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Steinberg, B. (2006). President's Report. Fort Da, 12(1):4-8.

(2006). Fort Da, 12(1):4-8

President's Report

Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.

I am honored to be in the role of president of NCSPP at the onset of the 20th year of this incredible organization. As I take over at the helm, I find myself reflecting not only on its beginnings, history, and current challenges but also on my own long history within the organization. I became involved with NCSPP in 1993 as a member of the Education Committee — fresh and eager to contribute. At that time, the Board was composed of nine members: President, President-Elect, Secretary, Membership Chair, Education Committee Chair, Program Committee Chair, Associate Member Representative, and Treasurer; the Membership Chair also put out a small newsletter. I was on NCSPP's Board until 1998, and, during that time, the organization expanded exponentially: Past Presidents were added to the Board; the newsletter developed into the journal, fort da; the Education Committee divided into three committees — Education, Intensive Study Group, and South Bay; and the Interdisciplinary Education Committee formed. I became the Education Chair and facilitated the South Bay program and the expansion of the Intensive Study Groups to include an East Bay and San Francisco offering and a large Introductory Event. I also served on the Editorial Board of fort da for several years.

NCSPP formed in 1986 in part as a response to the need for non-medical clinicians to have access to psychoanalytic education and training since they were not permitted to train at American Psychoanalytic Association-affiliated institutes. As a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, NCSPP was linked with the profession of psychology. Nonetheless, the spirit in which NCSPP was formed was one of inclusiveness: NCSPP was specifically going up against the prevailing culture of exclusion in the institute — in terms of its membership and in terms of the breadth and richness of theoretical orientations. In addition, the formation of NCSPP itself served as an intervention in the Bay Area psychoanalytic community — the founders of NCSPP saw a need in the community for ongoing psychoanalytically oriented training and education for non-medical professionals and for non-analysts and, in response to that need, sought to meet it.


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