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Steinberg, B. (2006). President's Report. Fort Da, 12(2):4-7.

(2006). Fort Da, 12(2):4-7

President's Report

Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.

Over the last couple of years, NCSPP has been working to better clarify and articulate our current vision — a vision that relates to our overarching mission, which is, as stated in our bylaws:

NCSPP is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit membership organization open to mental health professionals and all others interested in the study of psychoanalytic psychology to foster the study of psychoanalytic psychology and to encourage its interest in the professional and wider community.

One of the great strengths of NCSPP and one of the reasons that NCSPP has had the ability to be an educational leader in the Bay Area is because NCSPP is not an Institute. NCSPP has the freedom to be multi-disciplinary and to foster and encourage the study of psychoanalytic psychology through whatever means it deems. In fact, NCSPP has been able to bring the study of psychoanalytic thinking to the community through numerous formats: courses; lectures; seminars; the creation of this journal, fort da; the creation of a pre- and post-doctoral training program, Access Institute; and through the creation of an e-mail newsletter, IMPULSE, that goes out to some 1500 clinicians in the area. NCSPP also uniquely has the capacity to include non-licensed clinicians, interested people from other disciplines, psychologists, Masters’ level clinicians, and physicians as part of its community.

Nonetheless, I believe there are important areas that have been under-explored by NCSPP, both in terms of getting more into who we are and reaching out beyond our borders. While our success has arisen in part out of the fact that we are not an analytic institute, I believe we have directed very few of our resources towards the study of psychoanalytic psychotherapy per se. In addition, most of our energy has been directed towards creating programs taught by a renowned expert in some area — an analyst, the great majority of the time. I believe that we have been taking a passive and dependent stance towards our learning and that there has been a subtle devaluation of ourselves implicit in it.


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