As I write this, I have just returned invigorated from the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization in Manhattan. These meetings were exciting and gave me the sense that NCSPP's programming in the Bay Area is right on the pulse of what is pertinent and contemporary in psychoanalytic discourse.

This month, I want to encourage you to access our NCSPP educational opportunities. I'd like to call your attention to two NCSPP upcoming events that offer great learning potential. On February 23rd, The San Francisco and East Bay Intensive Study Groups' Mid-Year Event presents internationally renowned Dr. Ruth Stein, with Dr. Peter Goldberg as her discussant, in A Deep Well: Ruth Stein on the Feel of Unconscious Experience. It has the markings of a great day by combining an exciting and influential guest lecturer with one of our most distinguished Bay Area analysts.

On March 29th, we celebrate our 21st Annual Lecture, with Dr. Lewis Aron. This event,A Day With Lewis Aron, Ph.D.: Relational Psychoanalysis: Fantasy, Feminism and Contemporary Clinical Practice, will be an opportunity to hear two rich, clinical papers: "Rethinking Psychotherapy vs. Psychoanalysis: What Does Feminism Have To Do With It?" and "Origination and Birth Fantasies." This program promises to be an engaging experience for the audience, for which Dr. Aron is known. Dr. Aron was initially trained as a Freudian analyst at New York University and, after graduating, began supervision with Stephen Mitchell, Emmanuel Ghent, and other founders of what has become American relational theory. His considerable contributions to relational psychoanalysis are too numerous to mention here, but he is widely published, (his book, A Meeting of Minds, has been translated into several languages), and teaches internationally. His papers for our annual lecture are based on his next authored work.

So, I hope you will join us for these or some of our other offerings listed in detail on our website. Right now is an auspicious time in our NCSPP community for learning, and we hope you enjoy what we enthusiastically present.

Warm regards,

Drew Tillotson, Psy.D.
President, NCSPP