Seasoned Clinicians Program

2024 - 2025 Seasoned Clinicians Program

Joanna Wise-Bradman, LCSW and Dorian Newton, PhD, Co-Chairs

The 2024-2025 Seasoned Clinicians Program is designed for psychoanalytically oriented clinicians who have practiced individual psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years. It features 6 case conferences (totaling 26 weeks) taught by SFCP faculty members. The program will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of their clinical work through focused discussions with instructors and other seasoned practitioners.

Dates:Wednesdays, October 16, 2024 – May 7, 2025
Time:12:00pm – 01:30pm
Sessions:26 Sessions
Location:Online via ZOOM
Program Fee:$ 845.0  General
$ 760.5  SFCP Members
Class size:Class size is limited to 12 people.
Eligibility:Participants must have practiced individual psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years.

Case Conference #1

The Work of the Negative

How can we make contact with a patient who feels more connected with what is missing than what is present? Unreachable states are protecting the patient from insurmountable feelings of loss and absence. They both protect and simultaneously prevent movement and growth. Attempts at contact shut the patient down or move the patient away instead of towards connection. In this course, we will examine the unconscious strategies that patients employ to manage this unbearable pain. We will explore autistic and dissociative defenses as well as feelings of deadness, and the work of the negative. We will also use case material as a springboard for thinking about strategies to enliven these patients in our clinical work.

     Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW
     Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 2024

Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst and a child therapist. She is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at PINC, and is faculty at both PINC and at SFCP. She teaches extensively on child and adolescent issues, primitive states, and Winnicott, as well as courses on film and film criticism. She runs a free monthly salon series for PINC linking psychoanalysis to the arts and culture, called “Second Fridays.” She has a private practice in Oakland, where she works with adults, couples, adolescents, and children.

Case Conference #2

Thinking about Race, Culture, and the Social in Psychoanalytic Work

Early in our careers, we are focused on learning how to do our work very earnestly.  The burden and privilege of being a “seasoned clinician,” means that the clinician is more comfortable being herself.  But what does this mean – how do we fold other aspects of our identity into helping us develop into the unique clinician that each of us is, while still retaining our psychoanalytic identity?  We will think about these questions, of how we are ourselves, but not quite the same selves we are in other parts of our lives.  In addition, in this case conference, we will listen with an ear for material related to culture and race and think about how to respond on these registers.

     Clara Kwun, LCSW
     Wednesdays, November 13, 20; December 4, 11, 2024

Clara Kwun, LCSW is a social worker and a psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco.  She has taught candidates at SFCP and in Portland, Oregon, PPTP students and CCSW students.   Prior to analytic training, she worked at the Adolescent Day Treatment Center of Children’s Hospital, which provided an important foundation for her analytic studies.  She is also part of the Community Psychoanalysis Consortium.

Case Conference #3

Bearing the Unbearable: The Difficult and the Useless

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a complex interaction, where the therapist must contain her own feelings as she sits with her patient’s difficult and complex emotions. As the therapist finds ways to bear these challenging, perplexing and confusing states of mind, she might find herself wondering, who is the difficult patient and in return, who is the analyst? In this seminar, we will use readings and clinical material to explore our countertransference with our “difficult” patients.

     Robin Deutsch, PhD
     Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2025

Robin Deutsch is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Oakland, conducting psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, as well as case consultations with clinicians.  She has taught for a number of years at SFCP Psychoanalytic Education Division, SFCP Extension Division, Access Institute and The Psychotherapy Institute.  She is a Training Analyst at SFCP and a Personal Analyst at PINC. She edited a book entitled, Traumatic Rupture: Abandonment and Betrayal in the Analytic Relationship, published by Routledge in 2014. She is a past-President of SFCP.

Case Conference #4

The Art of Listening

Listening to our patients and ourselves shapes the foundation of an analytic treatment. Psychoanalytic listening reaches below the level of speech, to an older and deeper language, the language of the unconscious. The intimacy, intensity, and poignancy of unconscious communication, more felt than known, is reached through the portals of transference, countertransference, reverie, and dreams. Using these portals, we’ll listen to openings and barriers to emotional growth and the ways that resisting dogma and certitude can propel us into a realm of meaning and creation where emotional life can live, grow, and transform. Participants will be encouraged to free associate, make links with material, and listen, think about, and relate to their own and each other’s voices.

     Jeanne C. Harasemovitch, LCSW
     Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2025

A psychoanalyst in Berkeley, CA., Jeanne C. Harasemovitch, LCSW, is on the faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center.  She is a Founding Committee Member of the Berkeley Psychoanalytic Society.  She is also the author of essays, and film and book reviews centering on the exchange between psychoanalysis and the arts and humanities.

Case Conference #5

Dreaming Up the Dyad

Drawing upon the concepts of reverie and the waking dream, we will be working together as a group to explore and expand the emotional field of the presenting dyad, inviting wide associative access internally and externally, to the social surround . The experience of dreaming together in this way will provide an opportunity for group members to contribute links to potentially clinically relevant material that might otherwise be inaccessible to the presenting dyad. Readings will be selected in response to clinical concepts that emerge from our discussions.

     Amy Glick, LMFT
     Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2025

Amy Glick, LMFT is a psychoanalyst and marriage and family therapist. She has a private practice in Berkeley, California serving adults, couples, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds. She provides individual and group supervision and consultation, and is on the faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley.

Case Conference #6

Managing Intense Feelings in the Transference and Countertransference

In every therapeutic relationship we are invited to embody the objects of our patient’s inner world.  We become a transference object; loving and hateful, loved and hated.  In our role as a “helping professional” we may feel more comfortable when we are seen and experienced as kind, benevolent, caring, loving and helpful.  More challenging for many of us, however, are those times when, for our patient, we are experienced as harsh, disapproving, attacking or rejecting.

This case conference will focus on patients with a primary experience of a “negative transference” and the pressures we must bear as a “bad object”.  We will draw on the contributions of Winnicott, Brenman-Pick and Carpy as we explore the complexities of hate in the transference and countertransference.

     Gary Grossman, PhD
     Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2025

Gary Grossman, Ph.D. is a Training & Supervising Analyst at SFCP, where he is also Chair of the Psychoanalytic Education Division.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF and is a supervisor and faculty at Access Institute.  He is in private practice in San Francisco.


Participants must have practiced individual psychotherapy for a minimum of 20 years.

Refund Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before September 15, 2024.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after September 16, 2024.
  • There will be no refund for classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.

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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