East Bay Yearlong Program

2024 - 2025 East Bay Yearlong Program

Graeme Daniels, LMFT and Elizabeth Stuart, MD, Co-Chairs

Letting the Unconscious Lead the Way

The terrain of the unconscious can be defined differently even to the most intrepid of analysts. Therefore it’s likely to be confusing even for the seasoned psychotherapist, much less those newer in their career. Our cadre of experienced clinicians will demystify and clarify this important concept. Beginning to grasp on one’s own unconscious clinical experience opens a window in the mind’s eye to relating more complexly within ourselves and more deeply with our patient’s minds. Join us in this exploration of how basic theoretical tenets of unconscious areas including dreams, the impact of psychedelics contribute to our own growth and that of our patients. If the conscious mind immediately responds with “no” listen for a moment to see if there is an unknown part of you that also resoundingly says, “yes.”

Dates:Fridays, mid-September 2024 to mid-May 2025
Time:12:30pm – 02:00pm
Sessions:TBA
Location:Online via Zoom
Program Fee:TBA

Introduction to the Unconscious

What is the unconscious? How did an idea of things unknown or denied become a centerpiece of mental health treatment, of psychoanalytic practice and tradition?

In this six-week course, entitled “Introduction to the unconscious,” we will study works by the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, and through his writings, wrestle with him about the meaning of dreams as a revealer of the unconscious; about the role of repression in censoring yet revealing unconscious wishes; about unconscious process in symptom formation and psychic illness, and within instinct, ego and Superego. From there, we will read a paper by Melanie Klein and study unconscious love and hate, and also contemporary psychoanalysts to arrive at how Freud’s idea of a dynamic unconscious is integrated into an idea of social unconscious.

     Graeme Daniels, MFT

Psychedelics as a Gateway to the Unconscious

Karen Peoples, PhD and Megan Rundle, PhD

Dreams from a Jungian Perspective

Paul Watsky, PhD

Case Conference

Eric Miller, PhD

The Group, the Mind, and the Group within the Mind

“My impression is that the group approximates too closely, in the minds of the individuals composing it, to very primitive phantasies about the contents of the mother’s body. The attempt to make a rational investigation of the dynamics of the group is therefore perturbed by fears, and mechanisms for dealing with them, which are characteristic of the paranoid-schizoid position. The investigation cannot be carried out without the stimulation and activation of those levels…The group is compelled, whenever the pressure of anxiety becomes too great, to take defensive action.”
Experience in Groups – W.R.Bion, 1955

We form groups to accomplish more than we can as individuals. We build families, schools and communities. We come together to create and build. Yet we also come together to tear down, and to destroy. So how do groups heal, and harm? Why and when do we join a group, and at other times retreat. Who is an insider and who is outsider? In this course, we will investigate and explore these questions and others regarding how both individual and group unconscious processes shape and power group dynamics.

This class will include substantial experiential “here and now” learning from our own group process as well as discussions fortified by readings from Freud, Bion, and Group Relations Theory.

     Ben Goldstone, MA, LMFT

The Unconscious Child Within: A focus on Winnicott and Ferenczi

In the intimate space of therapy, we often wonder: who sits with us in the room, and what lies beneath? How do we access the depths of the unconscious mind?

In this six-week course, we delve into the seminal works of Donald Winnicott and Sándor Ferenczi, focusing on their profound insights into early development. Together, we will explore how young beings navigate the complexities of self- formation and their relationship with the external world. Central to our discussions will be concepts such as differentiation of self from other, internal from external, and fantasy from reality.

A critical aspect of our exploration will be understanding the role of primary caregivers in shaping the developing psyche-soma. We will examine how infants grapple with the challenges posed by caregivers who may drop them, hurt them, or intrude upon their internal world, learning about the phenomenon of “identification with the aggressor.”

Through these foundational concepts, we aim to provide frameworks that ground us as we necessarily get caught up in the swirling emotional lives of our patients. By engaging with Winnicott and Ferenczi’s ideas, we seek to deepen our understanding of human development and enhance our capacity for empathic therapeutic practice.

     Elizabeth Stuart, MD

Readers Fee

Charges for reading material required for the seminars are not included in tuition. Your readers will be prepared by CopyCentral, and costs are based upon copyright laws and charge based on the content of the readers. The SFCP Office will inform you when your readers are available to be purchased from CopyCentral’s website. Please note that CopyCentral may take 2 weeks to print and mail the readers to you, so we recommend you to purchase them as soon as they become available.

Refund Fee

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before September 18, 2023.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after September 19, 2023.
  • There will be no refund of classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.

CME/CE Credits Fee

The CME/CE credits fee is $10 per credit for SFCP members or $15 per credit for non-SFCP members.  SFCP has established a cap cost of $200 for credits requested per program.  The cost of CME/CE credits is separate from the tuition fee and billed individually upon the request for credits at the end of the seminar.

CE Attendance Policy

Please see individual course listings for the number of CE credits awarded, if applicable. Courses offering CE credit meet the requirements for CE credit for Psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and MFTs.

APA requires psychologists and other mental health professionals participating in all programs, including in long-term programs (lecture series) to demonstrate 100% attendance in order to be eligible to obtain CE credit. All participants must sign in at the beginning of each class or program and sign out at the end of the class or program. If participants miss a class in a seminar that is part of a long term program, they may be eligible to do “make-up” work for the missed class. Participants can meet with the class via Zoom or another “face to face” platform, if they are unable to attend in person. Alternatively, they can arrange to meet with the instructor, in person, to make-up the instructional time or can engage with the instructor via the “face to face” technologies, i.e. Face-time, Duo, Zoom, or others. This work must be completed within two weeks of the end of a seminar. Credit for the seminar will be awarded once the instructor notifies the SFCP office the time has been made up and the participant completes a course evaluation. No variable credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 14, 2024
Visiting Professor Weekend
Professor’s Choice with Darian Leader
On “Constructions in Analysis”
Darian Leader (presenter); Israel Katz, MD (moderator)
Saturday, April 27, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Lives Across Time, Part 2: The Clinical and Attachment Implications of a Prospective Psychoanalytic Longitudinal Study of 76 People from Birth
Henry Massie, MD and Nathan Szajnberg, MD (presenters); Bart Blinder, MD, PhD (discussant); Courtney Hartman, PsyD (moderator)
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
Depth and Creativity In and Out of the Consulting Room
Tim Kim, PsyD, MFA, Johnny Huy Nguyễn, and Jane L. Dulay, MD, OTR, and Daniel Yu, LCSW (presenters); Clara Kwun, LCSW (moderator)
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Film Screening and Discussion: A House Made of Splinters (2022)
Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW (discussant)
Monday, May 6, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Freud in his Psychosocial Generation: Durkheim, Simmel, Weber and Du Bois
Nancy Chodorow, PhD (presenter)
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Psychoanalytic Education Division
Graduation Ceremony and Reception 2024
Jim Dimon, MD (graduation speaker)
Wednesdays, May 22, 2024 to June 12, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Theory, and Trans Experience(s)
Loïc Pritchard, MFT (instructor)
Saturday, June 8, 2024
Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis
A Psychoanalytic Playlist with Sasha Frere-Jones
Sasha Frere-Jones (interviewee); Adam Blum, PsyD (interviewer); Elizabeth Bradshaw, PsyD (moderator)
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