children/adolescents.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Jonathan Schedler (2009). American Psychologist
  2. Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: a critical review of the evidence base by Midgely, N.  & E. Kennedy (2011). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, vol 37 (3).
  3. Short-term Psychoanalytic Child Therapy for Anxious Children: A Pilot Study by Gottken et al. (in Psychotherapy, 2014, v. 51 No 1, pp. 148-58)

David Cushman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. He is a staff clinician and supervisor at RAMS Inc., a community mental health clinic in San Francisco, and has a private practice in Oakland, where he sees children, teens, adults, and couples.

Loong Kwok, Psy.D., is the Director of Child Services at Access Institute, where he teaches and supervises school-based therapy. He works with adults, children, and couples at Baywell Psychiatry Group. He also serves on the Editorial Committee of fort da, NCSPP’s journal, and the Neuropsychoanalysis Committee of PINC.

Target Audience & Level: 
This course is for child psychotherapists of all levels, who have some familiarity with psychoanalytic theory.
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 Julia Conant at or 415-857-4885.

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