Impulse is a community newsletter produced by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and distributed electronically at no cost to subscribers. We envision Impulse as an integrative source for local news, events, and thinking of interest to the psychoanalytically inclined. Our goal is to be your guide as you explore the Bay Area's rich array of analytic resources.

We invite you to become a member of NCSPP, if you are not already. And, we welcome you as a subscriber to Impulse. Join us as we highlight the exceptional diversity of psychoanalytic thought and practice in Northern California.

by Candice Turner, Psy.D.

We are seeking nominations for the NCSPP 2020 Community Services Award. The award can be presented to an individual or a community mental health organization that practices within the field of psychoanalytic psychology. This acknowledgment intends to recognize the recipient for their outstanding community service. Specifically, we would like to salute those who make relentless efforts to bring psychoanalytically informed thinking, teaching, and treatment practices with a strong commitment to social justice issues to our community, to all people.

Please email your nominations by October 15, 2020 to

by Melissa Holub, Ph.D.


We invite clinicians who have completed graduate school training and are pre-licensed or up to five years post-licensure to join this yearlong conference, led by experienced clinicians who are PINC analysts. In addition to focusing on case presentation, clinical discussion and community building, we will integrate intersectional psychoanalytic thinking about key issues such as, the impact of COVID-19 on individuals, families and communities, and the impact of remote therapy and technology on the therapeutic relationship. The cost is $250, including a new Community Membership. Members receive a regular newsletter and discounted or free admission to PINC events. We are pleased to offer East Bay and SF programs via Zoom until it is feasible to meet at our in-person locations. Additionally, we are offering an all-distance course for clinicians within and outside the Bay Area.

October 13, 2020 – April 27, 2021
​October 14, 2020 – April 28, 2021

For more information and to register, please visit

by San Francisco Center For Psychoanalysis


All Programs will be held via Zoom

Special Events:
Western Regional Child and Adolescence Psychoanalytic Conference
October 17 & 18, 2020
Program Fee $25 -$50
6.5 CE/CME Units available for an additional fee

Extension Education Division Programs:
San Francisco Year Long: Continuous Case Conference
Fridays, October 16, 2020 - May 28, 2021
01:45pm - 03:00pm
Program Fee: $580.00
37.5 CE/CME Units available for an additional fee

by Molly Merson, MFT

End Notes: What Palliative Care Looks Like in a Pandemic.  Psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster describes her experience offering palliative care and family connection to end-of-life patients during COVID-19.

Do therapists have a duty to confront climate change denial? This is an older article that has already been shared in the Psychoanalysis in the News Segment, but given the fires and other effects of climate disaster we on the west coast of the United States are facing, it bears repeating.

by Loong Kwok, Psy.D. 


Student and Early-Career Clinician NCSPP Annual Writing Award

The NCSPP Board invites current students, recently graduated students, and early-career clinicians with up to two years licensure to submit original papers to be considered for the NCSPP Annual Writing Award. 

This award offers graduate students and new clinicians who have not published the opportunity to publish in the NCSPP journal, fort da, and present the winning paper at an NCSPP Scientific Meeting with invited discussants. Also, NCSPP will award the winning author $250.

We invite papers that contain original thinking and creatively address topics from a psychoanalytic perspective. They may be theoretical, clinical, or interdisciplinary and should make use of psychoanalytic ideas to further the author’s argument. The integration of psychoanalytic theory with clinical material should extend beyond case reporting to include theoretical or technical hypotheses. We also welcome essays that contain interdisciplinary and culturally diverse perspectives. We will judge papers on psychoanalytic content, writing ability and style, integration of theoretical concepts, and original thinking. Previous award winning papers are available on the NCSPP website.


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Appointment Book: 

CMH Annual Lecture David L. Eng Reading Group
Sun, Oct 4 / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm / Zoom
NCSPP / (415) 496-9949 / D. Kim, LMFT; G. Chitre, Psy.D. / free

FOCUS ON – Tele-therapy: History, Theory, Practice 
Mon, Oct 5 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / H. Zeavin, Ph.D. / $150 - $240

FOCUS ON – Tele-therapy: History, Theory, Practice II
Wed, Oct 7 / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / H. Zeavin, Ph.D. / $150 - $240

Jungian Oriented Psychotherapy
Mon, Oct 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm / Zoom
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / J. Beebe, M.D., et al. / $1650

Student Seminars - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Queer & Gay Men 
Wed, Oct 7 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 632-2438 / G. Grossman, Ph.D. / Free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Oct 8 / 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 632-2438 / J. Lopez, M.D. & C. Schneider, Ph.D. / free

Annual Event and Lecture: A Day with David Eng, Ph.D.
Sat, Oct 10 / 10:00 am - 3:00 pm / Virtual
NCSPP / (415) 810-8654 / D. Eng, Ph.D., et al. / $40 - $160

Child Colloquium Series
Sat, Oct 10 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 632-2438 / S. Stadler, M.D. / free

Analysis and Activism 2020 + U.S. Presidency Conference
Fri, Oct 16 / 8:00 am - 7:00 pm / Zoom
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / F. Brewster, Ph.D., et al. / $100 - $300

San Francisco Yearlong Program - Continuous Case Conference
Fri, Oct 16 (begins) / 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 632-2438 / J. De Lon, MFT / $580

Western Regional Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Conference
Sat, Oct 17 (begins) / 9:00 am - 12:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 632-2438 / M. Bullard, M.S.W., et al. / $25 - $50

The Healing Value of Love in Clinical Practice
Sat, Nov 7 / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm / Zoom
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / D.S. Nouriani, Ph.D., MFT / $100