PRESIDENT'S REMARKS: GREG CLINTON, PH.D.
As I come to the end of my term as NCSPP President, I think back on this past year with quite a variety of feelings. Not unlike a meaningful analytic treatment, I had my share of anxieties, challenges, surprises, joys, and achievements. I grew both personally and professionally. I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people on the board and the several committees that comprise NCSPP. My role also gave me the chance to meet other clinicians in the larger analytic community. I leave having deeper connections with professional colleagues. I also leave having deeper connections with colleagues I now consider friends.
One of the strengths of the organization is how NCSPP continually brings in new people to work on the board and committees, people with different minds and fresh ideas who can build on the efforts of those who came before. The hard part can come when it's time to cycle out of the organization and say good-bye.
This dynamic and evolving nature of the organization is evident in the structural changes going on within the organization, most recently with NCSPP's presence in the Peninsula and South Bay (P/SB). We are recruiting new members from the P/SB, with an eye towards greater integration and a larger P/SB voice on the board. For instance, Intensive Study Groups (ISGs) in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the P/SB are now organized by a single ISG committee with members from all parts of the Bay Area. Next year's ISG, to be held in all three locations, is entitled "The Therapist as a Person." Stay tuned for more information.
I encourage those of you who want to broaden and deepen your psychoanalytic world-whether students, teachers, newly licensed or seasoned clinicians- to contact NCSPP and get involved. I know my work on the board and as President has been very rewarding. Thanks to all of you who helped make this such a rich and meaningful experience.
Greg Clinton, Ph.D.