Scientific Meetings

2023 - 2024 Scientific Meetings

Program Title:Property, Materiality, Proximity:
The Analytic Frame and In-Person Work
Date:Monday, December 4, 2023
Time:07:30pm – 09:00pm PT
Location:San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(remote option is available)
Presenter:Mitchell Wilson, MD
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Program Fee:Free
CME/CE:

1.5 CME/CE credits are available for free (for SFCP members) or for $18 (for non-members)

After the program ends, SFCP will email all participants a program evaluation form.  The completion of this evaluation form is required for everyone who requests CME/CE credits.  For non-members, you will be required to pay for the CME/CE credits after completing the evaluation form.

The working world of the analytic therapist has changed as remote and hybrid forms are every bit as frequent as in-person meetings. Much has been written on these changes, but few have focused on the fundamental difference between in-person and distanced therapy.  Questions of materiality, the history and specificity of location, and bodily proximity all are key aspects of the psychoanalytic frame, as Bleger’s classic formulations attest. In this Scientific Meeting, two clinical examples highlight these points about materiality, the body, and in-person working. A third example illustrates the challenges patients and analysts face with the return to the office or clinic.

In-person meeting offers psychologically usable material––signifiers which serve as day’s residue––that involve bodily safety and danger that cannot be duplicated or substituted for in remote ways of working. The Covid pandemic has changed the choreography of engagement between analyst and patient: the ghostly dust in the frame enters the room. As Bleger says, with ghosts so rustled, non-process has a chance to become process.

Mitchell Wilson, MD is a psychoanalyst, educator, author, and editor. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of JAPA, a Supervising and Training Analyst at SFCP and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC. He practices in Berkeley, and leads study groups on Zoom.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. describe three elements in Bleger’s theory of the psychoanalytic frame. 
  2. describe the ways in which traveling to the therapist’s office or clinic differs from Zoom sessions.
  3. name psychologically usable themes that the materiality of the in-person setting can evoke.

Accreditation Statement for CME/CE Sponsorship and Disclosure Statement​

APA and ACCME Accreditation Marks

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

—Updated July 2021—

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Psychologists attending SFCP events approved for CE credits may report AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward their CE requirements. Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper).

LCSWs/MFTs: The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency

Psychologists, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ on an hour for hour basis; see the program description for the maximum of credits awarded for each program.

Commercial Support: None

Program Co-Chairs:
Cheryl Goodrich, PhD & Henry Massie, MD

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