Extension Division Program: Year 2

Audrey Dunn, LCSW and Danny Yu, LCSW, Co-Chairs

Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work in Community Mental Health Settings

This 17-week course is a follow up course for those students who completed Year One of Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work in Community Mental Health Settings.  However, this course is also open to whose students who have acquired sufficient prior knowledge of applying psychoanalytic theory to community mental health settings.  Interested students in this category should contact Danny Yu at d.yu.lcsw@gmail.com

In this 17-week course, we will delve further into the ways in which clinicians working in community mental health settings can sustain meaningful contact with their clients and professional identity in the face of overwhelming demands and experiences.  We will look more closely at how we connect with, listen to, and support our clients. The effects of race, class, immigration, aggression and trauma will be integrated throughout the course.

The Enrico Jones Fund for Equality and Excellence is offering a tuition credit for this program. It is available to licensed therapists and people working toward licensure who self-identify as a Person of Color for CCSW participants, at $300 per applicant. Visit the Enrico Jones Fund for Equality and Excellence webpage for details.

Dates:Wednesdays, January 8, 2025 – May 21, 2025
Time:07:00pm – 08:30pm
Sessions:17 Sessions
Location:Online via ZOOM
Program Fee:$ 370.00  General Admission
$ 345.00  SFCP Members
$ 277.50  University Students and Trainees*

*If you are a university student, in a pre-licensure clinical training program, or in a residency program,
please email office@sfcp.org to register and include proof of eligibility (a valid ID from your university or training program).

Readers are not included in the program fee.  For details, please refer to the Readers Fee information below.
Maximum Class Size:12 to 14 participants

Therapeutic Relatedness

This course will be a consideration of the central role of relatedness in psychoanalytic therapeutic models, and an introduction to key theoretical concepts concerning the clinical relationship. While clinical psychoanalysis has focused primarily on the therapeutic pair, we will include other relevant relationships in our considerations, including organizational relationships and relationships to the social surround, among otheres. Students will be encouraged to bring in vignettes from their work for our discussion.

     Sandra Gaspar, LCSW
     Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22; February 12, 19, 26, 2025
     (Note: no class on January 29 due to Lunar New Year SFCP closure, and February 7 due to CCSW Clinical Evening)

Managing Our Internal Experience

This seminar will explore our conscious and unconscious responses to clients, supervisors, work settings and critical incidents. The core psychoanalytic concepts of transference and counter-transference will provide a foundation for our thinking. Through reading and clinical presentations we will immerse ourselves in thinking about the multi-faceted nature of our relationship to clients and our personal and professional responses. The seminar will conclude with a discussion about how personal life circumstances impact our work; Life circumstances may generate strengths as well as vulnerability in the social work clinician at any given time. Issues of race, gender, class and trauma will be woven throughout our discussions. 

     Elizabeth M. Simpson, LCSW
     Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 2025

Surviving and Thriving With Your Client

This seminar is about the importance of the client’s lived emotional life in the clinical relationship. Clients may come to us feeling deadened, or collapsed, or alternately, enraged or destructively explosive. Often aggression, imploded or exploded, is at the heart of an individual’s suffering. Historical, as well as social forces such as racism inform and compound our client’s suffering. We will explore distinctions between developmentally healthy aggression, and aggression which is destructive towards self and others.Throughout the seminar, we will discuss the concept that the clinician’s survival, and capacity to think in the face of their client’s emotional turmoil is central to the client’s healing and growth.

     Danny Yu, LCSW
     Wednesdays, April 16, 23, 30; May 14, 21, 2025
     (Note: no class held on May 7 due to CCSW Clinical Evening)

Wrap Up Meeting

A final meeting may be held on May 28th to rehash the course and talk about further opportunities for training and community.

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 Policy

  • There will be a full refund if one requests to drop the program on or before December 8, 2024.
  • There will be a 10% cancellation fee if one requests to drop the program on or after December 9, 2024.
  • There will be no refund of classes in progress, and SFCP will provide a pro-rated refund of tuition for classes not yet begun.

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays, September 4, 2024 to September 25, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Social Work in Community Settings: How Theory Supports Effective Alliances
Corey Datz-Greenberg, LCSW, and Julia St. George, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, September 6, 2024 to June 20, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 San Francisco Yearlong Program: Inventions of Madness: Grappling with Turmoil
Ania Wertz, PhD, PsyD; Diana C. Fuery, PhD, LCSW; Alexander Zinchenko, PhD; Alice Jones, MD; Deborah Weisinger, PsyD; Fernando Castrillon, PsyD; Inti Flores, MD; Shelley Nathan, PhD; and Catherine Mallouh, MD (instructors)
Fridays, September 13, 2024 to June 6, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 East Bay Yearlong Program: Letting the Unconscious Lead the Way
Graeme Daniels, MFT; Elizabeth Stuart, MD; Eric Miller, PhD; Ben Goldstone, MA, LMFT; Pedro Job, PsyM; and Paul Watsky, PhD (instructors)
Saturday, September 14, 2024
Child Colloquium Series
Working with the Harsh Adolescent Superego
Holly Gordon, DMH (presenter); Ann Martini, LCSW (discussant)
Thursdays, September 19 to October 17, 2024
Coalition for Clinical Social Work
CCSW mini-Module: Working with Parents: A Complex and Essential Component of Child Psychotherapy
Lea Brown, LCSW, and Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW (instructors)
Fridays, September 20, 2024 to May 23, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 San Francisco Yearlong Program: Continuous Case Conference
Marc Wallis, LCSW; Paul Alexander, PhD; Kathy Waller, MD; Bronwen Lemmon, LMFT; and Genie Dvorak, PsyD (case conference group leaders)
Wednesdays, October 2, 2024 to October 23, 2024
Psychoanalytic Student Seminars
Winnicott, Creativity, and the Place Where We Live
Marty Mulkey, MFT (instructor)
Saturday, October 5, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Program Title: TBA
Arnold Richards, MD (presenter)
Wednesdays, October 16, 2024 to May 7, 2025
Extension Education Programs
2024-2025 Seasoned Clinicians Program
Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW; Clara Kwun, LCSW; Robin Deutsch, PhD; Jeanne Harasemovitch, LCSW; Amy Glick, LMFT; and Gary Grossman, PhD (instructors)
Saturday, November 2, 2024
Scientific Meetings
Graeme Daniels, MFT (presenter)

Program Registration Form

Are you a university student, in a pre-licensure clinical training program, or in a residency program?

Please email office@sfcp.org to register and include proof of eligibility (a valid ID from your university or training program).

Are you an SFCP member? *
Are you interested in becoming an SFCP member to receive discounted registration fees and CME/CE credits for this and future programs? If so, you will be redirected to our SFCP Community Membership webpage to learn more or to join our membership. *
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