The Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) is always looking for innovative ways to further psychoanalytic thinking and practice in the region we serve. We believe that the future of our shared analytic endeavor is best fostered by collaboration, dialogue, and congenial interaction among the many psychoanalytically oriented organizations that enrich our local community. To this end, we conceived IMPULSE as an integrative source for local news, events, and thinking of interest to the psychoanalytically inclined.

We have asked a number of organizations to partner with us, including the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, the San Francisco Society for Lacanian Studies, and Access Institute. We will continue our outreach to other organizations with a focus on psychoanalytic work, and we welcome your suggestions for strengthening IMPULSE as a resource for our community.

We are fortunate to have an excellent and highly capable staff. Cleopatra Victoria has been a vibrant conceptual force behind the newsletter and chairs the committee that produces it. Brad Falconer provides the technical and design expertise that makes the newsletter possible. Cate Corcoran contributes her strong background in editorial leadership. Finally, Michele McGuinness and Norm Mayell provide additional support. I hope you will join me in congratulating them on their excellent work.

We welcome all interested subscribers to IMPULSE, regardless of organizational affiliation. (Information on subscribing or unsubscribing appears at the end of the newsletter.) And we hope you'll support our efforts to strengthen collaboration in the Northern California psychoanalytic community by becoming a member of NCSPPtoday.

Francisco J. Gonzalez, M.D.
President, NCSPP

A sense of despair overtook our local psychoanalytic community following the closing of the psychoanalytic training programs and community clinics at Mt. Zion and McAuley Institute.


POST-DOC INTERNSHIP: Available at California College of the Arts' Counseling Service. Psychoanalytically oriented training. 16-24 hours/week, this academic year, Oakland or SF. Contact Dr. William Glover, interim Director. (510) 594-3670.

psyQ DISCUSSION GROUP: New email listserv for queer, psychoanalytically oriented clinicians and trainees in the Bay Area. Share intelligence re: classes, events, more. Moderated by Gary Grossman, Ph.D. and Brad Falconer, M.A. Join.

PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUPS: Long-term, psychodynamic. 1) Therapy Groups for Therapists. 2) General Adult Psychotherapy Groups. Led by Art Raisman, Ph.D., Ass't Clinical Prof., Psychiatry, UCSF; Past President, Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. (415) 453-4271

MEN IN LOVE: Men in long-term relationships sought for study examining role of empathy in heterosexual and gay male couples. Men 21 - 40, living with partner for 2+ years. Contact Thomas Zurfluh, M.A., (415) 378-4826

CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY: Access Institute welcomes psychotherapy referrals for children. We work with children (ages 3-18) and their parents on a sliding-scale fee ($20-$80/hr). For questions, call Abigail Marks at (415) 861-5449 x339


Appointment Book: 

Introductory Panel on the Independent Tradition
Sat, Sept 10 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM / 2420 Sutter Street / San Francisco
SFPI&S / John Jemerin, M.D., Stephen Seligman, D.M.H., Jed Sekoff, Ph.D. / $75

SFPI Scientific Meeting: The Psychology of Detachment
Mon, Sept 12 / 7:30 PM / 2420 Sutter Street / San Francisco
SFPI&S / Peter Goldberg, Ph.D., Jed Sekoff, Ph.D.

Clinical Lacan: An Introductory Case Conference
Mon, Sept 12 (begins) / 1:15 - 2:45 PM / 3669 Sacramento Street / San Francisco
Lacanian School / Philippe Gendrault, Ph.D., Lara Guille, Psy.D. / $20 per session

Lacanian Clinical Consultation Seminar
Wed, Sept 14 (begins) / 8 - 10 PM / 2820 Adeline / Berkeley
Lacanian School / Raul Moncayo, Ph.D. / $40 per session

The Body Unconscious: Towards a Model of Somatic Experience
Wed, Sept 14 (begins) / 10:10 AM - 1:30 PM / 1953 Hopkins Street / Berkeley
NCSPP / Barbara Cohen, Psy.D., M.F.T. / $40-170

Intensive Study Group: At Play with Winnicott
Wed, Sept 14 (begins) / 10:00 - 11:30 AM / Menlo College / Atherton
NCSPP / multiple faculty / $1700

The Role of Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter
Fri, Sept 16 (begins) / 12:00 - 1:30 PM / 2420 Sutter Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / Michael Guy Thompson, Ph.D. / $40-195

Soul's Body: Archetypal Defenses, Affect Regulation, Healing from Trauma
Fri, Sept 23 (begins) / Mason Center / San Francisco
C.G. Jung Institute / multiple faculty / $325

Real Patients, Real Analysts, Reality of Psychoanalytic Practice
Fri, Sept 23 / 6:30 - 8:45 PM / location TBA / Sausalito
NCSPP / Robert Waska, M.F.T., Ph.D. / $15-20

The Geography of Trauma
Sat, Sept 24 / 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM / 3333 California Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / Ruth Stein, Ph.D., F. Davoine, Ph.D., J. Gaudilliere, Ph.D. / $35-155

Intensive Study Group: A Confusion of Tongues: The Many Voices of Trauma
Thu, Sept 22 (begins) / 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 1953 Hopkins Street / Berkeley
NCSPP / P. Goldberg, Ph.D., E. Young, Ph.D., J. W. Bernstein, Ph.D., J. Sekoff, Ph.D. / $1850

Intensive Study Group: A Confusion of Tongues: The Many Voices of Trauma
Fri, Sept 30 (begins) / 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 2252 Fillmore Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / P. Rosbrow, Ph.D., T. Rosbrow, Ph.D., A. Sweetnam, Ph.D., D. Melman, Ph.D. / $1850