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Wandner, E. Marks, A.L. (2006). San Francisco/East Bay Education Committee. Fort Da, 12(2):113-114.

(2006). Fort Da, 12(2):113-114

San Francisco/East Bay Education Committee

Erica Wandner, Ph.D. and Abigail Levinson Marks, Ph.D.

Since its inception, the SF/EB Education Committee has been at the forefront of providing psychoanalytically informed education opportunities to the ever-growing NCSPP membership and beyond. Each year our committee has engaged in a challenging process of deciding which courses to offer based on our own clinical and theoretical interests and the proposals for courses submitted to us by potential faculty. We have also taken the comments that previous course participants have given us on course evaluations very seriously regarding suggestions for future courses.

The whole experience of creating a year-long curriculum of courses that balances the practical with the provocative is rich and enlightening and one that we feel privileged to take part in. And, yet, over our tenure it has become increasingly clear that we cannot take for granted that all our courses will be well-attended and that each innovative idea will take off swimmingly. The marketplace for psychoanalytic or psychoanalytically informed continuing education opportunities has expanded significantly during the past several years and we are still unclear how much we have been impacted by the Board of Psychology's decision in January 2005 to allow fifty percent of continuing education requirements to be taken online.

And so it goes without saying, we are entering a new era of the unknown. As usual our upcoming season of courses is a balance between the more known and the experimental. What has changed is that we are offering a few less long courses and a few more weekend workshops. The 2004 membership survey suggested there was a preference for shorter courses and so we have responded. We will also be paying even more attention to audience response and thus we invite course participants to be as specific as possible on course evaluations regarding a current course or suggestions for future courses.

At the end of 2006, the two of us are stepping down to make room for new leadership after a highly enjoyable two-year tenure as both committee Chairs and Board members. However, we are both likely to stay on the committee for another year as past-Chairs to help with the transition.

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